Friday, March 9, 2018

One more music contest

Overheard at our house...

Mommy:  "Should we go to the music competition this weekend?"

Daddy:  "Well, since we flew to Orlando to watch them perform, I suppose we should go to the one in the neighborhood."

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Babies in ball gowns

When we decided to create a basement room, we started cleaning out stuff. We dropped off as much as possible at the local Goodwill store. We recycled as much as possible. We threw out what decided we did not need. 

This left stuff we needed to move out of the way. Some of it ended up in the living room, especially items we didn't want to get dusty. This meant the ballgowns that hung idly off the I-beam ended up in the living room draped over a chair. 

Recently I brought some dresses back from Mom's. The girls decided to have a fashion show.

There was something surreal about watching the girls try on my ballgowns. In my mind they are still my babies, but babies definitely don't look like they are about to head off to a charity ball. They are growing up too fast.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Strike up the band

The girls Orlando weekend included trips to Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios and Magic Kingdom. We spent the weekend in Orlando as well, although the only time we saw them was when we made plans to meet at Magic Kingdom.

They were tired and giddy at the same time. They had so much fun. They told us stories about their flight, the amusement parks and their hotel room sleepovers. Every moment seemed to be as much fun as they had hoped. 

They ended their trip by performing at Disney Springs. Aunt Linda, Uncle Bill and Aunt MaryAnn came to visit. Aunt Linda's granddaughter, Brynn, joined the adventure. For nearly an hour the band performed in a large band shell. They sounded great for a bunch of kids who barely slept for four nights.

The girls went to Epcot after their performance. They closed a fun weekend with a late flight home. The bus rolled into the middle school parking lot just about Midnight. The girls were so tired that they could hardly make sentences. The next few days they would tell stories and laugh. When they walked into the house, though, all they wanted to do was go to bed.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Meet us at 3:00 a.m. in the parking lot

For more than a year, the girls' middle school band has been fundraising for their big trip. Since they have been in band, they have traveled to St. Louis and Louisville with the band. These weekend trips have been fun experiences for them. 

The big trip to Walt Disney World was in another category. Instead of a bus to a nearby city, the band would fly to Orlando. They would perform at Walt Disney World. It was a tremendous opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

After all, as I said whenever we were fundraising, "Our girls are talented, but I don't see any other way they will perform at Disney." It always made the other parents laugh.

The night before the trip we made sure the girls were completely packed. They only needed to roll out of bed, brush their teeth and get into the car. 

We drove into the middle school parking lot at 3:00 a.m. The parking lot was filled with parents and students and luggage and musical instruments. The kids were very excited. One of the girls' friends had never been on a plane before. She looked at her mom and said, "I cannot believe it's really here."

They took a 5:00 a.m. flight down to Orlando. I kept thinking about the poor businessperson who booked an early flight. This person probably thought he/she was going to have a quiet flight. The sight of 75 middle school students and chaperones getting onto the flight probably woke up the sleepy adults who were not with the band. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


We participated in a family Super Bowl pool, just as we had for years and years and years. This year when the game ended, Daddy said, "We won."

I, of course, didn't believe him. We had been part of the pool for a long time. We never won anything. As I was questioning whether or not Daddy was messing with us, the phone rang. Grammie said, "How does it feel to win?" After talking to Uncle Steve I said to Daddy, "Well, that will pay for the dresses."

We had to order the dresses very quickly. The bridal store created this crazy deadline that was only a few days after Samantha was able to ask all her bridesmaids to be in the wedding. 

The girls had an early dismissal day, so we went to the bridal store. The girls tried on the dress, glowing the entire time. I stared as they twirled the gown. It seemed as if they grew up while we blinked. They were so excited, but I was a both excited and sad. My babies were going to be bridesmaids. How long would it be before we were trying on their bridal gowns?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

80 and counting

It was not the party we had planned. Mom's back problems turned out to be much worse that just a muscle ache. After several doctor's appointments and tests, it turned out that Mom had spinal compression fractures. 

We cancelled the party once we realized there was not a quick fix for Mom's back problems. We ended up with a multi-day snowfall this weekend, with 16+ inches of snow, so cancelling worked out for the best. 

Everyone came to Mom's with food, flowers and presents. We laughed, told stories and sang Happy Birthday. 

The girls had their own celebration when Samantha asked them to be bridesmaids. They were so excited. They could hardly believe that she asked them. The girls and Sami spent the rest of the afternoon talking about the bridesmaid dress, hair styles and make-up ideas. 

It was much more low-key than we initially planned, but it was still a fun party. Mom enjoyed her day, which was what really mattered.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The best laid plans get waylaid

Somehow Mom must have known that today was the RSVP date for her surprise party. She called to tell me that she hurt her back. She decided to try to carry a case of pop from the garage to the kitchen.

Ever the supportive daughter, I said, "What were you thinking? You couldn't carry a case of pop twenty years ago. It's not like you are getting stronger."

Yeah, not my finest moment. I followed up with a lengthy conversation about how to treat her injured back. She promised to put a heating pad on her back and take some pain killers. 

I said a silent prayer that her back healed quickly so she'd be able to enjoy her surprise party.