Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This is for anyone who needs some Christmas Cheer

P.S. Do you like the tree in her specially chosen background...I especially love how the ornaments only are from the middle on up... this is just how it is with a curious toddler running around. He grabs any ornaments that he can reach. If he can't he has quickly figured out that if he pulls a branch then the tree will tip closer to him and possibly enable him to reach his shiny and sparkly goal. Thus our tree is always like unto the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We all love the tree anyhow.

Lydia's School Christmas Performance

Yesterday, Lydia just had her school Christmas Performance and it was so cute! Can I just say that her music teacher is amazing! The songs were all SO fun and all had great choreography to them. They had accompanying instruments in the background and drums and other instruments for kids to play during selected songs. Some of the songs they actually busted out dancing... it was absolutely hilarious! I loved it. Charlie did as well; he kept dancing to the songs and especially loved the part where everyone clapped heartily after each song. He joined in with gusto. When transitioning between grades or classes on the stage one of the students would play a quick song on the piano or violin, others sang. It was pretty cute. The place was so packed (even with there being two showings that day for parents!) There wasn't even a seat for me, but we just stood near the back. Totally fine.
On another... sadder note, my digital camera stopped working properly and the screen was totally blank! So I resorted to looking through the eye hole (it's been a while for that), but there was no way to tell if the video clip was working so I didn't film very much at all, since I wanted at least pictures of it. I did bring our camcorder... it was not charged. Needless to say I uncharacteristically did not check beforehand since wasn't really planning on using this since it downloads on to the computer if I use the camera. Poor planning on my part for sure. So here I was sitting in this adorable performance thinking there was no way to film just how cute it really was, so I did not try to film much.
When I got home, I found it did work! For a minute I was sad that I didn't get all the fun dancing parts, but at least I have something, no matter how little it is. I am going to have to see about that camera. We seem to have the worst luck with cameras. It still does works, but if zoomed in I can't tell if it is focused or not without the screen.

Here all the 1st graders are on the stage bleachers, Lydia is in the middle row, 4th on in from the left in the red shirt.

In this one the whole school is singing the finally together and if you look farthest Christmas tree by the stage, she is almost directly below it in the red shirt looking strait at me. She said she was smiling, because she could see Charlie roll his arms along with the students. Some songs Ethan was singing along, because he has learned them from Lydia who has sung them so often around the house. Precious.

So this video totally does not capture the fun songs but it will have to do. The other song I have is only filmed for litterally 2 seconds. So I didn't add that one, but I can.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Confessions of a guilty pleasure

#1. I dance around often around my house choreographing moves to music or just freestyle every day. Ok that is not embarrassing, just true... read on.
#2. Maybe you can relate to this... or I may be alone in this one. I get sidetracked while I am cleaning each day and end up dancing and singing to the music instead for a bit... it's way more fun. For the record, I did say I liked to be silly in my profile. I can't say how many years I have been doing this for... as long as I can remember. Perhaps this is the reason why Mike is such a faster cleaner than I am. I'll just chalk it up as exercise cleaning, right.
#3. At night, I would have opened my huge apartment window and used it as a mirror to dance in front of in Seattle, if our front window wasn't smack dab in the middle of everyone like a fish bowl. Okay a few times I did. Maybe there is a reason my kids are such performers around the house, haha.
P.S. Sorry I haven't been posting very much lately... I had to speak in Sacrament Meeting last Sunday and I have been spending most of my free time the past month writing it. More posts should be coming.