Saturday, February 21, 2009

Collin's Piano Contest
Collin's piano teacher believes it's best to start doing the Music Festival as early as possible, so she starts in 6th grade, a year before the school starts them. This is a first for Collin and he was plenty nervous! He started strong, got pretty jumbled in the middle and finished strong. The judge was AWESOME, she walked over to him put her hand on his shoulder and asked him if he ever felt like his hands were jello and his fingers wouldn't do what he wanted them to. He looked so relieved! She then let him replay the part he jumbled and encouraged him to keep working! Intial report is he got a 1 which is an excellent...we'll see more on Monday!

Collin's piano contest piece

My Uncle Bill died February 19th after suffering a heart attack while driving, causing his car to crash. I believe my uncle was 81, I believe. We share the same birthday and so does my cousin John. He and my mother were very close, so here are some pictures in honour of him. Graduation with my mother, they went through school together as they were only 17 months apart.
In front of the Smithsonian Museum for a school trip, I believe
At a cousin's reunion in 1992, one of the few times we were together for our birthday!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hysterical, for me anyway!!!
I am trying to clean out and sort the Rec Room. I want to be able to have my friends over to scrapbook in there, but it is a mess!!! Anyway I am going through old boxes to see if there is anything in there we can live without (lol!) Well, I found a box of old cards and a little white piece of paper I almost threw away!!!! On a personal note, he knew he had my engagement ring, but I did not. He was still making payments on it. Considering we only have 4 children, unless you count our angel in heaven, then he truly stuck to his word! I do not remember the context this was written or in, or what I eventually asked for, but it wasn't 5 kids! It sure made me laugh!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Zoo!
It was such a beautiful day on Saturday, warm (74F), lightly breezy (even for KS), so after some chores the children and I went to Great Bend to the Christian Book store and to the Zoo and to DQ. This used to be such a huge deal when the children were little, but it was very relaxing and enjoyable. Well, except for the 2 times there was enough bickering that I said we were leaving if they did not settle it. Of course the new camera had to come along and Collin even got to take a picture (there had to be at least one of me...)

This lion was a little cranky and right up against the fence. There was another railing 2 ftin front of the fence, so the boys could not get any closer... He was probably HOT!
Neat train mural in the petting zoo area.Evidence that I can in fact share the camera... if I have to... I guess

Friday, February 06, 2009

Pardon my poor English on the post following this one. The band we went to see this summer Casting Crowns performed at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday attended by President Obama. Here is a clip of the song that I heard them singing at the breakfast. The clip is from this summer, but I heard a live clip on the radio of them at the breakfast. Does that even make sense?

Sang at the Nat'l Prayer Breakfast

Monday, February 02, 2009

Took this first one on the way home from church with the Power Shot. The ducks did not give me more than a second to point and shoot before the headed around the corner! Stinkers... Chris took this one and we can even see the beads of water. Not to mention, it's just kind of funny! "Hey dear they're taking a photo might want to get your butt down and your head up!"

Coming in for a landing... i love the maple leaf!


Erin and I had fun getting them up and watching them fly around, then the launched for their evening!

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As I was going through the computer and cleaning things up a bit, I thought I'd share some photos with you!