Phases Kieran has gone through in the last two years or so:
Wizard of Oz
Sound of Music
Bye Bye Birdie
Could be more, but that's what I remember off the top of my head. Now it's the Chronicles of Narnia. Mike took the boys to see the play right before Christmas, and in a wonderful case of serendipity, Kieran received the book on CD from his aunt and uncle in England for Christmas. Even though he has two different versions of the video checked out from the library, he insisted on using his Christmas $ to buy his own personal copy.
Kieran's been desperate to make Turkish Delight, so we did just that a few days after Christmas. It's a very time-intensive process. (If you have not recently read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the White Witch uses Turkish Delight to lure Edmond to come away with her.) It involves a lot of stirring, and we used my candle thermometer because we didn't have a candy thermometer. Turkish Delight is like aplets and cotlets without the fruit and nuts. Yes, that's right--pure sugar, with only rose water for flavoring. Mike grew up on the stuff--it's popular in the UK--but his favorite kind was coated in chocolate!
Turkish delight is like aplets and cotlets the way that treacle tart is like pecan pie. WHAT'S THE POINT without the pecans, if you ask me! But the things we do for our children. It was an adventure! :)