Saturday, March 31, 2018

To String a Violin

Alexandra's violin playing has blossomed. Her natural ability and talent is incredible.

This winter she began taking lessons from my stand partner in the symphony (because it isn't so easy to be a teacher to one's own child). And since she is getting quite serious about her violin playing, we got her bow re-haired and ordered a set of Evah Pirazzi Gold strings.

Her teacher taught her how to put strings on and tasked her with doing so herself when the new strings arrived in the mail.

E - A - D - G

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Now Playing: The Sorensons

Tom Jung was the artist who created the original
Star Wars movie poster and became famous for that style of art:

 Lately, I have been seeing imitations of it pop up all over the place.
 For example, the show Stranger Things:

 And our current favorite show, Timeless:

 Jokingly, I announced that I wanted a family portrait done in that style,
that it would be great for next year's Christmas cards.

The next thing I knew, Alexandra had created this:

And this:

And this:

And last but not least, the dogs....


We all had a good laugh!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blind as a Bat

A year ago we noticed Elsa's vision going downhill and so we took her in for an exam. Sure enough...she needed glasses. So she got an adorable pair and all was well. 

Fast forward to a few weeks ago... 

We were sitting in church and Elsa asked me what the hymn number was. 

"You can't see it?" I asked. 


Uh oh... 

That night I sat across the room from her and held up fingers asking how many...and she continually said the wrong number. It was apparent that her vision had gotten worse, and drastically

So yesterday we made a visit to the eye doctor to see what her 20/80 vision of last year had become.

And what it had become was


The good news frames! 

She tried on quite a few pairs...

And finally settled on these beauties:

Oh, to see the world again!!

Monday, March 19, 2018

See Ya, Winter!

Did someone just say it's the last day of winter??? 


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Happy Feet

Oh, you know...yesterday was St. Patrick's Day 🍀,
so naturally Alexandra watched some Irish Dancing tutorials on YouTube.

I think she's found her calling in life.😂

Also, take note of the sound of the vacuum cleaner in the background. 
As I see it, a clean home is a happy home!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spirit Day

School spirit days are the best. They take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Recently, our school had (what I think) is the best idea for a spirit day - bring your favorite stuffed animal. Genius. Now, we all know Elisabeth...we know that she loves her stuffed animals and has a plethora to choose from. But before we selected one from the bunch, Lorelai had an idea...

"She should take my huge bear!!"

This offer was absolutely precious to me because Lorelai is rather protective and particular in regards to her belongings. To offer up her greatest and grandest stuffed animal was a true expression of love.

So we piled in said large-stuffed-animal into the van  (the front passenger seat, no less) and took him along to school. Once parked, I figured it would be easier to carry Elisabeth in and transport the bear via the wheelchair. Ha! What a sight it was!!

"You new here?" asks Elisabeth.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Independence Day Review!

    of          July!

First things first, we decided to rise early and hike before the heat of the day hit. 
We also decided to bring Apollo our goldendoodle (who is not yet 8 months old). 


We were partway up the mountain when he got spooked by a snake. 
In a flash he pulled out of his collar and bolted down the mountain.

End hike.  

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(Apollo the scaredy cat.)


We took the girls to the water park which surprisingly wasn't crowded at all!

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And finally... 

Down to the river to eat dinner and watch fireworks!

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We found the most lovely little spot to settle in for the night.
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This girl can shake a maraca!!
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(The Sorenson Sisters.)
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The sun set...
and then...

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God Bless America!!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Big Hunt

We are dog people. Which is why we have three, as crazy as that may seem.

Anyways, yesterday afternoon I was cleaning out the refrigerator and there was a leftover steak that Donald had grilled up while the girls and I were out of town. Instead of tossing it, he suggested we cut it up and give it to the dogs.

But I did better than that.

I cut it into a gazillion tiny pieces and sprinkled them all over the yard while the dogs were in the house. Then we set them out on the big hunt! It was soooooo entertaining to watch! And it kept them busy for a good long while as they sniffed out every inch of the backyard! Plus, it's probably good for them to use their innate smelling skills, right?

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"More steak???"

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nine and Three Quarters!

It happened like this...

My mom recently spent a day at Universal Studios visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That's when she saw it... a shirt with a large 9 and 3/4 on it. She had read the books and knew - as any Harry Potter fan would know - that it was referring to Platform 9 and 3/4 at King's Cross Station in London, but what immediately popped into her head was that it should represent an age.

That's when the wheels started turning...

Elisabeth is 9...

Her birthday was September 24th...

Jump ahead 9 months to get to 3/4 of the way through the year...

On June 24th she would be precisely 9 and 3/4.

My mom then realized we would be in California visiting on that exact day!

The next thing we knew a party was in the works!

Elisabeth-is-nine-and-three-quarters party!

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The decor:
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A Harry Potter garland was draped above the fireplace.

Details like a snow globe and hanging Hogwarts emblems were throughout the house.

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Paper goods with the different house emblems:

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The cake:
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It was baked with love by Lorelai.

She designed it with the Hogwarts crest.

(I took the official house sorting quiz and was placed in Ravenclaw!)
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1) Balance the balloon on the wand.

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2) Drop the knuts (pennies) in the butterbeer mug.

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3) Guess how much money is in the Chocolate Frogs box. (There was nine and a three quarter dollars!)

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4) Pin the glasses on Harry Potter.

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5) Guess the number of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans in the Honeydukes jar.

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6) And... bottle flipping with a Pumpkin Juice bottle!

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A bag full of gifts:
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And of course...

The blowing out of candles!!

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(Nine and three quarter candles!)

Mischief managed!

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