Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time for me to brag on my boys a little bit.
Today the older boys competed in the PMTA Sonatina Competition.
Henry competed in Level 2 against 8 other pianist. Isaac was Level 3 against 9 other pianist. James was level 8 against 8 other pianist. Overall there were around 100 kids playing in 12 different levels.
James and Isaac both received Honorable Mention in their levels.
Henry made it to the finals and went on to WIN FIRST PLACE!!!
I am so happy and proud of all three of them that I keep crying at random. Michael asked me to stop because it is embarrassing.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Did you know that when you get toys stuck on your power lines the power company will come and get them down for you? Good to know for those times when your nun chuck skills get a bit out of hand.
Margaret made some Jesus-related items at Sunday school recently. Malcolm found them on the table and brought them over to me asking, "Who made this Jesus crap?" Translation: "Who made this Jesus craft?" Three-year olds are always good for a chuckle.
We are gearing up for the big Sonatina Piano Contest this weekend. Each of the older boys will be evaluated by a group of judges. Parents and piano instructors are not allowed to attend this portion of the contest. Only the top two students in each level will move onto the finals, which everyone is welcome to attend. The boys are competing in levels 3, 4, and 8.
This is our first year competing and I don't expect any of them to reach the finals, but it is still an exciting day and I like that they are excited and ready to meet this challenge. Here's a little bit of James practicing his piece (Level 8). Blogger wouldn't let me upload the whole thing:
LMCA is going along smoothly and although challenges seem to arise every week, I think it is going really well. It helps to have a year under our belts. It really puts things into perspective. I have a great co-founder and an awesome group of co-leaders. It's so fun to do something so awesome with a big group of friends. And my kids LOVE it, so it makes it so much more enjoyable.
It's that dreaded time to think about Halloween and Trick or Treating. Everyone has different views on this topic. I stick by our family's choice on what to do on this day. For us, it is a community event. Our neighborhood really comes together to celebrate our community and friendships. If it was up to us, we would have chosen a different event. But alas, it's not always about the individual.