Because Marin Can't Remember to Pack the Camera...
We had a lovely weather weekend in Madison, which is great because Friday afternoon we packed the car and headed to the EQ Ward Campout. This was our first test to see if we were going to be the camping type of family. Turns out we are! Sariah had loads of fun playing with the other kids or chasing after the dog that was there. She also did really great sleeping in the tent. We brought our pack n' play along for her to sleep in, and our tent has dividers so she got her own "room" inside the tent. I think that helped.
Our test is awesome. Its large and has a hinge door (like a real door.) It sprinkled all night, but we stayed warm and dry. I actually got a pretty good night's sleep until Sariah woke at 4:30am. I imangine she would've stayed asleep longer if the other babies & kids hadn't started waking up too.
We had lots of fun around the camp fire roasting hot dogs & marshmellows, and in the morning there was a pancake dinner provided. I think I can confidently say that we'll be camping again soon.
Saturday we played catch up at home, then after church on Sunday I headed off to a orchestra practice. Our stake is holding a music "event" on th 19th. There will be several choirs singing and we've also gotten together a chamber orchestra to play the 4th movement of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 (simplified). Think "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." There's also a string piece, "Jesus, Once of Humble Birth", that'll take some practice.
I haven't seriously played my violin since I did a chamber music camp for adults during the Summer of 2001. So this was pretty scary. It came back alright, but my violin needed some tlc. My bow could use re-hairing (tough luck), and I noticed half way through the practice that my bridge was leaning. So I thought, ok, I'll just fix this after practice, but then during a run through, it popped right out! I was lucky it didn't break in half (which is what happened last time this happened.) I was double lucky that the bridge isn't warped, so I was able to replace it.
I had forgotten how much I enjoy playing with a group. I dislike playing solo, but there's something about hearing the harmonies come together that I enjoy. It reminds me why I once thought about being an orchestra director. There's apparently at least 5 violinists in our ward, so there's some food for thought for you.
So it was a good weekend, we've enjoyed spending lots of family time together!