Monday, December 8, 2014

Around the house, AB recital, E orchestra concert

Can you find Charles in the picture below? Jane and Nora like to snuggle with him.
Saturday afternoon, once chores etc were done, Elisabeth and Charles sat down on the couch and turned on a BYU football game. They are their father's children.

Annabelle had her second piano recital this past week. She played "Joy to the World" and did a duet with Elisabeth playing, "Away in a Manger". You can watch those at the end of this post.

Elisabeth is accompanying the fifth grade orchestra this year and they had a Christmas concert this week. The day of her concert was busy. Thursdays are always busy anyway because all three kids have piano lessons, and we have two different piano teachers so we drive back and forth. Then we threw in this concert...Elisabeth was supposed to be there at 530 and it began at six. Well, she finished her piano lesson at 530 (Charles finishes at 6pm so Scott picked him up on his way home from work), we drove over and on our way, while stuck in heavy traffic, I asked Elisabeth if there was some sort of dress code for the recital; she was wearing sneakers, turquoise pants and a white shirt with a purple tank over top. She looked at me in horror and said, "Yes! Black and white!" Oh great. I explained to her that with it being 540, there was no way we had time to go back home and make it to the recital in time; they were in opposite directions and we were stuck in traffic. I could see tears in her eyes and I tried to come up with some other plan. I tried to think if we would pass a Target or Walmart or anything like that but nothing was coming to mind. Then I remembered there was a thrift store coming up. I told her to take off her purple tank so she was in a white t-shirt and then we parked and I ran into the thrift store an found her a pair of black pants for $2.70. She put them on as we drove the rest of the way and we got there about 5 minutes before the concert began. It only lasted about 15 minutes, which was actually very nice, especially considering I had to take Nora to the potty twice during those 15 minutes because, I quote, "I have to go potty bad!" and "I have to go poop bad!" Scott and Charles didn't make it; Charles got out a few minutes late and we knew they'd miss most, if not all, of it.

As we drove home from orchestra, Elisabeth and I talked about how next year we'll probably need to cut something out of her schedule because she's got way too much going right now with weekly piano, school choir, orchestra and soccer, monthly student leadership and activity days, and baking buddies every 6 weeks. She said she'd be fine letting go of wasn't challenging for her as the pianist and she ended up sitting around a lot during practice with not much to do. The nice thing about orchestra for me is that it's during school; whereas choir is before school, and sometimes after, which gets tricky, especially considering we don't live within the school district boundaries.

Annabelle and Elisabeth practicing, "Away in a Manger"

Annabelle playing, "Joy to the World" at her recital.

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