Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Falk Talk 2014

Merry Christmas!

We certainly hope that as you read this, your family is healthy, happy and wrapping up the best year yet.

Our highlights:

Princess started high school and is loving it!  She's incredibly social, has great grades, is involved in the spirit club and swims on the swim team.  Sometimes she sleeps.  

Buddy started middle school and it totally suits him!  He plays the trombone in the beginning band (and doesn't have to be reminded to practice -what?), makes fantastic grades and has become an avid reader of graphic novels and book series.

Milaka made her Austin stage debut as Fruma Sarah in a production of Fiddler on the Roof during August.  It was the perfect introduction into the Austin theatre world - and a reintroduction to performing after a fairly long hiatus.

The production was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award - Austin's local version of the Tony's (on a very local scale) and won for Best Musical Director (Adam Roberts).  It was a great time for Milaka and Gordon to have a date night, get dressed up and walk the red carpet (on a very local scale).

Gordon's business, GradePower Learning is still going strong.  He topped 100 enrolled students this year!  On weekends, he finds time to kick butt at board games and work on his backyard landscaping project.  He also finds time to torture himself watching Michigan football and then retreat with his Kindle on the back porch.  And successfully elude the camera 90% of the time.

One of the biggest pieces of news from this year was the arrival of Milaka's parents as full-time Austin residents.  We are SO blessed to have them 8 minutes away instead of 8 hours!    

We pray that your family has had a wonderful year and that 2015 will be even better.  Please keep in touch and let us know how we can pray for you - or when to expect a visit!!!

Many blessings for 2015,
The Falks

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guest Post for Easter

Seriously, I am writing.  Really, I am.  I'm just not posting much.  However, I was picked up for a guest post today at Great Moments in Parenting's website.  Check out my story about how an Easter lesson went south quickly. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guest Post!

I'm guest posting on a friend's blog this week.  Hop on over and see the bravest sweater in the world. 

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Monuments Men

I love it when films inspire me.  Not all do - some (most?) are pure entertainment that I enjoy for 2+ hours and then leave at the theater.  Some touch me and have me thinking about a certain issue or relationship for a day or two.  Still others are not worth the pixels it takes to create them.  Merriam-Webster's online dictionary's first definition of "inspire" is "to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create."  Keeping to this definition, films that inspire are, I think, fairly rare.  The Monuments Men, which I had the privilege of screening Wednesday night, is one such film. 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Come What May . . .

. . . tomorrow evening, come ice or snow or just plain coldness, I will be sitting in a nice, warm theater in the Alamo Drafthouse with some dear friends watching and singing along to Moulin Rouge.  I cannot wait.  Here is my account of my first Moulin Rouge singalong (and I still haven't really come down). 

Tonight, however, I will be with another friend at a screening of The Monuments Men.  I am also looking very forward to that.  It's got a wonderful cast - Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban to name a few.  The story is intriguing - seven artists, museum curators, art historians and the like team up to rescue art treasure from Nazi thieves.  Add to that the fact that the hunt is still going on - they haven't found all of the art that the Nazis stole.  Top it off with directing and writing credits going to Clooney and you've got the potential for a real winner.  I'll let you know!