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We had a fun weekend! On Saturday, we headed out early to help with a stream clean-up effort in honor of Earth Day. After 45 minutes and two bags of trash, we called it quits and took the subway to the University of Maryland for Maryland Day.

It would be possible to spend an entire day at Maryland Day and not run out of things to do, but our kids didn't have that much stamina, so we focused on the arts area. We participated in a movement class, watched a modern dance performance, and enjoyed the instrument petting zoo, where the kids got to try different musical instruments. Erika especially enjoyed the clarinet -- she says she wants one. :-)

This afternoon, Erika and I finished up her pretending to be a paleontologist kit, in which she dug up dinosaur bones.

Pictures of paleontology )

I was impressed with her attention span for this project, as it was pretty difficult to get the plastic bones out of the plaster. She probably spent at least five hours on it, spread out over the course of three or four days.
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Erika wants to learn how to play the piano, so we'd thought of enrolling her in piano lessons. I was talking with her about this the other day, and she said something along the lines of, "I don't think I need a piano teacher. I want you and daddy to teach me how to play the piano."

Well, of course! Why didn't I think of that? Ok, the reason I didn't think of that is because it never occurred to me to do anything other than enroll my child in piano lessons if she wanted to learn to play the piano, just like it would never occur to me to do anything other than enroll my kid in gymnastics or swimming classes if she wanted to do those things. That's just what you do, right?

We ordered a beginning piano book for young children, and John is going to start teaching her when it arrives. I thought this particular series of books looked like a lot of fun. In the mean time, I'm teaching her how to play the melody to "Bruder Jakob." The whole thing is kind of making me want to pick up the piano again. Perhaps I am far enough from my own horrible childhood experience to enjoy it now. I have no idea where I would find the time, though!

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