Last Violin Performance

Kida had her last orchestra performance earlier this week.  She, and the rest of the group, really improved since their first performance.

We (Kylie and I…husband had a schedule conflict) sat in a spot where I thought would work great for taking photos and videos.  We were in the second row from the front sitting just to the left from middle.  The front row was a half row that ended to our right (with the last seat in front of the seat Kylie was sitting in) which allowed us full view of the stage from an angle.  When Kida came out and took her seat on the stage, we realized that we would not be able to see her at all because there were two violinists to the right of her, blocking her from our view, but by this time the auditorium had already filled up.  To add to that, two big and tall guys sat just to the right of us in the front row, blocking our view.  Kylie was originally sitting right behind them but I switched seats with her so she could see and ended up recording with my camera between the two guys’ shoulders.

Here is a video of one of the songs they played.

Kida has been thinking about not taking violin this fall.  She says it’s too boring.  I reminded her of how excited she got when husband and I finally gave in and allowed her to switch from her guitar to violin.  And, I persuaded her to stick to it but I don’t know if that was the right thing to do.  I’m wondering now if I should have not given her an option and just told her she had to continue.  Frustrating.

Holiday Decorations And Earlier In the Weeks

The house was decorated since the first week of December but I just didn’t have the time to post any photos.  The snow on the Christmas tree was an idea I saw at the mall when husband and I took the girls to see Santa.  We bought our tree (it’s real) from Costco and when we brought it home, out came quite a few spiders!  I’m not scared of spiders if I see them once in while but this was a little different.  These spiders were small and they kind of flew out every which way.  We also found a ladybug in there, in which, Kylie decided to care for by building it a little home out of things we had on our coffee table.  She eventually took it outside giving it one of her teddy bear children’s vitamin to keep it from going hungry.

Here’s what’s been going on since Dec 6 (just within the last two week!):

Kida had her first orchestra concert at her school.  I was almost in tears watching her play her violin to Dreydl, Seminole Chant, Good King Wenceslas, and Jingle Bells.  Here’s a video husband took with his cell phone of Dreydl.  It’s very bad quality but it’s a glimpse at the concert.  I think the kids did great given less than 3 months to learn their instruments and four songs.

 

Kida performed in The Nutcracker, a play through her dance school.  She auditioned in September and landed a role as one of the tiny mice.  She went to rehearsal every weekend up until the show.   She was thrilled to see her 4th grade teacher, her 3rd grade teacher (whom promised over the summer when she missed Kida’s recital that she’d make it to the next show and she did!), and her two aunties at the performance.  The video is a clip of her performance during rehearsal.  She is third on the left to the back.  It was a great show.

 

Kylie performed at her pre-school’s Christmas show.  I thought she was fantastic!  She had been practicing her verse at school and at home too, with me.  I had no idea that she was also learning songs and such.  She never talks about them (when I ask) and the only song she sings at home is “Deck the Halls” (she sings ‘Deck‘ with an i) instead of the ones she learned at school.  Here are a couple of videos of her during the Christmas show.  In the first video, she is near the end (letter, X) in the purple dress.

 

The girls finished ballet/dance classes for the year.  They performed for the parents and also gave out presents to their teachers and treats to their classmates.  Husband and I missed Kida’s dances (because I forgot) but we attended Kylie’s.

 

Kida is done with school until the new year!  How time flies!  I was asked to be the photographer again to take some class pictures.  Kida gets so excited when I’m there.  She just loves showing me everything and wants me to see her goof around with her friends.

Kida performed at the Hmong Catholic Christmas party.  She danced to the choir’s, “Oh Holy Night”.  The dance was choreographed by her and her auntie (my sister).  She didn’t seem to have practiced much but it still turned out great!

(updated 12/19…with my sister’s much better recording of the performance)

We donated a little money at Kylie’s preschool to help the less fortunate during this Holiday season.  Kylie also picked out an angel card off a Christmas tree to give a gift to a less fortunate child.  Originally, I was supposed to take the girls shopping for the gift but husband and I ended up doing the shopping because of the limited time we had to buy and wrap the gift.  Both girls got to drop the gift off with me though.

We celebrated husband’s and my birthday at my parent’s home and then we gave each other cakes and a card at our home.  We also went to dinner without the girls.  We had wanted to go to our favorite sushi place, Makuni, but it was closed.  Out of business.  The Cheese Cake Factory was nearby so we went there instead.

Christmas cards were made, printed, and sent to friends and family.  Btw, I ran out of cards and had to do a quick print at Walgreens!  This means some will receive one a little late (I’m sorry if you are one of them).  This year, I decided to do something new by including a 2011 In Review Newsletter for friends and family who don’t follow me on this blog or Facebook.  The newsletter is basically the same things I blog about but less detailed.

And, finally, I have been keeping up with the 24-days-of-Christmas gift giving to my girls.  I’ve taken photos of every one of their gifts but as you can see, it’s been a busy couple of weeks and I haven’t had time to post (but I will!).   Most of the gifts are fun toys and candy.  The girls really love this idea except they’ve gotten bored of some of the things I’ve given them.  Hopefully next year, I’ll be better prepared with not jut random things but more meaningful things.

Also, if you’ve been following my digital scrapbook blog, you’ll know that I’ve been spotlighted on Inside the Creative Studio on Creations by Tinamarie’s blog.  The spotlight includes a free quick page download I made using the Christmas Morning kit by Creations by Tinamarie (in collaboration with Valorie Wibbens Designs).  I hope you stop by Tina’s blog to read about me and to grab this freebie!

Beautiful Violin Cover of My Heart Will Go On and Someone Like You

My daughter just started the Children’s Christmas Choir this year (she skipped last year’s) and they will be singing “Silent Night” again.  We were talking about how she could eventually play her violin during Christmas mass in the future and I told her I’d find an example of “Silent Night” on youtube for her to listen to.  While searching on youtube, I came across another song that was simply awe.   It is a cover of the song, “My Heart Will Go On” played by an extremely talented and young violinist who goes by JuNCurryAhn on youtube.

I love how he plays with so much emotions.  If only it was the complete song.

AND, his cover of “Someone Like You” is just beyond beautiful.  I also dig how he made himself a twin!!

Without music, what would the heart cry to?

Trading Guitar For Violin

Kida is trading her guitar lessons for violin lessons.  She picked up her violin yesterday and was the happiest angel on earth.  She’ll be taking classes through her school.

Here is a violin piece that sends chills every time I listen to it.  Definitely worth listening to.

If you like the violin photo above, you can buy it at my etsy shop. 🙂