Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fare thee well, Scarlet Pimpernell

Because a new adventure has begun and it seems futile to continue trying to catch up on last year's adventure, I will wrap it up with one final post. This last year was so enriching for me. My soul was refreshed and renewed as we searched, studied, and pondered good art and music, another year gone that impacted how I perceive the world.  I pray that it had a similar effect on my children.

The year came full circle as we returned to the Kimberly Crest mansion for another ball. With the stress of a new year behind us we were able to be a little more relaxed and have a good time with good friends. Anna enjoyed dancing with Dad and Alahna enjoyed the same with some friends. The boys were too busy spying on the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel to spend time dancing and I was content to sit and watch my favorite people.

The woman that has been my ultimate home school example graduated her youngest from high school this night. She is a true pioneer in the homeschooling community and one that I admire deeply.  To think that I will never do a school year under her tutelage again leaves me feeling somewhat somber but I am grateful for the many memories that she helped create for my children and me and know that she is not far away if I need her words of wisdom.

I hope she never loses this love for her father.

Doing the Virginia Reel was Alahna's highlight of the night.

A couple of weeks after our farewell ball we enjoyed a field trip as a family to the Norton Simon Museum. It had a little bit of art from every period that we studied so was a perfect way to end the year. Afterward we came home and ceremoniously emptied our Truth, Goodness, and Beauty jars to make m&m milkshakes.  With that the year was officially over and my mind became completely obsessed with new adventures!

The museum had some amazing flowers in their gardens.

My chickabidees who do not like to cooperate for pictures!

The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel celebrating a successful mission of rescuing truth, goodness, and beauty.

A successful mission is delicious!