Merry Christmas to all our
The big event of the year was the arrival (FINALLY!) on February 23 of Marcus
Spencer Michel, all 9 lbs. 2 oz of him. He is a happy and mellow boy who
likes to imitate Alec playing the violin. Alec is quite an amazing big brother.
He showers Marcus with love and encouragement ("Can I kiss him one
more time? Good job, Marcus!"). Believe it or not, I once found him
cleaning up Marcus's spit-up. Sometimes Alec's hugs give new meaning to
the phrase 'strong love', so Marcus has turned out to be a particularly
tough little guy.
Though we're not quite sure how, we do continue with professional activities.
John performed Dvorak Concerto in both June and November, and Carrie is
serving as President of the Washington American String Teachers Association.
We are so happy with our students this year, having a large batch of talented
and delightful freshman. The fourth year of the Icicle Creek Music Festival
went off splendidly, with near full houses for most of the concerts.
With the establishment of a joint chamber music residency between Icicle
Creek and Central Washington University, we are now able to devote half
of our time to the Kairos Quartet! Goodbye music theory and history, hello
Beethoven and Mendelssohn!
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We wish you joy, as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.
John, Carrie, Alec, Marcus and Rikka