Molly

Final Sinfonia concert

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Music on May 8th, 2018 by c-had – 1 Comment

Molly had her second (and final) concert with the county-wide Elementary School GT Sinfonia on Saturday. They were outstanding. We're so glad she was picked to participate in this elite group.

Apologies for the video in the first song. I thought I'd have an angle to get a close-up on her, but other kids shifted as they were about to play.

Yeah Molly! We’re so proud of you.

All-out Hogwarts Party

Posted in Celebrations, Molly on April 3rd, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

In case you haven’t picked up on it, we’re huge Harry Potter fans in this house. This year Molly turned 11, which is a major milestone in the wizarding world as it is the age at which a witch or wizard goes off to school (Hogwarts). So, Molly was very excited to have a Hogwarts birthday party. Jen always puts on fantastic parties, but this year I joined in the creation to make the biggest party we’ve ever done.

In future posts I’ll go into some of the creation of this party, but this post will take you through all the fun from start to finish. It may be more than you have time to read/watch, but it was so awesome I can’t leave any of it out. I highly recommend watching the videos, as you’ll miss out on a lot if you don’t.

The guests arrived and were ushered into our dining room by the front door. Each of them had their mug shot taken. (All other mug shots available on Flickr.)

Azkaban wanted poster

Jen created a Harry Potter themed Would You Rather? Jenga for the girls to play until everyone was there. We kept them there, shielded from the back of the house, so they wouldn't see anything until the proper time.

Would you rather? Jenga

Once everyone arrived, they were ushered through a brick wall (more on that later) into Diagon Alley of Maryland (set up in our den). There they found my wand shop for the party. Jen made boxes from poster board with her Silhouette Cameo. I wrote the labels to make sure the girls knew what they were getting. The extra wand to the right was given to Aunt Caroline for her to use throughout the party (and keep).

Wand shop
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Star Wars talent

Posted in Molly, Music, School on February 9th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly played her viola for the school talent show again. She decided to embrace her love of Star Wars this time around, which the crowd loved. Thanks to Margaret (her private instructor and also our Children's Minister at church) for accompanying her and having fun with it.

Babysitting Charlie

Posted in Family visits, Leah, Molly on February 9th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Aunt EA went with Jen to Bingo when Uncle Scott was out of town, so Molly, Leah, and I babysat Charlie at our house. It went great, and I took lots of pictures. Here are a bunch of them.

Babysitting

This almost-middle-schooler had fun with the toddler toys we got out for Charlie.

Toddler toys

Doctor Leah needs to hear your heart, Charlie.

Doctor

I don’t know what evil doctor Leah is injecting into Charlie.

Evil shot

These old matchbox cars captivated Charlie for much of his visit. Leah did a great job playing with him. Molly… nice face.

Car play

I’m taking a picture from one side, while Molly takes a picture from the other.

Pictures from both sides

Charlie enjoyed watching Molly play a game on her phone.

Watching a phone

Molly decided she could entertain Charlie with some viola music. He paid attention to her for a few seconds, then went back to the cars.

Viola entertainment

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Ice skating

Posted in Celebrations, Family outings, Leah, Molly on February 8th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls were invited to an ice skating birthday party, and had a great time. It was during free skate at the rink nearby, which we get into free as part of our Columbia Association gym/tennis membership. So, I decided to go as well since we don’t go ice skating that much. A fun time was had by all.

Ice skating

Time Travel Day

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on February 8th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls had a Time Travel Day at school, and decided to go with 80s looks again (they seem to love 80s looks).

Time Travel Day

December choir

Posted in Church, Leah, Molly, Music on December 23rd, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls’ choir sang again in mid-December.

Brown belt

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Sports on December 20th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly’s been practicing karate for over three years now, and just reached her biggest milestone yet. She tested for her brown belt on Friday night. That’s the last belt before black. The test got started at 6:30 and finished around 10:30. There were some very tired kids.

The test included lots of katas (choreographed fights), including this bo kata.

Bo staff kata

There were 3 girls testing for their black belts, which meant all of the girls got to try their hand at breaking boards. Molly’s done this several times before, and had no trouble.

Breaking a board

There was a lot of sparring.

Sparring

Sparring

And Molly got her brown belt!

Brown belt

She was very excited.

Excited

Getting her brown belt means she is now an advanced belt, which means she will now be teaching (well, assistant teaching) classes. She’ll be working toward her black belt, though it’ll likely take her 18 months to get there. Along the way, she’ll be working towards milestones that allow her to remove stripes from her brown belt. Once all 3 stripes are gone, she’ll be ready to test for black.

With her new brown belt

Awesome job Molly!

Fall school concert

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Music, School on December 18th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly’s chorus and orchestra at school had their first concert in December. In past years, they’ve held this in January, but this year they pushed up the concert for Chorus, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band (Beginner Orchestra and Beginner Band still got the extra month of practice before a January concert).

First up was chorus. The first song even had a student accompanist playing piano.

The orchestra concert came next. Molly was really excited for this, as she knew they’d recognize the students selected for GT Orchestra and Sinfonia. As you can see after the first song, she was excited (though perhaps lacking some humility). And sorry for the shaky camera then - I was trying to change lenses quickly.

They did a great job, though this concert really hit home how much more advanced Molly’s GT Sinfonia is.

GT Sinfonia Fall Concert

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Music on December 11th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This year, Molly auditioned for and was accepted into the GT Sinfonia. This is a countywide orchestra that is very difficult to get into. They have a 2 hour rehearsal every week at one of the local middle schools. They had their first concert after only 7 rehearsals, and they were phenomenal as you can see here. The first two songs I recorded up close, and the second two are wider to see the whole group.



Sinfonia concert

And here are a few pictures from before the concert started. Most of the kids were very serious when they came out to play. Molly… not so much.

Excited

Fake crying

Nice face