Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I loved Birthday of a King, because I got to play the cello while Jen played the clarinet!
This was about the fastest we had ever taken God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings. It really took Barb and me for a ride! We loved it and, happily, both ended at the same time with the singers!
Every year we find new and beautiful Christmas songs we've never heard before. One Small Child was a perfect example!
From the sublime to the ridiculous! You have to be from Baltimore to truly enjoy Crabs for Christmas!
Don't Take Down the Mistletoe was another new song for us. We loved the sentiment of wanting the holiday feeling to last all year long!
We haven't had snow yet this year, but this version of Let it Snow got us into the spirit. I especially enjoyed showing off my expertise with 6 bells in hand and one under the armpit!
We called this song The Whitest Christmas, but I believe it is really The Lord's Bright Blessings. It is my favorite song from Mr. Magoo's Christmas carol. Barb sings the part of Tiny Tim as the Cratchett family sits around the table and dreams of a brighter Christmas, but also showing gratitude for the gift of family.
This year they played This Tree's on Fire at the Pearl Strings concert. Joannie sang the lead as Joannie Cash!
Whistling Prairie gave a sneak peak at next year's Christmas CD. We had just enough time to put together a few numbers. I Heard from Heaven Today gave us the perfect chance for the girls to harominize. We are joined by our newest band member, Nolan Hauta on guitar. I get a solo on the accordion, an instrument I don't play! It was great having the band together again!
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Amanda and Nolan practiced for a special duet. Coda is saying, "No, Mom, not the accordion and the trombone--TOGETHER!" It was a bit disturbing for her!
We opened one Christmas present, from our neighbor, Kay. It was a Christmas angel sparkly snow-globe lava lamp. It was the perfect present to open, because we could just sit on the couch and stare at it and watch the colors slowly swirl and change. It felt like Christmas. We're excited about tomorrow to have Christmas again!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
We wouldn't have been there, either, except for the fact that we're delaying our Christmas celebration till the 27th when Brittany, John and Crystal will be here.
The Vietnam Memorial looked especially poignant with the rain drops on the granite.Even with the overcast we could still see ourselves in the wall!
We saw Mr. Krueger's Christmas and The Nativity. They also had some creches on display as well as some beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The Book It Sisters and Friends met last night to review Intertwine by Nichole Van. I hosted it and prepared a Bush version of High Tea to go along with the theme of the book. The last scene takes place in the Pump House in Bath, the quintessential place for High Tea.
After filling our plates we gathered around the TV where we did a Google Hangout with the author, my very talented niece, Nikki. It was fun asking her questions about the book and publishing process.
The book was a perfect December pick, a fun time travel romance with a spunky protagonist!
Happily, the second book was released last month, so if you haven't had your fill of romance and adventure, you can purchase (or download) Divine, as well! I enjoyed it just as much as the first book in the series!
To check out Nichole Van on Amazon, go to http://www.amazon.com/Nichole-Van/e/B00IQ031A2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1418733790&sr=1-2-ent
To check out the Book it Sisters review of her first book, go to http://bookitsisters.com/intertwine-by-nichole-van/