Tis the season for piano recitals, and our little Miss Cliodhna made the paper🙂 She looks like she is playing a beautiful minuet, but in true Cliodhna fashion, she is hammering out a Boogie Woogie tune.
Watercolour Christmas Balls Art November 7, 2015
Today was Fine Arts Friday… and we started Christmas art, oh yes, we did!
Kai performed his last show on Halloween afternoon, then we raced home to change into costumes for the night.
Kai took on his second role at the Stirling Festival Theatre this Fall.
He has certainly developed a passion for the stage, and never complained about the eight weekends devoted to rehearsals. Our family now lives and breathes the theatre right along with him. We could not be more proud!
Hey, How’s it going? I’m Kai. You may recognize me as Taylor the Tailor, from the production A Tale of Knights that ran last spring.
I literally counted down the days until I could be on stage again, because “That’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh, uh huh!”
Sorry about that, it really can’t be helped. You see, “I’m the Boogieman, and I like to boogie!” I would like to thank my family who support me, the cast who welcomes me, God who gifted me, and of course, David Vanderlip, who again, gave me an amazing opportunity to, well, boogie! Hope the show is a Thriller!
From Thriller, to the CanCan, Kai had a blast boogieing it up!
And of course, he loves hanging with his “tribe” So thankful that he has found his passion, and his people early on in life!
Dave, his director.
Cliodhna’s Round Up October 18, 2015
Today, Cliodhna rounded up some friends to horse around with her.
The weather last week was glorious here, but this weekend was cold. Like, we saw some white stuff cold! Our all outdoor party had to be adjusted (and so did my attitude about it) to mostly indoors. I decided it really was a “First world problem” and it would sound pretty shallow if I complained that we had to whip up a last minute Pin the Tail on the Pony, instead of play Shoo the Fly outdoors!
The Party started with a visit to the Branding Station(aka the bathroom) for some face painting.
Next, it was coats and mitts on for a quick sack race, and bobbing for apples. Oh, yes I did! Who can say they have done these activities while it was snowing?
Enjoying the apples while listening to some stories.
A sugar cube stack game.
Cliodhna’s just fell as I snapped the picture.
Hey, who can stack the most cubes on their tongue?? This was a hit, of course.
On to Pin the Tail on the Pony (with a good attitude about it)
Thoughtful and gracious gifts.
And back atcha!
Gift bags contained- Horse Stickers, candy apples, candy carrots, hats, Bandanas, and Pearl craft kits.
Some of the Grub
Not pictured- Hickory sticks for Hay, Candy corn (surprisingly 4 of 5 love!) Pumpkin dip and graham crackers, Wagon wheels, ranch with veggies, meat and cheese, sandwiches, chips and salsa.
Then it was off to the stable where Cliodhna rides. The girls worked together to brush the horses, and then each got a turn to ride them!
Thanksgiving Exercise October 13, 2015
“I wish I knew more of Papa’s character. I wasn’t really paying attention so much because I was only eight when he died.”
Quite often we have music playing in the car on road trips. Thankfully, we have outgrown the stage of Elmo’s World playing on a constant video loop to keep some backseat peace, and front seat sanity. Tonight however, on our way home from our Thanksgiving celebration with family, it was quiet. I don’t know what the rest of the family were thinking about, but my thoughts trailed to how much I still miss my dad’s presence at the table.
The way he played.
The way he prayed.
The way he loved his pumpkin pie, and leftover turkey sandwiches.
The way he would engage us in conversation, and ask us to share what we were thankful for…
“Hey Mom, what do you love about daddy?” Kai’s voice broke the silence.
“Like right now, what do you love about him? And, how is your marriage going?”
I smile, and share.
“And Daddy, what do you love about Mom?”
Cliodhna informs us that daddy said nine things about me, while I only said six about him.
“Oh, now it’s on!” I tease, and throw a few more out there.
Kai guided all of us through this “exercise” until each person had a chance to share what they loved about the one another. Cliodhna’s were sweet and honest. And when Kai was done sharing what he loved about each of us, I could only simply respond “Wow, Kai.”
Jay reached over and squeezed my hand as he listened to his son build him up.
He could never have known how much this was needed this very week.
The depth of his ability to embrace, and express his emotions never ceases to amaze us.
The way he encourages and invokes the same in others, a gift.
His capacity as a child, to see outside of himself, again, wow!
“ I think I’m going to do this with my wife and kids when I grow up.”
This “exercise” went on for an hour, and was followed by a talk about everyone’s love languages. And even a discussion on how each of us could do better in relationship with one another. “ Dad, you are an awesome father. I would love to have more deep heart talks with you where you can teach me about being a man.”
“ Cliodhna there is nothing you can improve upon, you are an awesome sister. And even though I pretend to not love your hugs and kisses (our physical touch girl!) I really do like them because I know it’s your way to express love to me”
When we were done, he then wanted to know how it made everyone feel. Be warned, this kid will go ferociously after your heart.
When we got home, Cliodhna asked for a piece of paper to write Mommy a note. Although it was well past bedtime, Daddy thankfully, allowed it.
When I finally headed to bed, there was a sweet note awaiting for me on my pillow. Someone was listening during the love languages discussion that mommy loves letters…
Hi mom, I have bin thinking of you all night.
I thought that you and me could be all alone, and kiss, and hug, and snuggle.
I love you mom forever and ever.
Dad and you are so cute together.
You’re the best mom ever in the hole wide world. You too dad.
I love you so much that I can’t stop bringing love to the family.
And she does indeed bring the love to our family!
As I unpacked all the moments of the day, I was struck by how much Kai is like his Papa. How time with him leaves you uplifted.
How he loves to lead others in heart talks.
How before you know it, you are in a counselling session you didn’t make an appointment for…
And, you know? It made me miss him a little less, and the void a little less immense,
just seeing that his legacy indeed lives on.
“Oh Kai, you didn’t have to pay attention to Papa’s character; you were purposely and wonderfully made by a God who knit that into your soul DNA.”