Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Good kids and Piano Festival at USU

One day every week, I attend a free Zumba class given at a church building. Nora is such a gem and comes with me each week, sits on the side and eats her snack and plays with toys. I'm grateful she's good enough that we can go each week. 
 This baggie had a shortbread cookie in there, but Charles ate it. I liked his note on the bag for "mom" to not eat his cookie :). He knows I have a sweet tooth, even if it is a whole grain, no refined sugar, cookie :).
 I noticed Annabelle was practicing piano one day this week with binoculars in her hand and I had to chuckle and take a picture. Not all our work/chore times are super productive, that even goes for me who sometimes loves to sing and dance while I clean...it may take a lot longer, but we get it done and sometimes you just need to change things up :).
 Elisabeth had a piano festival/competition at USU this weekend in Logan Utah (about a 1 1/2- 2 hour drive). We were able to drive up with our good friends, Gina and Sara Arkell, because Sara was competing as well. We left at 7am and got home around 430pm, so it was a long day, but we had a nice time together as mother-daughter, and also with our dear friends. I have pictures of Sara and Elisabeth together when they were babies/toddlers :), Now Sara is 13 and Elisabeth 11.

 Elisabeth performed two pieces in two different divisions, one Chopin and one Beethoven. Then we had about an hour in which we ate lunch and she played some games the music students from the college were running.
You could earn tickets at the various games and turn them in for prizes and so Elisabeth's favorite game was the one she always won and got several tickets for each win, sometimes she even won against the college students. The game was called "Spell on the Staff" and they would write 4 words on the board that 2 people would then race to spell out drawing notes on the staff. She's a really good little sight reader! :)

 Here is Elisabeth with her piano teacher and the other 5 of Bridget's students that entered the festival. Every single one of them was either a finalist or got an honorable mention which is fantastic! There were SO many kids there who performed and did so well but didn't get recognized because there are just so many good ones to choose from.
 Elisabeth got called up for her Beethoven piece and received and 'honorable mention' certificate. She did amazing on both her pieces.

 We got to hear a lot of the finalists play in the 17 divisions and when we did, I think Elisabeth was just thrilled to have even gotten an honorable mention! They were all that good! And she's still young so there are lots more opportunities to try and go for a finalist spot if she chooses. We're so proud of Elisabeth for all her hard work!

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