If you touch the right key at the right time, then the instrument will play itself.





Blogdate: June 16, 2018
season's end

Rian at his and his brothers' evening piano recital, the last commitment before summer vacation begins in a couple of weeks.
Post-performance I hope these three know how fortunate they are to be playing a Kimball grand in front of an audience.
Earlier in the day, Rian receives from his coach his medal and certificate for another spring season of soccer.
Today, between the three kids we managed eight hours of soccer and two hours of piano to finish off another season of practices, games, recitals, and examinations. Rian started things off with a 9:00am match, followed by a wrap-up pizza party lunch at a beautiful park in Brookswood. Next it was off to Eli's final game out in Walnut Grove, but by then is was about 28°C. A 5-5 tie for eight-year-olds meant an exciting game for parents to watch and both teams left the pitch afterwards with big smiles. Later in the evening (but not much later since we only got home at around 3pm), all three boys had to go to their piano recital so after a few rounds for Fortnite, some quick showers, and brief down time, each of the three eventually performed two of their chosen songs on the grand piano up at the local church. Eli was first on the list, then Rian, and finally Bodhi, who finished things off with some more complex pieces that he had been examined on for his Level 3 Royal Conservatory test earlier this week.
 

Blogdate: June 2, 2018
Bodhi's ACR

Bodhi at this first Annual Cadet Review this past weekend.
Brandon, who's the XO at HMCS Discovery Vancouver came to watch Bodhi at his first ACR, or Annual Cadet Review.
My nephew, Brandon, who I watched go through the cadet ranks some years ago and who is now the CIC Executive Officer at 47 RC Sea Cadet Corps in Vancouver, came out to Surrey to watch Bodhi in his first Annual Cadet Review. If I had to do things again, I might have chosen a military route, but seeing a now adult Brandon next to his still-a-kid cousin, Bodhi, brings a sense of pride that comes only with putting on the uniform: Brandon is army, Bodhi is air. For two-and-a-half hours we watched Bodhi's flight group, and in fact, the entire squadron parade, drill, play music, and receive various awards for their hard work this past year.
 

Blogdate: May 13, 2018
Mother's Day at Spanish Banks

Spanish Banks in Vancouver has been a favorite Mother's Day picnic spot.
Bodhi with mama, Bern, and his Mother's Day cake that he spent two days making.
Eli warming up for the Mother's Day Cornhole Tournament at Spanish Banks in Vancouver.
Now that the cornhole boards were completed, we threw them into the van along with three coolers of food and drink for a full day at Spanish Banks in Vancouver with the entire family. Spanish Banks covers such a large beach front area that it seems like everyone can get a nice spot almost any time of the day. Plus when you're with grandparents shady trees and nearby washrooms are pretty much a must. The highlight though was a double-knockout ten person cornhole tournament that took almost three hours to play, and even mama got in on it.
 

 
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