Thursday, December 18, 2008

'Tis the Season

The holiday season is generally busy with all of the kids having Christmas programs and activities. This year has been no exception. Last week Jacob and Joseph had their band/choral concert. Joseph plays the trombone in the 5th grade band.

Jacob plays the baritone and sings in the chorus. (His eyes are barely visible above the music stand in the back row.)

The acoustics were very nice in the performance area of the new school building, and we enjoyed hearing the boys actually playing their instruments (since we rarely hear them at home). Mikaela's high school band/choral concert was held on Sunday afternoon.

While the music was lovely, the view was amazing, too. The madrigal students wore tuxedos and formal gowns. Mikaela looked a bit too grown up for my liking. On Sunday morning Maimie participated in her Christmas program at the church. The video work is sub par, but it shows Maimie singing her 2 songs. And, no she is not waving at us! She saw Mrs. Imig, our piano teacher, and a couple of the Thompson family's teen girls.

Grandpa and Grandma visited for the programs and church service.

Backtracking a bit to Saturday, Jacob and Joseph participated with their Lego Robotics teams in the regional competition at Bradley University.

Both teams did well, but Jacob and the 7th and 8th grade team will be moving on to the State competition next month.

This was the first year either of our boys participated, and it was actually a lot of fun watching their robots, presentations, etc.


Anonymous said...

How exciting to get our electricity up and running again and see your newest blog. It was so good to be able to attend the Christmas program and watch Maimie sing and wave. Each year it gets better and better. And to say that Mikaela looked too grown up was an understatement. The fact that I didn't even recognize her at first says volumes. All the kids growing up are making Grandpa & Grandma feel way too old. Well, I guess if you look at the photo of us we really are old!!!! Must be the white beard! Yes, Joseph, Grandpa is going to keep the facial hair until after Christmas so he can look a bit like Santa!
At least it will be a few years before Maimie is as tall as Grandma. The others have either caught up or almost surpassed my height already. So proud of all the great accomplishments of the grandkids and kudos to Monica and Steve for keeping them active in band, chorus, piano, robotics, etc. It is a lot of traveling for you but it is memories they will never forget!
In Christian Love,
Grandma & Grandpa

Jeff and Amy said...

How absolutely adorable Maimie was singing, loved how she just swayed back and forth, just little blessing God has given us, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Hugs!!!!!!