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One of my favorite Christian bands is Fee Band, and they’re releasing a new album coming October 6th, Hope Rising.  As you might have recently read, Kalliope has had the wonderful opportunity to sing in Elevation‘s Children’s Choir and on their latest album, God With Us.  After hearing the track with the children’s choir, Steve Fee contacted Elevation to see if they’d sing on a track for his new album, and they did!  It sounds fantastic, and Great To Be Praised is one of my favorite tracks on the album.  Right now you can pre-order the album, and when you do, you can download it immediately.  It is really amazing!  Check it out!

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April 24th Kalliope, Miles and I ventured out to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens for one of their homeschool days.  They choose a theme and set up education stations for the kids to visit as well as supply material for the kids to explore and booklets to fill out.  Kalliope really enjoyed helping plant the garden’s annual Arbor Day tree and searching for tree species through the garden on the tree scavenger hunt!

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Since I was singing at church all day Easter Sunday and then (without anyone to watch Zane) Jason and Kalliope went to church Sunday evening, we decided to do our family festivities on Saturday. 

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012309-022Here’s a funny conversation my husband, Jason, and I had with our 9 year old, Kalliope, in the car the other day.  She was getting lectured a bit about how some things don’t go our way and how we all have to sacrifice things for the ones we love.

Jason: Kalliope, you know that your Mommy and I sacrifice a lot for you and your brothers, right?

Kalliope: You do?!?!?! (a look of surprise on her face)

Immediate Jason get’s annoyed that not only does Kalliope not appreciate the sacrifices we make, but doesn’t even recognize them.

Me:  (whispering to Jason) I don’t think she get’s what sacrifice means.

Jason: (to Kalliope) Do you know what sacrifice means?

Kalliope: Yes.

Jason: What?

Kalliope: It means you kill things.

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011209-004Yesterday Kalliope turned 9 years old!  I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by!  She had a Camp Rock themed party and about 20 guests from our neighborhood and her karate class.  Since she got Disney Sing It for her birthday, that’s what the kids did a majority of the time and it seemed to be a big hit!  I made a stage from my excercise step wrapped in a section from a Camp Rock table cloth.   I hung a shimmery curtain on the wall behind as a backdrop and capped it all off with another section of table cloth.  It turned out pretty cute and inexpensive!  She had a great time.  We took her to Chili’s for dinner and they came and sang to her.  It was a great day for a great little girl!

Here’s a little clip from us singing.  Sorry I’m so loud; I’m holding the camera!  I spelled out “Happy Birthday Kalliope” on the cupcakes, but Zane swiped the “B” off one so they only read “Happy Irthday Kalliope”.  You get a glimpse of Zane getting very excited at the end.  He loves singing happy birthday!

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So this evening my feet are really sore from doing yoga this morning.  Go ahead and laugh, but I have extremely flat feet and weak ankles and doing stuff like that bothers my feet.  Anyway, I asked my 8 year old daughter to rub my feet a little and I had to bribe her with a treat after dinner.  Some of you stricter folk are probably thinking that I shouldn’t have to give my child anything.  She should rub my feet since I brought her into this world, give her food, shelter, etc.  Other, more liberal, parents are probably appalled that I would have my child do such a horrible and demeaning task for me.  I think it’s just smart.  She’s doing a little manual labor and earns a small fee, so she’s learning a great lesson.  At least that’s what I keep telling myself.  (Besides, she’ll be 9 in just a week and a half!)

Here are a few pictures from Christmas Eve through yesterday.  I’m not as dedicated as those who got pics of their kids opening presents up on their blogs on Christmas.  I did want to add that I plan to blog more as another resolution for the year.  Yeah, we’ll see how that goes.

Miles with Elmo Live, his big gift this year.  Do you think he likes it?  I’ve also got a video of Kalliope singing at church but I’m having trouble uploading it.  I’ll post it if I can get it to work!