|In the elevator leaving one recital and running to the next. It'll have to do for a Sunday photo on this crazy day! (The day Sophia isn't wearing cheetah print for one of these photos is the day pigs fly.)|
Of course there was our normal three hours of church. But today was also The Maestro's first Sunday since he got called into the Branch Presidency that he was actually in town. So he left early this morning, which left me to get myself and three girlies ready for church. I thought we did pretty well, considering we left the house before church actually started AND we got there before the opening hymn began, even though we were officially about five minutes late. I'll do better, but man, I am not a go-getter in the mornings.
After church we had another church meeting, and then I had to run the girls to Bria's violin recital. We should have been more on time, but I stayed at branch council a little too long, and then couldn't find parking, the elevator was slow, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Bria was second on the program and we walked in just as the girl who was first was playing her beginning notes.
Consequently, Bria didn't feel very mentally prepared and had to start over in the middle of her piece. She did it with grace and aplomb, but that has literally NEVER happened to her. She always manages to get into some sort of zone when she's playing her violin publicly. Afterwards she told me that her brain fell out--"plop onto the floor"--when she got up there. It took her a little by surprise to lose her brain like that, I think. But it's a good reminder of how important that mental preparation is!
|Bria spends the recitals laughing with the other girls her age instead of developing proper recital etiquette.|
And poor Sophia had by this time been required to sit still for about six hours and couldn't handle it anymore. She played some games on Joel's phone for a while, but she really just needed to run around and scream. Which is what she is doing right now and has been doing for the last half-hour since we arrived home. Poor thing. Church plus two recitals (and that piano recital was looooooooooooooooooooooooooong) are enough to do anyone in!
This weekend was also Winter Carnival. Joel and I went to see some of the statues on Thursday morning just after they were judged, but it was 27 degrees below zero, and I could hardly handle being outside. I have pictures of three big ones, but that's it. Here's a teaser--look for more later this week!
|It's the Elephant Graveyard from The Lion King. If you look closely, you'll see some ice hyenas, too. And an icy Scar on top.|