Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lunch with Yenters

We were able to share lunch with the Yenters today, which was the first time we've seen them since Eliana was very young.

After mostly ignoring their food and running off to play, the children wanted dessert, so Eliana made snowcones, which were eaten in the shade.

It was a lovely afternoon.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Beauty

This summer our landscaping finally feels established and we have FLOWERS! We've had flowers, but this year they exploded in beautiful color. I love it! We have poppies along the deck and hot tub (even some beautiful pink poppies!) and peonies on the corner.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Eliana's First Recital

Tonight Eliana played in her very first recital. She's been learning to play the violin in music class all year, so when the annual spring recital announcement went out, Eliana was excited to join in! She spoke to her teacher about playing, then spoke to the principal to see if she could borrow one of the school's violins the evening of the recital since she doesn't have her own violin. She had already ironed out these details by the time she asked me if she could be in the recital. She was ready! My stipulation was that she needed to practice at home if she wanted to play for others, so we borrowed a too-small-for-them-but-just-right-for-Eliana violin from friends. Eliana practiced every day for two weeks. She planned to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." As it turns out, so did two of her classmates. They joined forces and formed a trio: Eliana and Brady played voilin while Tjabe accompanied them on piano. They practiced a couple times together, then performed at the rectial tonight. Here are the fruits of their labor:

Way to go, Tjabe, Eliana, and Brady! We are proud of you!!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

To do list

Eliana wrote up a to do list for our last vacation day together. It includes "tickle time" and watching Star Wars. That pretty much melts my heart.