Dear 16 1/2 year old child of mine...please quit growing! Please quit talking about collage, flying and the Air Force. Please quit dreaming of leaving home. I don't think I can handle it. How did my "social butterfly" grow into such a handsome, polite, intelligent, Jesus loving young man overnight? Don't stop dreaming, but please stop growing! Love, your desperate mom!
Spring blooms are almost over and it makes me sad. Although some people will not be sad to see the spring pollen bloom finally over. Yesterdays pollen count was over 750 pollen grains per centimeter...that is NOT good. But I'll be taking pictures until the last bloom fades!
We are on year 3 of band. When we started, I refused to "rent" a saxophone for $40 a month. 1st off, it's expensive and we could not afford it. 2nd, there was no way I was spending $1400 on a brand new sax, renting or not for a 12 year old! Who's to say he's going to like it or want to stick with it?! I told his band director that if he couldn't find one to borrow, then there was no way he could play. (It makes me sad that these schools do not have instruments for kids to use.) Turns out he loves it and does well. On top of that, once you move up into 7th grade, you're supposed to "upgrade" to a better model. WHAT?! Seriously?! Well, I happened to luck out at the end of 6th grade and found him a nice used one on Craigslist. And much to my surprise, it was a better model and we didn't have to worry about upgrading! (NOT that that was going to happen!) So imagine my dismay when he came home one day and said he wanted to upgrade to a tenor sax. I'm sure my eyes bulged a little. ;) But I started watching Craigslist again....and again...and again. Nothing under $2000+...I told him "good luck" as that was not happening.
At the beginning of February, I saw a posting. I ignored it as I really didn't want to spend the money at that point. I decided to give it a week and see what happened. Plus, I was waiting to see if he'd find it and start bugging me. He didn't. A week later I looked again. It was still there. :( I decided to contact the person to see if it was actually still available. It was. So I decided to scrape together the cash and do it. Because if I didn't, come May/June when we're getting ready to start marching band, I'd be KICKING myself for not doing it. I know this for a fact. I just do. And, since she was up near Clarksville and I way southeast of that, we agreed to meet in Nashville. I took him with me...boy was he excited...to say the least. (He even offered me his Valentine's money toward it.)
I tried to explain to him that we needed to not appear too eager and make sure everything looked ok. We don't want to pay for something and then turn around and have to spend a few hundred $'s to have the pads redone. He understood...ha...yeah right.
But after looking at it, it was well worth the money. There is a big dent on one side of it, but I'd rather it be on a used instrument than it happen to a NEW one! I would come unglued! ;) He took it in to show his director (I was expecting an "it's ok" type comment, but (from what I've heard), he was rather impressed. (These directors now days want "the best", which I can understand...our band has come in 2nd place at the state level, so they are very good....but geez, we're not made of money!) I got more grief from THE KID on the struggle to get in on/off the bus! He said his bus driver didn't really like it. Bwhahaha...well, when SHE pays me to cart your butt to school, I'll drive you. For now, deal with it. (She has since given him a seat to put it in.) On top of that, it shouldn't be a big deal since you're not playing it until next year. "Oh no, Mr L. wants me to play it the rest of the year", he told me. (:O) Apparently he did like it! And since he still has to play his alto sax for jazz band on Tuesdays/Thursdays, I DO have to take him on those days as he cannot take 2 instruments on the bus. (I still shake my head at my luck!)
Kid #2 starts band next year...he's playing a SAX! I'm not shopping for any more instruments! ;)
The eldest left Friday afternoon for a 2 day church activity in Nashville. He was super excited and sent us several texts while there letting us know he was having a blast. (Un)lucky for me, they came back to the church (at 11pm) to spend the night (before getting up early the next morning to go again) and requested I bring him allergy/cold medicine. Again (un)lucky for me, I forgot to bring aspirin for his sore throat Friday night and he called me again (early) Saturday to run it up. Other than the fact that it is less than a mile from us, it was still 6 AM...and cold out! :( But you do it for your kids. (I did make daddy go get him that night when they got in at midnight! :)
Anyway, after he left on Friday, I happened to find a sheet of paper on the printer. It made me say wow. It made me smile and yet it made me want to cry. (Because no one wants to think of their child dying.) But it made me realize...in all our ups/downs, we ARE doing something right!
After editing this picture from yesterday, I decided to add his words to it. Pretty insightful for a
I've been loving our weather the last week. We've gotten outside to play and enjoy the fresh air and I lucked out on this weeks challenge when I took this yesterday while one of the kids searched for a missing screw driver that was on the other side of the fence. Who knew my dandelion (shot through the fence) was going to work as my "framed" shot. I think it works quite well.
I stumbled on a website on textures and have been playing with them. Thank you Kim Klassen for inspiring me to keep at it.
I am caught up on my weeks! Whoo Hoo! I had been thinking about doing this shot for a while and have seen some others with dice, so I might have to do another one with the guys play a game of farkle. But I have the main one done, so I'm happy!
The "trust" factor was pretty high that the kid would catch the ball while I was laying right under it. He came close a couple of times!
...with the sicky. Although he didn't act sick and "technically" could have gone back to school after 10am, when he'd been on the medicine for 24hrs, but he wasn't having any of that! (And his doctors note said tomorrow, he said.) We were going to the park because it was so nice out...or that's what I was told at least. :) This dog is as crazy as the kid. She would put the ball in the drain, watch it start floating and then run over to the other side.
And once she was done...
Someone was a bit muddy...good thing it was warm enough to hose her off!
Sickness has struck again and I'm a day late...but...I am closer to catching up! I was struggling with "pretty ugly" and was going to go with some trash in the ditch that I saw, but the light was so pretty, I decided to go another way. So my pretty ugly is the bare, boring winter trees that are missing their leaves in the pretty setting sunlight. I can also throw in that my "pretty" boy has an "ugly" case of strep. :( And after the nurse said "no school tomorrow because you've got to be on the antibiotic's for 24hrs", he "perked" right up. Although the look of horror might have crossed my face. ;) At least he's on the mend and will be back to just being "pretty" soon enough.
I took this a few days ago when the sun actually made an appearance. It fits the theme for the week of "white space". White space doesn't necessarily have to be white. In photography, it's "empty" space that brings you eye back to the subject. My "white" space is on the right side, bringing your eyes back to the subject. (Those eyes are really going to be the death of me!)
I lucked out and saw a great giveaway on facebook Saturday night...I was going to save up for Oh So Posh's Bohemian Symphony action collection because I love how they look, but Lidia had a great deal going and I snagged it. I just love how this picture turned out! (Rollover for before/after.)
I made it! I finished my 2nd challenge of the year...and it was tough. Only because it was a yucky, nasty week and we haven't been able to get outside. Plus I've been working on taxes, as my appointment is Monday! But the sun finally made an appearance late yesterday and I bribed a kid! :) Although after I made fun of them before they left for school, I'm surprise he didn't hold a grudge! :p (Every county around us was shut down yesterday...punk #1 sits down to watch for the closing map on the news...that I had already seen ;) ...and when the map shows us and only 1 other county going to school, he says "really"??...it was the highlight of my day! I even waved from the window as they got on the bus. (It wasn't appreciated, but I was ok with that!) But he cooperated and I completed my mission! :)
I received a text the other day that said "casual senior pictures are due tomorrow, can you take them today?" ...the typical mother that gets the "I need cupcakes for tomorrow" at 8pm conversation...from a high school senior. Good to know THAT'S not going to change anytime soon! ;) So we met up and got it done!