Thursday of Easter break began with a trip to my mom's school. She's taught at the school for 24 years and will retire in 20 days (she's counting down), so we wanted to make sure we saw her in her classroom one last time.
To our great pleasure, the older kids at the school were practicing their maypole dance for May Day next week. Meg and Clare loved listening to the Celtic music and watching the kids circling the ribbons around the maypole.
After our school visit, we headed to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. This museum offers a spectacular selection of paintings and sculptures with a Western theme. There are even stagecoaches sitting in the galleries. The timing of the visit was great because we just began reading Little House on the Prarie and the pictures could give the girls some reference to picture scenes described in the book. However, Meg and Clare were not there for the paintings. They were there for Sagebrush Ranch--the hands-on room.
They wanted to ride on the life-sized model of a horse.
And ride the horse with Baby Anne.
They wanted to take fun pictures and pretend to be a Native American woman.
And do a little weaving.
And, of course,they wanted to dress up.
Also, Nana and Baby Anne needed to ride the stagecoach.
Following our trip to the museum, we rushed back to the house to make a red velvet cake that we would turn into a ladybug cake. It is becoming a tradition that Clare has a birthday cake with family during Easter break (though her birthday is still a month away). Her new favorite book is Ladybug Girl, so we went with that as a theme. Meg and Clare had fun decorating the cake by icing the cake with red frosting and adding round chocolate cookies for the ladybug spots.
Soon the girls were dressed as ladybugs. But they were moving at such high rates of speed, all the pictures came out blurred. I suppose that is a good sign that fun was being had by all. It was a good day.