Tech Rehearsal

Tonight the kids went to the tech rehearsal for their upcoming performance with the Youngstown Symphony. They got their lineup down, figured out the entrance and exit to the stage, set their blocking while onstage, and learned how to get to and from the green room before and after the concert. Then they ran through their piece with the conductor and Miss Tina.

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O6 is on the far right (in white) and S8 is wearing red, fourth from left.

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Joy Cone Factory Tour

Today we toured the Joy Cone Factory. Joy Cone is the largest ice cream cone manufacturer in the world. They make about 75% of the cones on the market today.

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Not only did they kids get to see how ice cream cones are made, they each got a box to take home!

On the way home, we stopped at Kraynak’s, which is a nursery and gift shop. They also happen to have an impressive Christmas and Easter display each year. We got to see the Christmas display and picked out some new lights for our tree.

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O6 was particularly excited to see the snow leopards, which are her favorites.

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Of course, later that evening, we had some ice cream in our cones.

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Violin 11-28-12

We had our weekly violin lesson on Wednesday rather than Monday this week.  The kids worked on their holiday program song and also started talking about what pieces they want to perform for Federation in March.  This year, they are going to do a duet in addition to their regular solos.  They are also going to take the music Theory test.  I appreciate that Tina starts us early on Federation music, so we are not rushing at the last minute to cram it in.  The duets are played with music, but everything else has to be memorized.

Symphonette 11-27-12

Tonight was S8’s last symphonette rehearsal for the fall session.  Their concert is this weekend, and then they will be on break until January.

They rehearsed at Powers on the big stage, where their concert will be held.  S8 was very excited.  She has danced on this stage several times with the ballet, and now she has a chance to play her violin here.  It felt like home for us to be back here.

Here she is at practice, looking very small around all the big kids.  She is in the center of the frame, sitting in the back.
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Gym Open House

The kids have been doing gymnastics for a couple of months now, and today their gym had an open house to show off the new pit system and trampolines they recently installed. We all went and it was fun to watch the kids try out the new tramps and play on the bars. The girls loved showing their dad all the cool stuff they have learned in just a short time.

While we were there, the gym owner officially cut the ribbon on the pit system and they had a small ceremony dedicating it to “Grandma Sue”, who is now passed away. Grandma Sue was a big supporter of the gym and helped raise quite a bit of money which eventually purchased the upgrades.

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While we miss ballet, I think gymnastics was a good move for the kids. They are learning a lot and getting a good workout in each week.

Thanksgiving Day

On holidays, I try to get the kids involved as much as possible, especially in the kitchen. This year, they helped make the dinner rolls for our Thanksgiving feast.

I made the dough before they got up, then they helped shape it for the final rise. This recipe calls for the dough to be divided into small portions, rolled out into a snake, then tied in a “bowknot”. We did a few bowknowts, then experimented with coils and other shapes. It was interesting to see how they came out after rising and then baking.

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