Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Holiday Medley

Just five more sleeps 'til Christmas, friends, and things have been insane.

I'm pretty sure I only have three kids, but it feels like we've been to 17 Christmas parties. There's been a class party for all, a Cub Scouts party {did I mention Owen's a Tiger Scout? Give that an "Aww" for now and I'll have more later}, and Jonathan and I hosted one epic youth group party. That's technically only five and I was merely responsible for one of those, but my goodness I'm up to my ears in holiday cheer.

On top of the parties, we've been doing a lot of hustling and bustling to holiday performances. Owen sang his first-grade set no less than four different locations this year {whew!} and Nora entertained the masses at both a local nursing home and her preschool party. Before I get to those stories though, I'll start with Nathan.

If you've been with me for a while, you already know Nathan plays the piano {and if you've been paying attention, you know he plays the piano very well}. He's taken lessons for three years, and it's incredible how quickly he's learned. His teacher had so much faith in him at this year's Christmas recital that he not only opened the show with "Silent Night," he ended the entire recital with "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," a performance that had every mom, dad, and grandparent asking about him afterward. Don't take my word for it, though. Watch his performances below:

Words cannot express how proud I am that Nathan has the dedication and motivation to enhance his talent. There's nothing like tackling a piece that looks like a foreign language at first glance. He may be naturally inclined toward music, but he puts in hard work to get it where he wants it. I am so impressed by him, and I can't wait to find out what he can play next season.

As for the little kids, their instrument of choice this year has been voice. He may not be the first to admit it, but Owen Bauer has the voice of an angel. Stop laughing, I'm serious. The primary music teacher produced a wonderful collection of songs from a rockin' reindeer melody to the gentle tones of "I Saw Three Ships." Owen's favorite was the latter. Again, I'm serious. Check him out:

He was so excited to don a button-up and fix his hair just right to join his buddies and let his voice soar. He told me he stayed focused as long as he completely forgot I was there and made zero eye contact with me. If that's what it takes, I'll never look at him again. {Small joke. Promise.}

This year was Nora's first time on the other side of the pint-sized program and she admitted to her nerves. There were so many words and hand motions she had to memorize, but she took the stage with the focus of a champ. Sure, it may look like she would rather not be there, but she's just making sure she hits every mark. And she does!

I hope your holiday season is going well and you're finding a bit of magic in what can be a hectic time. We have so much Christmas fun planned, and I am doing my best to will myself to let go of the stress and just bask in it. Here's hoping for success? Maybe I'll just run through these videos one more time to be on the safe side.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

1 comment:

frankie said...

Looks like they are sure enjoying their time while giving their performance. All of them performed really well and I would love to see them live one day for sure.