Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy Thanksgivingmas!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Holidailies 2019

December 1st is right around the corner! 

Holidailies is celebrating it's 20th year of existence.  Wow.   I first learned of it back in 2008 and it has become a tradition. 

If you're looking for a fun blogging project during the month of December, join us at Holidailies for a month long blogging project.  No obligation to post every single day, although many do.  (You'll find some great holiday posts to read also.)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The band kid

While Veronica and I were off on our All-State Honor Choir adventure....

Valerie had a full week of daily band practice as the big finale was approaching - Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands State competition in Lafayette, LA.  Earlier in the month, there was some band drama at a local competition and issues with the show. After that incident, major parts of  marching show was re-worked.  In just three weeks, they re-learned several major segments of the show.  The music stayed the same, but they added more visuals and changed parts of the drill completely.

Clint and Valerie left very early Saturday morning for the competition. All 30+ bands perform and are scored, then the top ten are chosen.  Those ten perform again to vie for the grand champion spot.  The rival school, Lafayette High, has won the championship title 16 (yes SIXTEEN) years in a row.  That is a long, long winning streak!! 

I was on pins and needles all day.  Luckily I was able to catch videos of their performances on Facebook.

For the first round:  (1 is superior)
Band - 1
Auxiliary - 1
Percussion - 1
Drum Major - 1 1st in Auxiliary
1st in Percussion

Class AAA 1st place State Champions
Most Outstanding Percussion

That put them in the top ten and they were performing again at 10:30pm.  

 I fell asleep about 9:30 (so tired from our choir trip.)  I woke up about 11pm and checked my phone.  No text messages, so I checked Facebook and the award ceremony was being live streamed by several people.

They counted down to the top two spots.  It was between us, Central Lafourche and Lafayette.

Reserve Grand Champions:  Lafayette High

Grand Champions:  CENTRAL LAFOURCHE!!  (pronounced La-Foosh for everyone north of here!)

The band and crowd went nuts.  I was so excited I couldn't go back to sleep.  After sixteen years, somebody finally beat Lafayette and it was US!  This is a huge, HUGE win for the band and the school.  And for all the other band kids in the area.  It has been all over the news.  There has been a huge outpouring of support from all over - newspaper articles, free pizza parties, and endless congratulations from businesses.  These kids put in about 400 hours of practice and this is definitely a moment in history.   I'm so glad Valerie has the chance to be part of such an awesome music program.  I can't wait to see what happens next marching season!

Here is the winning performance by our State Champions!  Central Lafourche Trojan Lancer Band and "The Last Straw."

The choir kid

It's been a whirlwind of excitement the past few days.

First, last Wednesday Veronica was invited to the monthly school board meeting to be awarded a plaque for being chosen for All-State Honor Choir.  Very proud of my girl!  She worked so hard to learn the audition piece of music.  I know it was hard for her to find the courage to sing for the audition, but she did it.

The next day, Thursday, Veronica and I headed to spend three days in New Orleans for All-State Choir rehearsals and performance.  Thursday night was a 3 hour rehearsal.  Friday was an all day 8-5 rehearsal.  I sat in and listened for a while, then I wandered around the Riverwalk to kill some time.  Long day of waiting around! Saturday was another full day with a morning rehearsal and the concerts were in the afternoon.  There are several choirs that perform from children to high school age, so the event pretty much lasts all day long.  We were able to catch a few of them and all the groups we were able to watch were just fabulous!  It is amazing how these kids learn the music on their own time, and how it all comes together so well.

The Mississippi River

All Youth Mixed Honor Choir (7th, 8th, and 9th graders)
Circa Mea, which was also the audition song

We returned about 5pm on Saturday to an empty house because....

Meanwhile, back at home marching band was in full swing for Valerie as the end of marching season was days away, as was the big state competition.


Sunday, November 03, 2019

For Red Rose Alley / Sheri - a rosary

A while back, Red Rose Alley asked about pictures of my Mom's rose petal rosary.  It's made of real rose petals.  The petals are crushed and mixed with clay the molded to form beads.  This one is heavily scented with rose oil.  It's probably 25 years old and it still has a strong rose scent.  My Mom and I had saw them for sale somewhere and they were crazy expensive.  I bought this one for my Mom online shortly after for her birthday or Mother's Day?  From eBay perhaps?  I also want to say it used to be a dark rosy-pink.  I could be wrong, but it seems the beads have faded over the years.  It hasn't left the box, so I'm not sure why it would have faded.

Friday, November 01, 2019


What a cold Halloween night it was!!!  The wind made it feel so much colder than it was.  At least the rain was over by mid-afternoon so it was dry.  The cold didn't stop us... or anyone else.  We had droves and droves of kids in our neighborhood.   I was going to wear a skeleton costume that I picked up at Dirt Cheap for pennies, but it was just not happening in the weather.  Instead, I put on two pairs of leggings.  Two shirts.  Two scarves.  Gloves.  A warm knitted hat. My leather jacket.  And a cat woman mask. 

Veronica was supposed to be Lydia from "Beetlejuice."   I made her put on leggings.  Two shirts.  A dress. Two shawls.  A scarf.  Gloves.  A knit hat under her wide brim hat. 

Clint set up our candy table and put two heaters outside to sit by.  Valerie decided she didn't want to go trick-or-treating at all.  (insert sad face.) 

Veronica and I walked the two blocks in our subdivision and it was crazy crowded in a few spots.  There were even LINES at some of the trick-or-treat stops.  Lines!! 

All in all, it was a fun night.  The cold temps were unusual for us, but we managed.  Today was a scavenging day!  Half price candy - yes.   Half price new decorations for the light show - yes, yes! 

Who else shops the day after a holiday sales??  (December 26th is my favorite day of the year!)