We were very fortunate that both recitals were scheduled for the same day so my mother could come down to see them and that it worked out that Macy's was an hour after Delaney's. If it had been the other way around, we would have run into trouble. Mrs. Cook only has a few students and her recitals last all of 25 minutes. Ian has an entire school's worth of kids. He adjusted it from last year when the recital lasted 2 and a half hours! This year, he had 3 sessions so we only had to endure about an hour. Both girls played brilliantly as did Olivia. I'm so proud of them all. The hard work and practice they've put in is definitely paying off.
Neither of these venus were ideal for shooting. The nursing home is poorly lit with glare off the piano and the pictures hanging on the wall and I have to shoot over the tops of people's heads. But I'm pretty good at shooting in low light situations. I just know I'll have to bump the noise reduction. At least I don't need to shoot at 1/500!
Macy's recital was in a church that had a huge wall of windows directly behind where the kids were performing. It was beautiful to look at but can you say back light? I immediately recognized this issue and took several test shots to figure out just how much I needed to overexpose. I still needed to play with it significantly in LR5.
All in all, a pretty good day.
My oldest "daughter" is graduating from middle school in a few days. Today was her 8th grade dance. She is stunning. I'm so happy to have this young lady in our lives. She is a kind a sweet kid who has been like a sister to my girls. I wish her the best of luck in high school.
On the house front, the stone guys finished up today. My mom and I stood there and watched them for several minutes. They have an amazing skill. We are extremely happy with the outcome.
Kirsten's sister and niece were in town for a few weeks and as I adore Fi and Amelia, I wanted to make sure I had a chance to catch up with her. We met at Greek Fiesta for lunch. The restrooms were uncharacteristically nasty so the girls were in need of one. My house is only about a mile and a half away and Fi wanted to see the porch. She followed my porch blog while it was going up 2 years ago and was interested to see it in person. Naturally I was happy to oblige even though the outside of our house is quite torn up. I felt the need to capture the kids so they graciously piled into a chair and allowed me to get a quick shot. Aren't they adorable?
The biggest news today though was that my mother came for a visit to see the girls' recitals this weekend. We didn't tell the girls she was coming so when I went to go pick her up, I told them I was going to the grocery store. They were generally preoccupied with the tv or video game du jour. I called them down when I got back and here was their reaction.
I think everyone was generally happy about this occasion.
I snuck up on Delaney and snapped this one. It was a little dark so I had to do a little work but I like it.
Then I got this classic shot of everyone on the swing.
Another holiday spent at the lake with friends and family. Delaney, Guy, KC and Eyal all wake boarded. All the kids tried out a new kneeboard thingy and we ended the day with s'mores. What more could you ask for?
Because, you know, having the entire outside of the house torn up isn't enough chaos for me, I decided to move my office from the dining room to the spare bedroom. It really wasn't something I was going to do until I started chatting with Lisa and she convinced me to do it. By Lisa's logic, we have a while room that goes unused for 360 days of the year and no dining room. It made sense to me so I drew up some plans including a murphy bed and called Phillip to see if it was something he could do. It took a while to get started and naturally it all came together as we were re-siding the house. I figure they aren't using the same space so what the heck, why not! Phillip starts tomorrow so I had to empty out the bedroom tonight. I had already given the bed away to another friend so it was just a bookcase and some tables that needed to be moved. Now we are ready.
All the siding that can be done is done. We now have to wait for the stone around the bay window and the porch over the front door.
No practice tonight so Macy joined me on my evening walk with Floyd. As we passed by the sewer access, Macy jumped up on it and posed as a statue for me. She keeps me laughing.
Another one of the new skills level 5 has to master is the full turn on beam. It sounds easy enough but trust me, it's one of the most difficult skills to master. Macy had a private lesson this morning with Megan to work on it. She can get all the way around but she needs to stay on her toes and stay tight so Megan got up on the beam with her and gave her great tactile feedback. By September, she'll be a pro!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun