When a person has kids, Christmas becomes a whole new season. And when they get old enough to go to school, another dimension is added, yet again....
Haley is our resident band and choir geek so she had a band and a choral concert before the Christmas break. She is a very talented musician, both vocally and instrumentally. She sings 2nd Soprano and is in the audition group Chanteurs which sang several times around town for the season. She also plays the flute and got to accompany the 7th grade choir at their vocal concert. Haley used her Glasscock charm to convince her very reluctant band instructor that their song "Carol of the Bells" was in pretty serious need of some actual bells to make it authentic. She found her way to the percussion section and composed a harmony part on the chimes, that added quite an effect at the Christmas band concert. She even got credit and accolades from her instructor... talk about a confidence builder! Haley's thinking she's ready to try her hand at a special number in church, so we need to see about that!
Adam too, got in the swing of things as he did his Christmas program for school and sang with the 5th grade chorus... he's not quite as excited about it as Haley is, but he too has a great ear and could be pretty talented if he'd give it a try. He did demonstrate his flair for the dramatic in his role as one of the 3 kings in the Sunday
School program at church. He looked very handsome in his jewel-toned red and blue costume and was quite the ham, especially when it came to the 3 wise guys sleeping out under the stars with their stuffed animals! It was a lot of fun to get to watch him perform. He really enjoyed it and told me he wished he'd have had more speaking parts (maybe because they kind of lip-synced to a sound-track)....
Benjamin was one of the Rascals in the play "Angels and Rascals" that the teacher at Cohagen and all of the students had a hand in writing. It was essentially about 2 rascals who tried to steal everything in sight from a grouchy woodsman (who smiled all the time), two neighborly young ladies who had cool horses, and 3 angels who saved Christmas just in the nick of time! It was a great story and the kids all did a great job and took their roles extremely seriously. Ben cracked me up, because he can be a bit of a clown, but for this play, he was ALL business, and was quite solemn and focused in order to get his entrances and lines down just so. The play was complete with the real Christmas story from the book of Luke and a visit from "Santa" and some old fashioned candy later in the evening. The whole community turned out for the play, or maybe all the finger foods following, I'm not sure which was the bigger draw.
Uno and Dos up to no good
Angels here to save the day!
Contrite little fellows aren't they?
Check out that horse!
Ben also participated in the church Sunday School program, as a sheep, but apparently he's getting to be a little old for ears and tails, as cute as they were! He did a great job with Away in a Manger, but wanted to get out of there, quick!!
Cute little critters aren't they?
And last, but not least was Miss Allison. She also got to participate in the Sunday School program. They let all the 2s and 3s get dressed up and bring the title of the play in, pose for oooohs, aaaahs, and pictures before they turn them loose into the audience. She, unlike her brother, relished the attention, surprise, surprise....
We were pretty proud parents as we watched our kids in their respective performances. I stayed home from the big kids' concerts because it was soo cold that week, and Benjamin had to be up early to get on the bus for school. That's one of the drawbacks about having the big kids in town and the small kids in the country... it's tough to get to everything. Scott is doing a great job, though and he got to take in all of it! It's been nice to have some down-time over Christmas break. Hard to believe kids go back to school on Monday!