Thursday, February 25, 2010

Russian National Orchestra

We had the chance to see Yuja Wang perform with the Russian National Orchestra. Its was absolutely amazing! The girls couldn't believe how fast her hands moved and she made it look SO effortless! We were thrilled to meet her afterwards and receive her autograph.

Waiting for the music to start:

The Russian National Orchestra:

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Friday, February 19, 2010

What's new?

Today seems to be the first chance I've had all week to be home. I just seem to run, run, run. I guess we all do.

Here's a brief synopsis of my exciting life this week: (yes that WAS tongue in cheek)
Monday - drove all day home
Tuesday - Lessons & cleaned out my study (I had music ALL over the floor)
Wednesday - More lessons and spent the entire rest of the day on income taxes, then presented a missionary/cultural night for the YW that evening serving platanos fritos, horchata, black beans, freshly made corn tortillas, pico de gallo, and fresh mangos.
Thursday - Visiting teaching all morning and afternoon
Friday - Trying to get my head back on and figure out where to start digging from.

On top of it all, I've been working through some obstacles with some of my musicians this week. We'll see what this weekend brings.

It's always tough to go out of town for us both before we leave and after. The cleaning, the packing and all of the mental lists of things that need to be done beforehand. Then afterwards, trying to pick back up into the swing of things, getting laundry and everything back into place...maybe I'll have it back together again by next week.

My husband has a new policy which is that he doesn't make any big decisions for at least two weeks after we get back. Long enough to normalize and get back into the swing of things - I rather like that policy.

However, my laundry is calling me and I have just enough time to make a dent before my kiddos head back in from school.

All I can say is I LOVE FRIDAYS and don't like those Mondays quite so much.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Finished quilt

These last three weeks I've been frantically working to finish a quilt for my mother's birthday. I was able to get copies of everyone in the family's handprints and I appliqued them onto a quilt top, then hand sewed them on, and embroidered everyone's names into it. It took a lot time and hard work. My fingers got fairly raw from the stitching.
Hallelujah however - it is finished.

I took it to a quilting shop to have it quilted and when I arrived to pick it up (45 minutes before we were supposed to give it to my mother) I found that it hadn't been bound. Luckily the ladies there had compassion and lent me a machine in their back room where I sat down and finished the quilt.
Here it is!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Self Portrait

The following is a self portrait that our daughter drew of herself.

Here she is in real life with her new glasses that we picked up today - isn't she so cute?? She looks just like a little librarian!!
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Veiled Compliments

My daughter has a low grade fever today.

Because I'm the primary song leader and my husband is teaching a lesson tomorrow, I figured I'd better give someone a little bit of notice and set up a substitute (the kids are learning a brand new song tomorrow) today rather than tomorrow.

I told my daughter I'd found a substitute. Her response was, "I feel bad for those kids, they are missing out on a really fun song leader." While I KNOW my substitute will do great, I'll take any compliments I can least my kids think I'm fun!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Interminable Evenings

Yet another interminable night. Our kids went to the local 'learn to ski' program this week instead of going to school. I guess you could call it a mountain perk.

One of the perks is that they went to bed last night at 6:47 pm and were happy about it.

However, my main point (I'm getting there I promise) is that when we tucked our kids into bed tonight (after a full day of skiing topped off with 2 hrs. of gymnastics) at 8:00 they were once again happy to go to bed.

My husband then turned to me and informed me that he was going to bed too (this happens fairly regularly) - very depressing.

I stand on principle that unless one is sick, as an adult, bedtime does not start until at least 10:00. I tried it last week. I kept waking up from 3:00 am on - waiting until I could get up. There's a reason it is dark outside in the morning - it is sleeping time!

Remember back in college when anything before 12:00 am was really early? I'm having a tough time with the early bedtime thing. I spend much of my time at home working on projects, cooking, cleaning, shuttling kids to different activities and often not talking to a real adult ALL day long.

My husband comes home, we have dinner, get kids into bed, and just when I'm ready for some adult conversation, interaction - anything...I find him snuggled up asleep in bed.

Maybe that's why I find a morbid joy in slinking into our room as quiet as I can be to slip into bed. He's a light sleeper. He generally sits up in bed - disoriented and shouting, 'huh? huh? who's that?' Like if I was a robber, I'd say, 'Hi, my name is Jimmy, nice to meet you, I'm here to rob you'. So I don't say anything and it continues for a few more moments.

Why am I blogging about this? Probably because it is 10:19 pm and I'm finally thinking about going to bed and anticipating the morbid bedtime fun awaiting me.

I do have to say that tonight in my spare time I was very productive.
I watched an NCIS episode online (we don't have cable or satellite tv, just what I can check out from the library on DVD).
I checked my email and responded to several clients.
I put together some information for an upcoming performance for my contractors.
I investigated and considered obtaining a paypal business account for my business blog. I'm just not sure about the 2.9% on every transaction bit.
I started a blog and then erased it.
I read all of my friend's blogs which I haven't even seen for several weeks - nothing like catching up. I also caught up on Dwight Schrute's monthly blog. Interesting. I'm glad I found the link though on my sister in law's blog.
I saw a blog that I mostly like, but decided the crafty ideas were WAY over the top and I'd better stick with non-cutesy plain Jane ideas that don't require a paper cutter.

And now....I'm going in to terrorize my husband.