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Caroline Has Her Learner’s Permit

Caroline has had her learner’s permit for several months but she hasn’t been very excited to go out driving and get her required 40 hours of road time in. She certainly doesn’t seem as excited to drive as I remember myself being. She’s been to the driving range a few times for Drivers Ed and has gone on the road once with her instructor. I’ve also taken her around the neighborhood a few times, but she hasn’t felt very confident. Today we decided to do some real driving. We went on the Mountain View Corridor, where the speed limit is as high as 65. She did fine and it seemed to increase her confidence quite a bit.

9th Grade Awards Ceremony

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At the end of the year the Middle School held an awards assembly for all of the 9th graders with outstanding achievements. Caroline got an award for receiving Honors in citizenship in all her classes all 3 years of Middle School. This ranking comes with each classes’ grades every quarter, and means that she showed proper integrity and work ethic in everything she did inside and outside of class. Good job Caroline!

Week in review

This past week was a busy one for the family with the kids in school, and Young Women and Scouts, and volunteering at the hospital. Of course, the highlight of my week was the home opener for BYU against Texas. This year we are glad that Grandpa is finally retiring now that he’s turned 70 and can start going to games with us. Sam always likes to go to the games and the girls like to go if the weather isn’t too bad and if the prospects of getting treats is high. With Grandpa at the game the prospects of getting treats is significantly higher so there was some argument and discussion this week amongst the girls as to who would get to go. Caroline managed to lay first claim so she was the lucky one this week.

Waiting out the storm in the car with Grandpa

Waiting out the storm in the car with Grandpa

We met Grandpa in Provo about 1.5 hours before kickoff and had lunch at an Asian restaurant which, although not the cleanest place in town, was pretty good. As we were leaving the restaurant a huge black cloud was rolling in and the wind was whipping. By the time we had left the parking lot of the restaurant the rain was coming down hard and as we drove by Provo High School trees were blowing over on the sidewalk. We went slow through the rain and got up to the gates of the parking area when the guy closed the gates with two cars in front of us. I guess they didn’t want the parking attendants standing out in the storm so I can’t blame them for that but it meant there was a whole street full of cars with nowhere to go.

The storm didn't dampen our spirits

The storm didn’t dampen our spirits

I wasn’t about to lose my prime parking spot so I did some fancy maneuvering in the car and found an entrance to the lot that was still open. The cop guarding the gate let us in but told us to stay in the car until the storm had passed. We didn’t need to be told because with the way the storm was howling we had no plans to leave the car and get soaked and blown to pieces. Even though we had ponchos with us they wouldn’t have done much good the way the rain and wind where whipping around. We sat in the car and listened to the pre-game on the radio. What we hoped would be a short wait eventually turned into a two hour delay until kickoff.

Enjoying the game

Enjoying the game

The kids were pretty good and patient even though waiting 2 hours in the car through a rain storm isn’t their idea of a good time. Eventually the rain and wind let up and people started filing into the stadium for the game. The game was fun with only a light sprinkle or two for the rest of the night. Best of all the Cougars were awesome and had a great game.

Sam the Tenderfoot

Sam the Tenderfoot

The other noteworthy event of the week was Sam’s first rank advancement as a Boy Scout. He earned his Tenderfoot award at the Court of Honor on Wednesday night. When they presented the award, they asked for the parents to come forward with the boy. Of course I thought it was more important to stay back and man the camera so Nancy had to go up by herself. She was pretty miffed at me for leaving her behind and as soon as the Scout leader presented the award Nancy hustled off the “stage” (it was an outdoor Court of Honor) and I didn’t get the chance to snap a good photo.

Doing the Scout Oath

Doing the Scout Oath

Sam isn’t super interested in Scouting. Frankly, he’s about as interested in it as I was at his age. I’ve been working with him a little bit on his rank advancements here and there; however, he isn’t really self-motivated to do the work. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to bribe/push/force him to get his Eagle like I was forced to get mine (I couldn’t get my driver’s license until I got my Eagle). For now, I’m just going along with him on the campouts (11 year hold Scouts must have a Dad with them in over to go on overnight campouts) and trying to balance helping him with Scouts vs. pressuring him to do Scouts.

Science Fair

Instead of our family’s usual paper-towel experiment, Caroline came up with an experiment to see how well washable markers actually wash out. She had a good time shopping for supplies with Nancy and preparing the experiment.

Preparing the experiment

Preparing the experiment

Before the wash

Before the wash

Washing for science

Washing for science

It was a good experiment but it seems that all the markers wash out pretty well so it was hard to determine any difference between them. In the end it was a cheap and easy science fair project. After messing with apples and plants and paper towels, it gets more difficult each year to come up with an experiment. I’ll be glad when our youngest is past 6th grade and thus science fair is behind us.

The results

The results

Caroline’s Birthday

Ready for Young Women

Ready for Young Women

Twelve years old!

Twelve years old!

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:

Caroline’s 5th grade program

Today was the 5th grade program at Caroline’s school.  I actually didn’t know that they were going to have the program until this morning.  I usually go walking every morning with a friend in the neighborhood who has kids almost the identical ages as mine.  She mentioned that she had to go to her son’s fifth grade program today.  I asked whether it was just his class or if it was all of the fifth graders and she said it was all of them.  I am glad she said something because I would have missed it.  I think Caroline didn’t mention it because she thought that I would embarrass her in front of all her friends.  I don’t know why she would think that because all the parents were in the dark for most of the program( I didn’t take very good pictures because of it).  I love Caroline very much and I think she did a great job.  She even had a speaking part at the beginning (I only wish I could have taken better pictures!)  Here are some of the very out of focus pictures I took of the event.

Caroline’s Mississipi State Report

I also went today to Caroline’s class to see her float she made for her state report.  She has been working for a couple of weeks on it and was excited for me to see her hard work. All the kids in her class were sitting in a circle by their desks and showed off their state reports to their parents and all the other 5th graders. She was so proud of her work that right when I go there, she had to show me that she got a 95 out of 100.  I was really impressed.  Great job, Caroline!

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)

Ice Skating with Caroline

The past few years the Activity Days group has had a daddy-daughter ice skating activity. I enjoy ice skating, although my ankles certainly don’t appreciate it the next day. In the past I’ve gone with Emily and Anne. This year was Caroline’s turn.

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Caroline on ice

Caroline is a rather timid ice skater at first but eventually she gets the hang of it and enjoys zooming around the small rink here in South Jordan.

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Getting the hang of it…

Fortunately for my ankles, this will be the last ice skating for a few years as Caroline will be in Young Women this time next year. It will be a few years of Girls Camp and Scout Camp before it’s Diana’s turn to ice skate with the Activity Days group.