Thursday, May 23, 2019

And the winners are....

Today is the last day of school!!!  Gosh, it seemed like summer would never get here but in hindsight it feels like it flew by.  Weird how that is. 

Anyway, we survived a whirlwind of choir rehearsals, dance rehearsals, dance recital, band concert, choir concert, and awards day.... 

In 8th grade the students vote for the "most likely" awards:


Yes, that says valedictorian.  Wow!  Val also got a band award, student of the year nominee, honor roll (she made a few Bs this year,) and top scholar. 

Then this happened in choir.  Again, the class voted for their favorites.  Look who got voted Star Performer. 


Veronica also got awards Principal's List award (straight As all year!), Top Scholar, All-State Honor Choir,  Sweepstakes for Choir Festival, and she got a SUPERIOR rating on her solo for Solo and Ensemble.

Now it's on to the summer of band... band... high school marching band... and more band.  Valerie got nominated for Louisiana Bandmaster Association Honor Band, which is a little over a week away in North Louisiana.  Last night was Valerie's first rehearsal for next school year.  They practice all summer.  Next week, several times in June, then in July it's all band all month. And 3-5 days a week, every week until November.

Veronica will get to sleep the summer away, mostly.  She is going to 4-H camp for a week in July but other than that, who knows. 

Happy summer....  I just know it will fly by. 










Thursday, May 02, 2019

Busy Month of May

The busy month of May is upon us.  There's only a few weeks of school left, so there's lots to do.  The kids have something almost every night of the week from now until school. 

Last night, Wednesday, was one of our only free nights.  I was done for the day and Veronica was planning to work on this big project that is due Friday.  We had nothing to do, no where to go!  Or so I thought.  At 4:21 my phone rings and it's our principal.  He was calling to inform me that somehow lines of communication got crossed and the choir teacher hadn't told us and he hadn't told us but Veronica was getting an award from Lafourche Parish for being selected for All State Honor Choir.  Tonight.  At 6pm. 

So there went our free night.  I was more than a tad bit annoyed, because this wasn't the first time.  Last year we totally missed an award ceremony for perfect LEAP test scores because no one told us about it....   

I hurried up and got dressed, as did Veronica.  Clint was already on his way out the door for another meeting, so he had to miss it. 





Veronica's school and choir awards were given out first.  She was the third person called.  We stuck around for a little while, then we decided to sneak out.  After all, she was in the middle of all this homework.  And no one had told us about this award ceremony, so we weren't prepared to be out for hours.  We weren't the only ones leaving, so I didn't feel so bad. 

This is how May looks:

Veronica now has dancing Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
After school choir practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tonight we have a band meeting at the high school for incoming freshmen.
"Rookie camp" for Valerie - basically prep for summer band camp is at the end of the month.
Dancing rehearsal and recital.
Band concert.
Choir concert and awards.
Awards day at school.

And whatever else pops up during the month.

Hoping for some downtime on the weekends!!




Sunday, April 28, 2019

Spring time...

Spring is here but not for long!  Soon temps will be pushing 90+ and it will feel like summer again.  I've been trying to catch up on some yard work and clearing out the flowerbeds.  I pulled a muscle in my back pulling weeds a few weeks ago, so that has slowed me down a lot.  I'm moving slowly but little by little it's getting there.  

 I re-did my pallet flowerpots from several years ago.  Many of the pots had cracked and fallen.  I picked up various $1 pots at Walmart and Dollar Tree to re-do them.  They were so easy to make and add a little bit of color to our dead backyard.  Now to wait for my flowers to grow in them... 



 
Weed pulling in the front is going slowly, but Clint grabbed a bunch of $1 clearance plants at Lowe's yesterday.  Every year around this time, Lowe's puts a ridiculous amount of plants on clearance and there's nothing wrong with them at all.  Pretty much my entire flowerbed is made up of clearance stuff.  Sometimes they make it, sometimes they don't.  We still need some mulch, and there are plenty of weeds to deal with, but it'll get there little by little.  








I was late but I hung my spring wreath on our door today.  I made it last year with mostly things from....   the Dollar Tree again.  I think I see a pattern here....   lol  



The weather has been perfect the past few days and even the kitty cats are enjoying being outside.  



We also have lots of spring visitors.  Several humming birds are around all the time.  They tease the cats, who are all much too slow to even think about catching one.  



On the other hand...  the many lizards around don't stand a chance.  At least some of them fight back, as seen in the white tuft of Gizmo's fur in this little guy's mouth.  Ha Ha!!





Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Happy Easter!

Easter was rather quiet.

 I fully admit to being very sad that both kids had little to no interest in the Easter Bunny this year.  Very early Saturday evening while the girls were occupied, I hid eggs in the yard for Easter morning to be done with it.  The Bunny made what seems to be his final pass early also.  I set the baskets of goodies out about 10pm while everyone was still awake and went to bed.  For the first time ever, no one got up during the night to see if the Bunny had passed.  No one woke me up whispering "Mamma, the Easter bunny came!"  I was really missing the anticipation from when they were small...  Wishing we could go back in time,  just for a little while to see their excited, smiling little faces again...



Veronica was up first Easter morning, glanced at the baskets of candy, and went back to bed.  She waited a while then woke Valerie up.  They dug through their baskets. Only when they realized there were confetti eggs to smash on each other did they decide to go on an egg hunt. 






I think they had fun. 

We just sat around most of the day not doing much of anything!!

Today, it's back to school....   there's exactly one month until summer break....   May is going to be super busy!!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Disney After Hours (DO IT)

Wednesday was our rest day.  We visited The Florida Mall and that was about it!  Walked around, didn't buy much of anything.  We stopped by Carlos' Bake Shop (Cake Boss!) to get some (expensive) goodies.  They were OK, not anything special.  The kids said my cupcakes and cookies were better. Ha.

  
Thursday was our final day.  We had tickets to Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom, so we knew it was going to be a very late night.  We went to Epcot for a few hours to get a few more rides in.  We made sure to ride Spaceship Earth one last time... and visit Club Cool again before it all goes away.  






About 5:30 we headed over to Magic Kingdom for the event we had all been waiting for:  Disney After Hours.  We got our wrist bands and managed to grab a few Fastpasses to kill some time.  We got a good spot for Happily Ever After.  We split up - Clint and Valerie went one way and Veronica and I went another.  It was a sold out night, which last year's was also, but it was obviously much more crowded than the previous two DAH events we've attended.  Still, it was very manageable.  The longest waits were for Mine Train, Pan, and Big Thunder.  Everything else was practically walk on.  Still, there wasn't that feel of being in an empty Magic Kindom like before.  There were people around, not many, but you were never alone.  We ate our share of ice cream and drinks!!  If you have the chance to do DAH, do it at least once.  If they keep increasing ticket prices (heard they were going up?) along with the number of tickets sold, it may not be worth it...    If it stays as it is, I'd likely do it again.

Just to give an idea... this is what we did in 3 hours.  
Buzz
Pooh
Splash 
Big Thunder
Mine train 
Pan
Pan
Haunted Mansion 
Mine Train 
Big Thunder 
Jungle Cruise
Haunted Mansion
Pan
Buzz x 3
Space 3 
Pan
Buzz
Astro Orbiter
People Movers 
Buzz 

We stayed until The Kiss Goodnight....  said our goodbyes... shed some tears.... and it was time to go.  Who knows when we'll be back because with Valerie being in marching band next year there is a lot of unknowns about her schedule.  











Until next time.......  

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Day 3 - Magic Kingdom

Tuesday, March 5 - Happy Mardi Gras... but more importantly -

Happy 12th Birthday Veronica!!



We had to get up SUPER early because for Veronica's birthday, we had decided to give Early Morning Magic a try.  (EMM is a separate ticketed event that includes breakfast and select Fantsayland rides before the park opens with short or no waits.) Unfortunately, it ended up being somewhat of a bust....   The event started at 7:45, so we made sure we arrived at Transportation and Ticket Center in PLENTY of time to get to Magic Kingdom.  We went through the security checkpoint in front of the monorail, only to be told that we could not get on a monorail or the ferry.  Transportation did not begin until 8am, which made no sense with an event that started at 7:45.  They sent us to the bus area, which was waaaaay back in the direction we had just came from.  Asked someone else, who said the buses were starting a little earlier today, and were directed to wait with a crowd of people.  Time is ticking.....  getting annoyed....I paid a lot of money for this and now we can't even get to Magic Kingdom?! The sky is growing dark.  Finally a bus comes and we just barely made it on before it was full.  Got to Magic Kingdom, had to go through bag check AGAIN.  Then we had to grab our wristbands for entrance to the event.  Did all that and had about 5 minutes to spare. 

So, 7:45 comes and we still aren't being let in.  Someone made an announcement about Tinkerbell was still getting the park ready.  It was just about a 3-4 minute delay, but when I'm paying a small fortune for an event that is only 1 hour and 15 minutes long, I want to get in on time. 

They let in the masses, and we let the kids take off by themselves.  The sky is grey.  It is cold.  50 degrees with a brisk north wind.  Clint and I rode Winnie the Pooh.  We get out to find that it is raining.  And it rained harder, and harder.  It was cold.  And wet.  We ponchoed up and located the kids.  They had been on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and nothing else.  Made them poncho up.  We rode Peter Pan.  Walked around, enjoying the emptiness of Fantasyland.  It's still raining.  It's still cold.   Just miserable.  Kids rode Pan.  Pooh was down.  And with that, we were done and went to get our breakfast at Cosmic Ray's. 

Breakfast was decent.  It's pre-plated and there were various pastries, meats, and fruit on the buffet.  Kids were not hungry and ate nearly nothing.  Val wanted to ride Space Mountain at rope drop, so she ponchoed up and went to wait.  It went down while she was in line, so she was transferred to the other side.  At least she got to ride though. 

It was still cold, and still raining.  We did a few indoor rides trying to stay out of the weather.  It was time for the 10am parade, so we walked towards the castle to see if it was still happening.  We got to see The Rainy Day Parade instead!!  Kids were stoked about that.

It rained until lunchtime.  It was supposed to be in the 60s, but it never did warm up!  It stayed around 50 and breezy, damp, and cold.  We all wished we had worn warmer clothes that day.  It was early afternoon when we decided to call it a day.  On the way out, we saw Snow White and had to stop.  The Dapper Dans were also out, so we watched them for a bit. 

It was a rocky start but the day turned out pretty good over all.