Joshua plays the saxaphone, and despite what anything sounds like when you're just getting started, he's beginning to sound pretty good.
First piano recital.
Listening to them practice is not the same as watching and listening to them play for others. They did a magnificent job. Music is such a wonderful thing, and even if they don't end up being concert pianists, I'm sure this period of time will have enriched their lives.
The four oldest take lessons, and while they're all at different levels of accomplishment, they all enjoy playing, especially when their music starts to sound like songs!
This is one of my most recent finds on Craigslist.
The brass didn't do it for me, so....
I painted it and then hung it in my sewing room. It's much prettier than the ceiling fan that used to be there.
My sewing room...organized (AGAIN!)
Everything always feel so right when all is in its place. (This was 2 weeks ago, and already it is a mess again!)
Joshua won his age group for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest...he gets to compete again with other winners in his age group in February! He commented that he doesn't think he'll play basketball next year, and is still debating playing baseball this summer. He is a gifted and talented athlete, but I don't think he likes to work hard at it. This is that place as a parent that I must sit back and encourage him gently and then respect whatever decision he makes. We always make our kids finish what they've started, but we vow not to push them into something that they're not interested in, so when a new season approaches, it is a new decision. (I hope he continues to play!)