Yesterday Andrew and the two girls played in the One Under the Son volleyball tournament hosted by CHRI, the local Christian radio station. The rest of the team was made up of friends from church and friends of friends. The tournament was a fund-raiser for Camp Cherith. Neither of the girls have had much volleyball experience but had a lot of fun. Andrew turned out to be quite an asset to the team as he has played a little lately and he is, well, rather tall!
B8 and I along with my parents joined them around lunch time to watch and encourage. It was hot! We found some shade and occasionally a breeze caught us, but the players on the courts did not have those benefits. The team did not make it to the finals but did have a win!
A month ago now L and A, along with their friends H and P provided all the instrumental music for a wedding. The bridal couple are friends of H and P who approached them about forming a quartet to play at the wedding in July. The girls have played together many times but this was easily the most significant gig they have done. Some of the music they already knew, but most had to be learned. The bride chose very traditional wedding pieces including The Bridal March, Pachelbel Canon, Trumpet Voluntary and the Wedding March. The wedding was held in a marquee in the bride’s parent’s lovely garden. Right up until the ceremony began it poured but while the wedding proceeded the rain took a break. The girls played beautifully and enjoyed the experience.
There was much discussion about appropriate apparel. The normal performance blacks were ruled out fairly early on. H and P were invited guests and did not want to attend a wedding in black. A and L are a little tired of their black performance dresses anyway. Matching dresses were not considered a good choice, they didn’t want to be mistaken for, or clash with the bridesmaids! After a couple of joint shopping expeditions we realized that black and white is in at present and it was both pretty and professional looking. Finding four different but co-ordinating dresses for the right price and the right size was a little tricky. The first one we found everyone wanted so we bought it and then delayed the decision about who would get it. Eventually we realized that we were not going to find a dress for A13. Although she is the tallest of the four girls she is also the “smallest”. I ended up making her one which fitted in well with the other three.
Our older daughter turned fifteen on Sunday. We went to church in the morning and then came home for some lunch and gift giving. During the afternoon we watched the weather for a break in the ever present rain so we could squeeze in a bit of tennis. After we had played for a short time the black clouds rolled in and the rain started falling. On the way home we spotted a cricket match, a fairly rare event around here. Andrew stopped and chatted to the spectators for a while to find out that the teams were made up of Sri Lankans; Ottawa vs. Montreal.
At L15’s request we watched a couple of episodes of MasterChef Australia before our own MasterChef cooked up Shrimp Two Ways. L15 had asked for a shrimp pasta sauce for dinner which Andrew cooked but also made a skewered shrimp entree on salad greens. Both were delicious. We finished with a raspberry swirl cheesecake and time to watch another couple of episodes of MasterChef. I did mention we are a little addicted to it didn’t I. Not only has it changed our approach to cooking, it has added to our vocabulary also. We no longer talk about serving the dinner, instead we “plate up”. We sit down and deliver critiques on the food in front of us, encouraging each other to ” take it to the next level”
When we were about to begin watching L15 handed Andrew and I a gift, which was surprising, it wasn’t our birthday after all. Inside there was a beautiful card thanking us for our love and support over the last fifteen years. In the gift bag was a dvd, made by L15, featuring pictures of her from birth until now, with the Taylor Swift song, The Best Day, playing in the background. I was overwhelmed. Neither of us had any idea she had been making the dvd over the past few months. She found all the photos she needed and did all the work on a friend’s computer so we would have no idea. She gathered up photos a few at a time whenever she knew she and her friend P would be spending a few hours together without me around. Apparently it got tricky a few times explaining to me why she had to go over there, not stay here. The end result is beautiful and as you can imagine made me cry. It is not just the photos and the memories they evoke that mean so much to me but also her desire to thank us in such a special way.
Now as always she continues to bring us joy and bless our family.
I guess we are in the middle of summer, but you wouldn’t know it from the weather. It has been raining just about every day. Apparently Ottawa has already broken its own record for July rainfall. Needless to say the grass is very green and the weeds and flowers are very tall.
L14 and A13 have been at a music camp all week, as counsellors, not campers. The camp is for young Suzuki musicians and the girls keep track of their respective groups, supervising them in craft time and gym and making sure they get to their music classes. They don’t actually play violin during the camp at all.
B8 has spent the week with me. Not terribly exciting for him as I have been doing cleaning and sorting around the house. The painting is finished but we haven’t put the room back together yet. L14 will not move in until October as my parents will be staying with us until then. Less than a week until they arrive!
B8 has spent quite a bit of time with his lego this week including designing a new gadget for a competition he read about in his lego magazine. He has to take a picture and write a description of it. He has already written a short story describing how his gadget helped an agent diffuse a bomb! Today I suggested he make a house of cards. He has taken over the dining room table and has so far used 5 packs of cards.
Most evenings we watch MasterChef Australia. We know it has concluded in Australia but we are still working through the episodes and are down to the last seven contestants. It continues to be a positive influence on the chefs around here. Last weekend we enjoyed Paella with mussels, chicken and prawns. As I write L14 is preparing Mushroom Risotta for lunch. Mmmm.