Saturday, March 29, 2008

Noah's Piano Concert

On Saturday March 1st Noah participated in a PIANO FESTIVAL. After the festival the 30 students who competed received ratings from the judges. Noah competed in a group of 8 nine-year-olds, was awarded the outstanding rating, and I believe he earned the second highest score.
If they achieved an excellent or outstanding rating they were invited to play in a recital, which took place at nearby castle ruins. We are so proud of Noah, and he really is an amazing pianist. You can see his here to the left smiling before his turn with his name tag.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed

We woke up Easter morning to snowy skies and very cold temperatures. We jokingly greeted each other with "Merry Christmas" at church the weather was so unlike spring. After a wonderful Resurrection Day Sermon, the skies were blue and the weather a little warmer. We spent the afternoon with a few of the great families from our church fellowshipping, singing hymns and playing around. We love sharing the confetti eggs that Grandma Ann always send us from the states. The kids had a great time smashing them over each others heads. We headed home after Noah started looking a little pekid. He is now in bed with 103.5 fever.

Having a SMASHING good time!!

Here are (most of) the kids we had at lunch today. You can still see bits of confetti in some of their hair. Be sure to check out Sarah's blog to see pictures of the Dress SHE made (with her sewing instructors help) for Easter.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy 36th Birthday Rob!

The boys made cookies on Thursday night for their Daddy to take to work on Friday. Sarah made a chocolate cake on Friday morning so that when Daddy came home from work on Friday night we had a nice supper and cake and ice cream.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How to Make a Pie

Rylan loves to cook and bake. He also really likes my pies. So I offered to "teach" the brothers and Sarah how to make some pies. They each made an apple and a banana cream pie. The boys' sweaters were covered with flour, but not as covered as Phantom's beard (who was sniffing around at their feet the whole afternoon).

The kids did a great job and successfully made 2 pies each. Here's a great picture of short Sarah trying to see over Curran and Rylan as they watch the heavy cream whip into the topping for their banana cream pie.

Sarah and her finished pies. They were yummy!!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Today we went to see Sarah dance at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub in Landstuhl. I will add pictures as soon as I get them from our favorite family photographer friend, Curran. But for now, a bit o' the Murphy's Irish Stout being drunk by a very stout Irish Murphy-man.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


The Fellowship of the Pottery. 8 ladies and a dwarf traveled up to Poland early, early, early on a Friday morning. We were able to do a little shopping in the afternoon on Friday. We stayed one night in a nice little hotel in Boleslawiec where we had a fabulous dinner and conversation. After a nice breakfast we set out for a day of pottery shopping. In the hours we spent shopping we visited 18 different stores and then went back to a few of them a second time. The driving was long and the conversation sweet. There are so many funny stories and I just can not wait to put them down..... but not tonight...... for tonight I will have to let my pictures do the talking....

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

What to do on a home school snow day

Today we woke up to SNOW!! It was falling pretty heavily all morning long. On Tuesday afternoons we attend a home school coop where the kids attend different classes taught by other home school Moms (and Dad!), but it was called off because of the weather. We were still doing our morning home-school work when we got the cancellation call (no snow days for home schoolers, you're already at school!) and after hearing the news Sarah got up from her computer and walked away. I called her back and her eyes were streaming with tears...... after being sick herself and having a very sick little brother she has had to stay home for a lot of days in a row and was so looking forward to seeing her friends today at co-op. The day soon took a turn for the better, though, and all was forgotten by late afternoon - just read on. Here is our backyard when the wind was whipping and the snow was falling.As soon as we finished school and lunch we bundled up and headed outside. On the side of our house we have a hill and the kids had fun sledding down it again and again. We had to be careful at the bottom of the hill though because at the edge of our yard it drops off down the farmers cow field with an electric fence.
Here you can see the hill on the side of our house - Noah is on his turn. It got pretty muddy after only a few passes. It was a very wet and heavy snow - and it wasn't bitter cold so there was a lot of slush too. That made shoveling our little part of the sidewalk a "fun" task, but Sarah took it on with a happy heart and Phantom chased the shovel.
While Sarah was busy shoveling Noah made himself quite the nice sized snowman. It was pretty big, and quite the chore to lift those big snow boulders!More sledding! Phantom would wait at the bottom of the hill then ATTACK whoever happaned to come down on the sled, so Sarah decided that Phantom needed a sled ride... he didn't think that was the greatest, but he promptly jumped off the sled and began attacking Sarah just the same.

Today was the first day Micah woke up without a fever (that's 11 days in a row with a fever in case anyone is keeping track) The antiboidics he is on must finally be kicking in! So, his playtime was limited. He was done after about 20 minutes, so I had to snap this picture before he came in for the day.After some play time in the snow, we came in and peeled off all the wet coats and outerwear, put on some dry socks and headed over to our friends who live close by. They also do the co-op and awe thought we'd spend our snow day together since we had a free afternoon. The oldest boy, Rylan, had just had his eyes dilated that morning, so he was still in his very cool shades. I called him "Mr. Charles". His vision impairment didn't stop him from making us all some very yummy chocolate chip cookies! We made hot chocolate and cappuccinos and drank that with warm and gooey cookies straight from the oven!

Here is a fun little guessing game you can play... Which of these kids was very sick this past week and has no smiles to share? Which one had an accident involving a collision with a wooden desk and still looks a little beat-up? And which poor soul just had their eyes dilated and therefore is ALL PUPIL?So, what do you do on a snow day when the hot chocolate has been drunk and the cookies are all gone? Watch silly videos on you tube and play games of course!! HAPPY SNOW!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Piano Festival

Noah participated in a Piano festival. The judges took local area student from many different instructors and listened to them play 2 pieces, and do some sight reading. They will be given scores, and then possibly invited to play in a competition at the end of this month. Noah feels like he did really well, although parents weren't allowed in the performance room so there is no video to share. I will try to put another video on to you tube of him playing soon. He is pretty good (if I do say so myself)