"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Wizard of Oz comes to Hudson

Last friday night, the kids were treated to an evening out at the middle school to see The Wizard of Oz. Somehow we missed this classic and they had no idea what the story entailed so Grandma ran out and bought a beautiful Oz pop-up book and read it to the kids before going.

The musical was 2.5 hours long and didn't start until 7:00 but they had no problem making it through and really enjoyed the show.

We're currently collecting all the Wizard of Oz dolls that coincidentally are being offered as Happy Meal toys at McDonalds. Gabriel's favorite? The Wicked Witch of the West of course. Naturally, Simone's is Toto, ("He's so cute!!").

Picture taking was not allowed so after Grandma got chewed out for not getting even ONE shot of the kids, she photoshopped Gabriel in this one.

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