Thursday, May 19, 2016

Really Random Thursday, 5/19/16

Lots of activities going on in the past week.

Saturday there was a bit of a conflict. My mother, who has taught piano for 50+ years, had her annual recital. At 11 a.m. The same time Levi was supposed to be at the ball diamond to warm up for his playoff game.

My mother put him first on the program. Even so, this might be the first time one of her students has performed in a baseball uniform.
A little blurry as I captured him mid-bow...but cute nonetheless.
A little later, Charlotte had her turn to play.
It's so special to have these two taking lessons from their great grandmother.
The students have the opportunity to play on a pretty spectacular Steinway grand piano. Charlotte and I walked through the showroom after the recital, and they had a cool display that shows what happens when you play a piano key.
And then it was on to Levi's ball game.
Levi's team won. And Ella wanted to hang out next to her brother after the game.
I try to walk early in the morning, especially now that it is starting to warm up. The other day I took the time to actually notice the blooming flowers along the way.
And some more unusual things as well. This was just randomly growing out of the trunk about midway up.
Cacti are always interesting.
A couple of nights ago we had family pictures taken. In past years we have always done them in our backyard, but this year we took them in the yard of good friends. They live at the end of a long cul-de-sac, and when they built their house, they were considered to be out in the country. Not so much anymore. But one of their neighbors has enough acreage to have horses. They were pretty hard to resist.

We received this picture via email the other day--the college Mark graduated from, Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, has something called Centennial Plaza. Apparently at some point we purchased a brick. I'm glad they reminded us...


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Jocelyn said... #

The picture of Levi is so cute. Glad he was able to do both.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

What treasure - to learn a love of music from their great-grandmother. They are so lucky.

Elaine M said... #

Great pictures, wonderful day. Love that smile on Ella.

Needled Mom said... #

Knowing how formally dressed the children are for recitals, I got a kick out of seeing him with the baseball outfit on instead. Cute! It is such a thrill for the kids to play on such a beautiful piano.

Yeah for the baseball win! There is nothing quite like the field for family time.

Beautiful flowers along your walk!

Rachel said... #

We know all about double schedule with baseball! And he's a catcher, tough job!
Lovely pictures, as always!

Mary Marcotte said... #

I had to take a second look when I first saw Levi playing in his uniform. But it makes for an interesting picture and story. And to go on to a win in his game. He surely was having a great day!

Little Ella looks very proud of her big brother. Cutie pie!

Everyone seems to have enjoyed the horses.

FlourishingPalms said... #

How fortunate you are to get to attend all these wonderful activities with your grandies. The Steinway is magnificent (I played on a Yamaha baby grand when I thought I was going to study music). Perhaps that's why I am sewing ALL the time... no family to pull me out of my sewing room! Keep enjoying your early morning walks. They're the best time, aren't they?

OPQuilt said... #

Fun to see how big your grandies are getting, and love the fact that they're taking lessons from their grandmother. Nice to catch up with what's going on in your clan.

Carla said... #

This post brings back a lot of memories. My dad was the Piano Man. He had his own business for most of my life. He was well liked and known for going the extra mile. I miss him dearly. I used to work on pianos with him ; )
Very special to take lessons from GG

Soma @ said... #

I love playing the piano. It's so great that they are taking lessons from their great grandmother. So much fun to see him play in his uniform! Lovely photos from your walk. Horses are hard to resist :)