Monday, May 25, 2009

Skills on Courts and Keys

While my brothers and I are following the French Open this week, my sister, Lexi, is just as passionately following a sport of another, entirely different, kind: the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. I have to admit to also having been drawn into watching the competition since it's start last week. The virtuosity and skill of the competitors, their varying backgrounds and their enthusiasm for music is hard to resist watching. I must confess to some favorites already, one of whom is Nobuyuki Tsujji, who has been blind from birth. Take a minute to watch this incredible video of Nobuyuki's preliminary recital and read this short interview with his father.

As Promised 5 Weeks Ago:

Our sweet new family member!

Ellie is possibly the most observant, alert baby I have ever known. Not content to just lay around, she likes to be up on a shoulder so that she can see everything. She also tries to raise her head, so much so that her mommy can't even put her into a sling because Ellie will try her hardest to see out of it!

Yep, she is yet another reason to be a proud aunt. :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

For Moms Everywhere

To all the faithful mothers out there who have devoted your lives to what you do: Thank you. The world may scorn the stay at home mother, but your children praise you. We recognize the sacrifice, hard work, and never ending duties you perform daily. History may record the heroic deeds of some women, but what you have done (and continue to do) surpasses them all. Again I say, thank you.

And to my own mother, who deserves so much more than what I can possibly say here. You are indeed beyond rubies.

I was unable to post yesterday, but better late than never, right? :)