Last weekend Hailey had her first piano recital. She played Can-Can for an audience of nearly 300. She started playing this year with an amazing teacher. Hailey really enjoys learning to play and practiced very hard for her recital.
We were a little nervous because she almost always had trouble in one spot and the morning of the recital she made several errors. But when it was show time, she waltzed on the stage, sat down and played her piece perfectly. We were so proud of our little lady.
The recital show cased her instructors students (44) from 5 years old to college aged kids. As the pieces progressed it was fascinating to see the difference music made in some of these kids' lives. The final student was one that had graduated and he played Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us by Bradbury and then played an original composition that I felt competed with the some of the classics.
Ti's the season for giving thanks, so I thought I would list just 13 of the things I am most thankful for. My blessings are really too numerous to count.
Hank is a wrecking ball concealed in an adorable little boy that lights up the room with his smile and charm. All that goodness aside, he is a wrecker. Nearly every activity he engages in encompasses a certain level of wrecking. Rather it be wrecking a clean room, wrecking his sister's homework or artwork, wrecking a fine piece of furniture by banging a toy on it, nicking the wall by tipping over the chair, wrecking the DVD player by yanking on it, or finding pens and coloring on the wall. A wrecker is he.
Friday night was the first time in 2 and half years that I spent the night away from all of the kids. Max had a function for work downtown and we convinced my mom to stay the night with the kids. Our argument that was that it would be much better to just fall asleep at our house instead of having to get up at midnight and drive home in the cold. Although we didn't mention that Hank routinely wakes up at 5. :) Luckily my mom is the best grandma in the world and took it all with a smile. The kids had so much fun with their grammy sleepover at our house!
Kaitlin was a Jedi Girl,
I was Padme,
Max was Anakin,
and Karlie was Queen Amidala.
It was nice that we got to reuse the Queen Amidala and Ewok costume from 3 years ago and could borrow the full Jedi costume from Chrysti. I made Max and my costumes, so the only one we bought was Hailey's! It was really fun and I am already thinking up ideas for next year!