Anniversary trip

Posted in Celebrations, Trip on July 17th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

With the girls off at camp for the week and away for the first time since the pandemic began, Jen and I finally got a chance to go away. We'll call this our 18th and 19th anniversary trip since last year's trip never happened. We didn't have enough time to go far, so we found the Hyatt resort in Cambridge, Maryland, and had a lovely few days.

Us

Hotel view

We brought our bikes and biked through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagle

Bench

We played frisbee golf and putt-putt at the resort.

Frisbee golf

Frisbee golf

Mini golf

We hung out in the infinity pool.

Infinity pool

Infinity pool

And we of course ate at lots of delicious restaurants (Black Water Bakery, Ava's Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Emily's Produce, Jimmie & Sook's, and more).

Jen photoshoot

Off to camp

Posted in Leah, Molly on July 16th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls made it to Manidokan. They were sooo excited!! It was the first time they’d slept out of the house since Jan 2020. The last time was actually for a winter retreat at Manidokan. They had a great week, as always.

Off to camp

Off to camp

Off to camp

Texas visitors

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits on July 4th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Aunt EA, Uncle Scott, Charlie, and Max came to town. Thanks to vaccines and lower transmission rates, we finally got to see them. And we quickly made sure we got a family picture.

Family picture

We celebrated Caroline and Grams's birthdays with a strawberries and cream cake.

Birthday girls

Birthday cake

Happy birthday Aunt Caroline

Happy birthday Grams

With Max and Charlie in town, we headed to a local playground for some outdoor fun.

Park play

Park play

Park play

Park play

And Grams got a picture with all her grandkids on the 4th of July.

Grams and her grandkids

End of schools

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on June 15th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We're finally at the end of this unique school year! This is the end of the line for both of them at their respective schools. Here's to new adventures in the Fall (and being in school 5 days a week)!

Finishing out at two schools

And for a before and after, here are some girls starting middle school almost 3 years ago, and finishing it now.

Middle School Orientation

End of middle school picture

No braces

Posted in Leah on June 5th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah got her braces off. Here's her new smile!

No braces

With no braces, Leah's ready for some candies she wasn't allowed to have before.

No braces

Molly’s Confirmation

Posted in Celebrations, Church, Molly on May 23rd, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly was confirmed at Glen Mar Church! We're very proud of her, and so excited for this special day. Thanks Christy for being a great Friend in Faith, and thanks to Jen Rowell for making it all happen.

Molly's Confirmation

Molly's Confirmation

Molly and Simon performed at their Confirmation services (both of them).

Molly's Confirmation music

Molly's Confirmation music, second service

Molly's Confirmation

Molly's Confirmation

Molly's Confirmation

Molly's Confirmation

Molly's Confirmation

Battle of the Books

Posted in Leah, School on April 16th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah's team, the Quarantween Readers, had a great time in Battle of the Books.

Battle of the Books

I was worried she was going to miss out on this fun experience since it was over Zoom instead of in person, but it was great! In some ways, it was better than the in-person experience. The girls were very into the competition, and spent every spare moment dancing and laughing. Afterward, Leah said it was one of the best days of her life.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Molly is 14

Posted in Celebrations, Molly on March 30th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly is 14! Her only requests for the cake were that it was chocolate and PINK! So here's a pink ombre striped chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse filling. It was soo good! Molly said this is going to be her choice of flavors from now on. The stripes were a new adventure for Jen. Dang they are hard.

Molly's cake

Molly loved all her gifts, especially her Comfy.

Comfy

Gifts

Gifts

Gifts

Molly’s 14th birthday party

Posted in Celebrations, Molly on March 27th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly didn't get to have a 13th birthday part thanks to quarantine, but she got to have a 14th. We had a low-key gathering on the back porch, and a good time was had by all.

Molly and her friends decorated cupcakes at her birthday party. There were themed rounds, with a champion of each.

Cupcake decorating

Cupcake decorating

Cupcakes

Round 1 champion

Round 1 champion

Round 2 champion

Round 2 champion

Round 3 champion

Round 3 champion

Round 4 champion

Round 4 champion

She opened presents.

Presents

Presents

Presents

And played Throw Throw Burrito.

Throw throw burrito

Some more pictures:

Cupcake decorating

Cupcake decorating

Cupcake decorating

Cupcake decorating

Cupcake decorating

Cupcake decorating

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Solo and Ensemble

Posted in Leah, Molly, Music on January 30th, 2021 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Our girls have participated in the county's Solo & Ensemble Festival most years, but this year's was very different. It was held over Zoom, and it went really well. In the elementary school festival, Leah played great. Thanks to Jen Retterer and Mr. Henley for some great teaching, and Joanne Alme for recording some great accompaniment.

Solo and Ensemble

And here she is playing the song, recorded after the festival.

A week later was the countywide virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival for middle school, and Molly played Concerto in Dm (transcribed from Concerto in A Minor, Op. 3 No. 6 for violin), 1st Movement on viola. Thanks to Margaret Lang for excellent teaching, Ben Denne for great teaching and providing the accompaniment track, and Chris Jenkins of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for some very helpful feedback.

Solo and Ensemble

Separately from playing for the adjudicator, we recorded her playing the piece for all of you to view here.