Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Heavy Metal

This past Sunday, Hubby IMG_7207and I drove up to Valley Forge National Park to listen to a concert of sorts.  A friend from work had told me that his friend, Doug Gefvert was a Carillonneur and played at the Washington Chapel there on Sunday afternoons.  A Carillon is a set of bells. There were at least 50! It was a fascinating experience! We climbed this teeny tiny spiral staircase up IMG_7182the bell tower to








the small room that houses the ‘piano looking’ instrument used to actually play the bells.  It consists of wooden levers, which are connected by cables directly to the bell clappers.  Similar to a piano, the harder the lever is depressed, the sharper the note will sound.  Some of the larger bells require more force to strike, and are linked to foot pedals. I took a short video of him playing Amazing Grace.  He is very talented! This is his profession, and he skillfully answered all of our questions.


The Washington Memorial Chapel that houses the bells is a tribute to George Washington, as seen in all the carvings of soldiers.  The grounds areIMG_7202 beautiful as well and hopefully we can go back after the leaves start to change.  It will be magnificent. This  was a great learning experience, and we had so much fun! 




In October they are playing the original silent b/w version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame inside the chapel, and they have hired an organist to play along with the movie.. and there will be bells involved as well.  How incredibly cool is that going to be! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pictures to make you chuckle

Swim day at Grandpa's house.
Grinning with mouth full of pear

Giving big brother 'the look'.

Flying Leap

Taking a hike

Saturday, September 20, 2008

My Sister's Wedding

I finally got the pictures done from Juliana's wedding! It was a beautiful day, the bride was radiant, and everything turned out great! You can see them at http://flickr.com/photos/hotrodhanna/ . Click on the albums on the right side to view them.

Tea Parties and Tupperware

I had a Tupperware Party at our house. It was a Tea Party theme. Turned out very cute, and it sounds like everyone had fun! Many thanks to all who came!
The house is still on the market, several nibbles but no bites so far. We are still praying about it, if the Lord wants it to sell, it will!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Funny Sign

I found it quite funny that the important qualification for this position was being able to sell shoes to women, not selling women's shoes. hahaha.