Yup.  You read that right.  More children.  Did you know that we have more children than just Claire?  That’s right. Claire is our fifth child.  Number five.  But it was pointed out to me that this blog might be a little “Claire-biased” and upon investigating that allegation, I find it *might* be true.  Whoops.  But, in my defense, before going to China, I didn’t blog.  And while in China, we could only blog about Claire, so it appears I am in the habit of blogging about Claire, and have unintentionally given my other children the shaft.  Guilty as charged.

So here is a peek into Grant, Zane and Kate’s life.  At the end of the school year, the first grade sponsors an “art museum.”  Each first-grader’s artwork is displayed in the various first grade rooms and the library, grouped together by the various artists they studied during each unit.  We walk around to the sound of classical music playing in the background and little finger foods served by a few 4th graders.  All three of our kids thought the Van Gogh unit was the best, so here are pics of each of the kids with their own renditions of Starry Night.  Their awesome first-grade teacher, Mr. Dave, said it took each student nearly 8 hours to complete their Starry Night imitations – as they had to treat their crayons like brushes and “stroke” in only one direction, then lift up their crayon to make the next stroke – and that is how they did the whole thing . . .one stroke at a time.  (Zane’s is the one on the bottom row)

Those of you who know me well hear me regularly criticize the public school system, but I have to eat my words when it comes to the art unit!  I love it.  I think they do a great job of introducing these art concepts to the kids in a fun way. For example, for the Michaelangelo portion the kids laid under their desks and drew their pictures on papers that were taped to the bottom of the desk – Sistene Chapel style!  Plus, we just really had a great year.  We ended up with two FANTASTIC teachers.  Our kids love going to school.  That has to say something, eh?  I can’t believe that we start school again in just two weeks. . .