Thursday, February 17, 2011

A story of a bass and it's girl... update

 This is the bass in the case! It is huge. She is now playing it more and more and getting used to the size. She also took it to orchestra for the first time. It turned out ok.
Olivia entered a creative arts contest for the Challenger Learning Center. She created this cut paper art for the contest. While she did not win, they were impressed with her work and she gained extra good favor for her dad as PIPES/CSTEME works with the Challenger Learning Center (with whom they already have a good relationship). They recognized our name and were glad. She is quite the creative artist.

So, I accidentally deleted this post and so in re posting I am adding another part. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In honor of Phoebe

 Phoebe has been a busy 7th grader this year. Despite her first misgivings about the whole schedule thing and Jr Hi in general she has done a fabulous job transitioning. She is doing great and even thriving. She has been fortunate enough to have a few great friends who have remained steady these last few years. This group of girls is not quite like the typical. Level headed, fun loving and studious, these kids are genuine and loyal. I think she did a great job picking friends.

She had a great sleepover party with some of these friends after the annual sock hop at school. They got to dress up for it all day too! There are not too many non uniform days in Jr. High so that was a special day.
 Olivia got to dress up too.
 Phoebe is excelling at piano. She has such a nice touch with it and plays so well. I enjoy hearing her practice even if it is the same piece over and over until she thinks it sounds right. She is playing more and more complex pieces and despite her complaints (normal for kids and music lessons) she really does enjoy it.

At our school the seventh graders are all required to do Science Fair. Not just any Science Fair, they all have to do a project that they could enter in the Regional/State Science Fair. Dave actually helped to institute this during his 8 years teaching at the school. Not all kids like it, to be expected, but it is shocking the number of parents who complain. Really. Well, it was a fabulous experience and I think it provides excellent training grounds for planning, executing a plan and presenting your ideas. Phoebe did Engineering. Robotics to be exact. She designed her robot for use in rescue work. Pretty cool. We are so proud of her for building this thing her self and for doing all this work and not once complaining. I think she really liked it. It was a lot of work, more work than another sort of project would have been. But, my kid is anything but typical. She is extraordinary. To prove that, not that she needs to mind you, but she did win second place in Engineering and won three other awards as well. She goes to Regional in March. Needless to say, we are very proud of her.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Better than a Hallelujah

You are More


I like this song too. I think it is a great song for so many. God thinks you are beautiful. The way you are right now.

Signature of the Divine

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Made from still snapshots and put together in video format.
I love this song.

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Keep on the Sunny Side

The Whites - Keep on the Sunny Side
(Depression Era song)

There's a dark & a troubled side of life
There's a bright, there's a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho' the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care