Thursday, February 21, 2008

Budding talents

This is Cami's second year playing the cello and she's finally beginning to really enjoy it (which means she practices without me bugging her). I love the sound of the cello and I love that my kids are getting the musical training that I never had.

So once again Glen was out of town for this winter concert...which left me with four kids up past their bedtime to keep quiet and happy. I was more than a little nervous by this prospect (this nervousness amplified by the fact that the last school function I went to without Glen was the one where Ellie threw up in the middle of it).

Somehow we'd gotten there early enough to sit on the front row (anyone who knows me well will know what an anomaly this feat was---unless I mention the fact that I was convinced that the concert began at 6:30 rather than the actual starting time of 7:00). I debated on whether this was a good thing or a bad thing, but ultimately decided that sitting three feet in front of Cami would make for much better photos than from the back of the auditorium where we normally sit.

Much to my own surprise Ellie ignored all the books and activities I brought and instead spent the entire time (no kidding) pretending that two chairs together were her bed. She fastidiously laid out her blanket across the two chairs, smoothing out each and every crease. When everything was to her liking she would carefully crawl up onto it and lie down using her coat as a pillow and Emma's coat as a blanket. Then she would jump down and do it all again...over and over (without noise).

To keep Spencer and Adam happy, I handed them each a camera. Spencer with my nice one and Adam with our old one. Wow! Best money entertainment can buy. Look at the smile on Adam's face--it never left the entire night. Both he and Spencer were so stoked to have free reign with the camera and I got a glimpse into their perspective on life (and budding talents).

I never have gotten so many compliments on how well-behaved they all were (probably because they're usually not). Hmmmm....maybe I should let them take cameras to sacrament meeting. :)

Here are some of their more fun shots of the night:


Denise said...

I love the idea of giving the kids cameras. I am going to try it and see what happens.

BTW, LOVE the new blog look. Did you design it?

Lara said...

Yes. Ever since Valentine's I've been daydreaming about making a new header. Finally got around to it last night, then couldn't find a background that using the same kit (Carousel from Shabby Princess) I designed my very first background. I'm pretty excited, although I acknowledge that I've still got a long way to go. :)

mom said...

Love the header. Wish I could hear Cami play the cello. What a great idea to let Spencer and Adam use the cameras. Adam is obviously having a very good time. Mom

Anonymous said...

Sorry that we failed you in the musical training area Wawa. One of the many regrets mom and I have about our parenting.

So glad that each of your children will have the opportunity to play an instrument or sing or both.

Would love to hear Camikins play her cello.

Your new design is brilliant!!

Love, Dad

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