Welcome to my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge. The letter for today is “M” which is for Memories and Music.
Homeschooling has provided our family with a lot of memories. From attending homeschooling activities to places we have been to homeschooling conventions we have attended, our family has made lots of memories. My oldest son, many years later, still talks about his ride in an elevator with Mr. Andrew Pudewa of the Institute with Excellence in Writing. Our children remember our many trips to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and to the cabins we have stayed at in at Fort Eustis. We also have memories of particular products we have used and the topics we have studied.
On another trip from Pennsylvania, we took our children and three of their friends with us. The three young ladies who came with us had never seen the ocean before. The looks on their faces were priceless, especially when we were able to spot a school of dolphins in the ocean.
One of our most recent memories involves my second word for “M”, which is for music. Our family loves to sing and for the last two years, we have also enjoyed playing musical instruments. Our children have picked up various instruments including the flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, Contra-Bass (or Upright Bass), guitar, cello, viola, violin, trombone, french horn, trumpet, baritone horn, and the piano. I love seeing our children, even at 22, 20, 18, and 16 exploring and discovering musical instruments for themselves. Moreover, I love how my husband and I are able to play with them.
Through the years our family has sung together both as a family and in various church choirs. We have even sung over the radio with my husband’s parents and some of his aunts (even though they were completely unaware of the fact until afterward). The church we attended broadcasted the Sunday Service on a local radio station. One Sunday, my in-laws and my husband’s aunts had come to Pennsylvania to visit and our immediate family was scheduled to sing a special number. So we invited them to sing with us. It was not until after the fact we realized they did not know it would be on the radio. So it truly is one of our best memories. Last fall, one of the same aunts came along with my in-laws to Texas to visit us. Again, we made amazing memories while they were here.
One of my other favorite memories happened when we were visiting North Carolina while we were living in Pennsylvania. We decided to take the children back to see the ocean. So we left my in-laws house and drove to the ocean. When we arrived I cautioned my husband that we needed to stay on the walkway since we did not have any towels with us to clean sand off our feet. Before my husband and I had barely stepped away from our van, our daughter had run to the end of the walkway, took off her shoes, threw them up in the air and took off across the sand. Needless to say, everyone ended up walking in the sand.
So what does the letter “M” bring to mind for you? I would love to hear from you.