It's the middle of December, which means that every group we belong to is having a party or performance and most of them were scheduled for this week. It was crazy! Our schedule for the week looked like this:
Sunday: Rachel has practice for the church Christmas program
Katherine plays in the Youth Symphony Christmas concert
The girls and I attend a Christmas party with the international student group at the college
My sister and I see the traditional Christmas play at the college, our alma mater. (We are both greatly relieved that we no longer have actual roles in the play, as that was incredibly stressful during our college days.)
Monday: Katherine has her usual violin lesson
Rachel sings in her school Christmas concert
Katherine plays in her school orchestra concert (These events are at the same time in two different towns, so the parents and grandparents split up to watch.)
Tuesday: No music events!
Joy has a book club meeting/Christmas party
Wednesday: Joy has bell choir practice
Katherine has confirmation class
Joy has another book club meeting (I'm a part of two different book clubs and they don't usually meet the same week, but December is weird.)
Thursday: Katherine has a violin recital as a part of our Community Music School. It's her third violin performance in 5 days.
Friday: No special events! Just work and school.
Saturday: Rachel has dress rehearsal/lunch/party for the church Christmas program
We plan to attend my mother's family Christmas party, but decide not to after the temperature drops to single digits and it starts blowing snow. It's kind of a relief not to have to go anywhere.
Sunday: Joy plays bells at church. (I actually forget that we are playing, miss the rehearsal, and show up in time to perform during the service.)
Rachel and the rest of the kids at church put on the annual Christmas program
We are scheduled to go caroling with church friends. This will be our final musical performance of the year!
Of all the events of the week, I have photographic evidence of only two. So here are pictures of Rachel's school concert. The kids all wore their pajamas, sang darling songs, and recited Twas the Night Before Christmas between pieces. They also sang in the district's brand new auditorium!