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Anne to the MTC

Dropping Anne off at the MTC

Dropping Anne off at the MTC

We dropped off daughter #2 at the MTC today. 2 months of language training then off to Taipei, Taiwan!

Anne’s Mission Call

Anne’s mission call came in the mail today! We waited impatiently all day for her to drive up from BYU with her roommates to open the call in front of friends and family.

The Taiwan Taipei Mission under President Jergensen. So exciting!

Anne’s High School Graduation




Anne’s Graduation was on June 4th at 10:00 at Utah Valley University. Since her graduating class consisted of 700-odd people it was a lot easier to have it there than at the school, and parking and seating was comparatively unlimited. She really enjoyed taking pictures with her friends before the ceremony, as well as a special one with her mom afterwards. Luckily they didn’t read everyone’s names in alphabetical order during the ceremony, so Anne didn’t have to be in the back and could enjoy everything with her friends. She had a really fun time in school and will miss lots of people, but is looking forward to summer and attending BYU in the fall.


Anne giving a friend a high five after her name has been read


2014 Bingham Christmas Dance

Anne and her date for the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance

Anne and her date for the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance

Anne got asked to the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance and was excited to go. As you can tell from the photo, it’s a “pajamas dance”. I only briefly met her date and he seemed like a nice guy. They didn’t have pajama dances back in my day, so I’m not sure what the protocol is for such a thing; but apparently Anne’s date’s Mom made the matching pajama bottoms. She had a good time and I’m glad she’s having a lot of fun with her friends during her Senior year while still keeping her grades up.

Anne’s Piano Evaluation

Anne has had a variety of piano teachers over the years but she’s been with Cindy for the past 8 years so Cindy has definitely had the largest influence over Anne’s piano talents and style. Anne plays with decent mechanics but could probably stand to improve in her musical interpretation. Recently she signed up for a performance evaluation from the Utah Music Teacher’s Association. Anne wasn’t clear on the details but apparently you receive an evaluation on your performance with suggestions on areas of improvement. If you are rated high enough, you could be invited to play in UMTA honors recitals at the local or state level.

Anne and her teacher

Anne and her teacher Cindy

Although Anne was disappointed that she didn’t play well enough to get invited to an official honor recital, I’m glad she at least had the gumption to receive and evaluation and get feedback. She did play well in the recital for all of Cindy’s students. I’m glad that Anne still enjoys taking piano lessons and is motivated to practice on her own. I’ve always stated that my expectations for the kids’ music career are that they develop the ability to play hymns in church. Fortunately, Anne has far exceeded those expectations.

Anne’s Birthday

Anne somehow managed to finagle a friend party for her 15th birthday. I’m not sure how she managed to pull that off because Nancy is pretty much “partied out” from doing birthday parties over the years. Perhaps the fact that our exchange student Ainhoa was visiting helped Anne convince her Mom of the need for a party.

Anne on her birthday

Anne on her birthday

Now that she’s 15 she can get her learner’s driving permit. Heaven help us!

2011 Winter Recital

For the 2011 Winter Recital it was back to the piano teacher’s house. This is Emily’s last recital as now that she’s about to turn 16 she has the option to quit piano lessons and is going to exercise that option. I’ve always said that I would be happy as long as my kids learned to play the Hymns on the piano and Emily has certainly progressed to that level as she’s been the Young Woman pianist for most of her career in Young Women.

Caroline starts off with All Through the Night a Welsh Traditional tune Arranged by N. Faber, followed by The Tempest, also by Faber

Next up is Emily playing an arrangment of Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movement Allegro molto moderato
by Grieg, followed by Dances With Wolves Medley of John Barry songs composed for the movie:

Finally Anne plays Polish Dance by Xavier Scharwenka and Romance, Op 24, No 9 by Jean Sibelius:

Anne’s 2011 Halloween Band Concert

So, it turned out there was a use for Anne’s interesting-looking Halloween costume. Apparently she needed it for her 9th grade Halloween band concert. Here in all its glory is the video from Anne’s concert. You can see her in the percussion section wearing what looks to me like something that Luigi would wear if he were a woman:

For a 9th grade band, they’re not too shabby although the Halloween music selection isn’t necessarily my favorite. Their 9th grade band teacher must have the patience of Job though. You couldn’t pay me enough money to do that job.

2011 Spring Recital

The kids had their 2011 Spring Recital at a local music store. The action on the recital hall piano was much stiffer than the kids are used to so they had a hard time with it even though this recital they were probably better prepared than most. They didn’t want me to post these videos because of all the mistakes they made in the recital but I figured it’s fun to look back and see how they progress in ability over the years. It also shows you that you need to prepare for the type of piano that you’ll be playing on – practice makes perfect.

First up is Miss Caroline. She is playing Rage Over a Lost Penny by Beethoven and Sea Mist by Bastien. I remember playing Sea Mist at a recital when I was a kid taking piano lesson. It brings back the memories and stirs my emotions to hear Caroline play it. “Is this the little girl I carried, sunrise, sunset, all of that stuff…”

Emily was next. She played the 2nd movement (Adagio Cantabile) from Beethoven’s Sonata number 8 (Sonata Pathétique) and the Dances with Wolves Medley by John Barry, arranged by Lori Line.

Anne played Chopin’s Polonaise in A Major followed by Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.1, Op.2 No.1, 1st Movement (Allegro)

Anne’s Birthday

Anne's Birthday 2010

Anne's Birthday 2010

(08/18/2011)Unfortunately, it’s been more than a year since I focused on updating the website. Now that I’m done with school, I’ve got much more time in the evenings so I’m going back in time and adding events that I previously missed. I can’t remember what we did for Anne’s birthday in 2010 but I don’t believe she got a “friend” party. Anne, I’m sorry that the best I could do was a picture without much commentary.