in this particular section of my timeline i attend homeschool conferences. they can be enjoyable and informative, but i do need (once again) to anchor myself to supportive people in order to participate. our family had a great time at one particular conference when we were living in northern cali (i don't have a post for it because it happened pre-blog but i did put together a great little scrapbook for our family) and i had been hoping to find something similar here in NOVA.
this year we attended the organization of virginia homeschoolers conference and resource fair. we had attended the year prior but i don't remember taking many pictures and only noted it in last year's birthday post.
it actually went better than i expected. maybe it's because we all worked together to make it happen.
|crazy kiddos taking selfies in the car on the way to the cultural arts center at glen allen|
he knew exactly what he wanted to do: recite the *prophecy of the piece of resistance* spoken by vitruvius from the lego movie:
One day, a talented lass or fellow, a special one with face of yellow, will make the Piece of Resistance found from its hiding refuge underground, and with a noble army at the helm, this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm, and be the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times. All this is true, because it rhymes.it wasn't enough to just deliver the lines, which he did with clarity and aplomb. he was in full costume, too, which we created ourselves.
he declined to view himself on video, but agreed to let me share the recording with others. thank you, my son. you did well. you felt it. i felt it. your audience felt it.
i would show pictures of diana at conference, but she pretty much disappeared and did her own teen things, including making herself useful by volunteering. she made several friends and fashioned a little rocket and stamped leather for a tiny notebook. she was especially pleased that we were able to squeeze in a haircut (by a friend's mom) and color (by me) the day before we left. she fit right in.
|selfies courtesy of diana|
i listened to and asked questions in some really good panel sessions. steve made it all come together by hanging out with ander in ander's comfort zones, which included minecraft, the force awakens, and trapezing into foam pits at the nearby jumpology. and thank goodness we rediscovered gino's for dinner. they had everything to satisfy our family.
|ander's lego engineering instructor was there to represent play-well teknologies|
|on our way home|