Last night our Girl Scout troop sang at a senior center in town. It was a service project our girls decided on and planned mostly on their own. I'm trying to transition troop leadership to the girls and it's an interesting process--this was their first project that took planning meetings plus execution and it was great for it to be a success. The moms did jump in with some help (inviting other troops--we ended up with about 30ish girls!), finding a piano player (a lifesaver for a group that has never practiced together) and organizing cookies to share with the residents (a huge hit). But overall I was really proud of the girls and it was fun to see them sing and pass out cookies.
Tonight was Biscuit's choir concert. She joined choir this year and after months of practice it was the big show. Unfortunately she has a cold and felt and looked kind of awful but she stuck it out. They did an opening number with the lights out and flashlights and I caught the photo above.
I'm starting to understand why parents enroll their children in activities. I have honestly seen most activities as a scheduling hassle and often an added expense but it was a real delight to see her up there showing off the hard work of the entire choir and having a lot of fun. Between songs (when the band was doing songs) she looked like she was about to keel over all red and sniffly but as soon as they started singing she was totally into it and looked like she was having an awesome time. It was so sweet.
Speaking of sweets all four grandparents were able to attend the concert and then came by for dessert. We had these shortbread bars (found via Angry Chicken). I recommend. I made them with some leftover plum jam with cinnamon and they were a treat.