Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Performances

I wanted to share a video clip of Brock performing at his very first piano recital. I was slow getting my camera ready record, so I missed Brock introducing himself and his song. plus the first few notes. But at least I got something!

"Good King Wenceslas"

This is Brock and his fabulous piano teacher, Mrs. Cole. Brock started lessons in September from a wonderful woman from our church, but after abut 4 lessons, she moved out of state! We were sad, but found Mrs. Cole from a list of music teachers in the area provided by the middle school. I just started cold calling some of the teachers, and Mrs. Cole just happened to have a student recently need to withdraw, so she had an opening, and it happened to be on the same day Brock was already used to having lessons. Just seemed meant to be! We couldn't be happier. I love that the student having lessons right before Brock is older (maybe 12 ish?) and Brock can see what a few years of lessons can lead to. We are so proud of his hard work and willingness to practice and even perform in front of a big crowd! (his teacher has 21 students, and each one had several family members attend so that adds up!)

We like to get our kids each a chocolate advent calendar each December. One evening Brock realized he had missed a few days. (He is not that into candy - he still has Halloween candy left) so he asked if he could get caught up and open a couple doors. I said sure, and to our dismay...most of his chocolate was already missing! No doubt his 2 year old sister had something to do with this. I expected Brock to feel sad, but he thought it was funny.

This was my favorite song of the night. Sorry it is bouncy, Jenna kept tapping my arm and trying to climb into my lap so my arms were bouncing all over. But be sure to watch until the end, they had a little surprise in store for us!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Santas of Christmas Past

2007. Allie was not quite 2 years old and would not even consider sitting with Santa, but Mrs. Clause gave her a candy cane and bear to hold, so she reluctantly agreed to at least sit with her. Brock was 3, and totally willing to sit with the Jolly Old St. Nick. (I have yet to visit a Santa as authentic looking as this one. He and Mrs. Clause were at the Christmas craft show in the Idaho Center arena in Nampa, ID.)

2008. Brock was 4, perfect age for cheesy forced smiles. Allie was 2, still young enough to be nervous and reluctant. Jenna was just shy of a year old...young enough to not know what was going on.
2009. Brock is now 5 and really gets it. Allie is now 3 and so shy she wont even look at Santa. Two year old Jenna follows big sister's lead and needs to sit on Daddy, not the strange man in red.

2010. Brock is totally over sitting on a grown man's lap. Allie gets the tradition, but would rather stand by brother than sit on Santa's knee. Jenna, now almost 3, is strong enough to really refuse to go near the man. Maybe next year. Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Atumn Catch-Up

I am afraid I haven't been the most diligent blogger as of late, so here is a smorgasbord post of a bunch of random things! Enjoy.

Jake has become quite the shot gun fanatic with all the business trips to various hunting lodges. Doesn't he look dangerous in his orange vest? I love that he gets to go have some man time to kill things, but I have a freezer full of pheasant I will probably never prepare. Come on by and get some if you'd like.

Allie has completed her "green book" and can move up to the yellow book. She really wants to keep tumbling and definitely wants to play soccer again.

Woohoo - the foam pit! During Jenna's mommy and me tumbling class, I jumped in too. Its so fun, but there is a trampoline under the foam cubes and every time you move, its sort of like quick sand, its a fight to pull yourself out - its awesome!

The ladies in our ward have a play group once a month, usually focused on the holiday (if any) for that month. My friend Heidi had this adorable craft at her Thanksgiving play group. You stick some tooth picks in an apple, then place some fruit loops on the picks, top it with a marshmallow and you have some feathers. Then add candy orange slice for a head - and viola! A turkey!

Completed turkey! Jenna's didn't have a head or marshmallows on the feathers, because she ate those parts. Allie was more interested in a completed turkey.

Since the weather has been so nice, I took the van through the car wash the other day. I heard Allie say, "Jenna I will hold your hand so you won't be scared." This is what I saw.

Something about getting out the Christmas stuff that makes my kids go nuts. Does this happen at your house?

About to load the Christmas tree. It was super cold that night. Perhaps someday I'll post some pictures of the tree all decorated...but don't quote me on that. Happy Holidays!