Sunday, December 27, 2015
Everyone was really happy with their presents, Stetson's main thing he'd wanted was "I love that minifigure" book that talks about legos. He got a scooby doo lego kit that he put together in no time flat. During Christmas break I told the kids they could each have a day where they could choose something fun to do (mall, library, sledding, etc) and Stetson chose to take his scooby doo lego kit apart and have me help him rebuild it. Oh joy. :) So thats what we did! Kandace chose to have her nails painted and we haven't done Janelle's day yet.
Christmas Eve was nice. We miss the traditional gnoccies at Grandma Asays and even tried to make them one year (well Michael did) and they were good but it made so much and so we've tried different things. Last year we did a cafe rio copy cat recipe of sweet pork tacos, this year we did a pork loin roast with a caramelized sauce with seasoned potatoes, spinach salad, garlic bread and sparkling cider. It was really good and it was a wonderful feeling to spend Christmas Eve with my family. Michael spent 4 hours between Wed and Thur night putting together a doll house for Janelle in the freezing cold garage. I sure love that guy. He is a trooper.
*is still one of the best breakfast eaters I know
*loves to carry Stahle, buckle/unbuckle her from the car and is really a big help in fetching me diapers, pjs, etc
*loves math trivia and is always quizzing mom, dad and anyone else
*likes 3rd grade with Mrs. Riehl and is doing really well in all subjects
I'm never quite ready for all my kids to be home from school it seems like. Its always a struggle finding stuff to keep them busy and happy. Going out and doing things seems like a great solution but Stahle still takes a morning and afternoon nap so that puts a kink in our schedule.
On this day, we bundled up, made snow angles and Henry and Melinda came over for a little bit, too. Other than that, we stayed in all day.
Friday, November 20, 2015
I sit between Nancy and Kathleen, Kathleen is a nun actually and it was fun to get to know her and hear her take on things. Nancy is a retired teacher who lived in Powell apparently. She was one of the best altos in the group, featured in one of the Mozart solos actually. Early in rehearsals, Steven (conductor) wanted a small group of soloists to go down to the front and sing the quartets when we did the Mozart pieces so the choir would get an idea of how it would sound. Nancy encouraged me to go down with her, and when it got closer to the time of the concert when I knew he'd be having official auditions for the solos, I spent a lot of time on u-tube listening to the 2 Mozart pieces we did, trying to learn the solos really well, and I tried out and got to sing the solo in Veni Sancte Spiritus which translates to come holy spirit; fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle the fire of your love in them. Steven had us translate it on our own at home and it was fun to get to see what we were actually singing and realizing that these long time, well known classical pieces are praises to God and talk about things I've believed in since I was a little girl. As far as I can tell, everyone in the group is religious and its been neat to hear everyone's take on the music and what it means to them. I am grateful for this little experience in my life that brings music back to my life. I am also grateful for Michael since I couldn't do any of this without him. I'm grateful for a job that makes it possible for him to be home evenings and for his willingness to pitch in with the kids during rehearsals and performances.
Halloween was pretty low key this year, we trick or treated on Ave D again and it was fun to see the kids' reactions and the fun decorations. The weather was great! We've had a beautiful fall.
The girls love the tire swing..well except Stahle. She does not love swings of any kind. Even just a gentle push makes her grab onto the front for dear life with a look of terror. So funny.