They boys had their “Districts” music event this weekend. Schools from around the state send select students to perform together for two full days, then put on a concert Saturday night. Eve and I went down to see the show, then we all joined Eirene and her boys for dinner. It was lots of fun. Teenagers are so interesting and silly and fun. Also, I got to chat with my friend too. :)
So many years ago tiny little Lex joined the Hartford Performing Arts Camp and today he did his final HPAC performance. It was a little bittersweet, but mostly just AMAZING!! He has come so far and I love everything about him. I found myself recording every song. You can watch the playlist on YouTube, if you want to.
I grinned from ear to ear throughout the whole show. This evening he took a little stroll with me down memory lane as we watch the videos from the first year and remembered how it all began. He then pointed out that he’s currently wearing the green HPAC shirt from that first show! It was too big then and it’s a little small now, but he still loves it. It felt like a poetic way to wrap up his HPAC experience. I will be forever grateful to the music teachers at all three schools for guiding Lex through his musical discovery and setting him on what will hopefully be a life-long journey. 💗
DBS had a spring concert tonight. We had to break it into two concerts this year, K-2 and 3-5, which is better than the no concerts from the past two years. The K-2 concert went off without a hitch, but the 3-5 concert the following week had to be rescheduled when our music teacher tested positive for Covid. The concert was pushed back a week and now on a Friday night, so not everyone could attend.
Our music teacher is super awesome and super cool, but also gets super anxious about stuff and when she found out she would be missing one or more percussionist she kinda freaked out. She was debating having her fiancé (a fellow musician) step in, but worried about the look of that. So I volunteered Lex! :) He took the news very well and put on concert attire and came with me to the concert without any fussing.
The music teacher introduced him to the band before the show started and he was a shining example of how practice pays off. They were impressed with him. We’re all pretty impressed with him. The boy who would barely do his own elementary school concerts is now happily helping out six years later. 💗
The high school band and choir have been practicing outside all fall, doing their best to promote music and stay safe. I’m so glad they are making this effort! When I talked to Lex about remote learning or hybrid learning (alternating at-home/at-school) he choose hybrid and one of his big reasons was so that the could continue with band.
This weekend they put on an outdoor, socially distanced, Fall Concert. The band and choir are both small this year because some students are remote learning and because those who are there in person were asked to choose band or choir this year, but not both. Many kids in the past have done both. Due to the hybrid schedule they also practice in halves, which Lex calls “red band” and “blue band” because the hybrid schedule is split that way. Lex goes on blue days and is therefore part of the “blue band.” For this concert they all performed together as one band, with only a half hours practice beforehand to come together. It was great!
Then I had a little fun with video editing to make this compilation: HHS Fall Concert
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.