Earlier in November, the 3 oldest kids had their Fall Music Recital.
Bunny, James, and Mariposa take music lessons from Joan E., who has graciously agreed to drive to our house on Tuesday mornings. This is the ONLY way I can manage weekly music lessons at this stage of my life! Joan is a professional musician (voice/guitar/piano) and a parishioner at St. Juan Diego where she does music ministry. She is a fantastic mix of "hard and soft"--meaning, she gives the kids hard assignments and holds them accountable, but she is also fun and has a great relationship with the kids. She has even started giving Gemma 5-minute piano lessons (as you can imagine, Gemma loves the attention as well as the challenge).
On that Saturday night of the recital, Marcus left Sedric and Celeste with me (Celeste was only 1.5 weeks old and I wasn't up to such a long evening) and he took Gemma to a friend's house (THANK YOU Tess!!). Marcus then took the 3 musicians out to dinner and they even got to spend some time at Barnes & Noble as well before heading out to the recital.
The kids did great. I am so proud of them! I am glad they had a fun time with their dad, too. :o)