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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Mother's Day, Zoo Trip

Mother’s Day 2010 was awesome. It was awesome because I have a beautiful, kind, loving, wonderful, and amazing family.

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We started the day by going to get blood drawn. I was due (way over due actually) for blood work to be done and since I have to be fasting it’s tough to find the time to get it done. I figured early morning on Mother’s Day would be the best time because there’d be no one there. I was right. We were in an out in 15 minutes. (A first!)

We were supposed to go to the beach for the day but the forecast on the coast called for clouds and a chance of rain. Here in town it was sunny and high of 70. I’m pretty darn sick of clouds and rain and chose to stay where the sun was.

We went out to breakfast, then to the zoo.

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Giraffes are my favorite. So peaceful and serene.

Going to the zoo is always bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I never grow tired of the beautiful creatures. On the other, I feel bad that they’re caged and not free. I know the Oregon Zoo does wonderful things and I fully support all that they do, and I’m sure the animals are there for a reason. But I can’t help but feel a bit sad anyway.

Like this guy…
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He just seemed like he’d rather be somewhere else. He wouldn’t look at the crowd.

This mama duck and her baby seemed happy, though:
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These ducks were hanging out with the giraffes and gazelles…
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…who seemed happy enough.
But this guy looked so sad:
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This one seemed to be enjoying the sun as much as we were:
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And this guy? Well, he loved Jack. A LOT!

A train ride at the zoo is always fun, too.
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After the zoo we drove out to Kayla’s work and had some ice cream. Some of us were pretty tired.

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It was a wonderful mother’s day and I’m so very thankful for my incredibly awesome family.

There’s a few more pictures here.

Go Team!!

Last week Melissa spent four days trying out for her upcoming high school’s cheerleading team (she’ll be a freshman next year). There were three days of three hour practices with one day off for her to stay home and practice on her own. She worked hard all four days and made the team! She’s very very excited. As am I. She’s so cute. She told me tonight that this was a moment she’s been waiting for all her life. Ah to be young and 14… 🙂

Her soon-to-be high school has the best cheerleading program in our portion of the state and for more than half the years the school has been in existence (11 years) they’ve been state champions. They’ve won several national championships as well. Currently there is no other school in our state that has as many big wins. So this is very very exciting for her and a huge opportunity.

Here’s a little blast from the past video (to make up for the yucky bathroom pictures yesterday) of Melissa cheering after a one day camp her older sister’s high school did for the young girls (2008):

Congratulations, Sissa!

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:
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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!

If I Were a Rich Man

Last night we watched Kevin in his high school’s performance of Fiddler on the Roof. I was so impressed with how much work these kids put into this. They worked hard and it paid off. Poor Kevin even lost his voice Thursday night during their first performance. He’s had to nurse it the rest of the weekend so he could sing without issue.

We’re going to see it again next weekend and we’ll record the whole thing. For now, here he is singing “If I Were a Rich Man:

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.

Pumpkin Patch

Guess what we did yesterday?

Here’s a hint:
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And another:
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Last hint:
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If you guessed that we went to the pumpkin patch, you’re goooood! Or maybe the orange things and all the mud gave it away. Or you just read the title of this post. 😉

Guess what we did last week?

Here’s a hint:
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Yes I know the picture isn’t that great. I’m still trying to learn how to take long distance shots of people with my camera. I’m failing miserably. Since it’s not the best picture quality (even if the subject is gorgeous) I’ll just tell you: It was Melissa’s first choir concert this year. They were nervous. You can watch a video one of of their performances here. Turn your speakers up. They were a little quiet. And please ignore the white fuzzy thing in the video. The lady with the big white fuzzy hair in front of me wouldn’t hold still!

Guess what our whole family may or may not have been exposed to? If you guessed H1N1, you’re right! We’re sitting… and waiting…. Meanwhile, here’s more pumpkin patch photos.