Archive for November 2011

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:

2011 Halloween

Every year we try to grow a big pumpkin. Some years are better than others but this year turned out to be our biggest pumpkin yet. When we first had kids I enjoyed carving pumpkins with them and didn’t mind being the pumpkin gut scooper. After being in charge of scooping guts for the past 17 years I’m getting a little tired of it. Fortunately, the big one didn’t have too many guts. Instead it was the small green pumpkins that were hard to clean out.

Carving the pumpkins

Carving the pumpkins

The kids wanted to do something spectacular with the big pumpkin but my carving skills are limited and by the time I got all the pumpkins cleaned out I didn’t feel like spending a lot more time on carving so instead of a spectacular pumpkin they got the standard smiling jack-o-lantern. Still, I think it turned out pretty well.

The big one's smile

The big one’s smile

We got a lot of comments from trick-or-treaters about the pumpkin. Most people said “where did you buy that?” and when I told them we grew it in our backyard they were suitably impressed. The only problem with such a big one is that it’s going to take forever to decompose in our back yard.

Big papa pumkins and all the little pumpkinlets

Big papa pumkins and all the little pumpkinlets

Caroline went trick-or-treating as Hermione Granger with her friends, while Diana dressed up as Tigger and went trick-or-treating with her friend from next door.

Hermione Granger and Tigger (I think) and a pirate neighbor

Hermione Granger and Tigger (I think) and a pirate neighbor

Anne is at that strange age where you’re too old to trick-or-treat and you’re not quite old enough to go to cool Halloween parties with friends. She debated whether or not to go trick-or-treating at all with me encouraging her to stay home and hang out with me and Nancy and Emily. In the end she decided that a odd Hungarian girl costume (I think?) with a friend was better than staying home with parents and older siblings.

Anne as a Hungarian girl?

Anne as a Hungarian girl?

Sam was a ninja and went out with his buddies. They all returned home at different times where I did “inspection” on their candy and made sure they all paid their “Dad tax”.

Sam the ninja

Sam the ninja