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spring concert

I’ve added more photos to my flickr stream tonight (click on flickr box in the left sidebar to view).   My favorites from the recently added photos are from the orchestra concert. I think J. is so cute playing the viola, and no, I’m not biased at all.  Why do you ask?  🙂

At a regional competition a couple of weeks ago, the 7th grade orchestra was awarded best orchestra in the competition. At the spring concert last week, I could see their excitement and sense of pride when their director announced this. Their chests puffed up a bit and they had looks determination when they played their competition pieces for us at the concert. I’ve enjoyed watching them grow from squawking fledglings into young musicians these past two years. The difference in them from the first concert until now is amazing.

I have so much respect for music teachers, band directors, orchestra conductors. The work they do, giving the gift of music, is incredible and life-changing.

I know that other teachers change lives too, but music has effected the lives of those in my family much more dramatically than biology, Oklahoma history or geometry has.

PS. As I took out my camera to get a few shots of J. playing at the concert, the guy a seat over from me took out his camera. His camera puts my Nikon P80 to shame.

Yes, I know they’re poor quality. I took them with the camera on my leg, while messing with the settings, so it wouldn’t be obvious that I was taking a photo of his humongous lens. Thank goodness I turned off the sound on my camera a while back so it didn’t make a clicking/shutter sound when I took the photos. I turned off the sound so I can get photos of the kids in action (not posed). When they hear the shutter sound, their behavior changes.

Anyway, here are the photos of the orchestra parent who was sitting next to me.  We were on the 2nd row.  He probably was able to get photos of his kid’s cavities with that thing.



seeing Dave

We had a blast at Dave Ramsey’s live event on Saturday.   I think we all left feeling motivated and inspired (again) to continue on our journey of making sure we’re debt free and saving more money than ever before.
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The sun was in our faces in this photo, but it’s my favorite of the ones we took, except that Corey was taking the photo and not in it with us.

tulips and horses

Day 82
The tulips in Megan’s garden have begun to bloom.

Snip and Gray had a disagreement about something.

The kids were back in school today after last week’s Spring Break. They were all happy to see their friends again. I was happy to come home to a relatively clean house. It’s amazing how having the house empty keeps it from getting so messy! 🙂


Day 81

I saw these pretty little flowers at Mom and Dad’s house this afternoon.  I love the color!

Day 80

Like loads of other Twilight fans, we spent a lot of Saturday watching the DVDs.  We have enjoyed all the extras.  I cannot find words to accurately describe the squealing and carrying on that I have listened to or how much I wish I’d have picked up a pair of ear plugs before the big event.   You’d think that after seeing the movie so many times in the theater that seeing Edward Cullen walk into the cafeteria for the first time at home wouldn’t be squeal-worthy.  Well, guess what?  It is at my house.  🙂

I volunteered at the philharmonic orchestra performance on Saturday night.  Turns out that I loved Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and am surprised that I had not known of them before.  I only signed up for that performance because I liked their name.  I’m glad I did.

I’ve found a bunch of their songs on iTunes and will be pre-ordering their new album, How Big Can You Get? A Tribute to Cab Calloway,  that comes out in April.

flowers and dancing

Day 79 I spotted this lovely tree at the edge of a playground as I was driving home Friday after work, so I stopped to get a few photos.

Day 78
Dobby stopped to listen for a second while I whistled a song to him. Then he started pacing/walking up and down the branches in his cage again. I think it looks like dancing when he does that. 🙂

Redbud, Edward and green

Don’t you love the titles I’ve been coming up with? The creative juices are flowing, I tell you.

Day 77 – Redbud tree

Day 76

I can almost hear her screams of joy (again) as she unrolls the poster to see his face. Actually, I think the screams may still be echoing in my head!

Day 75

How’d we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We painted the lawn green, of course. Then we hunted for rainbows and pots of gold. 🙂 What about you?


Between the 15th of March and 16th of April, we have seven birthdays in my family.  SEVEN.

Day 74

Bradford pear tree


Nephew’s 18th birthday cake


Day 73

Niece’s 11th birthday party


Twilight party cake


J + Edward


Pinning the kiss on Edward


Day 72

What I’m reading…