Monday, August 20, 2018

Essay Writing

The kids started their essay writing class today - its the final class in their series of writing courses. They are also taking an American Sign Language class. So now, all the "first days" have started!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Josh Oglesby Visits

We had a surprise visit from Josh Oglesby. Such a good guy! We learned all about his plans as he heads out to LA to attend Biola University.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

CCT's Newsies

We headed to the Crighton Theater in Conroe to see Christian Community Theater (CCT)'s production of Newsies. They did an excellent job! Very entertaining. We took the Fruehwirth kiddos and stopped at Chiptole on the way. After we got home we started watching Newsies again on Netflix ... even JOY wanted to watch!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Study Group Starts!

The first study group of the year has begun! We started with some team building videos, created our rules for study group, researched and discussed Greek vs. Roman art then wrapped up with a review of The Aeneid. The school year has begun!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

First Day of School

First day of PACES has arrived. The kids were kinda excited and kinda not. They are definitely excited to see their school friends again! And yes, the boys are catching up with Addison.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Boating Fun with the Fruehwirth Family

The kids enjoyed a final day of summer boating with the Fruehwirth family on Lake Conroe. We just love this family ... so much fun!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Alyssa's Going Away Party

One of Addison's sweet ballet friends has been accepted to the HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. We are so excited for her but she will be missed and we will also miss her Mom, Elise.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Race Cars

We made a few trips to the movie theater and the boys were able to enjoy a bit of race cars via games while waiting for Addison's movie to finish.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Class Act Work Day

The boys have started putting in their volunteer hours. They spent the morning at Class Act putting away props and ripping out carpet.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Sistine Chapel in Houston

We headed to The Corinthian in Houston to view Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition. It was very well done ... we were able to examine each painting, learn about it video audio guide and see where it is located within the actual chapel. We did the tour along with the Fruehwirth kids. Fun outing!

There are few tourist attractions in the world as compelling and in-demand as Michelangelo’s iconic artwork in The Vatican. According to a recent report, more than 25,000 visitors flock to the Roman chapel daily to stare in awe at the frescoes that decorate the interior — most notably, the mind-blowing ceiling that was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.
Yes, it is an experience being in the Sistine Chapel. (A year ago, a New Yorker article declared it can be too much of an experience, with shouting guards moving crowds along for “a fifteen-minute neck-craning exercise in mostly futile inspection.”) However, if you’ve ever wanted to visit the chapel, but didn’t have the means to go to Italy, the chapel’s most striking, immortal visions will be on full view right there in H-Town.

Starting on June 8, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will be unveiled for a two-month run at event space The Corinthian. Needless to say, the artwork won’t be the genuine article. Expect full-sized, photographed replicas of the artist’s vault frescoes, along with his 40-foot-high The Last Judgment, from the altar wall.

The works have been on display around the country and all over the world. Last June, it was in New York at the Oculus mall in Westfield World Trade Center. This isn’t the first time the exhibit has made its way to Texas: Two years ago, it had a fall run at The Women’s Museum in Dallas. (After this exhibit wraps up on August 16, it will run in Hangzhou, China.)

This exhibit is certain to hip many art neophytes to Italy’s High Renaissance period, as well as one of its most major players. But, more importantly, it will also give people the chance to take their time and view these pieces up close, to catch every nook and cranny of the imagery, the style, the intensity and, of course, the artistry enclosed in these paintings. You won’t need to be quiet, stick with your crowd and risk a sore neck in order to take in these beauties.

“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” may not be the real thing, but it’s as close to the real thing as stateside people will get. Consider this your chance to take in a piece of art history without angry guards barking orders at you, in air-conditioned serenity. 

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Kaden's New Tooth

Kaden's got new glasses and a new front teeth. His teeth as almost completely straight ... just a few more months of Invisalign then all three kids will be DONE! Woohoo!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Making Pasta with the Leedy Family

We spent the evening making pasta with the Leedy family. It was really cool watching the process and it was really, really good. But the Smith family will probably still buy our pasta in the store.

Friday, August 03, 2018


All the PACES books are coming in ... geez, there are a ton of them!