Thursday, September 12, 2013

Circus School and Brattleboro, Vermont

Okay - so it's possible I'm the worst blogger ever, considering my children went to Circus School and I got  exactly zero pictures of them doing cool circus stuff.

So you'll just have to take my word for it that the New England Center for the Circus Arts is a real and genuine place, and that my children had an hour filled with fabulous private instruction there this past Friday.  We had put money away for this while in Vermont, and scheduled a lesson after they showed their interest in street performance.  I had never seen a circus school before, and had my doubts that they even existed, but this place was very real, and a very helpful woman named Dana made it a reality for our family.  

The kids' instructor was Bill, and he and his young daughter showed our kids the literal ropes around performing, circus style.  They tried the trapeze, low wire, juggling, and balancing ball.  Maeryn was in her glory.  It was one of her most positive experience thus far.  Jonah was a little frustrated that his sister mastered the balancing ball before he did, but he was a natural on the low-wire.

While the kids swung from the trapeze and perfected their balancing acts, Michael and I explored the town of Brattleboro, VT.  We checked out the coffee scene and strolled the streets.  It was nice to have some time to ourselves.  

After we picked the kids up from NECCA, we migrated through a local park and ran into a guy who asked us for 50 cents for a hot dog from the hot dogs stand.  I didn't have any change, but I did have five dollars, and he bought hot dogs for himself and three of his friends.  Hugs were exchanged.  Hearts were warmed.  

And across the street we stumbled into the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.  The woman at the information desk was curious about us and our trip and eager to show us around the space. 

Jonah enjoyed the geometric blocks.

Maeryn created.

And added her art to the display wall in the do-it-yourself center.

While Michael and the kids worked on their own creations, I explored the museum.  My favorite piece was a pastel by Mallory Lake:

It's funny how I'm noticing that we talked about not having much money for this segment of our trip, and yet we seem to be spending it left and right.  Here's a breakdown:

- Circus School - saved prior to the event ($66)
-  Art Museum - scraping the bottom of the unschooling budget ($22)
-  5 bucks for hot dogs - remnants of my allowance for the two week period ($5)
-  dinner at Wendy's - extra grocery money ($22)
-  gas - budgeted prior (no idea the cost here.  We budget a specific amount every two weeks for gas)

And thus, we headed back to New Hampshire to finish out our time there.


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