Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Music, trees, eyes, politics, and more trees

Usually a post around these parts will have something to do with music, art, trees or books, and this time is no exception.  But politics, you say?  Oh yes, read on dear reader.....

Grace started taking violin lessons this past fall and started progressing so well that I knew pretty quickly she needed a better teacher than the one we had originally chosen.  She has been taking with her new teacher at Elite Strings since February and we both think he is fabulous and an excellent teacher with high standards, but also very encouraging.  I am so sorry we didn't start with him to begin with.  She has learned so much in such a short amount of time.  She had her first recital last month and I was able to accompany her, which was fun.  I wish we had it on video, but obviously I wasn't in charge of the camera, so all we got was a few pictures.

The beginning of this month Christian had his state tree climbing competition finals in State College.  The day of the competition happened to be on Naomi's birthday, so we just couldn't leave her home and decided to take her along for some special mom and dad time.  She was in her glory staying at a hotel, swimming in the pool, eating out and getting drinks at Starbucks.  The competition day is a long, and most of the time is spent waiting for the other guys to go, so we had some free time to ourselves until it was Christian's time to go.  He had a great climb and placed fourth over all. 

 A few weeks ago our state representative, Marci Toepel visited our 4-H alpaca farm and our club leaders asked me to bring the kids over to show her around.  She was very nice and was the least "political" politician I have ever met (not that I have met a lot).  The kids even said she was like a "normal person."  So it was a good lesson for us all.  Even politicians can be real people, too.  She invited us to come visit her in Harrisburg and get a tour, and I think we will take her up on that next school year.

Last week Asher got some sawdust in his eye and ended up with a scratched cornea.  He had to wear a patch for a few days until it healed.  He was embarrassed about it at first and didn't want to go out until he realized that it would be funny to have Aiden draw and eyeball on his patch.

He begged me all day long to take his picture with him in bed pretending to be asleep with his patch on.  He thought it would be so hilarious.  It is pretty funny now that I look at it.  He also got quite a few double takes from people when we were out and about, which kept me snickering.

This past Sunday was so beautiful, so we headed down to Morris Arboretum for a walk through the park with Christian.  This was our fourth time down there this year already and only the first time Christian was able to go with us besides Christmas time last year.  We had a lovely time of course.  The weather was absolutely perfect and we had fun exploring parts of the arboretum that we had never seen before, most notably the Japanese gardens that are off the beaten path.  The garden railway is fantastic as well and I highly recommend a visit even just to see that display.

And we finally got a family picture at our favorite tree.  And yay, everyone is looking and smiling!

I wish I didn't have to post all these events in one post, but if I don't then it won't get done at all and I like to have it all here for posterity.  Better to blog imperfectly than not to blog at all, I say.
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