Saturday, June 05, 2010

Early May

The events of the merry month of May began with Josiah and I performing the first movement of "Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in E Minor for cello and piano" at Josiah's cello recital. It was the same piece that Josiah had played in a competition back in February, but we had not really played it since February. So we worked to brush it back up a bit for the recital and then pulled it off rather decently (according to eyewitness accounts). The picture above was taken just after we concluded the performance, which would naturally be the reason we are smiling. **Please note that Josiah is the last of my siblings who is still shorter than I am. I'm thinking that will not be the case much longer.**

Josiah with his teacher, Richard Evans.


For Mother's Day, Josh & Abbey had us all over for a cookout. Sadly, what had been a warm, pleasant day turned rather nasty with hail, rain, and cold winds. But that didn't slow us down too much! The grill still smoked the meat nicely in the midst of the storm, and it cleared enough to allow marshmallow roasting after dinner. And is it ever too cold for Sara's delicious homemade ice cream???

Grace has taken to this odd habit of stealing her brother's baseball hat and wearing it backwards. It's really kind of cute on her! :-)

Aside from those events early May was busy with house projects and Presbytery preparations. I was also gone for most of the first two weeks - not out of town, but all the way across town - house sitting/baby sitting for some friends who were, not just out of town, but out of the country! They left their three youngest at home with me, and overall we had a very enjoyable time together - except for the night when the house security alarm went off three times...

I arrived back home from that "job" on a Friday afternoon. Saturday we traveled a few hours away for a friend's wedding. Sunday was church. Monday was house prep. Tuesday guests arrived for Presbytery. A couple of days after Presbytery wrapped up, I had a piano recital for my students (at which I took no pictures).

And that was May!

April Birthdays!

In our family, April means three birthdays! Dad's at the beginning of the month, Corrine's in the middle of the month, and Winston's at the end. This year we practiced efficiency and celebrated all three birthdays together - and had a Liberty Day meeting on the same evening!

First, there were games and a Pinata (after whose demise it was discovered that its head could be reworn...)

Then there was dinner (Bella particularly liked the grilled asparagus).

Then came the Liberty Day meeting (during which the younger set entertained themselves).

Then came Winston's green dinosaur cake with ice cream!

And, of course, presents! Winston had no idea that he had a red bow on the top of his head...

All in all it was a delightful evening - but then we all kind of like each other, too, so you put us all together and it is hard to not have a delightful time! Nothing quite like being a part of the best family ever! :-)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Did you notice?

Okay, so I hope to get around to another "real" post over the weekend, but this was the last of the pictures posted in the last post (on Presbytery), and since no one commented on it, I thought I'd highlight it again here. Obviously, the post was rather long and no one seems to have been examining the later pictures too closely... But surely someone can find something unique in this picture!