Tuesday, August 18, 2020

So long summer

My girl is talented and gifted, y'all!  I knew that already, but back in February, Valerie was asked to audition for Talented and Gifted (TAG) in music on clarinet.  She made it through round one and round two was supposed to happen in March, but then came the shutdown.  I was finally contacted to reschedule, and on August 7, Val had her audition.  I won't lie - she has NOT practiced at all.  Marching band was cancelled, so she had no motivation to pick up her clarinet.  She crammed in as much practicing as she could in just a few days.  She aced her audition and scored a 29.5 out of 30!!!  Welcome to TAG!  She'll be part of the TAG program for the next three years with an individualized program to further her skills in music.

Just like that this endless summer has ended!!  How crazy that school has been out for FIVE months?!  At the time, it seemed like so long but it passed in a blink.  We survived week one of virtual school and have another week to go.  Then it's a hybrid of in person and online starting the week of August 24.  As of now, there will be no choir and no band.  They aren't allowed to sing or blow into an instrument until Phase 3, whenever that may be. 

Veronica's first day of 8th grade and Valerie's first day of 10th grade:

Veronica's dance classes also resumed.  She's in tap/jazz on Tuesdays and hip hop on Wednesdays.  Thursdays she now has theater class.  She has become obsessed with CATS the musical and theater in general.  She speaks of moving to New York, adjusting to living in a tiny apartment, being on broadway...   Oh my.  Big dreams for a 13 year old, so she's taking theater classes and we shall see where it leads.  Anyway, she's so happy to have things to do!  We're going to be busy busy with all the chauffeuring back and forth.  It's almost like normal life again!!

Clint's new career as a realtor is going well.  He hasn't gotten a listing yet, but he's shown several properties and hosted some open houses.  It is very different than working in the oilfield, but so far, he likes the change of pace.  (BTW If anybody out there is looking to buy or sell, let me know and Clint can give you a referral to an agent in your area!)

Other than that, not much else is going on....    It's a typical hot summer down south and a typical August with busy tropics.  Hey, Laura and Marco don't even think about it!!! 


  1. Sounds like busy times! Congrats to Valerie for doing so well on the TAG tryout! I bet they will be glad to get back to the in person classes. Not seeing friends for that long would not be fun! I bet Clint will do fine with his new career. I am sure it takes some time to make connections etc.


  2. Congratulations to Valerie; that is an amazing score. Yes, we ALL know how very talented both of your girls are. I love that they love to perform. NYC could very well be where you and Clint take your future vacations. ;)

  3. Congratulations to Valerie!! It is a fantastic score, Val!
    Wow, Veronica will be ready in her great performances.
    Good luck!

  4. Congrats to Valerie! You have two very talented girls, Mel!