Monday, February 16, 2015

Holiday Monday

For Black History month, Nova Scotia Symphony put on a free family concert called "Black is Beautiful" featuring composers of colour. The concert was held at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It was very well done. 

I don't know if you can tell but there were a few pieces that encouraged the audience to participate. 

The conductor made sure to share the history of the piece or type of music throughout the concert so I learned quite a bit. There was a ragtime piece by Scott Joplin and a jazz selection from Miles Davis and even a song by an Afro-French composer called Le Chevalier de Saint-George who lived at the time of Mozart. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

When we left the concert, we could see part of the movie set from a period piece being filmed in Halifax. 

We always have fun deciding what to do for Valentine's Day. Gaëlle and I looked through some of the ideas online and she decided to make candy kabobs for her class. She would have been happy for me to do the card part for her, but I encouraged her to do the whole thing.... so she did. She was thrilled with the outcome and I was pleased with her effort.

It's often a topic of conversation of what we will take to Haiti with us. It's been suggested that we take the waffle maker. So for our Valentine's Day meal, we had chocolate chip or blueberry waffles. Always a hit. 

Emily is home!!! She arrived Thursday night and we were all so happy to see her. Peter invited her to draw with him so the three of them say down on Saturday and spent some time drawing. Love this. 

On Saturday night our church hosted a Valentine's Day meal as a fundraiser for their upcoming Haiti missions trip. So Robin invited Emily and the 2 of them went. They both had a great time and Emily was able to see some of her friends which was also nice. 

We have had nothing but snow around here for the past 2 days. So all churches in Halifax were cancelled on Sunday. So we stayed home. We played a Bible Trivia game. Some of the questions were hard and some were easy. 

Then I took a song by Christian artist Jamie Grace called "Do Life Big" that was based on the verse John 10:10. We discussed the life of Jamie Grace briefly. Then we talked about the lyrics and what it means to "Do Life Big". It was nice to have Emily with us to aid in our conversation. 

Emily is taking a class which discusses the impact of literacy in language. So she wanted to go through the kids books and take some back with her. Her pile was getting bigger and bigger and Gaëlle was getting bit stressed at times to think of all the books Emily wanted. Emily hasn't made her final decisions but I had a lot of fun going through the books with her. I kept thinking my mom would have loved to be doing this with her also. 

Here is Emily reliving her childhood and loving every minute of it. 

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