tokusatsu tuesday: origin stories

One of our favorite venues in Philadelphia is PhilaMOCA. Our experiences there have always been special. The kids shot a dance club scene for a local punk band’s video there (throwing cakes at each other, and Claudia being doused from a ladder with a bucket of fake blood). They took part in the filming of…

béla’s homeschool birthday

I had been worried last February, that Claudia’s ninth birthday — our first homeschool birthday — would feel somehow lesser. We are not a family that does (or enjoys) parties very much. Last year, Claude had taken a cake to Brownies, and she also made Big Mama Thornton cupcakes for the Blues show rehearsals at…

first week of homeschool year 2017-18!

It could have started off on the wrong foot entirely. Having had a medication reaction and in the midst of a rather extended period of pain-induced insomnia (I woke up on Sunday morning and did not sleep again until Tuesday night), being chipper and ready to start learning on Tuesday morning did not seem a…