Monday, May 28, 2007

What a Great Weekend!

The weekend was packed with good times!!

Friday was Ladies Night and as always was tons of fun. It was out at a girlfriends beautiful acreage and we enjoyed the drinks, food, hot tub, fire pit and of course many laughs. It is a great group of women and a big change from the past few years. I didn't crawl into bed until 3:00am! I still don't think I have recovered. Gone are the days I could get up and do it all over again the next day. Luckily for me Joel's mom was in town for Sunday's big concert and the two of them took the kids to the mall so I got to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Saturday night Joel's Mom wanted some time with the boys so we obliged and "let" her have them all to herself for the evening while we went for dinner at Bob & Marnie's. Supper was great as always and it was great to catch up with them as it has been a very long time since we have spent time with them.

Sunday was the big concert. Joel and the orchestra did fabulously! It was such a great afternoon and I am super proud to be married to such a talented fella. He was so relieved it was over. Joel's mom was very happy she came as well.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Coversations with Carter

In the Car on the way to school this morning:

Carter: Mom when did Beethoven get killed?

Me: I'm not sure but he died a long, long time ago.

Carter: Did you know he was poisoned?

Me: Yes sweetie I did know that.

Carter: Dad told me. It's too bad cause I really like Beethoven.

He really does like Beethoven. We have a ghetto blaster in the basement and he has a few of his favorite CDs down there to choose from. More often than not it is Beethoven blasting away while he is playing. Now you are all thinking he is a budding little music geek like his Dad but his favorite CD in the car right now is Tim McGraw! His musical taste is wide-ranging. How could it not be!

Luca is starting to sing. He tried to sing O Canada anytime he see the color red!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Pretty Proud of my Hubby

Until May 27
Nova Musica Celebrates 25 Years
Anniversary Concert
Sunday May 27, 2007 at 2pm
Edmonton City Hall, City Room

This year Nova Musica Society orchestra reaches its
twenty-fifth year as an Edmonton community based ensemble, and is proud to celebrate this anniversary with a special commemorative concert shared with the
public on Sunday May 27, 2 pm, at Edmonton City Hall's City Room--honoring this significant milestone at the heart of Edmonton.

Nova Musica has made a "concerted" effort to mark this
concert as special and historic. The 25th Anniversary
event will premiere a work of music commissioned for
the gala, composed by its current conductor Joel Tomlenovich, titled Allegro, Adagio & Celebration.
This commission includes parts for voice performed by
collaborative guests Victoria School Jazz Choir,
with additional choir selections under the direction of
Bruce Cable. Conductor Tomlenovich will also lead
the orchestra in opening the concert with the first three
movements of Georges Bizet's spirited Symphony No.1
As an appreciative retrospective, illustrious Nova
alumni are featured. Founding conductor Richard
Caldwell (violinist member of the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra since 1973) returns as guest maestro for
the program selections of C. Saint Saens' Bacchanale
from"Samson and Delilah" (arr. M. Isaac), and a baroque
favorite Brandenburg III concerto for strings by J.S.
Bach. Also included in this varied program is an
arrangement of Argentine Tango, El Choclo,
created by Nova alumni conductor (1998-2002) Dr. Blyth
Nuttall (Concordia University College of Alberta, School of
Music). Sure to be engaging, master of ceremonies
the Nova Musica Celebrates 25 Years concert will be
Bill Dimmer (Edmonton Symphony Orchestra trumpeter
since 1971, and narrator of the ESO's Educational
Concert series), also conducted the Nova ensemble
from 1996-1998.
Trumpet player Joel Tomlenovich, began conducting,
composing and arranging for brass and wind Bands in
his teens. His music degree in performance was
completed at the University of Saskatchewan; he
studied trumpet with Larry House and conducting with
Dwaine Nelson and Marvin Eckroft. Joel worked in
Saskatoon conducting various ensembles, continuing
to compose and arrange, and has garnered recognition
such as the Bronze Medal from the Hannaford Street Silver
Band March Competition for his composition Bessborough
Park. Shortly after moving to Edmonton Joel began
working with Nova in fall 2002, which he continues
to inspire with a bold imagination and his appreciation
for a wide array of music.

Nova Musica, an adult amateur community orchestra,
isan ensemble comprised of non-professional musicians
devoted to their passion for creating music and
providing opportunity for amateur musicians to
continue to develop their skills through challenging
and varied repertoire. They have been providing
ongoing community service senior outreach concerts
over these twenty-five years, and are committed to
accessible public music performance to Edmonton and
surrounding area audiences. In keeping with this
long-standing commitment, the ensemble looks forward
to celebrating with the community free admittance in
the "people's building" of City Hall, and 25th
anniversary cake at the post-concert reception.

Nova Musica Celebrates 25 Years
Edmonton City Hall, City Room
Sunday, May 27, 2 pm

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Guess what this sweet little boy just did in the tub?!?

Happy Mother's Day

I only hope to be the kind of Mom mine was and still is to me!! I couldn't have had a better example.

Carter made a beautiful clay hand print at school and the boys potted some petunias at the babysitter's. Joel made me breakfast and I spend the afternoon with Tanis and we went to a craft sale, walked Whyte Avenue and had lunch while the guys looked after the kids. It was a great day!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Me Not Ready.........

Our conversation this morning:

Carter: Mommy....are we all gonna get dead?

Me (panicked and sweating): Well sweetie....someday yes but not for a really really long time.

Carter: WHAT?!?!

Me: It's nothing you need to be worring about right now.....(REDIRECT!!!) Want some chocolate?!?! Oh look Sponge Bob is on!

Monday, May 7, 2007

My Broken Hearted Little Boy

It is so hard when your kids are sad. Carter came home from school last week with this old beat up white car. Bigger than a Hotwheels car and it had doors that opened. I asked him where he got and he made up a story that his teacher gave it to him. I figured it was a fib because I really didn't think his teacher would give him an old toy so I questioned his story. Many stories later it turned out he found it on the playground so we told him he would have to take it back to school and ask his teacher if it belonged to someone else. By the end of the day it hadn't been claimed (neither the teacher nor I figured it would be) so he was allowed to take it home. That was Friday and he has carried the car around all weekend, doesn't let Luca touch it and he decided to take it school again today as it's his take for show and share. Big mistake.....someone on the bus claimed it was his. So, my wonderful little boy hands it over. He completely broke down crying telling me he found the owner and he loved the car so much and we would never find one like it because it was from Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls????? I don't know where he comes up with this stuff! He cried for half and hour straight and was inconsolable.

We had a wonderful Spring weekend. Time with friends on Saturday and Sunday we went for a long walk. Completely wore out the dog and Joel as he carried Luca in the backpack carrier. Luca is a heavy little man! Our main reason for our walk was to take Carter for a haircut at the Cut-a-Thon for Cancer fundraiser some people I know were organizing. $10 a cut and all the proceeds went to raise funds for the Cancer Society. It was outside in a tent in the Safeway parking lot in Spruce Grove. Carter ended up in the chair when the camara crew from Global News was on site and we all watched the clip on the news that night. You can imagine how cool he thought that was!

Sorry I have been a bit slow keeping up with the blog. Hopefully I can get back on track.

More excitement this week.........Carter starts Baseball this Thursday!! I am really excited. He keeps saying he wants to play soccer again but deep down I really really want him to love playing ball.