Concert Grande was last night. Concert Grande is a once a year event where the high school and middle school band and chorus perform together. Each has a few of their own songs, then they have a few combined. Lex was looking forward to it, but also a little nervous because for the big band (high school and middle) they had two drummers, Lex and a friend of ours named Solly. They don’t get to practice altogether until the dress rehearsal the morning of the show. He was pretty happy about how it went overall. He was also excited to perform a piece composed and directed by a a very talented high school senior. Lex said she wrote an amazing song and great parts for percussion. I don’t know about all of that, but it was a good song and the audience loved it! This young lady also recently had a piece she’d composed performed by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at the Vermont State House. That’s quite an accomplishment! Back to my drummer boy….
The high school holiday concert was last night. The dress code was black on black, with a tie for the boys. And Lex put on a tie!! I was shocked. He wore Alan’s tie and Alan’s belt, and everything else is new. I think it might even be his first time in a button down shirt! The boy has come a long way and who would have ever guessed that percussion would be the path to get him there. <3
The concert band had four songs, one of which called for a theremin. The high school doesn’t own a theremin, so the band director asked Lex if he wanted to play the part on an iPad. He did. He was nervous and said he made a few mistakes, but I think it’s great and the audience loved it.
It was cool to have him front and center for that piece, because normally you don’t see much of him in a concert. :)
Happy three day weekend! We made it through the first week of school and we were all ready for a break! Friday night we went to high school football game. I think my first ever! Lex has joined the pep band this year and they play at all the home football games. We were the family taking pictures of the band, not the field. :)
The t-shirt orders for pep band hadn’t come in yet, so Lex picked his most school-colors related shirt. Apparently he needs some blue shirts. :) At the game they had a concessions stand where we bought lots of junky food, and an apparel stand (for lack of the appropriate word) where we bought two Hurricane t-shirts for Lex.
The game was good. The home team won. It was really a massacre, which meant no overtime and minimal delays, so I was happy. :)
On Saturday I was up bright and early for WW, exercise, and errands. I got home at noon, just in time to unload groceries, grab the family, and head out to the karate dojo’s 25th anniversary celebration at Storr’s Pond. Lex was kind of on the fence about going, but decided at the last minute that he wanted to. It ended up being a lot of fun. My phone battery died (it sucks these days) so I didn’t get many pictures, just one of these cool cupcakes!
Karate has been so amazing for Lex. They are kind and supportive and patient. It was wonderful being at this event with so many families (many I knew, many more I did not) all celebrating Sensei Ken and all the hard work he and everyone else there does for our kiddos.
We were all exhausted when we got home Saturday afternoon. Actually, I was exhausted FRIDAY afternoon and just stayed that way until Sunday. :) We got home from the picnic and Eve went right to bed. She slept from 4pm-8pm. Alan went up to take a nap at 5:30 and ended up sleeping until 8:30. It was a weird afternoon. The landscape folks working next door worked until 8pm. Lex and I were very disoriented! Once Alan and Eve were both awake again we had a late dinner and watched some TV. It was 10:15pm and I realized we were all up watching TV. Crazy. Lex and I went to bed shortly after and left the other two to fend for themselves.
I woke up Sunday and found the kids both reading. I asked where Alan was and Lex said, “I think he went to the beach.” NOT what I was expecting to hear! He has a friend who has a beach house in Maine and there had been talking about going up there for the weekend, but it never worked out. I guess Alan decided Sunday morning to head up on his own. He had a great day there, while the kids and I had a relaxing day at home. I made some healthy food, we played a few rounds of Clue, watched a cool documentary, and generally enjoyed our down time.
And now, thanks to Labor Day, we have another whole day to not labor! Yay! Elizabeth came up for a visit and Alan took Alistair and Lex out for some joyriding in the Tesla (the real reason for their visit!) while Elizabeth and I enjoyed some hot tea (it’s cold and rainy today!) and conversation. When they left, Eve and I went to pick up our CSA share and check out a new candy store in town. I figure the two balance each other out. I also made super delicious zucchini bread yesterday, so we’ve been enjoying that with tea on this rainy Monday.
Tomorrow we are back to school. I feel almost ready. I have a handle on the to-do list, most of the tech stuff is done, and I even have proper lesson plans for the week!
Our plans this week include a contentious Select Board meeting (I’ll be watching from home!) and a visit to a new humane society to check out a dog Eve found online. She’s really working this dog search! I’m glad it’s her this time, not me. :)
He had a birthday recently. 14 years old! Finishing up middle school and preparing for high school! He’s excited and feels ready.
We had a nice day. Pizza and a movie for dinner. He didn’t want a cake, but did want macaroons. I guess he’s a birthday cookie guy, like his dad. He’s 5′ 6″ and didn’t even gloat that he’s taller than me, and he started shaving! Eeek!
He is a rock star in karate and a rock star in band. The middle school held their spring concert this week and Lex once again stole the show, in my opinion anyway! After the jazz band songs, the director even called out the percussion crew by name, just Lex and his buddy.
For March of the Armed Forces, the band director asked people in the audience to stand when their anthem is played. It was neat seeing how many (if any) people stood for each one.
He’s rocking his school work as well. Not only will he be on the honor roll again this year, but he was asked to give the 8th grade speech at Honors Night!! He said “thanks, but no thanks!”
He is such an amazing, smart, funny (and punny!), handsome fellow. He’s content with life, happy at home and at school, and moving forward as a competent and confident human being. I’m so lucky he’s part of my world. <3
Lex’s school participates in a District Band event where selected students from 25 different schools come together for two days of musical fun. This year Lex auditioned and was selected to attend. He was thrilled! The event was all day yesterday (he got to miss school!) and today, with a final performance for family and friends this afternoon. It was a long drive (apparently a big district!) but we had fun and definitely enjoyed the music!
The high school band performed first and they were fantastic!! I didn’t record much of their performance, but I loved these golden bongo drums and wanted to share.
Then the middle school band was up. Lex played the bass drum for the first song, the symbols in the second and third songs, and the castanets in the fourth song.
We had to stop and charge the car on the way home, so we invited Macy to join us for dinner. Macy was also in the band. She plays trombone! We had a loud and silly ride home, with a stop to recharge us (pizza) and the car (electricity) on the way.
Jazz band and Lex’s first performance on the drum set.
The middle school held their first ever talent show this month. Jazz band played the opening number, with Lex on bongos. It was fun watching the jazz band and realizing I know about half the kids in it.
The evening continued with music, dance, and even a few magic tricks. It was everything you would expect from a middle school talent show. I was amazed with the bravery these kids had. Kids were up there, alone on stage, singing their hearts out. It was awesome.
Another year of the Hartford Performing Arts Camp has come and gone, and this time Eve got to go too! Yay! The theme was Where The Wild Things Are and they did a great job turning the sweet book into a musical show.
We had the worst luck with seating this year, somehow managing to frequently be on the wrong side of the speakers from the kids.
I’m a little late with this post (by a week or so) but we still had fun and I want to share.
Alan got tickets to see Solo (Star Wars) and we spent a fun day playing laser tag, going to the movies, and eating too many breadsticks at the Olive Garden. Eve didn’t want to see the movie and I didn’t want to play laser tag, but we both endured and even had a little fun. :) The boys had a blast!
We got home exhausted and happy. In fact, both kids fell asleep in the car on the way home! They haven’t done that in a long time.
Lex got some birthday money and was excited to spend it all on Legos!
Not birthday related, but last night Lex ROCKED his spring concert! He had parents and grandparents and kids and everyone coming up to him after the show to comment on his drumming. He gets so into it. So enthusiastic. I love it!
I’m so proud of this guy. He is kind and caring and fun and funny and a total rockstar!
We had a fun-filled musical weekend. Friday and Saturday, anyway. Sunday was spent paying the price. :O
Lex got a special delivery on Friday afternoon. It took him all afternoon to set it up and only near the very end did he discover the instructions. He didn’t need them anyway!
He spent a good deal of Saturday hanging out with a new friend, playing Magic the Gathering, jumping on their trampoline, and playing the drums.
Meanwhile, Eve and a few friends got silly.
Saturday night we went out to dinner at Three Tomatoes and then saw Footloose at Northern Stage. It was a North Country Community Teen (NCCT) production, directed by a DBS 4th grade teacher. It was a great show and the kids were surprised by how many songs they recognized. We sat right in the front row, with an amazing view of the stage AND the orchestra!
It was nearly 11pm by the time we got home and well after by the time everyone made it to bed. Needless to say Sunday was a tired day. I had a PTO planning meeting, lots of home work (which I finished), and lesson planning (which I started), and grocery shopping (which will have to wait). Eve had a Girl Scout event that she didn’t want to attend, resulting in an emotionally exhausting day dealing with her and ended with her quitting Girl Scouts. That will have to be another post though!
Off to fold the laundry mountain now!