Sunday, December 10, 2017

George Christmas Dance Recital 2017

George had his dance recital yesterday and he did great!  It's so fun to watch him!  Because it's so inexpensive for boys to dance, he gets to take three classes a week-- tap, hip-hop, and ballet.
this was his hip-hop costume.  In the video George is the front-left.

Nice air, George!
He says hip-hop is is favorite.
My favorite picture of George's tap number during the dress rehearsal.  For the recital he had his black shirt. 

There he is with the right shirt on.  Go me!
Such a little gentlemen.

Here he is with his class and his teacher when they were getting reading to dance at Festival of Trees a couple of weeks ago. 
Now we just have Faith's gymnastics recital this week and then recital season is done!  

Piano Recital December 2017

One of my most stressful evenings of the Christmas season, but the one I enjoy the most as well is the piano recital for my students.  We work hard to help everyone get ready and I am always very pleased with the results.
All my peeps.  Yes, there are a lot of them.  No, I don't know how I find the time, but I know it involves a lot of unfolded laundry, unread books, and non-gourmet meals.  I also know I enjoy each one of them immensely and love my interactions with them.  Its the best part-time gig I could imagine. 
Faith really rocked out on "Go Tell It On the Mountain"

Cannon played a very challenging "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".  Sometimes I just like to see what he can do. 

George was so cute and he is improving so much!  He seems to really enjoy playing the piano.

A few of the boys... I have about equal numbers of boys and girls.
This is about half the audience waiting to begin.
The other half.  Most of my students live in my neighborhood or are homeschool friends, so it's fun to get to hear your own kids play, but also your kid's friends play. 

Now we just keep working hard to be ready for another recital in June.

Christmas for the Riverton 18th Ward

Peter was so happy about his Nativity paper finger puppets.
He was in a mood to take pictures.
He's been testing out Sunbeams in Primary at church for the last couple of weeks.  So far, so good! 
I don't know what the heck happened with our family at church today, but we had children crying all over the place... and not just the usual suspects.  I supposed the stress of the season and Clark's impending departure, but sheesh!  Emotions were way out of wack.  It happens.  And early bedtimes all around happen as a result!
Maybe there was too much partying at the ward Christmas party Friday night. 
Cannon and his buds.
It's so strange to see Faith hanging out with the Young Women nowadays.  She's not quite 12 yet, but most of her friends are. 
Favorite picture of the week!
Greta got so tired at the party that she wasn't very happy and she is battling another cold/cough. 
There was a nice little program and we sang some carols.  Bethany played along on her violin for a couple of them.
Peter and his little buddies.  So cute!
Talk about cute... Peter in his little nursery class having a little lesson.  Greta will be joining nursery next month!!!! Happy day!  Abe goes with her for a little while each week already and she likes it.  Fingers crossed she keeps liking it.

Feliz Navidad

After the morning school work is done, it is not uncommon for a family dance party to break out during lunch.  On this day, is was Christmas music and yhe girls were really getting into "Feliz Navidad"!
All ages of kids are great fun, and while the teens can be a little moody, they keep life so exciting!
And very dramatic!
And very silly!
Church is so exhausting for little Greta.  She falls asleep in her high chair before we can get her into her bed.
Do you think the little boys sense that Clark is about to leave?
Our poor cat got left outside all night a few days back.  He was exhausted all day and slept in weird positions.
Its exhaustion was a nice change... he was too tired to hunt and torment the children for the rest of the day. 
The first snow of the season!  

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Last of November

It is a very lovely thing to have a live-in piano duet partner!  We are coming up on our Christmas piano recital and when the kids get tired of practicing their recital songs, Cannon and Faith like to play Christmas duets together and my mommy heart sings!
We've had some sickies at our house this week-- just colds and coughs and such.  I loved coming upon this scene this morning-- a sick Bethany snuggling a sick Greta-- who was wrapped in clean underwear she found in the clean laundry pile.
Did I mention it was clean underwear?  I would not let a child wrap themselves in dirty underwear.  I'd just like everyone to know that I have my standards.
When E. came over for his piano lesson yesterday, Greta greeted him with an actual, audible, understandable "Hi!".  He is one of her favorite people in the world.  And then she wouldn't leave him alone during his lesson.
I'm sorry this picture isn't clearer, because this image so clearly captures George.  He's wearing an ice cream bucket he has fashioned into an astronaut helmet and made himself a jet pack our of the 2-liter root beer bottles left over from family dinner on Sunday night.  Oh, the creative juices flow strongly through this one.
I took this picture of Greta because the image of her crazy hair and her holding a knife seemed to fit the mood she was in earlier this week.  Just feisty and full of baby "tude"!  Don't worry, she was in no danger.  There are ZERO sharp knives in this house.  And ZERO sharp pairs of scissors, for that matter.  She was in far more danger standing on that chair.  Many times throughout the day we took her down from standing on chairs, but she just kept climbing and ending up falling off chairs 4 times throughout the course of the day.  
Here's another good one of her crazy hair.  And speaking of hair... Cannon's is getting quite unruly.  He is supposed to have long hair for his Nutcracker performances.  It's driving me a little nuts, but he says is growing on him... ha, ha, get it?

Tid Bits of Life:
-- The kids and I just finished reading the 6th Harry Potter book.  
-- George had a dance performance at Festival of Trees and he was handsome and adorable.
--I've had a cold/cough for over two weeks.
--Clark is down to less than a month before he leaves.
-- Bethany will be doing two concerts with Marie Osmond next week and I won't be going to either of them.  Blah.
--I am listening to a kid's book on Audible that I find completely charming-- The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.   I am looking forward to driving kids around so I can listen to it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

George is on Christmas Crack!

I mentioned to Abe this morning that Greta's babyhood flew by so quickly.  She is a toddler walking all around and eating real food with her mouth full of teeth and molars.  She growls at everyone and likes to point out Jesus in all the paintings in the hallway at church.  She's not much of a talker yet, but we cannot get enough of her!
She is so snuggly.  She loves to wear jackets and coats and have scarves or blankets around the back of her neck. 
We put up our Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving.  We had a real family divide about where to put up our Christmas tree.  It's always been up in the living room, but some family members (including me) thought it was too crowded up there and we ought to set it up in the family room.  It was pretty much boys versus girls.  We all agreed to a best two out of three rock, paper, scissors to decide.  That way, nobody had to give in.  Abe and I were the representatives and I won two in a row.  I tried to be gracious, but as you can see from this picture, the tree went in the family room.  
However, no one should feel sad at Christmas, so I said I'd keep an eye on Facebook yard sale groups-- and sure enough, someone was giving a tree away for free!  We picked it up and now we have a tree in the family room and living room.  Aren't we fancy!
All eight kids decorating the Christmas tree.  This is a happy picture to me.
George is our own little Buddy the Elf.  He is so excited about all things Christmas!  I say he's on Christmas crack.  He's a whirlwind of Christmas excitement-- cutting snowflakes, making homemade presents for people, keeping a lookout for our Elf on the Shelf, making Christmas bracelets.  He is his father's son!
At a family dinner this evening the Cannon cousins formed a PVC pipe orchestra.  They had remarkably good rhythm and they made the most of the pitch range available with a PVC pipe.  But they were adorable and enthusiastic and cousins playing together is the best.

Thanksgiving Weekend Gets Even Better

One of the very best days of my whole life.
Clark went to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple on Saturday, November 25th.  We were surrounded by friends and family and it was Heaven on earth.
We were inside the temple, which was so beautiful, and then to come outside to gorgeous blue skies!  It was more goodness than I could take in.
This is my favorite picture of the week-- Clark with Grandma and Grandpa Cannon.
This one is for Grandma Fox, who couldn't be with us, but we think will be happy to see us together.
Clark and one of his very best friends, Jakob.
We enjoyed a lunch at Cubby's after the temple.  An already divine day, made even better with Cubby's sweet potato fries.
I'm not sure you can have days as good as this day very often in life.  To have this day fall on Thanksgiving weekend seemed just right.  There aren't words enough to express my gratitude for temples and the gospel, my family and dear friends.