Sunday, March 18, 2012

News from the Ballew family of Virginia

Our grandsons had "Fine Arts" this Month and if you want to see their performances you can click on the link below. Caleb (17) was chosen to showcase his song, he played it for 2,500 people and they loved it. Josh (14) scored 1 point from a perfect score. This was Joshua's first year.
Here are the links:

Caleb on piano:

Josh on drums:

Can't help but be mighty proud of their work and talent. Some of the musical genes are showing themselves!

Also, we are celebrating our new little great granddaughter!

Safe in Daddy's arms!

Sister to Elijah and daughter to Rachel and Clay Horn. Oh, and granddaughter to Andy and Robin Ballew! Born March 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm, weighing 7lbs 14 oz, 20 inches long. Everything went perfectly!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oh Happy Day

Today was one of those really fun days.  It started with a couple hours of fun on the playground at Cedar beach in Allentown.  Nathan ran, and ran, and ran.  There are at least 10 sliding boards, elevated ladders, ramps, climbing walls, dancing lights, swings.... and even more things to do.  What a joy watching him scamper from place to place.  It was funny seeing us four adults trying to keep up with one of him!  We ended the play time with a picnic.  It was SO COLD that it took awhile to got warm even once we were home.  In fact, we ended up taking naps! 

Tonight we did something we have never done before.  We went to an organ recital at Allen Organ in Macungie.  It was magnificent.  Simon Gledhill is the Theatre organist we heard.  I could never describe it effectively.  He delighted in using as many of the organ's voices as possible - from cymbals and snare drums to piccolo - and many voices in between.  Selections ranges from The King and I to Up, Up and Away to Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld. 

I realize now that my delight in this music must be genetic.  Bill enjoyed it - I loved it.  Maybe it is because I grew up listening to Larry Ferrari every Sunday after church.  But I believe my love for it comes from the generation of Krauss men who built organs here in Pennsylvania.   Here is a video of Simon playing one of the pieces from our concert.