Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watcing you. --Robert Fulghum
A person's a person, no matter how small. --Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmastime Piano and Last Field Trip

The Christmas Piano Recital was wonderful this year. The girls did great, Ainsley really worked hard to overcome a hard song. So proud of her. I love this picture of them - they were joking around before the recital got started... They are so funny together.

Here are their songs.

For our last field trip of homeschooling, we went to see Santa Claus and go Ice Skating. It was a wonderful last adventure together.

Here they are helping buddy next to the HUGE Christmas Tree at the Galleria.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Violin Recital

It was a wonderful Fall Recital. The girls and Anderson did great. They have worked so hard, I'm super proud of them all. In January, it has been 4 years since Alexandra started violin and our family started down this path. 2 1/2 years for Ainsley. 6 months for buddy. It is super sweet. Here are the silly cutie pies!

Anderson's first recital. He did his pizzicato.

Ainsley played Long, Long Ago

Alexandra played Etude

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Watching the kids learn....

Here is Ainsley in Ballet. This Ballet studio is very interesting and actually funny in a way. These two teachers are the ONLY two teachers. Mr. Bill (husband) warms the girls up for the first 30 minutes. Ms. Ann then comes in and teaches the girls further technique the last hlaf.

The only thing they teach at this studio is ballet. No tap, modern, jazz, etc. They have been the only two teachers for I think around 50 years (seriously) as you can tell!! BUT, these two folks have sent many many girls on to become bigtime ballerinas... NYC Ballet. Pennsylvania Ballet Company and more... They currently still produce these high quality ballet dancers. Anyway, Ainsley loves Ballet and I think it's so adorable to see her learning. They let us have an observation yesterday so I recorded some little things.

Notice the RECORD PLAYER they use. It's very old school! Literally.

I had Ainsley record Anderson learning his first "rhythms" on his violin. It has been NINE MONTHS to get this far. It will hurt your ears, but I wish I would have recorded this stage with the girls... It's sweet and NOT as easy as you may think!!

Here is Ainsley learning her new piece Perpetual Motion. Ms. Kathy breaks down the pieces into learnable chunks. This is Ainsley's first step to Perpetual Motion. Alexandra is accompanying her while she learns...