Thursday, December 31, 2015

Skating Fun

Sunday evening those who still had skates that fit and
who weren't sick went to the local rink for open skate.


Thankfully Emily and Kristin weren't hit by the latest
bug yet...


Neither was our favorite photo bomber :) ...


…or Matthew--I don't have any comment about this :)


A friend from church met us at the rink and had fun out-skating
us--he hadn't even skated for three years.
We have a long way to go!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Carols with the Preschoolers

We took our strings back to the preschool this week
to play some Christmas carols for them.  This time
we brought Jonathan along with some percussion
instruments and this was quite a hit!


Many of the little people were brave enough to come
up and try some of the instruments even though 
Jonathan is quite the big, scary guy :)


Some of them were a little more enthusiastic than
others eliciting an "Oh my!" from Jonathan.


Even though we go home exhausted, we're always
so glad we went.  They are so appreciative!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Grandma is 88!

Last night we were able to celebrate Grandma's
88th birthday!


She needed a little help blowing out the candles
so we sent our trombone player to do the job :)


After the celebration it was time for games with Grandma.


Grandma has always been up for trying any game 
with the children.  This one is the robot game.
Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Studious Christopher

Christopher chose the "flurries" as his study buddies
this afternoon.


I think he's hoping they'll help him on his biology
quiz tomorrow :)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas Recital Pictures

Emily and Kristin had their Christmas student recital
today, and their students all did such a good job!

Helena with her teachers :)



 Kristin is Helena's piano teacher and Emily is her flute teacher.  What a blessing it is to have in-house instruction!!


 James is blessed to have Kristin for both his cello and his piano teacher.

Benjamin has Kristin as his piano teacher
and is doing amazingly well.

They all played so well today.  The ladies had orchestrated a 
grand finale incorporating their combined studios that was so
fun.  I'll try to get that uploaded tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Christopher!

Though it seems hard to believe, Christopher
turned 15 today!


Emily made him a candy cane angel food cake.
It was yummy! (emphasis on the was)


Happy birthday, Christopher!
We love you!

A Quick Practice

Emily and Kristin have learned to seize the moment for a quick
practice when both big guys are home.


They were able to get a good rehearsal in before Matthew headed
off to his second job :)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Concert Bound


Emily and Kristin are headed to a holiday concert this evening. 


This is an unusual event.  They get to attend a concert and not
participate in it :)

Monday, November 30, 2015

"The Middles"

Our middle guys seem to have been doing nothing but growing
lately.  Well, they've been eating too…a lot :)


It's so strange for me to see this picture.  Last year at this time I
could still look down at both of them--ahem.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Oldest Daughter…Oldest Son

I've wanted this picture for quite awhile...


Jonathan just may be a bit taller than Emily :)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Our Ladies

We managed to fit in a few family pictures on 
Thanksgiving.


Emily and Kristin provided Helena an "arm chair"
to get up in the world.  I'm pretty sure she will
never get that tall in reality, but it was fun for the moment :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Concert Prep

Sometimes it doesn't seem worth it trying to get those
outdoor concert promo pictures...


We were trying to get a good pic between snow squalls without
ending up too covered in snow.  This was the only one that worked
since the others had the girls absolutely covered or obliterated in snow :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beautiful Snow

We got our first snow which required removal today.


It was so peaceful and beautiful down by the creek.

At 17˚, the creek was just beginning to freeze.


Helena and James were so excited to get out and play in it.  We only got about five inches or so, but they had a great time anyway.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Miss Emily and One of her Cuties

I was able to sneak in and get a quick picture of Emily 
teaching today.


This little girl is ten years old and thankfully never noticed!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Taking a Pause...

This evening we just had to take a pause to enjoy this glorious sunset.


It was a beautiful end to a very stressful week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hiking "the Pit"

So…our lovely ladies went for a hike Sunday afternoon
with a friend.  


We have a gravel pit behind our property which is
a great place for some exercise.


It was a beautiful fall afternoon!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bird Confusion

This pileated woodpecker probably gave 
himself quite a headache….


…he spent several minutes pecking away at
our very solid concrete birdbath.  Ouch!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Flying High!

After many, many cancellations due to typical U.P.
weather, Matthew was able to get back in the air.


Matthew was still smiling even though his instructor
had played a well-executed trick on him…he pretended
to be too sick to fly and Matthew fell for it!


Matthew prepared for take-off as the sun was 
beginning to set.


He was up in the air about thirty minutes before
sunset and it was a beautiful time to fly!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Flutist's Greeting

Emily learned this fun greeting at an institute this
past summer, and shared it with Helena.  I thought
it was fun to watch.


Now Helena will just have to learn to do it with
her medium flute :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Helena's Medium Flute

Yesterday was a big day for Jonathan, but it was also
a big day for Helena.  This was the day she got her
medium flute.  It's just the same size as a standard
flute, but with a curved head joint.


She was just a little excited :)


One of the perks of living with your teacher is that you
get help with tuning and set-up immediately.
The new flute surely made practice time fun today!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy 20th Birthday, Jonathan!



Jonathan chose a peanut butter cheesecake for his birthday.  As usual, Emily did a fantastic job on the cake.  It looks just a bit yummy!


Being a horn player, Jonathan made quick work
of the candles and decorated half the table with wax :)


As usual, another silly moment.  The "Chris/Kris" team
had to be absent from the party.  :(

Happy Birthday Jonathan!
We love you!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Last Chance…..

So…today was it and I nearly missed it.
This was the last day I would have five teen guys.


Tomorrow Jonathan will ruin it by turning 20.
For a few more hours we have Benjamin-13, Matthew-18,
Christopher-14, Jonathan-19, and Andrew-16.

Providentially, he gets to enjoy his birthday with a day off too!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ladies on the Road…Again

So…the ladies are traveling again.


It appears to be considerably nicer where they are 
than here at home :)



Matthew's First Flight Video

Well, I finally managed to get Matthew's flight lesson
video edited and published.  Life has been rather full
this week...


Unfortunately, owing to typical U.P. weather all other
scheduled lessons have been canceled so far.  
Patience in practice here :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Matthew's First Flight - Preflight Check


So…the big day finally arrived for Matthew.

For his first lesson, a good amount of time was given
to learning the pre-flight checks that must be done.


His instructor showed him all around the aircraft.


Checking out the engine



Flaps and more flaps


Then it was time to do the cockpit checklist


Almost ready to fly!
I'll finish this tomorrow….hopefully :)