Violin Recital II

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E had her 2nd violin recital yesterday (click here to see pictures from her first recital last year). She did really well. First she played Long Long Ago, and then she played Allegro as a duet with her teacher. You can see both songs for yourself here: (Sorry about the video getting cut off at the end. YouTube always has the sound off from the video for some reason, so the picture runs out before the sound.)

As a little finalé, four of the younger students played the Twinkle Twinkle themes together, and you can see that here:

Violin Recital
The whole group together.

The Downhill Side to 70

Me and Ruth“After tonight, Mommy will be on the downhill side to 70.” That’s what M said to the girls last night at dinner time.

It’s true, today is my Birthday, and I am now 36.

It’s been a really nice day so far. Before I even woke up, the girls cleaned the school room, and their bedroom, and made cards for me… R even wrote my name and hers all by herself. M made a card for me too and also made me breakfast and had Paul Simon playing even though he can’t stand Paul Simon (now that’s sacrifice!).  And before I even wrote this post, my friend Elizabeth called me, and my friend Ursula sent me an e-card, and I got a card in the mail from my parents.

I am told that there will be cake tonight, but they all swear they couldn’t find anything good as far as any gifts for me. Even though I don’t believe them, it would still be okay because M said that he will do all of the dishes tonight.

So, now I am going to shut the computer off and enjoy the rest of the day. (o:

My Top 10 All Time Favorite Songs

… in alphabetical order.

I got this idea from my Irish internet friend Clare. It was really fun to make this list. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some songs, but oh well… here it is– click on each to listen:

Air in G by Bach
(played at our wedding)

Dreams by The Cranberries
(me and Matthew’s song) (o:

Forever Young by Alphaville
(the first time I heard this song was when some friends and I were driving through the mountains in northern New Hampshire to go cross-country skiing… that was a much better back drop for this song than this video)

I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls

The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash
(here is an example of the greatness you get when someone as good as Johnny Cash becomes a Christian)

The Obvious Child by Paul Simon
(I wanted to go to this concert BADLY… not sure why I didn’t)

Over There by The Connells

Pictures of Matchstick Men by Camper Van Beethoven

Superman by R.E.M.
(the song, not this video)

Take On Me by A-Ha

There. Now I can get rid of all my old cassettes on craigslist. (o:

Broken Appliances

Broken Appliances

Last Saturday night, we had some friends over for dinner. We had a great time, and ate lots of food, and got lots and lots of dishes nice and dirty. After our guests left, I loaded up the dishwasher (packed it full) and what do you know– it didn’t work!

I feel like I’ve been doing nothing but dishes all week long. Now, I know that there are millions upon millions of people who have never had a dishwasher and function fine without one, and I myself have lived without one plenty of times in the past, but when you have had one for awhile, you sure do get used to it!

E has been helping me a lot with the dishes. It was a real novelty to her at first, but I think she is finally at the point where it’s just not quite as fun as she once thought it was. Here she is in her princess costume and crown washing the dishes.

Helping Mommy

And yes, that was our coffee maker there in the trash can in the picture at the top of this post. That stopped working on Tuesday I think. We have been using the french press for all of our coffee “needs”, and I guess I’ll get used to that after awhile too. (o: