October 7, 2014

Tamburitzans 78th season- MUST SEE!



 The Duquesne University Tamburitzans...America's premier folk ensemble!
Since 1937 this amazing group of college students has been faithfully performing the music and dances of Eastern Europe and neighbouring cultures.
   And...You don't want to miss their 78th season show! Check the schedule
to see if this group is coming to a place near you!

For those of you in Missouri/Illinois, I hope you can make it to the Granite City show on November 1st 2014!
We are so excited...the Tamburitzans have this priceless and timeless quality which makes every show their ''best'!!! This family-friendly show has something for everyone...whether you like classical music....folk music....elegant dancing....energetic dancing...classical dancing....the Tamburitzans are so diverse!

Pictures from this season's show!

As an example of what the Tamburitzans present, take a look at the blog posts I have written in the past!

Pictures from 75th season show!

Mazzou Memories: Tamburitzans
If you are indeed interested, you will want to call 
Norma Bellcoff at 618.978.1522 for ticket information!
This if for the Granite City November 1st show.
Tickets are $20 per person. (sorry to those of you who heard less; I just found out the tickets for this show went up in price). The show is 2 hours long! Intermission is 15 minutes,
 so we usually leave around 9:30 pm.
Our family makes this our special event of the year (we use money our Grandma sends for Christmas!) Although this is a great family event, you obviously don't have to all try it your first year...send one or two members
who are the most interested! And see what you think!



October 6, 2014

The rest of July 2014!

(the best photo I've taken of Laura-Lise this year! We were at baseball at the Burnses)

Welcome to the rest of July 2014 in blog format! It's amazing that, after two posts highlighting two individual and wonderful events, I still have many more pictures to share with you! But that is the case....

summertime baseball on some Monday nights....

It's fun to have Chad Burns doing fun stuff with the group again!
And we are always delighted to see Chad's wife Angie (whom you unfortunately can't see in the picture) and their adorable wee one! 

A little guy

Elodie


While those who wish to play baseball play baseball, several of us girls always take a stroll up and down the road and through the fields. I love this time to talk with my friend Sara, and my sisters! And anyone else who joins.




Sara

there's rarely anything sweeter than little girls in flower fields!
after baseball- Marty S, Peter B.

a picture from blueberry-picking day with friends!

Early in July, we held a family ceremony for Jessie's graduation from highschool, and Sam's graduating Thomas Edison College! It was fun to celebrate together, and our parents presented them with their official diplomas. 


Of course July 4th was our fun Independence Day

Then came Elodie's 1940's-themed birthday which was amazing fun!
A picture from Elodie's birthday- the forest park portion. I love it. Either Sam or Elodie took it; I will have to verify with them!

What you did not yet know about Elodie's birthday was that we went camping for the weekend! I haven't done that in forever, and it was surprisingly easy!
 In fact, the hardest part was the food prep, which I did two days ahead...and that was only long because I was simultaneously creating birthday party food for the 1940's themed party!
Anyhow...I love camping. :) 
Provided I don't get ticks. 
Which I didn't. (other did- but I didn't- hehe!) 
So I was happy. (and that's all that matters, right? ouch.)
We went to Hawn State Park, a beautiful place the boys usually go every year. It was great (with decent bathrooms/washrooms to Elodie and Nikola's immense relief!), but we had to pay for two campsites because we are so large. So were the campsites, but for some reason we weren't allowed on one alone.
 And we had some issues with firewood, since we didn't bring our own. ahem.

I bet none of you ever looked so purty while camping!
(I hasten to explain, this is not me! It's Jessie. :) )

I always look like I'm directing traffic when I serve meals to my family...hmm.

Laura-Lise
playing in the creek




there was a lovely sun-dappled sandy path leading to our campsites! Our tents were right beside a creek, which sounded heavenly in the middle of night, when all other sounds stilled! (in other words, when my brother ceased playing music and making the younger ones giggle!) At about 4 am I awoke to the sound of a whippoorwill!  I was delighted! They are beautiful.

Breakfast time! I brought a blueberry streusel coffee cake and an egg casserole, which we heated over our little fire.
dig in!

our very own pathway

Katia doing a happy dance :)



Elodie got a new camera! She's really good with it, and I look forward to sharing her stellar shots in future posts! BTW, inf case you were wondering, it was a cold morning. Don't criticize my wardrobe choices.

the extent of my grin in the morning. In case anyone's wondering, 
I only look alive from 11 am-9 pm. I am not responsible for my appearance the remaining hours.
Just telling you. 

Jessie :)

interesting.
The following pictures are from Sam's camera; mine died.
 The next day, we decided to hike a bit. We did the whispering pines trail which we did a couple of Novembers ago. It wasn't as impressive in summer, surprisingly!
The pines didn't really cooperate 'cause it was a still summer day. And I was shadowed by a bee which was impersonating a mosquito...and the trail was a lot longer than we realized...and the place where we stopped to peacefully do our quiet times was slightly tick-infested...but it was an AWESOME day! :)
Sam's favourite part of the trail- and only 10 minutes into it too! This is Pickle Creek.





trekking through the Missouri wilds

by the time we reached the top! haha. tired...

                                                                         ...but still happy!
the view at the top is always beautiful! A little more breathtaking in Autumn (the first time we did this trail, it was November!) but still lovely in summer. 

Jessie taking in the view.

cheerful katia
Following this walk, we consumed a picnic lunch and then headed out to Elephant Rocks state park! At first, we were confused by how boring the rocks looked as we traversed the confusing maze of pathways...seriously, it looked just like the Zoo...but with no animals. 
Then we happened upon the point of the whole park! The lookout! This place is amazing. One could spend an entire day exploring amongst the massive rocks! Elodie and I got a little lost, so I recommend you give yourself plenty of daylight hours, as we did!









birthday girl!






I'm so proud of myself: this is the crack I actually went through! :) This was during Elodie's and my little exploration. 
It looks just  Jordan or Israel! I love it!
I took these pictures, by the way. :) 
She fits through small cracks, too! Not a safe place during rainstorms, I bet!





I LOVE this picture I took! :) 
Okay...so that's it for that portion of July! Later in July, we went to the Zoo, in order to ride the carousel for free! (any rides preceding 9 am are free of charge!)
We love our St. Louis Zoo!


Carousel art, courtesy of Nikola

Katia astride a...rabbit. Seriously? She's probably the first child to have chosen that hideous thing!

Carousel's are so pretty! 

This little girl was like a little fairy or angel or something! adorable.

Haha- somehow it always looks funny to see people astride some animals...like Papa on a gorilla! I rode the red panda, of course! But then I turned around and saw Nikko on a small cat and I realized how ridiculous I probably looked as well! Oh well. We rode a few times, then walked quickly around much of the Zoo before heading home to do useful deeds.

flamingos at the Zoo.
After years of sqozing into our plastic kiddie pools...
(example)
 ...and along with their subsequent demise, we finally made the decision to invest in a grand, family-size pool! I present to you....the B. family pool! (otherwise known as a stock trough but we won't mention that!)
It is fantastic! We can fit 8 of us at a time! We look pretty silly, but we have fun and that's what counts! Actually, what delighted me most is that if I time my day just right, I get to swim in it by myself before the kids take over...since the pool is 9 ft. in diameter, I have just enough width to stretch out and honestly practice my breaststroke (always my pride and joy!), regular and enthusiastic kicking (can't really do the arms and legs at once), and surprise: the butterfly stroke! I'm so excited and can't wait for next summer! As I write, it is October and we have retired the pool until next year. But I swam in that lovely water until it was too cold even for me! I think the last time I swam the air was 60 degrees and there was no sun...but it was invigorating! :) 


The last day of July, we all dressed up and went to a dance at the Mahler Ballroom in St.Louis! The event was hosted by our friend and dance teacher Dr. John Ramsay and it turned out to be a lovely afternoon!
the entrance! What with the crowd and live music, this felt so special as we walked in!
Lovely Valerie
to our delight, some friends attended as well!

Elodie
Chandelier

the place was quite elegant!

a small gent
Nikola and our Dad polka-ing...I really like this picture!





because I love lights. :)
One fun aspect of the afternoon was a guest couple performing the Big Apple and the Lindyhop! The couple was from the Lindyhoppers of St. Louis! It was just so appropriate, considering Elodie's recent birthday theme! And they were so fun to watch....I want to lindyhop!

adorable!
Laura-Lise took some aerial shots! We were doing the Black Nag




Elodie and Jessica

Mrs. K, Zoe and Valerie


Jessie exiting












Well, I do believe you will agree with me that we had a FULL July! I think part of the reason it was so family-ish was because our Dad was still out of employment (he started his new job on August 3rd). Which of course is stressful! Yet when he was with us, we forgot and just enjoyed ourselves! :) So we made some priceless memories together. 

We did find a new movie which went with Elodie's birthday theme and we love it!
The second half is a little depressing 'cause it's so realistic, but the first half is so fun! Just a great picture of immigrant family life in the '40s! Beautifully filmed!