Monday, April 7, 2014

A Guys' Birthday

 We celebrated my "big guys'" birthdays yesterday.  Since they LOVE cars, a friend designed a special cake for them.  She did an awesome job!
Jacob will be 14 this Friday, and Jamie is...another year older.  :)
 Happy birthday, honey!  Love you!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jacob's Recital Song: Saber Dance

Charlie's Recital Song: Symphony No. 1

Jenna's Recital Song: The Train Song

There's chatter in Jenna's video because I had to redo it.  I pushed the wrong button during her actual performance.

Amarin's Recital Song: Pachelbel Canon

The Piano Recital

Tonight was the first time all four kids played in a piano recital.
They were ready!
They arrived a little early so they could practice.
Jenna was the first of them to play.  She played a simple tune called The Train Song
and with her big smile.
Charlie was next, and appeared so casual about the whole thing.  His song was Symphony No. 1.
Amarin had the longest song, Pachelbel Canon.  It was beautiful.
Jacob had, by far, the fastest song, Saber Dance.  It is a fast one to begin with, but add a little nervousness, and it was downright speedy.
Here they are with their teacher, Mrs. B.
 She is our pastor's wife, and the piano player at our church.
She is phenomenal, and I love her southern gospel style!
And let's not forget the best audience member ever...Miss Laura!
She may clap in the middle of the performance, but she just loves the music!
Most important, they did their best and had a fun time.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Made for relaxing...
Amarin is being his typical "engineering" self, 
 and Jenna worked her first 100 piece puzzle.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Biology Assistant

Biology is much more fun with an assistant!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Solo & Ensemble

Today was solo and ensemble.
Jacob was in two ensembles, a duet, and played a solo.
Not sure what they received on the last ensemble piece, but he walked away with two firsts and a second.
He "rocked" his solo, Jamie said, and the judge said he was playing way beyond middle school level.  He suggested that Jacob play a bigger tuba so he can get more sound.  Thankfully, the tuba he has at home is indeed bigger...just needs tuning.  Well done, Jacob and ensemble guys!!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The New Baby

Our family has grown by a new baby...
a baby grand, that is.

Oooohh...I have always thought baby grands were beautiful, but the prices...not so beautiful.
So, when we heard our friends were planning to sell their baby grand, we jumped at the chance to buy it.
And the piano happened to be the color I love most...shiny black!
I can not wait to hear the kids play on this beauty!
However, with anything new, there is an old.  We are saying goodbye to our beloved upright piano that has been in Jamie's family for quite a few years.  All the kids have learned to play on it and we have been so blessed to have it.  But the sound board is rusty, a few of the keys don't work, and it just can't be tuned anymore.  It's ready for retirement.  
Jacob has talked his dad into tearing the piano apart, and building something out of the wood.  So, it's really not "goodbye," but rather, a little facelift.  Can't wait to see what they design...though I have my eye on a coffee table with glass covering the keyboard.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Guess who got their China travel visas today??
Can you tell we are not at all excited?
Even more excited is Daddy...who is still wondering what to do with 4 kids and a dog while he's working!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Faithful Friend

Gus hung very close to Laura after school today.  He followed her, and would lie down beside her when she was still.  At one point, we found them like this.  Laura didn't seem to mind that this huge friend was hogging the camera! 
 A couple hours later, right before dinner, Laura became very somber and whiney. Gus would stick close to her, and then come over to Jamie or me, almost nervous-like...then head back to her.  Kind of like he was telling us...hey...she's not feeling well!
 I held her and she started to cry these silent tears that not only break your heart, but also make us wonder what on earth she's thinking about that makes her suddenly so sad.  Well, Gus was right there with her, and she actually laid her head on his back while she cried.  So sweet!  I wasn't paying attention at the time, but from this photo, it looks like Gus is crying on my shoulder!  Ha!
He stuck close before bed, too.  It makes me wonder if he knew she wasn't feeling well so far ahead of when we knew.  Perhaps that's why he was staying so close this afternoon.  Love this pup!