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Monday, January 31, 2011

Restless

Million Dollar Smile

Yesterday, Joel and I performed in a recital along with most of the other music faculty.  Since it was a Sunday and since we were both involved, we didn't have a lot of choice but to bring the children.  We were only in one number together, so we figured it would be okay.

And, thankfully, it was.  Bria and Chloe sat together by themselves, and many of our friends kept a good eye on them (we were just in a small theater), but Sophia wanted to sit with us.  I'm glad she did, because I got a great kick out of her commentary.

Silly

The very first set was some jazz/blues guitar.  Sophia didn't really like the first piece in the set, because she said, "This isn't very good music.  He's just warming up, huh?"

She did, however, like the next two guitar pieces quite a lot, and became focused on the guitarist's tapping foot.  She started tapping her own foot in rhythm with him, and then she whispered in my ear, "Do we know why his leg isn't tired yet?"

Boogerface

She was very restless, though.  I mean, this is Sophia we're talking about.  Always on the go go go, never able to sit still.  Taking her to concerts and recitals is rare because she is so wiggly, but we do it occasionally. The hour-long recital was almost over when I told her to try to stay still for just five more minutes.  She hopped up on my lap and watched the rest of the audience for a while, then she asked me, "How is everybody staying so still Mommy?  How are they doing that?"

Sophia

I suppose to most 4-year olds it is pretty amazing that grown-ups can stay still for such long periods of time.  Still, I think Sophia gets a gold star for doing so well yesterday, even if she was lying on the floor, bored out of her mind, by the end.

Perhaps she'll even be ready for a full-length orchestra concert by next year.

One can only hope.

16 comments :

  1. I, too, am constantly in awe of some people's ability to sit still or tap their feet for extended periods of time. :)

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  2. Sounds like she did great! I bet you and your husband did a great job as well. I love your new header..very cute and fun.

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  3. I'm impressed. An hour long recital is huge for a four-year old. Props to you guys:)

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  4. A month into the new school year, my two kindergartners accidentally swapped behavior charts. Garrett looked at Connor's chart, full of nothing but green (good) and orange (really good). For the kid who usually comes home on yellow at least once or twice a week, this was troubling news. Garrett grabbed his brother by the shoulders, and as serious as I have ever seen him, said, "You've never come home on yellow?!? How do you DO that?!????"

    And that is why I try so hard to keep them from seeing each other's charts. Garrett should only be compared to Garrett, and in that respect, he is making great progress.

    How are they doing that, indeed.

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  5. I have a hard time sitting still even when I'm enjoying a performance. Sophia did great, she is So cute! I love her comments :)

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  6. Sophia hasn't learned the art of sleeping with your eyes open. That's how I survive most concerts, including one or two I was conducting.

    I love that a 4-year old already had some idea of "warming up", even though the performer was already through! I've sat through many a Middle School orchestra concert where it seemed that all they did for 75 minutes was warm up!

    Dang, that kid is cute. And I'm so glad I've already raised MINE.

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  7. Oh she is so cute! I love the curiosity of little children. And I am way impre3ssed! She really did do well. Amazing. And so funny! I love the comment about his leg getting tired.

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  8. I think it sounds like she did a wonderful job!! Way to go!

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  9. I think I have adult onset ADD. I have a very hard time sitting still if I am not completely enthralled. COMPLETELY.

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  10. "I suppose to most 4-year olds it is pretty amazing that grown-ups can stay still for such long periods of time." -- I'd have to agree with that, I remember sitting in church as a kid, couldn't figure out why no one else but the kids were wiggling so much.

    PS: Love the picts & faces!

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  11. I have a hard time sitting for that long, too. I love the questions a four-year-old can come up with. Their minds have a hard time sitting still, too!

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  12. OH! I can get over how darling those pictures are! What pretty girls!

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  13. Her commentary is priceless! I love that she knew her foot was tired and couldn't understand why his wasn't.

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  14. Sometimes I wonder how adults stay so still, myself. I think we all need a little more wiggle. And boy is she cute!

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  15. Sounds like my 7 year old. Although I think she will outgrow it by then....for your sake I hope so!

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  16. That is TOO funny! I LOVE "Do we know why his leg isn't tired yet?"!!!! ADORABLE!

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