Thursday, November 18, 2010

Your Patience Has Been Rewarded

Pictures = William's 9th Birthday Party. 
Theme = "How to Train Your Dragon"
Goody Bag = A copy of the book How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell.  Highly recommend for 8-10 yr. old boys and girls.

Step 1:
Make your equipment.  Shields and helmets.

Step 2:  Dragon Training.  Dragons are tricky beasts, and fighting them takes quick reflexes.  You have to be able to attack them, and defend yourself against attacks.

Step 3: Relax and enjoy the fruits of your victory.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Is it Worth Waiting?

I keep putting off posting so I can download pictures, edit them, and then upload fantastic blog posts with pictures.

Um... not so much, yet.

JC threw up all night Friday night, to the point where John called the airline at 2am and booked both of them on a flight home in the morning.  JC actually pulled a chest muscle from vomiting.  They got home Saturday afternoon, not long before William's birthday party.  JC hid in his bedroom and slept.  John helped with the party, which went very well.  Six guests, all boys, lots of foil and ping pong balls, and a totally awesome cake (How To Train Your Dragon theme, pictures soon, I hope). 

Turns out our band missed semifinals by two places, and barely a point.  Given the competition, I'm so proud of them!  But since JC and 7 of his band mates spent Friday night puking, it may be just as well they didn't have to perform Saturday morning.  As you might expect, the adults took it harder than the kids, and apparently the kids had a great time at the mall and then the finals Saturday evening.

They have one last performance on Friday, since the football team won again.  I think that will be it for the season.  Hoping they don't freeze their fingers off.

I have committed to a booth at the band parents craft fair in early December.  Given how little I have to sell, I should be committed.

Pictures to follow...(eventually)

Friday, November 12, 2010


They didn't qualify for the semifinals.  They're out of the competition.  :(  Too many really fabulous bands with experience on the national level, and our performance today was mediocre, really.  No spark, kind of flat.  Probably nerves, but that's part of the challenge.

And poor JC threw up twice tonight.  Could be something he ate, could be a bug, could be stress.  Could be all three.  I suppose that's the silver lining - he doesn't have to march tomorrow feeling sick.

Small comfort, really.

Slightly Breathless

It's been a busy couple of weeks here - William's birthday party is tomorrow, John and JC are at Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis right now, I've got a big charity gala next weekend (I'm on the committee), and I bought a table to sell stuff at an upcoming craft fair in early December.  There are not enough hours in the day!  Oh yeah, and Thanksgiving is in two weeks and then we crash right into the Christmas season.  Take a deep breath, here we go!

But I feel remiss not posting anything about Veteran's Day, so here's a great post from Suburban Correspondent about her military service.  I think it's an interesting perspective on military service.