Sunday, November 11, 2012

Loudoun County All County Men's Chorus

Eddie was one of about 120 kids selected from each of the high schools in the county to perform in the TTBB Men's Choir.  What a great performance for a bunch of kids who had 48 hours to learn this music!!




In the video above, the playlist is as follows:

0:00 - Yo le canto todo el dia (David Brunner)
5:00 - Wir haben ihn gesehen (Beethoven, arr. Alexa Doebele)
9:03 - Rest Not (Laura Farnell) - featuring the Freshmen and Sophomores only
14:07 - Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (arr. David Dusing)
19:50 - Homage (Z. Randall Stroope) - this one brought tears to my eyes!
26:58 - Lydia, The Tattooed Lady (arr. Jay Althouse) - You DON'T want to miss this one!

Be sure to watch in fullscreen!

(Eddie, by the way, is located on the second level, about three people to the right of the piano)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day, Soccer Day

Today being Father's Day, we spent our time absorbed in Soccer.  Luke had his soccer tournament all weekend, and the boys played really well, especially considering the higher level of competition in this All-Star league.  Sadly, they ended the day with 2 games lost to 1 win, but the boys had no reason for shame.  They performed really well against some very fierce competition.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend.  Oh, yes, and there are a couple photos of Eddie and his friend, Clara, who are inseparable.

























Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Swim and Civil War History Night

Saturday night, we did an event at Antietam Battlefield, at the old field headquarters of General McClellan.  The home served as a field hospital during the Civil War, and a bunch of retired military officers hold an annual event there to commemorate the spot.

We provided the whisky, while others provided cigars, folklore, and food.  It was a really great night, and though I am not a smoker, I did enjoy the scent of cigars wafting in on the light evening breeze.













Then, this morning, a bunch of folks from our Masters Swim Team and I took off and did the Chesapeake Bay Swim (1 miler).  It was a splendid day for the swim, and it was a great excuse to enjoy some bloody mary's after the swim!






Friday, June 08, 2012

Camping Photos and Luke's Scouting

Haven't had much time to maintain the blog lately, but I do want to share a few photos and updates. In the update category, the boys are both finishing school for the summer today, and are very excited at the prospects of letting their brains rot for the next three months.

As the year ended, they had a bunch of tests and exams. The highlight for Eddie was his musical examinations, for which he scored very well (Superior rating, and with honors), and for Luke, on his reading SOLs, he scored a perfect score in vocabulary, comprehension and overall, with his reading level as the highest level, or PHS (post-high-school). So that is good. We got good kids who are smart. Obviously a chip off their mother's block, as I'm just good for making whiskey.

We went camping a few days ago, and here are some of my photos from the event. We had a really nice time, until the heavens opened up and we floated down the river.

Finally, a photo of Luke at his Scouting Court of Honor. He achieved the rank of Second Class, and is well on his way to achieving First Class. Should he obtain First Class, he will surpass my own achievements in scouting, and I believe he is well on his way. At this particular meeting, he also received the Robotics, Electricity, Nuclear Science, and Citizenship merit badges, which already eclipses my one lone merit badge, Basket Weaving. (I swear I am not making that up!)












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