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I have been eagerly anticipating this quick winter getaway with my bigger girls.   We’ve been hoping and praying for good snow-free roads and healthy kids so that we could sneak out of town for a super quick trip to Kansas City with Mimi to attend a violin workshop.  All the stars aligned and I was able to pick the girls up from school early on Friday to head out of town!

We shopped our way to the hotel and then spent the night.  Very little sleep actually happened.  I may have threatened to get back  in the car and drive them home.  I may have ended up finally falling asleep on the pull out sofa bed WITH my nine year old.  I may have been awake by 5am after just a few short hours of sleep.  But I’m choosing to focus on all the positives 😉

We woke up…hit the breakfast buffet.  The girls sampled every food offered.  Then we headed to the workshop!

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These kind of trips are just so important for my kids.  They talk about them forever and they are such an amazing boost of encouragement for them in their playing.  It is so easy to get into a major mid year SLUMP and these workshops have a way of kicking us in the pants and keeping us moving forward!

{really missing our former teacher!!!}

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We also had the opportunity to see some special friends at the workshop.  I miss that here in Nebraska.  Life has been so full here with therapy and health struggles that I have not been able to focus on deep relationships.  It felt really amazing to spend the day with a dear friend.  We sat down together in orientation and I looked down and laughed.  Animal print. check.  Polka dots. check.  Two peas in a pod!

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I was so proud of my girls’ effort during the long day of activities.  They volunteered to improv in jazz class.  They performed their pieces with poise and confidence at their master classes.  It was a really special day.

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It takes SO MUCH effort to keep four little people playing the violin.  It is a consuming affair.  But it is also so very rewarding to see them fall in love with the music.  The Brainiac heard an amazing high school student perform the Bartok Romanian Dances and as soon as she came home she was pulling out the music and reading her way through them.  Tonight she was begging Mr. P to add the pieces to her ipod play list.  Motivation at it’s best!

Tomorrow I’m going to post a little trip down violin memory lane.  (Have your tissues handy Mom!)

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