The kids have a couple versions of Peter and the Wolf on CD and go through phases where they listen to it often and act out the characters. I knew it would be a performance they'd be interested in seeing live.
The orchestra played a couple short, fun pieces and the conductor spoke a little about each. Then a local high school pianist who had won a competition joined the orchestra for a piece. Then it was time for Peter and the Wolf. A local troupe of actors played all of the roles. All three kids enjoyed the performance, but I was surprised at how engaged and interested M3 was. She listened attentively to the first few pieces and clapped a lot in between. She was very excited during Peter and the Wolf and when we got back to Grandma and Grandpa's she told them "wolf ate duck!"
After the performance, the kids were able to try out some percussion instruments, see how a few different instruments worked, and they each tried out a violin. At first just M.G. and M2 tried it, but then M3 demanded a turn as well.
That evening we had a birthday supper for M3 at Grandma and Grandpa B's house. Grandma and Grandpa M came over, along with Chris, my Aunt Julie, Uncle Dan, and cousin Kelly.
The older kids had been talking up M3's birthday for a couple weeks. They had her very excited about cake and she happily told everyone that she'd blow out the candles. One of my favorite parts of the party was when she started trying to tell the interrupting cow knock-knock joke. You had to really know what she was saying in order to understand her, but she had it down!
|Bubbles from M.G.!|
|Scootering with the big kids!|
She is such a happy, fun girl - it was great to see her having so much fun celebrating her birthday. Her check-up is in a few days, so I'll post more about what M3 is like as a 2 year old then.