All the girls piano recital

Don’t tell Rachel that I included her in this video. The battery ran out right before the end of her piece with the vocal teacher whose students were also part of the recital.

The girls are both doing really well with piano. This recital marks the end of Rachel’s piano teaching (at least for a while) since the baby is due on March 4th.


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The Gift 2

The girls decided to make a movie today. They asked me to help them film and edit it, but other than that they did everything else. They even sat by me while I edited and composed the music in sonicfire pro. They told me which background to choose, what it should say, where to cut the video…everything. Clara was ecstatic and made sure we all knew she was the director.

During the entire editing process she was picking out problems and making plans for the next video.

This is what came of it:


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Summer pictures and stories

This post has been a long time coming; all summer in fact.  We did a lot of fun things and had a good time.  We did a few camping trips (in good weather and bad).  Clara went to SLC to visit with grandma and grandpa over the 4th of July so we took George and Lydia to the parade here in town.  George loved the big trucks and Lydia liked the attention.

The girls took swimming lessons and Lydia really took to her water wings.  George loves eating, ‘anything’ and ‘everything’.  We had some fun lunch dates, like one up at lucky peak reservoir.  We made little marshmallow and licorice creatures for a fun FHE activity.  Clara played soccer for the first time this year.  In addition to a stellar year for our strawberry patch, we had bundles of raspberries and about 20 second year peaches.

Clara started school this year which was exciting for the entire family.  She’s doing a half day (afternoon) of kindergarten.  One funny thing about school is that she rides the bus (it’s about a four minute walk), but that’s what she wanted to do.  She wouldn’t even consider walking.  I think it might be because the fictitious Sassy Sue (a personality I made up when telling stories to the girls) always took the bus to school.  I also got a digital voice recorder and I think that Clara has made at least a hundred recordings on it.

Lydia is part of a community (ward) pre-school class.  There are a handful of mom’s with children her age and each week they cycle through their homes.  It’s two days a week for just under two hours.  Ever since that started she’s been a lot more talkative and a little less shy.  She might be the funniest person in the house and she loves to make us all laugh.  Some of the stuff she comes up with is pretty funny (but I can’t think of one right now).  Sort of like Tim was at the breakfast table telling us all about his epic dreams.

George is figuring out how every atom in the universe works at a surprising pace.  He doesn’t talk much about it, but he sure understands it.  One fun thing is that he loves dirt and he loves to dig.  He gets real dirty really quick.  Oh, and there was the funny night that he got hold of a balloon and held on to it with one hand through an entire meal.  I think he had it in his hand for a couple of hours.

Rachel started teaching piano lessons about a month ago.  She has five students + Clara.  Clara is doing great, by the way.  She teaches on Thursday nights.  It’s been good for her to get back in the saddle.  She loves teaching and she has worried that she would lose her techniques if too much time went by.  After she started teaching Clara she decided that it wouldn’t take much more time to prepare for others too and so she took on a few more students.

I’m busy doing a bunch of different things and I’ll probably write another post about my plans later.  For now there’s the family update and here are some pictures.

Rachel plays music for Dan in the evening

One of the best benefits to having a real piano is that Rachel now plays in the evening.  Tonight while I worked on something in the office, she was playing a Nocturne in E minor by Chopin.  I’m always disappointed when she stops playing so I pulled out my microphone and recorded her.  Here’s the bit that I got.  Sorry that you can hear some mouse clicks in the background.

I love Rachel!

Rachel gets a new piano

Rachel gets a new piano

I was a bit tricky this week. Someone in the neighborhood was giving away a piano before they moved across the country and I worked it out to surprise Rachel. She didn’t have a clue!

It was a lot of fun and I wanted to post a little clip of her playing her new piano.

Rachel gets a new piano