Grant's school is 4-6 grade. In fourth grade, students who want to can join the string orchestra which rehearses twice a week during lunch. Grant had a friend doing it so he decided he wanted to as well. He chose to play the cello.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of spending the day in Indy. Seth and Brenna had to be there all day for their Youth Cultural Celebration rehearsal and performance celebrating the dedication of the Indianapolis Temple the following day. Because of freeway closure and travel time we decided I would take them down and just spend the day, watch the performance, and bring them home.
I went to the Home Storage center and stocked up.
Then I went to Costco and stocked up some more :)
Seth and Brenna had a blast all day at the cultural celebration. They arrived at 7:45 am, and when it was over at 8:30 pm, Seth didn't want to leave. They had a great time being with all of the youth and being a part of a big production.
Here is Seth in the front row waiting for President Eyring to speak to them.
I saw Seth right away in the front row, but I couldn't see Brenna. The man next to me could see me searching and offered me his binoculars. Even then, I passed by her once or twice before I realized it was her because she had her hair up and makeup on! She looked very beautiful and grown-up.She was too far away for my phone to take a picture.
This next picture is during the opening number. The theme was Gather to the Light.
This is the closing number. I guess I didn't get a picture of their stake dance. They danced a hoedown square dance.
Here is the beautiful girl after the show...she had a lot of fun having her hair and makeup done by the other young women in our ward. And doesn't she look gorgeous in her contacts? (She is growing up too fast suddenly!)
It is wonderful to see these two sharing experiences and being close friends. All the kids wore their bright neon yellow celebration shirts to school on Monday!
Sydney has been begging me to let her ride a big bike this week. So I assured her we could practice on Russell's bike, but then when we went to do so, I realized his bike was parked at the school! So we practiced on Grant's bike...which is a lot better for mom's back anyway since it is higher up :)
She has done great this week thanks to her balance bike she has been riding the past year. She has it down now. We just need to work on starting and stopping independently. We have officially passed Grant's bike down to Russell, and Russell's bike down to Sydney. These kids certainly grow fast!
Tuesday was an amazingly enjoyable evening with Brenna's first home volleyaball game and Seth's first home cross country meet.
Brenna played the entire game and Seth beat his best time by two minutes!
It is very common that our "library" looks like this...
Our fruit trees have grown a lot this year. Here is our peach tree now.
Here it is last fall.
The other night we were all home together which has been rare since school started. Seth and Brenna are gone a lot, or busy doing homework. Seth and Brenna have become closer the last few months as they have shared youth activities together, but Grant often expresses that he wishes Brenna were home to play with. I think that is so sweet that he loves his sister and enjoys playing with her.
Well, the other night it warmed my heart to see all six kids imagining and playing together. I am not sure what they were doing, but they were all into it- parading or marching around with the two little girls in the wagon. :)
A dream has come true for Rob who bought season tickets to the Purdue Women's volleyball games. Saturday he went to a game with Seth, Brenna, and Russell.
Russell's soccer team!
Our crazy cutie!