Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday, Henry!!

Happy Birthday, Henry! I can't believe what a big boy you are!

I can't even explain the amazingness of spending every day with my little guy, but I'll try a bit. He is so crazy smart! He read his first word earlier this week, and he knows lots of letters, numbers and colors too. Thanks to the speech therapy he has over 20 words in his active vocabulary, between signs and sounds, and he's becoming more comfortable with using his voice every day. He's got great control of his gross motor skills and can run and jump and climb all over. I'm so blessed with this little man. I can't wait to see what this year brings :)

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

MU Music at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center

Look at me! Blogging more than once in a week! WHAT?!?! Can you believe it? :)

Last night I got to see my first performance in the lovely Kauffman Performing Arts Center with my brother and friends. We went to go see the MU singers and wind ensemble perform pieces from the concerts they'll be giving over in Europe after this semester ends.

Their was a reception held in the lobby and with the ship-like architecture, bright sun, and the calipso-type music playing live, it felt like we'd walked onto the deck of a cruise ship! Although there were lots of tuxedos and dresses instead of board shorts and bikinis.

The concert began with the University Singers, who performed a capella, although I didn't consciously realize that until about 5 songs in, because their sound so filled the theater with captivating beautiful that it literally boggled my mind. They performed 8 selections, including "Ave Maria" and a song that sounded quite like a sea shanty. I was impressed with both the beauty of the singing as well as their technical precision.

There was a short intermission as the stage was set up for the University Wind Ensemble, which, by the way, also had brass and percussion instruments so I found the title a bit misleading... Anyway, they performed three longish arrangements and then ended with the MU fight song. The longest arrangement featured a guest trombone player as a soloist/lead, and I wasn't really feeling that. (I'm not a fan of trombones, although I like pretty much every other classical instrument.)

It was very interesting watching one of the players in the front switch between using the flute and the piccolo. There was even a harp player, although she didn't get many notes. I couldn't help thinking what a pain it would be to travel overseas with that thing!

The ensemble was just as technically accurate and impressive as the singers had been. MU is doing some good stuff!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

First Friday Photography - April 2014


There were so many interesting exhibits this month!! I'm glad I braved the chill and went out :)

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