Sunday, August 26, 2012

Devil's Kitchen Hike

 Here are way too many pictures of a fun family home evening hike.

Zandy and Essie are in the hole.  They took off their shoes and socks and played in the cool sand.

Youth Orchestra

Several of Jackson's students had mentioned a desire for a youth orchestra in our community.  Jackson decided to give it a go this summer and see how it went.  There was enough interest to do it, so we went for it.  We cleared the furniture out of our living room and had rehearsals there.  I guess that wasn't the most professional place to have them, but it kept the costs down and it worked.  Jackson is brave and asked the orchestra conductor if we could hold the concert in the college recital hall.  He said yes!  It was so fun to have them play there.  

Judd (Jackson's brother) conducted and did a fabulous job!  We didn't get any bass players, so Jackson played the bass part on his cello.  I was so pleased with the experience and am excited to do it again next year.  We have a better idea of how things will go and what we can do to improve it.  I was so surprised at how many new skills Thomas had to learn to play in an orchestra.  When he got the music, I thought it was going to be a breeze, but there were so many things to think about other than the music that it was quite a challenge for him.  He did wonderfully. 

Moon Farm

Amber's family was in town for sweet Brynne's baptism.  She planned fun things to do and we were lucky enough to join in.  Friday morning we went to the Moon Farm.  We have lived here for over 5 years and had never been before.  It was so fun!  It is hard to explain exactly what the Moon Farm is.  It is a place where a family has built different play house buildings over time on their property.  There is a pyramid, a fort, a castle, a doll collection house, a horse drawn buggy building, small cabins with child sized beds and furniture, a tree house, a space shuttle, goes on and on.  There are also animals to pet and toys to play on.  All of the kids had a blast!  

One sad moment was when Alexander got stung by a wasp.  Poor little guy!  The owners were so thoughtful and brought out some paste made out of meat tenderizer to help it feel better.