Friday, May 21, 2021

Cue the tears~

 Y'all!  Watch this.....that's my girl at the 12 minute mark!!!!

  In case that doesn't work, here's a link that should go directly to her performance:  Veronica

It's one of those moments that will live in my heart forever.  

We weren't sure if she would go through with it, but Veronica sang her first choir solo last night. I seriously cried when she started singing. She gets a little pitch-y towards the end, but it's likely nerves and she's never sang into a mic like that before.  She struggles so much and is so hard on herself. If y'all only knew.  This was big for this shy, quiet kid.  I'm so proud of her for putting herself out there!!!   After the concert we went out to dinner at the only restaurant near the school, and so many strangers complimented her on her performance.  Hopefully this will give her confidence a little boost. 

She was also voted outstanding musician by her peers. (Awards are at the end of the video above if you want to watch.)  And as I predicted, she was 8th grade choir student of the year.  

High school choir here she comes!!!


Some exciting news from the band kid is that Valerie was asked to switch from clarinet to oboe for next year.  I'm no band expert, but apparently the oboe is one of the hardest wind instruments to learn.  Val's band director said with her talent for perfect pitch and her work ethic, he thinks she could be phenomenal on the oboe.  The school will provide her with an instrument, which a professional oboe costs about $8,000!! They are willing to hire someone with band funds to come from New Orleans to teach her one-on-one and get her where she needs to be.  He also said there's some serious scholarship money out there for oboe players.  Obviously the band director has some idea of what Valerie is capable of after two years of band, so this isn't something on a whim.  It's going to be a lot of work on Val's part to learn a new instrument.  She has accepted the challenge, so we shall see how it goes.

Next year is going to be a great year for both musicians!  

Only ONE day of school left. Monday is the last day... although Valerie is adamant she is not going on a Monday, so technically today will be her last day of 10th grade....   Monday will be Veronica's last day of 8th grade.  

And I'll have two high schoolers. Where has the time gone? 


  1. Beautiful, beautiful! Brought tears to my eyes! And congratulations to your other daughter! You must be one proud mama!

  2. Very nice performance by Veronica!! What impressed me second most (her performance first most) was all the girls closely together on the risers not wearing masks :)

    She did a great job! Gave me shivers! Congrats on her getting choir student of the year!

    And WTG to Valerie for being picked to change to the oboe. That seems like such a major accomplishment for her!!

    I have to admit, I'm totally tone deaf, but I do appreciate talent with singing/playing instruments. Your daughters seem to have both of those talents :)

    Don't blink; those high school years will go by so fast! Like I said, don't blink. If you do, Valerie would have graduated and Veronica will be in her senior year. Enjoy each moment, even the crazy ones!!!


  3. Your girls are awesome - so talented! Veronica has a beautiful voice.

  4. Congrats to both girls. Fingers crossed that the oboe leads to scholarship money. The solo is awesome and how brave of her. I love her dress - our high school colors are black and gold. :) I'm all for skipping a Monday last day of attendance day. That's just silly. Curly's last day of 7th grade is Mon the 7th. Why? I noted (no pun intended!) your dress, so appropriate for the choir night. Best wishes for an outstanding high school experience.

  5. Veronica did a wonderful job singing. She has a really good voice. So glad you got to celebrate after at a restaurant. I know how pleased you are with your girl and her performance. I like her black and yellow outfit. : )