Today was Eva’s final performance for her Hullabaloo theater group. Our friend Nicole runs the program out of her house for 8 weeks and at the end of it the kids have a performance at An Unlikely Story. Eva has been in the program a couple of times now and it is really nice. The kids learn about some history, some acting, singing and performing. They sang some covers, original songs and then did some theater and performance games. I was very impressed with how Eva was on stage. She is showing more poise and confidence with each new performance. She also added in some ballet moves as that is something that she loves and has been doing since she started dance. She also incorporated Hip Hop dancing into the performance. We could hear her because she is projecting better, too.
After the performance Allison had to go to the Eighth Grade Dinner and I took the kids to KC’s Classic Burger Bar where it was Kid’s Night which meant that there were free milkshakes with the purchase of every kid’s meal. I got an Oreo one and the kids split a Chocolate Cookie Dough one. It wasn’t quite a huge hit with the kids but they did like them.
For the past couple of years I have been collecting various comic books to read with Eva. One of those series was Jem and the Holograms. This is a new series based on the cartoon from 1986. I watched all of the cartoons when I was a kid and a few years ago got them all on DVD. I tried to show Eva the cartoon but she was a bit freaked out by the rival band, the Misfits. So we didn’t even make it through the first full episode. However, I knew that eventually she’d be at an age where she might enjoy a show about music, fashion and adventure. I was even more pleased when this comic came out because it updated the band for the times but kept the fun. I’ve collected 21 issues plus an annual and the first Misfits issue. Eva and I are going to read the series together.
We read the first issue today and then made this video below. I think that she will enjoy this little experiment this year together. We’re doing this together because the comic has the potential to get into more grown up themes and so as we read it together (after I read it on my own) I have moments to talk about the content with her. I hope that this continues to bond us to things that we enjoy together.
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