Christmas Eve

Posted in Celebrations, Church on December 26th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment
Christmas Eve Family Service

Our family was again very involved with the Christmas Eve Family Services. This was the 3rd in a trilogy of superhero-based Christmas Eve services. Molly played Supergirl in the skit (a change from being Wonder Woman the past couple year), and Leah was again one of the two worship leaders for the service. I also led the band.

The girls kept the tradition of opening 1 gift from Grammy on Christmas Eve, though we had to squeeze it in during the break between the 2:30/4:00 family services and the 7:00 traditional service.

Christmas Eve presents

After being a part of the 2:30 and 4:00 family services, Molly also sang and played in the orchestra at the 7:00 Christmas Eve service.

Leah was not supposed to have a job at the 7:00 Traditional Service. However, the girl who was supposed to do it bailed at the last minute due to illness. So, after the 4:00 service, Leah got the job. It was actually her first time being an acolyte (since we are not generally a traditional service family).

Last minute job

The girls donned their Christmas pajamas and were ready for bed after a very busy Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve pajamas

And here’s our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. In the past, we’ve always had a live Christmas tree in our house. For years we’ve gone to cut our own tree. But for some time Jen has been advocating getting an artificial tree. With the dwindling stock at cut-your-own tree lots and the rising prices as tree crops struggle with changing climate, I finally gave in this year. We ordered this lovely artificial Alberta Spruce 8 foot tree, and it’s been quite nice not to have to worry about watering it or cleaning up needles. The girls especially like all the different programs the lights can do (e.g. flashing and switching between white and colored).

Artificial Christmas tree

Sellers family Christmas

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits on December 16th, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

We held our Sellers family Christmas celebration a week and a half early. Aunt EA and her family flew in from Texas, Grammy flew in from South Carolina, and we all joined together at Grams’s house.

The celebration began Friday night with the traditional cookie baking with the aunts event.

Cookie decorating

Cookie decorating

It may have been early, but we still did things like Christmas day. That even included the kids’ attire. Jen made matching Christmas pajamas for Molly, Leah, Charlie, and Max.

Cousin jammies

Charlie and Max

There were so many cookies to decorate, that the cookie decorating continued into the next day.

Cookie decorating continued

Cookie decorating

It was great to have everyone healthy and together in one place.

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Barnes and Noble concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on December 12th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly is part of a string octet at school, and they played at Barnes & Noble in December. They're very good.

Young artist

Posted in Molly, School on December 11th, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

Molly had a piece of her art selected to be shown at the Board of Education. She and I went to their Artist’s Reception to see it.

Art show

Art show

Art show

Molly GT Sinfonia Concert December 2019

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Music on December 8th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This year, Molly auditioned for and was accepted into the middle school GT Sinfonia. This is a countywide orchestra that is very difficult to get into. You may recall that Molly was in the elementary GT Sinfonia in 5th grade - this is just the middle school version of it. They have a 2 hour rehearsal every week at one of the local high schools. Here's her first concert with the group. They are really talented!



GT Sinfonia concert

GT Sinfonia concert

Chamber Orchestra Fall 2019

Posted in Molly, Music, School on November 15th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly is in Chamber Orchestra at school this year, which is mostly 8th graders with a handful of 7th graders (like Molly). They had their Fall concert yesterday and did a wonderful job. If you’re looking for Molly, she is on the 2nd row in the viola section, but is mostly hidden by her music stand for much of the performance.

Halloween 2019

Posted in Celebrations, Leah, Molly on October 31st, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

For Halloween this year, Molly decided to be Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles series. So, she’s a sci-fi take on Cinderella, where Cinderella is a cyborg mechanic with a robotic hand and foot. Leah is a ghoul, and even got red bands on her braces this week to look bloody.

Cinder and a ghoul

Cinder and a ghoul

Cinder

Halloween with friends

Halloween with friends

Pink hair

Posted in Molly on October 31st, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly’s been asking to dye the ends of her hair pink for a while. Aunt Caroline has experience with this sort of thing, and told Molly she’d be happy to do it for her if it was OK with her parents. We agreed, and Aunt Caroline came up to treat Molly.

Pink hair

Here’s how it came out. Molly loves it.

Pink hair

Pink hair

Pink hair

Pink hair

Practice Night

Posted in Leah, Music, School on October 31st, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

The orchestra/band director at Leah’s school held a practice night for parents to come and learn how to help their students practice. He asked a few students to come demonstrate their instrument for the parents to show proper technique. Leah was selected to be the example cello, and was very happy to help out.

Practice night

Kindness Week ensemble

Posted in Leah, Music, School on October 22nd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This week is Kindness Week at Leah’s school. Leah was asked to be part of a small ensemble to play as folks arrived at school to kick off the week.

Kindness Week ensemble

Kindness Week ensemble

One of the songs they played was a rock medley, including part of We Will Rock You. For part, the violins stopped playing to stomp, stomp, clap while the cellos took the lead. Then later the cellos stopped playing to stomp, stomp, clap while the violins took the lead.

You can also see here that the cellos and basses struggled with the morning sun in their eyes, some resorting to trying to hide behind their stands to block it.

We Will Rock You

Kindness Week ensemble

They had quite a large crowd gather to listen before school. The crowd only dispersed when the Assistant Principal came to tell them they all needed to get to class as the bell was about to ring. Nice job, Leah!