Wednesday, June 30, 2010

She Passed!

Ann Marie passed her Suzuki violin book 1 test today and earned her very first trophy! Way to go Ann Marie. She had to play the last song in the book perfectly from memory. Then she had to pick a number out of a hat and play the song that is that number in the book by memory. Then she got to pick her favorite song in the book to play also from memory. So basically she had to have all the songs memorized and performance ready. She worked really hard to earn that trophy and we are so glad she passed and got to see the fruit of all that hard work.

I like this totally spur of the moment photo I took about 3 minutes ago. I think you can see how pleased Annie is in her eyes. I also love that it has Lauren at the piano. She is learning the flute and her first song will eventually be Hot Cross Buns. We have been singing it to her so she will know the tune when she is ready to start playing it on the flute. Here she is figuring out how to play the tune on the piano. Currently she is playing it in a mock concert in the background for her sisters. 

I also love that Sabrina is at the blue table engaged in some art. She is coloring I think. I love the background of the photo because it is a true representation of our house. It is busy and almost always a bit messy but it is full of learning, growing and expressions of one kind or another. I am happiest when the expressions are artistic or loving as in this picture. 

It is also Wednesday -- my favorite day of the week because I get to watch some great artistic expression on So You Think You Can Dance tonight. Come watch with me and taste my newest tasty expression in the creation of "peanut butter cookie topped triple chocolate fudge brownies."


shanan said...

Wow! That's awesome! Please tell Annie congratulations for me. That's tough to memorize so many songs!

Enjoy watching SYTYCD! ... and your brownies :)

Mythreesons said...

I can vouch for the brownies... seriously delicious! Thanks, Stephanie.
And congrats, Annie!

Kelly said...


Congrats on Annie's accomplishment with the violin! That's wonderful. I played in 4th grade and never learned to read music. My teacher hated that I wanted to play by ear, so I quit. I've regretted it ever since. Good for her! That smile is priceless. :)

I thought of you today...saw the headlines about the ex-NFL player (now a reverend) who lost his son today, I think, in another tragic hot tub drowning. So sad. Praying for them now, too.

Kansas City

El rincon de nuestras cosas said...

Sad I can't taste those "peanut butter cookie topped triple chocolate fudge brownies."
Will you send me or maybe publish the recipe on your blog?
Lanzarote- Spain

Mindy said...

I wish I knew where you lived if only to eat those cookies! :)

Anonymous said...

please let annie know i said congrats... i played from the time i was in third grade till i graduated high school. i loved it and by the look on her face i can tell she loves it as well.

i think its awesome that you use art as a teaching tool. it truly is an asset they will always utilize.

congrats again to annie :)

Sarah S. said...

Good job! You are so smart Annie!

Rebecca said...

Way to go Annie! It feels so good when you're successful at something you've tried so hard to do. Keep working hard!

Jennie said...

Yum! Will you post the recipe for your tasty treat? They sound wonderful!

Anonymous said...

i think stephanie should post her recipe for her cookies and her rolls... yummmmmy

Anonymous said...

To be so accomplished and lovely ...

Catherine Noorda said...

we even got to experience an annie concert in person a few days ago! she's really great. go girl!

can't wait to try those brownies...freeze some for me :)