I think I might be the proudest mom alive right now. Well okay I know there are a lot of us out there but I just have to take the time to brag about MINE!!! Aren't they handsome? Don't they looks so good!!! They had their Christmas concert a couple of nights ago and I love watching them progress through each band and seeing their growth over the years. Nathan was first as a beginner band student. He sat down and immediately scanned the auditorium to find me. He sat for about 20 minutes before they actually began and casually looked for me the whole time. When he finally spotted me his face lite up like a Christmas tree. He didn't seem as nervous anymore. I love that affect I have as a mother and it can't be replaced by anything in this world. Daniel was more cool and calm going out on the stage. He has "been there and done it". He didn't really look for me. He was down to business and ready to do his best. Aaron and old pro by now I couldn't even see him. Since he plays bass clarinet he was hidden by smaller instruments. I did see him before he had to play out in the hall and have to say watching him grow into a teenager as been such a fun experience. They all go through a rough couple of years transitioning but he I think has finally figured out who he really is. Thats not to say he knows everything but he has a lot more confidence in himself and that is fun to see that develop. I love these talented young men of mine. And love that they have chosen to do something near and dear to my heart to keep themselves busy!!! Can't wait till the spring concert. It is always better than the first since they have had a whole year to learn!!!
I looked at my last post and its just seems so yesterday and I just had to change my post. Unfortunately I was so busy during Thanksgiving that I didn't take any pictures. But this is my baby. Sarah did a play and had to be a southern belle. I made this for her. I really wish that I had had a hoop skirt but I didn't really realize I needed it until after it was done and then she needed it that night sooo.... She is still so beautiful without it!!! Emma was so proud of her sister. And was very excited about her being so dressed up.
We all I think had wonderful Halloween celebrations and traditions. I had too many fun pictures to not share them all!!!
This is our friend Carol. The kids call her Aunt Carol and I just love this picture of the two of them. (Don't know why its underlining) This witch actually talked to the kids. It was the highlight of our night. The girls were mesmerized by her. They couldn't figure out how she knew the things that she did. She actually was the owners daughter watching behind the windows holding the microphone talking through the witch's speakers. It was so fun watching the girls scratch their heads and carry on conversations with her. I love this one. Eliza spent all night trying to figure this guy out and finally decided he was okay and then wanted to spend the rest of the night with him. It was too cute. Aaron did his pumpkin all up and then carved the letter A on the back. Tom came behind him and changed it. YOu would think that I only have 4 Children sometimes but the older kids did go out that night. They just went out with friends from the ward and I didn't get pictures of them before they left. Now we can sit back and enjoy the next holiday of ours!! I love Thanksgiving!!!
This was Aaron's 2nd year playing football for the middle school. Can you see him in the see of kids?? He's probably the only one wearing a white dress shirt.
This is Coach Gaunce. He has been my favorite coach of anything my kids have participated in. He is very religious and makes no bones about it. There was a kid on the team who's father died in the middle of the season. They prayed for him after each practice and then Coach made t-shirts in honor of this kid and his dad and the kids wore those shirts under their football gear every game. I really enjoyed watching Aaron admire this man. Aaron told me he wanted this picture framed for his birthday so he can put it up in his room. I love watching Aaron play football but I love even more watching him look up to and want to be like a man who is a stand up guy in such a rough rough world. Now my baby has turned 14. I cringe a bit just saying it. He is totally growing up and I am not sure how to handle that sometimes. I am so glad that he is a part of our family. When I was pregnant with him I had an experience one time where I had a spirit visit me. I knew it was him. He was a man and was very strong and worthy young man. I think about that experience and see that happening. I am seeing the process happen and it is a wonderful thing to be a part of. I asked him what he wanted to eat for his birthday and he said no cake no ice cream. He doesn't really care for either. So what he requested was a cookie cake. How can you deny a kid that when its his birthday!!! What a wonderful time to be a mother to this young man!!!
Well the kids had a day of not long ago. The explorium had the reptile exhibit showing and it would be leaving soon. All summer long I had wanted to take them to see it but it just never happened. I am so glad we did it. I had all the kids with me but as usual I hardly saw the older kids. This is a pulley system that you lift yourself up with. We had friends come with us and the girls loved hanging out with Eliza. THat is who is lifting her up. Eliza just hates all the attention of corse :0)
This is probably Matthew's favorite part of the whole explorium. It is a magnet puzzle where you put all the body parts back on the man. These were some small snakes that seemed to be really iritated that Matthew was close to their cage. Sarah really is a very strong girl. Emma, Eliza, where is your body?? A harp that plays without strings. These were probably Matthew's favorite reptiles in the whole exhibit. They were called snake turtle's. They had long necks like a snake and their toes were so sharp that they had such wonderful grips. The turtle Matthew is looking at had climbed up on the side of the wall and I really thought he would fall down but he never did. He griped the wall like a pro. Who would have thought I could have this many pictures of Matthew. I think he loved looking at the reptiles and loved learning about each one of them. He even let me read the material about them to him. What a fun day we had with each other!!! I love days like that.
I think I have said before how much I LOOOVE Band and football and everything that goes with the two. My boys hummm hummm are proudly taking after me, well and their dad. They are all in the band. Aaron plays bass clarinet, Daniel-clarinet, and Nathan trumpet. I am so very proud of each of them. They love their instruments and we love watching them grow with their talents. Some of these are to show my sister so bear with me. They had a day where exceptional kids all got to be at the game. The band here is divided into several groups. And only the symponic band plays at the games. One day exceptional kids were invited to play. And beginner band (Nathan) got to get in for free. This is the highschool band. They are huge compared to the band I grew up in. They cram in and fill a whole section of stand plus half another side for the percussion section.
This was the opposing team Petal. They had to bring their band in a semi trailer. They are serious of two things down in the south football and band whoot whoot!!!! Aaron playing in the symponic band half time show. Daniel the night they got to play at the game. Aaron waiting to get the game started. I have to say most kids would be embarrassed having their mom come down and take a picture like this right before they could take the field. He was even teased very nastily about me. He was not embarrassed and it actually made him feel good. I love that boy!!! OH isn't he handsome even with the sun in his face. He plays football and is in the band. I pride myself very much to watch him play football and then at half time book it over to the band just in enough time to play with them. I am so proud of them and I love watching them grow up. I love watching them make decisions about their futures. They are really good kids. Sorry the videos are sideways. I don't know how to fix that. Also some of them are shaky. I had kids hanging on me at the time. They didn't look THAT bad until you see them bigger. So just enjoy the sound!!! I certainly claim to be no videographer.
My boys are so lucky to have their dad as their Scout Master. The boys have been working so hard on scouts. And its so nice for mom, not to have to do much cause their dad knows everything that is going on. So Nathan received his Arrow of light and is also now officially a Scout!!! He is well on his way to Eagle. He has everything planned out and knows how to accomplish it.
Daniel is now a Second Class. That sounds so second class but rest assured in Scouts its a very good thing. He couldn't find his shirt that night but that didn't stop how proud of himself he is. And Aaron received his Star. He was so excited about that and all the badges he received. It was a long time coming but he is so proud of his hard work. Tom had been feeling for a couple of months that he was going to be called the Scout Master. I have my own reservations but he has tackled this calling with such spirit. He loves these boys he is working for and wants to see them succeed. He as a kid was very close to finishing his Scout program but just got distracted. He really regrets it and doesn't want to see other boys like that. I love watching him with his boys and how much time they get with each other. I am proud of all my boys and the hard work they are doing. They are slowly learning to be men. Well and the man I have is slowly learning to be a better man than he is!!!! One day I will have back to back Eagle Court of Honors. Oh my!!!!!
I am a very busy mother of 7 wonderful children. So my life is never dull. We are quite the zoo I am realizing but who doesn't love the zoo right? This blog has become my journal so you will see the good along with the ugly but thats our life.