I pray your family’s Easter is as blessed as ours has been!
Moose turned 12 today…can you believe it?!? I almost can’t!!!
He wasn’t thrilled about having to go to school this morning, but there was an assembly today, so that made it a little better. And as soon as he got home, he was ready to open presents. His Lego city is getting so big, I don’t know where he’s going to put it all!
He decided to make an unconventional choice for his birthday dessert…pie! This really isn’t surprising, because S’mores pie is his very favorite dessert, and Ryan has picked pie for his birthday before, so the precedent was there. It was a fun choice, even if I did miss decorating a cake for him.
Happy Birthday Moose!
Today is Moose’s birthday, and Chickadee always loves being a part of a celebration!
Bonus picture time! Chickadee is a huge fan of those themed cardboard backdrops that stores like to use to advertise new movies. I’ve taken her picture with Frozen, Star Wars, and Lego Batman versions, and those are just the ones I’ve shared on Chickadee Thursday…there have been others! So when we stumbled across a Cars 3 backdrop at Walmart yesterday, she had to stop and take her picture with both sides of it:
I love how everything is fun to her!
Today was the first day of the 2017-18 school year!
We started with everyone’s favorite first day of school tradition…opening the schultüte:
Of course I took a lot of pictures:
After everyone looked through their new workbooks for the year (and put them away), we had a short Matins service. And then we started on our other favorite first day of school tradition…building our new Lego set for the year. This time, it was the Lego Ideas Saturn V rocket, the biggest school set we’ve built so far (it took about four hours!!!)! Since we started school before Moose this year, he got to join in the fun, too!
That’s about it. We didn’t do any real work today…that can wait for tomorrow. We’re looking forward to all the new and interesting things we’re going to be learning this year!
For the third summer in a row, “The Bigs” attended Kantorei Kamp at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis. It is definitely the highlight of June!
The sang for three different services at three different locations for camp. On Thursday, they assisted with chapel at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, where they sang a verse of “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word,” in addition to other pieces:
On Friday, they assisted with chapel at the LC-MS International Center, where they sang some of the pieces they had done at the Seminary, and some they hadn’t. My favorite of these was “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart.”
Another of their pieces, “For You, O Lord, Have Delivered My Soul From Death,” is based on Psalm 116.
They also sang Cantate Domino, which they have sung in the past:
They worked on a sung version of the Choristers’ Prayer at camp, although they didn’t sing it publicly. I got to hear it while I was waiting for them to finish up one day, though!
They sang all of the pieces they did for both chapel services for the Divine Service at Hope this morning, and they also sang a verse of Hope’s 100th anniversary hymn, “As Stone on Living Stone Is Set.”
And they even got to play “Lord of All Hopefulness” on handbells!
It was a fun week for everybody, even Chickadee, who got to spend a lot of time with just me this week. And she turned into something of the camp mascot…she even got her own T-shirt!
This is the last year all four of “The Bigs” will get to participate in Kantorei Kamp, because Turkey has aged (and voice-changed) out of it. The rest of the children are already looking forward to next year’s camp, though!
It’s hard to believe, but the children just wrapped another season (and Turkey’s last), of singing with the Kantorei! As was the case last year, those choristers who completed certain exams received awards. Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug upgraded the light blue ribbons that accompany their medals to dark blue. Moose received the white surplice this year, which is a huge achievement for him!
The medal is the same (and I still think it looks cool!), and I really love the color of the new ribbon!
I am very proud of how hard the children have worked at singing and learning about music!