Uh, whoops! So I took some really cute pictures around Thanksgiving in 2011 and never managed to get them online. How about I address that?
First up: a trip to the San Francisco Zoo with Henry’s first grade class. It was a blast seeing him and his buds from school interact with one another. I rarely get to see them at their “day job” so watching how they talked and played was a real treat. The bug house, in particular, was a delight with them alternating, “Ewww!! Gross!” with, “Whoa, that’s so cool!” depending upon the bug.
Emma and Henry took a big step toward truly becoming Marinites (someone from Marin County, not the mineral) by competing in the 2012 Marin County Fair piano competition. Under the tutelage of their piano teacher, Kenn Gartner, they’ve become quite the piano players. They’d practiced the same pieces over and over for the last several weeks all in anticipation of the big day.
Emma’s award-winning performance of Rondo from Sonatina: Opus 36, #5 by Clementi. This clip showcases classic Emma behaviors, from the way she talks about the left-behind music, to her frustration that the music stand won’t go down and the way she starts even before she’s fully seated. Classic, I tell you.
I started this website a little over 10 years ago, just before Emma was born. It’s hard to believe that that tiny, dark-haired bundle of joy has grown into the smart, beautiful and funny girl you see up above.
Emma joined the Marin Dance Theater almost as soon as we moved to Marin this summer. Her first performance was a quick collection of pieces put together over the summer session. The winter performance was far different. It was a full-length, two hour long ballet called Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop featuring a full 150 dancers. Emma and the other girls practiced multiple times per week for hours on end, including back-to-back full dress rehearsals as the night grew closer.