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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Last May, Babups was in our iFamily Shakespeare play, “The Two Gentleman of Verona”.


Babups was the bad guy, Proteus.

Hence, the black costume.

I mean, Proteus was a good guy at first but then he turned into a two timer and slime ball.

It was a great play and I was very impressed with the young cast’s abilities.

As part of the play, Babups had to grow out his hair as long as he could.

This was interesting at the end…some wild crazy hair for sure.



Great job being the bad guy, Babups.

You had a lot of hard Shakespeare lines to memorize…amazing!

I loved seeing you swagger across the stage and fight with a sword.

Pretty entertaining!


I hope this is the first of many plays to come.


Last Day of Fall Semester

iFamily’s Fall Semester has ended.

We get a two month break and start up again the end of January.

Our family has enjoyed all of our classes so much and I am thrilled with what my children are learning there.

In fact, here is a list of just my children’s classes this past semester.

JQ‘s classes:

1) Say What? (a High School/College level writing class)

2) Sword of Freedom (a scholar Civil War class)

3) ACTivate (an advanced acting class- they are performing a play in January)

Dolly M‘s classes:

1) Choir (a choir class that performed two different times)

2) Foundations of Liberty (a scholar leadership class that are planning a Youth Conference this summer)

3) ACTivate (an advanced acting class- they are performing a play in January)

Babups’ classes:

1) iShakespeareLive (a scholar Shakespeare class- they are performing a Shakespeare play Spring 2013)

2) Manners Matter (a class teaching etiquette and proper manners)

3) Out of This World (an astronomy science class)

EBoo’s classes:

1) Choir (a choir class that performed two different times)

2) Pioneer Too (a Love of Learning class about the pioneers)

3) Hullabaloo (a Love of Learning class where they learn unique and old fashioned games)

Presto’s classes:

1) Pioneer Too (a Love of Learning class about the pioneers)

2) Creative Corner (a Core arts and crafts class)

3) Children’s Choir

Here in these pictures, EBoo’s Hullabaloo class are playing some games on the side walk.  It was a perfect day to play outside.

Thanks Tracy for a fun time of games!





Here is Babups’ Manners Matter class that on the last day had an Etiquette Dinner to show off all their new manners.


The kids made the food and created the table decor.


Thank you Keri for helping to refine my son and teach him those critical manners that matter.  He’s already implementing them in our family.


Then, at the end of the day, the newly formed iFamily Orchestra played for us all in their first ever concert.





I was blown away at how good they sounded for only having 12 class periods.  Yeah, they didn’t sound like the Philharmonic, but they were awesome!!

This is Jennifer, the conductor and brain-child of the fantastic iFamily Orchestra.

Jen… briliant, beautiful, boogle-my-mind amazing.

Thank you.

I’m looking forward to next semester.


Singing in the Trees

Dolly M and Eboo had a fun iFamily Choir excursion.

 They sang at the annual Festival of Trees.

With festive reds and blacks, and of course cute smiles (Hi Eboo!), they sang their hearts out and sounded great.

But I’m just a little baffled at how it could be the holidays already.

I think I’m still stuck in September.

Any whoo, I walked around the forest of Christmas trees and snapped a few pictures of my favorites.

This tree was delightfully different and unique…just a snow man.

Great idea.

Reds and whites are SOO my favorite Christmas colors.

I loved the crowded and packed look of this tree…

I think I feel the Christmas mood coming on.

This small tree was very interesting and yet I couldn’t stop looking at it…trying to figure it out 🙂

Eboo drooled over this princess tree. The tiara on the top, so cute!

And even though I had to take my eyes and attention off the girls during their performance to get this photo of JuBean, it was so WORTH it.

She kept coming back to this “Winnie the Pooh” tree over and over and over.


I should make a wreath like this one since I have so many sheets of music laying around at home.



I loved this pinecone owl.

Can you see my reflection?  Ooops. Photography 101 no no.

Another red & white tree–love it!

This ice bird looks so real.

JuBean liked this penguin, she kept pointing at it.

I REALLY enjoyed this elegant tree with gold pinecones and brown colors.

It reminded me of the Christmas song “Silver and Gold”.

Couldn’t help but get a shot of my favorite instrument…the lovely baby grand.

And this guitar is for my two big sons that play these cool cat (and loud) instruments.

Fun, fun was our afternoon frolicking in the forest of Christmas trees.

Even though I am not mentally ready for the Christmas craziness to begin (I mean heavens we still have Thanksgiving in a week!),

 I do think today I became a little more in the mood for it.

Halloween at iFamily 2012

We had iFamily today and it was also Halloween.

There were a lot of fun and different costumes that the kids came up with.

I love the socks 🙂

The weather was bizarre too, but warmly bizarre.  

(See how no one is wearing a heavy coat or even a jacket.)

I think it reached into the high 60’s.

That is unheard of for Halloween in this Idaho area.

No coats.

No chilling wind.

Just great weather to enjoy a day dressing up with friends.

Here is my clan.

The Football Star, the Handsome Fireman, the cool Doctor and the squirmy Zebra baby girl.

And don’t forget beneath the 50’s guy with awesome white socks 🙂

Babups is King!

Today at iFamily, Babups had a presentation on the religions of the Elizabethean Era in his Shakespeare class.  It was fun, because he dressed up like  King Henry VIII and talked about three of his six wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour.


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