Eva was the busiest this week. OK, maybe every week! She ran at state on Wednesday. I think she enjoyed herself but she was really hurting and I'm glad she can rest and let her leg completely heal. Nathan, Vince and a I all got to watch her run. She also had a choir concert and an orchestra concert. Two different nights. Between the two of them she had two violin solos, a kazoo solo, accompanied two pieces for a choir, sang three songs with her show choir, and played an additional 6 pieces with chamber strings and orchestra. Then on Friday night she took Nathan to the school Halloween dance so I could go to the temple. She's amazing!
Ivy was excited to play in the orchestra concert. She sat first violin first chair which was a surprise to us all! The director doesn't do real chairs in the elementary orchestras but she did say that Ivy is a leader which is one reason she ended up there. Ivy is clearly enjoying orchestra! The toughest part about it was her costume. I dislike Halloween (costumes stress me out) and there wasn't much time to figure this out. We made her a purple minion hat (it still needs some work) and she wore a purple shirt. She loved it but it was strange. At the concert I noticed she had holes in her jeans. Nice. But she let us know when she got home after 4:00 that her violin had a bad string and wouldn't tune, I had to teach until 5:30, and she needed a costume assembled and had to be at the school by 6:30. So that meant when I finished teaching we had to track down a string, run to the store for costume inspiration, grab a few supplies, come home and throw something together, and drive to the school in one hour. I was quite proud of myself until I saw holes in her pants. Oh well! Ivy also got to go to the drive-in with friends Friday night. She loved that!
Nathan got 100% on his spelling test this week. This was great news he and a I celebrated because, honestly, it was a busy week and we didn't get to study as much as usual. He also got 100% on his book report which he was very proud of. His teacher said she would love to have 100% book reports on hand to show parents in future years what is expected if students wanted to donate them. Nathan was thrilled that he could donate his! I was a little sad because the project was a bit of a milestone for him and I thought it would be nice to file it away for him but it was obviously important to him and he was soooo proud that it was an option that I just smiled, put my arm around him, and told him I was proud of him for being so thoughtful and generous to his teacher. He just smiled his giant toothy smile with his eyes lit up and returned it the next day. I love that boy! He dressed as Ironman Friday night and went to his school dance with Eva. He was disappointed he didn't get to stay long (I can't blame Eva because I know she was tired and the dance is basically very loud music and hundreds of kids in costumes running and chasing each other around the gym) but he was there long enough to see all his friends, eat two hot dogs, and see his principal dressed as a zombie so I think he was there long enough! Saturday he went to the church history museum with the cub scouts. He said that was kind of boring.
So now you know all about what I did this week! The temple was lovely and I feel blessed I was able to go. This morning is our Primary program. Ivy's last one. When that is over I am headed down to Annabella (by Richfield) because I have an old friend there I'm very worried about. I'm praying the Spirit will go with me and she will be able to feel the presence of a loving Heavenly Father. Life is hard sometimes. I'll stay the night and come home tomorrow morning. If you think of it my friend could use extra prayers.