March 22, 2015

Seussical, Jr.

Last November David came home with a flyer from school with information about auditioning for the school play.  The form had lyrics to a song and a monologue from the show to learn and preform for his audition.  Every since he saw the play last year he had been talking about wanting to maybe try it.  Then I saw the time commitment and I made him look me in the eye and tell me that he was serious and ready to take this on!  He not only promised me that he was sure he really impressed me the day before his audition with his monologue!  He wouldn't let us work with him so I wasn't sure what to expect!

So on November 14th David got word that he made the play!  They only take 65 kids and very few of them were 3rd graders (I think only 7!).  The smile on his face when he got off the bus said it all!  He began his rehearsals after Thanksgiving break and then there was a second round of auditions for parts.  He found out before Christmas that he was cast as one of the Wickersham Brothers.

For the last 3 months he has worked after school 3 days a week with this group and this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday was the big show!  I was blown away!  These kids are THIRD, FOURTH, & FIFTH graders!  Everything from the set, the costumes and choreography was above and beyond anything I imagined it would be.  These kids were amazing, the maturity and professionalism they showed was impressive.  I cannot wait to get my video so I can watch them again!

Who who wah dah...who who who wah dah dah dah!
Who who wah dah...who who who wah dah dah dah!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Laughed the Wickersham Brothers!
'Cause he's talkin' to a speck - talkin' to a speck - to a speck of dust!

Blame fool in the Jungle of Nool!

Come on we're gonna monkey, monkey around!
Egg, Nest and tree!

I'm making a sour citizens arrest!
Well Horton we're taking you back!
You're gonna be goin' in style
For talking to a speck
And sittin' on an egg...

You're gonna be...gonna be...gonna be...gonna be...
Gonna be put on trail!

Final curtain call!
I was able to capture a couple of video clips of David's solos!  You can't miss him, he's the littlest little monkey!
David's one line solo - "Blame Fool in the Jungle of Nool"

David's One line solo in Monkey Around
"There aren't any Whos, why I don't hear a sound!"

Chasing the Whos

My little Wickersham Brother
Don't cry because it's over
Smile because it happened! ~Seuss

March 13, 2015

David & Shaun's Piano Recital

The boys had their piano recital today!  You can see their performances below.  I was really proud of them, they have been working really hard on these songs.  Their teacher was out of town tonight, but this was the recital that worked with our schedule so she had one of her colleagues step in to play for David's first piece, since it's supposed to be a duet!

I was impressed how well he did since he had not played with this teacher before.  She said they would wing it!

David's songs:  My Daydream (the duet) and Ode to Joy


Shaun's songs: In the Moonlight and Drum and Bugle


March 2, 2015

February Staycation!

Last week we were on our school break and so we decided to plan a few day trips of winter fun!  We went skiing twice and tubing once!  The other days were for R&R.  David and Shaun have gotten in some good ski instruction during their 5 weeks of ski club through school and it showed!

Because Evan has not really had much experience we were able to put him into a ski camp for the days we skied so that he would be able to get some instruction and we wouldn't have to worry about him while we skied!  He loved it and by the second day he was starting to be able to make turns with some assistance!

I also decided to take another lesson and because we went on a very cold weekday, I ended up getting a 2 hour private lesson for the cost of a group lesson!  It was really great to get some one on one instruction and tips on my form.  I have never felt more comfortable on skis!  I still have some work to do and I think next year I might try and take another lesson in a more advanced level because I want to be able to ski steeper terrain without feeling afraid!

On Monday we headed up to Gunstock and that is where I got my lesson.  It's a really nice mountain and I enjoyed the last trail we skied.  It was long and winding and you really cannot beat the views!

Ready for some skiing!
Taking a lunch break and sporting some serious helmet hair!
Shaun and I skied a few trails together so that David and Dad could ski some black diamonds.  Shaun made sure to explain the terrain to me to make sure I was OK!
Evan waiting to be picked up from camp!  He loved it!
On Wednesday we headed up to Waterville Valley.  I had skied their last year and felt pretty comfortable after the lesson I took at Gunstock that I chose to just ski.  I was pretty comfortable and the trail that freaked me out last year was a lot less scary this year!  David and Shaun had a blast trying out the terrain parks and skiing over the jumps and hills, trying out some moguls and even a black diamond.  Though for Shaun that was totally on accident.  But he made it and was super proud of himself!  Both boys were impressive to watch.  Not sure I'll ever be ready for a black diamond, but I am enjoying the time on the slopes with the family and so glad I gave this whole thing a second chance!

Evan and Momma selfie - before the little goes off to camp!
At the summit!

At the summit of Waterville Valley!
David skiing by the bear cave!
After David had master a jump and landed it cleanly!  He was all about the thumbs up!

David capturing his me on skis!
Chairlift selfie!
The boys wanted to ski the terrain park some more so I picked Evan up from camp and we watched his big brothers ski!
David finishing the terrain park, not quite ready for the rails, but he was landing jumps!
Big brothers wanted to ski some more so Evan and I got a snack!
Our last winter break adventure was to do some tubing!  We tried to squeeze in as much as we could before we got busy again!  And before all the snow melts!  Yeah, I know, we're probably the only ones who feel that way!

Waiting in line for our turn!
Riding the tow line up to the top!
Evan enjoying the ride!
We did a line and went super fast!
Tubing selfie!
Perfect ending to a perfect staycation!
I got a couple videos of our tubing experience.  The first one is all of us riding down in a line on our tubes!  We were going pretty fast and I had to do this without my gloves on.  My hands were numb by the end!


This is David and Charlie going down the ski jump on the tube.  David is first in the video and then followed by Charlie!

February 18, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

With David's basketball tournament all weekend long we celebrated Valentine's Day on Monday.  Monday is one of the few days during the week when we're not running around so it's a good night for us to have our annual "Fancy Dinner"!  The menu this year was Spinach & Cheese stuffed Flank Steak with asparagus and homemade rice pilaf!  I also made some scallops wrapped in bacon for Charlie and I to share!  The boys really love having "fancy" dinner in the dining room and especially love the chocolate fondue we had for dessert!

My Funny Valentines!
We are dressed up and ready for "Fancy" dinner!
Spinach & Cheese stuffed Flank Steak!
Dad teaching David how to cut a cantaloupe for the fondue!
Using care while cutting the cantaloupe into pieces.
Ready for some fondue!
Happy Valentine's Day!