Friday, June 26, 2009

Suzi's First Blooms

It has been a while . . . sorry about that. We've been busy. Mama Susie and Paul were here the first week of June, but we somehow missed getting pictures. I have started going to exercise class at 8:00 each morning. Grandpa goes for his walk as soon as I get back. After that it's all Suzi until 2:30 and we wouldn't have it any other way. We often go places . . . she likes Sam's almost as much as she likes her weekly trip to storytime at the library. The other day when we were in Bed, Bath and Beyond Suzi wanted to know where the toys were. When we told her that store had no toys, she called out loudly, "TOYS, where are you . . . TOYS, where are you?" She is a character.

Remember when Suzi planted her flower seeds?
Now she's proudly showing off her first blooms.

The little pool on the deck . . .under the umbrella . . .has helped cool off the hot afternoons.

Suzi is still drumming with Grandpa.

Uncle Brad stopped by to spent one night on his way to the low country.

Until next time . . . . try to stay cool!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

She's got the rhythm of the beat!

The Greater Greenville Highland Games took place this weekend. Part of the entertainment on Friday evening was the Ceilidh (pronouced kay-lee) in the amphitheatre near the Peace Center. Several of our favorite Celtic bands were performing. After hemming and hawing over what we thought the weather might do, we decided to go. It was a great decision!
Suzi got a little bodhran drum and tipper of her own for her second birthday. She had been drumming on oatmeal cans, pots and pans, and bowls since she was could hold a wooden spoon, so it was time to give her an instrument. Her little eight inch bodhran drum is made of willow and has a goat skin head. She's actually very good at drumming to the beat. Sometimes she sings, dances and drums all at once. She likes her little drum, but she LOVES Grandpa's big bodhran.
She loves to sing and drum . . .
and lead Grandpa in parades around the house.
Come on, Grandpa . . .follow me!

Practice, practice, practice.

Everyone was happy . . .we had clear skies and great seats.

Her first chance to play her drum in public.

Grandpa and Grandma were glad they could enjoy the concert with her.

She tried out a new technique . . . drumming with her hands . . .
after watching a drummer onstage.
After a little encouragement from her new friend,
Suzi joined her as she danced to the music.
She played with the"big girls" who sat near us.

Coyote Run performed a fantastic drum piece at the end of their show. Jordan took Suzi right down in front of the stage so that she could see, hear and feel the beat. She was amazed.

Nobody needed to encourage her to go to sleep that night. She was sound asleep in her car seat before we knew it.