I know I'm slackin'…

We’ve just been crazy busy!

School is ending… and with that many milestones are being accomplished. I promise a real update later detailing all that’s happened, but here’s a hint: Kevin has graduated from high school! (I can still barely type those words … much less think about it, without welling up in tears..)

Here’s another tidbit: a clip from Kevin’s farewell choir concert… the last time he’ll ever get to perform with his high school choir.

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Kevin in tights

Last night Kevin’s high school choir held a benefit concert to help raise money. It was hilariously fun. Kevin emceed the entire thing along with his friend, Dany.

Here’s a sample of some of the hilarity: Men in Tights I did not record this video. I did get pictures, though!

Like this one:
Choir Benefit Concert 056

Yes, that’s my 18 year old son in tights.

Here’s a sample of him and Dany emceeing the concert. (I did shoot this video.) One of the mics was having unexpected issues (it was cutting out, likely due to a short) so instead of allowing it to throw them or annoy them, they found as much humor in it as they could and it only added to their performances as emcees. I was proud!

They also did a Star Wars parody that cracked us up. A little factoid: all the props used in this performance came from our family. From the storm trooper helmet to the blasters, all ours. Even the Chewbacca on the one boy’s back… came from Kayla. 🙂

It was a great night!

Now, Jack and I are off to celebrate my birthday at the coast. A weekend away, just the two of us. We only get to do this twice a year. And it’s always a much needed break!

Kevin singing, this time with honors

Friday night Kevin got to be a part of something really special. After “participated in a rigorous audition process” Kevin was chosen by the school district to be part of the ‘best of the best’ from all four high schools to perform at the First Annual
All-District High School Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Concert
. Their performance was last Friday night and it was SOLD OUT within minutes! It was an amazing concert. I was completely blown away by the talent these kids had. And it was really an awesome idea because part of the reasoning behind this program was to create more awareness of just how important it is to have the arts in our schools. Especially music! And to show off our kids, of course. 🙂

The sold out part was scary though. Due to prior commitments, my mother barely made it to this special show. She had been driving for hours so by the time she got there, she just wanted to get her ticket and sit. Well, tickets went on sale at 6:30. We arrived at 6:40 and they were already sold out. They put her name on a list to see if there were any more seats after ticket holders were seated. Jack and I got our tickets for free (each kid received two free tickets to give away) and we were about to flip coins to see which one would sit out to allow my mom to see her grandson perform. Fortunately she got a seat!

I’m in the process of uploading videos of Kevin singing during the choir portion of the performance now. I was going to wait to post this until after they were done uploading, but they were shot in HD and are huge and I’m not savvy enough to figure out how to compress/optimize them before uploading and I have six thousand more loads of laundry to fold.

(I know. It’s always about the laundry.)

One is done now though. See it below, then check my YouTube channel for the other four. Oh and sorry about the jittery hands in a couple sections. I kept getting bumped!

Now excuse me while I go get some tissues. I can’t seem to watch my child sing without sniffling.

Kevin singing

Kevin’s choir performed a few weeks ago and in one of the songs Kevin had a solo part. There’s two solos in this song. Kevin’s is the second solo.

Kevin's Fall Concert 2009

If the above doesn’t work, here’s a direct link to the audio file: Kevin’s Solo

Kevin has always loved to sing. In fact, when he was little he never went to the bathroom without all of us knowing it because while he was in there doing his thing, he’d belt out song after song (some he made up on the spot). When he got older and we’d tease him about it (lovingly of course), he would just shrug and explain the bathroom had good acoustics. 😀

By the way, this was recorded on an iPhone. iPhones ROCK!