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Matilda Wrap Up

Matilda the Musical Poster
Posts are probably going to be a little slow coming up here, but we have been continuing with our Summer of Musicals. We’re finishing up with Hamilton on the 4th of July. I’m currently trying to find out how we can watch 1776, but according to Can I Stream It? it’s only available through services I don’t have, so we might just be watching youtube clips. There’s enough on youtube that I plan on 1776 being our musical this coming week, and after that I think we’ll do Newsies.

Revolting Children

revolting children

We are revolting children…
Living in revolting times.
We sing revolting songs
Using revolting rhymes.
We’ll be revolting children,
‘Til our revolting’s done,
And we’ll have the Trunchbull bolting.
We’re revolting!



Stuck in traffic, trying to get Katie to choir rehearsal while competing with the rest of the city of Pittsburgh who were on their way to the Pen’s Stanley Cup victory parade, we had an interesting chat about the meaning of Matilda’s “Revolting Children.”

Sometimes You Have to Be a Little Bit Naughty

Matilda Schubert Theatre

If you know me even a little bit through my blog, my Facebook page, or in real life, you know how important Matilda the Musical has been to me. I saw it on Broadway on my my first solo trip in twenty years (you can see it too, but hurry because it closes January 1, 2017!), and it was amazingly magical. We were lucky enough to have the touring company come here to the ‘Burgh, and I got to take Katie Grace to see it for her birthday AND went again with a friend. It might be coming to your city as well! You can check out the tour site here. All the children love the music and sing it pretty regularly, and we enjoy comparing and contrasting the Broadway and West End cast recordings. You know, as you do. So, it made a lot of sense that our very first musical of the summer was Matilda the Musical.

A Sunshiny Summer Circle

In August, Daniel will be starting our “Nursery Rhyme Nursery School” year. I believe that nursery rhymes are a very important part of every small child’s development, as well as essential for cultural literacy. This circle will change during the month, but here is how we’re beginning.

I begin with a “Gathering Song”. I wrote it myself and sing the first stanza until everyone is there (everyone being Daniel, the babies, and I and sometimes Nicholas) and then sing the second verse while we light the candle. I am still using a homemade beeswax candle we made at the beginning of the summer.

June 29: Sts Peter and Paul

From the archives

Midsummer and the feast of St. Peter are the favorite seasons for “rush-bearing” or “rush laying” in England: rushes or new-mown hay are brought in to be laid on the floors of churches.

Good Day to you, you merry men all
Come listen to our rhyme
For we would have you not forget
This is Midsummer time
So bring your rushes, bring your garlands
Roses, John’s Wort, Vervain too
Now is the time for our rejoicing
Come along Christians, come along do.

Bishop’s Castle Rushbearing Song, Shropshire

From The Feast Day Cookbook

This week’s feasts and festivals, plans and projects

Sunday, June 27
Today is the closing show for Michael. He has a cast party, we have a graduation party– there are parties all around!

Monday, June 28: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
If anyone ever needed perpetual help, it’s me!

Tuesday, June 28: Paul Bunyan Day
Time to get out the Tall Tales. We also have a library program to attend.

Wednesday, June 29: Sts. Peter and Paul
Things are up in the air right now, but I am hoping for a field trip to the Maryland Science Center today.

This week’s feasts and festivals, plans and projects

Phew! Hear that? It’s the sound of mama breathing a sigh of relief now that Vacation Bible School is over. Not that things are ever really quiet around here, mind you. Not with a 12-year-old who is in a musical, a 10-year-old ballerina, a 7-year-old with an invisible army of minions to control, a 4-year-old who seems to have found his screaming voice, and two babies who are just on the cusp of crawling AND getting teeth. Then again, if we had a quiet week, we probably wouldn’t know what to do with it!

Here’s what’s on tap for us this week.

St. John’s Tide

From the archives

The golden sun so great and bright
Warms the world with all its might,
It makes the dark earth green and fair
And tends each thing with ceaseless care
It shines on blossom stone and tree,
On bird and beast, on you and me!
Oh may each deed throughout the day,
May ev’rything we do and say
Be bright and strong and true,
Oh golden sun like you.
-Author unknown

Fairy Tale Friday: The Meadow Dandelion

I found a sweet little Chippewa story called “The Meadow Dandlion,” which you can read here.

Chalkboard drawing from

This would be a fun story to tell as a table play. Make a little Native American puppet for Shawondasee, and use a white or grey play silk for the wind. Have a green playsilk for the meadow, and two dandelions, one yellow and one white, but cutting many thin strips of felt about an inch-and-a-half long, and joining them together in the center with a pipe cleaner.  These would be a lovely addition to your summer table as well!

Why we DON’T have a summer bucket list (and what we do have instead)

Just like in real life, the blogosphere seems to have fads. One of the latest fads is to create a “summer bucket list” with your children. There are some truly beautiful and creative ones out there. Ucreate with Kids has a great Summer Bucket List round-up here.

After my experience giving birth, I find the idea of a “things to do this summer before we kick the bucket”-list to be a little… I don’t know, morbid?creepy? too close to home? Also, as I have said before, I am made of crafty fail.  So instead we created a summer fun list.

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