20 December 2009

Murray's School Christmas Concert .....

Friday was Murray's School Concert. He moved to his new school St Augustine's last September and it is a school for children with mild intellectual disabilities and for some who are on the autistic spectrum like Murray. Moving school was a big step up for Murray but he has settled in really well and his Mom and Dad were so proud of him .... the boys playing the bodhrans were great - Murray is only just learning but we're hoping he'll be able to play just as well as these boys in a few years ....
the girls singing was really wonderful and both Murray's Mom and Dad found it very emotional listening to them ....
and then of course - our not-so-little-man came out on stage - if you can find him! He's got the bright green gloves on!

The final few songs were sung by all the children together and it was a great happy celebration of Christmas. The music teacher in St Augustine's - Sylvia is the most amazing teacher - she is a fantastic asset to the school. Thank you St Augustine's for a great concert.

We were meant to be in at the Snowman concert last night in the National Concert Hall but the not-so-little man has a tummy bug. Murray was so upset to be sick - Sorcha and her Dad took two of Sorcha's friends to the concert instead. Brian Ormond was the narrator, Brian is a huge supporter of Irish Autism Action and the girls thoroughly enjoyed the concert.Today was Christmas lunch in the Golf Club with Santa - Murray wasn't really better but he wanted to go so much to see Grandma (poor Grandad is also not very well) and meet Santa! The not-so-little man is really a bit miserable so I am looking after him and hoping he's better real soon! Santa is coming in only 5 days after all...... I wonder did he get our letters!


  1. Thank you for sharing the concert with us! I loved hearing the bodhrans and would insist Mom get me one, but she thinks that practice may be frowned upon in our apartment! And we'd have spotted NSLM even without his bright green gloves. We'd recognize that smile anywhere. We got almost a FOOT of snow here yesterday so we'll be bundling up soon to go out and play. Mom stayed in and made Scottish Shortbread with our old family recipe with our neighbor's 9-year old granddaughter. I got a piece of the first batch (the rest of that batch got thrown away - wheat flour just doesn't make the grade!). Hope NSLM is feeling better soon - looks like Clive makes a perfectly festive blanket. Hohoho - Santa Claus is coming to town!!!

    Your pal,


  2. Hi Clive - aw, we really enjoyed the concert, we - um - we got something in our eyes reading this post, we weren't crying, honest!!

    We loved that last photo of you and your NSLM cosying up on the sofa - so snug! You look very contented, wonderful!

    We hope everyone feels better soon - Christmas is fun, but we think there are too many bugs around - humph!!

    Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

  3. That looked like a great concert!!
    Cute pictures, that last was is pawsome:)
    We hope you guys have a Merry Christmas,

    Toby's Trainer
    SEGDI Raiser

  4. We love to go to Christmas concerts. Thanks for taking us. We love the picture of "nurse" Clive.

  5. We loved all of the videos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    We're sorry the NSLM couldn't make it to the Snowman concert, but he was very brave to get up and go to the Christmas lunch. We know that, with your expert care, he will be all better soon!

    By the way, Clive, you look fabulous with the hat on!

    Tommy and everyone else at The Poupounette

  6. What a wonderful concert! Thank you so much for sharing it!
    We hope Murray feels better soon.
    Clive, you look adorable in your Santa hat!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  7. we LOVE concerts....!the humomm beats on her bodhran periodically... sez something about heartbeats and stuff like that <---we just feel it in our little blue bones. anyhow you did great as a christmas decoration...loved the green hands, picked you out right away. clive you are sooooo lucky you can go to NSLM's concerts...we can only go to the ones in the summer out in the park. but we do enjoy the musack!
    geee "not so" we certainly are sorry to hear, you are not feeling well, and hope you feel 100% better soon...gotta hurry...the man in the red suit (santa paws) is cranking up the sleigh and will be stopping everywhere pretty soon. (i think he is part of the M.W.I. experiment or some such thing.
    seems to be everywhere all the time...hmmmmm we must ponder this situation.
    helping the humomm cook for Christmas.. we do clean up when something particularly yummy comes down to our level...
    merry christmas to our buddies in dublin town...
    theBUSTER, MS.Persephone & Ms.Blue

  8. I am so glad to have found your blog! It is so heartwarming! I look forward to following because we have a service/assistance dog named Abby. She is a German Shepherd and helps my autistic son, Griffin.

  9. What a trooper that NSLM is to do his holiday concert even when he is under the weather AND visit grand-dad. We loved the concert music. Momma got a little leaky remembering back when she went to those for my brother and sissy (totally like a hundred years ago).


  10. Wow Murray thanks for letting us know all about your school concert. What fun...you did a good job
    Benny & Lily

  11. What a post with a true spirit of the howlidays in it!

    Tank woo fur sharing it with us!


  12. Hi Clive and Murray.
    I had a great time at your concert. Nice ornament dancing Murray. We were dancing over here too. Mom wouldn't let me paint my hands green though.... ho hum but I spun along with you.

    Hope you feel better!

  13. Clive, you look great in your antlers - you can join us and Tommy in our quest to help Santa. We are so sorry to hear that Murray is still not feeling very well. Tough time of the year to be sick. We loved watching his school's Christmas program - he looked very proud when his group was on stage.

    Happy Holidays to all of you.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

  14. Hi, Clive!
    Thanks for sharing the videos of the concert!
    Sure Murray was happy!
    I hope he feels better soon! I can see you are taking good care of him!
    Kises and hugs

  15. Great concert - and two paws up to NSLM for attending even though he isn't feeling good. Take good care of him so that he'll be healthy for Santa!

    *kissey face*

  16. Oh sweet Clive! What a great concert with Murray. We know you are taking good care of him, and hopes he gets better soon.
    Blessings to all of you!

    Come by for a visit sometime!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  17. Wonderful concert! Everyone did so well.

    And Murray - here's hoping you get better soon!

  18. Thanks for sharing the wonderful concert. That's quite a hat you're wearing Clive. We hope Murray feels a lot better soon!
    Ernie & Sasha

  19. Hey there, Murray & Clive
    What a wonderful Christmas concert...thank you for sharing it all with us. We are sorry to hear that you aren't well.We hope you and your granddad get better really quickly. We will be thinking of you.
    We will be taking a short break but will be back in the new year. Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and New year. Murray - we hope Santa brings you and Clive some pawsome gifts.
    Lots and lots of loving licks from

  20. dear Clive and de Man,

    thanks for 'taking' us to the concert and we're sorry you're not feeling well. rest and be well to see SantaPaws sneaking your pressies under the tree


  21. Awesome concert! Rest up and feel better soon, Murray and Granddad.