Good morning! Welcome to your weekly dose of motivation for a Monday morning. I need absolutely no help motivating myself this week…although a few cups of coffee might be in order after an absolutely manic weekend! Other than that I am going into the new week on a high of pride and love and excitement after such a wonderful few days of performance from both of my children.
I’m not going to tell you that my kids were the best – we all think our kids are the best! What I will say though is that both Archie and Phoebe put everything into their chosen hobbies and work incredibly hard to be the very best that they can be.
Archie’s school performance of Private Peaceful was very moving and performed in a very clever and effective way. I’ve not read the Michael Morpurgo novel but they told the story brilliantly and dealt with a very emotional topic in a mature and poised manner. They had put a lot of hours of rehearsal into their performance and it showed!
Phoebe’s dance shows on Saturday were just wonderful. It was amazing to see how much she and her friends have improved since last year and I loved watching the older children who are so incredibly talented too. I was chaperoning back stage in the evening performance and have literally never been so exhausted afterwards! Our dressing room was about 100 degrees and trying to control 40 hot, sweaty and excited little girls and make sure they were ready for each of their performances was no mean feat!
By Sunday evening we were ready for an evening in, but our final performance of the weekend was for Archie and the County Training Orchestra. And what a performance it was! We were reminiscing about when Archie first started playing the violin and going to watch him in his first concert where he was just plucking the strings! Now, 7 years on, it’s such a pleasure seeing him on the big stage playing Holst and Tchaicovsky! We are so lucky to live in an area where Music is so very well supported. The Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust do so much for the young people in our area and produce some amazingly talented musicians.
I would love for Phoebe to follow in her brother’s footsteps and learn an instrument but I’m not entirely sure it’s her passion just yet. She has been having recorder lessons for the past year and just this week asked me if she would still be having lessons in September. When I told her she would she looked a little disappointed, I asked if she didn’t want to learn anymore and she replied “…well I know all the notes so I’m not sure I need any more lessons!” I did chuckle!
I am so incredibly proud of both children for everything they have achieved…and for us as parents for enabling them to reach their dreams. It’s a big commitment getting your children to all their various activities and there are many times when I wish I didn’t have to spend so much time as a taxi driver – but it’s weekends like this one that make it all so worth while.
I will go through this week with some wonderful memories if not a little weary!
Until next time…