Mar 27, 2015

Definitely Spring

It's definitely spring! The flowers are poking out of the ground, everybody's grass but mine is starting to turn green (remember when the Dog Walker spilled a whole bag of fertilizer last fall?). Weeds are growing in the garden area and of course my tiller is broken.

I also had to arrange rides for softball/baseball practice tonight and the schedules are finally out for games. Yeah, you are right, conflicts everywhere...

But all of those things aside, the reason I know it's spring is that the first of the concerts have begun. Last night we were favored with Crafty's clarinet finesse. For a middle school band, they truly do a great job!

Over the next few weeks, we will get to attend concerts for Prima Donna, Sport, Taco, Fajita, and Princess. Oh and Dog Walker is singing on Sunday with his institute choir.

Prima Donna also had her audition for the Madrigals today, the most elite singing/dancing choir at Bingham and she got a call back for next week. She is super excited and very nervous and hopeful.

I'll let you know how it turns out.

And when the grass finally turns green.

Mar 26, 2015

Planning for Graduation

Today was a milestone day. After school I escorted Princess and the Dog Walker to the main campus at SLCC for the graduation fair. It was so fun to watch the two of them try on their caps and gowns and anticipate their upcoming commencement!

It's been 3 years since we have had a graduation in the family and now suddenly we have 3, two for Princess and one for the Dog Walker. Princess is graduating from SLCC with High Honors, so they gave her gold cords and the Dog Walker is graduating with Honors, so he got silver ones.

They also got to spin a wheel for prizes and Princess won 2 nice mechanical pencils while the Dog Walker won a ceramic mug. When they redeemed their prizes they were also given soda and donuts.

We only had one hiccup when they had a misspelling in Princess's middle name and it took them 20 minutes to decide it was OK to capitalize her A. So silly...

But of course she wants her name to be spelled correctly on her diploma.

So happy for these two! They have both worked so hard and that hard work has finally paid off.

Mar 25, 2015

3-Point Shots

You know how much I love basketball. Well, I'm not the only member of my family who loves it. My older brother played on the high school team. He was pretty short then and didn't get his full height until after high school, but he always had a solid shot and more heart than most players.

I guess I shouldn't really be surprised that his son is amazing too. He sent us this fun video he put together with some of his highlights. You won't believe how many 3-point shots my nephew can swish! And from way outside the 3-point line. It's pretty amazing!

Just see for yourself.

Mar 24, 2015

Free Tickets to the Jazz Game

Remember way back at Christmas time when we went to the sing-along at the Energy Solutions Arena? Not only did they treat us to a show and give us goodies, we also got free tickets to a Jazz game. They were playing the Timberwolves and honestly it wasn't supposed to be that great of a match-up. Not that my kids care, they just love going to a game in the big arena.

The ride down was uneventful and we were eventually all seated in section 135. We always get the nose-bleed seats, but what do you expect for free? The Jazz didn't seem to be bringing their best game, but that made it close and it was exciting when the score kept see-sawing back and forth.

Then they brought out the Sprite sling-shot. They were literally shooting one full-sized green basketball into each of the 4 quadrants of the audience. Everyone was on their feet, hoping to be the chosen one.

As I watched that ball sail from way down on the hardwood floor, I knew it was coming to me. I just had to be able to catch it.

And I did!

The only problem was that it hit my hands and the hands of the older gentleman in front of me at the same time.  He graciously let go and I quickly handed the ball to Curly who had the biggest grin imaginable on his face. After a moment, I tapped my new-found friend on the shoulder and thanked him for being a good sport. He turned and looked at my cute son with his arm wrapped around his precious ball. "No problem," he chuckled. "That's right where it belonged."

The Jazz lost a nail-biter in overtime, but we walked away happy. It's not every day we get to see such good sportsmanship displayed at an NBA game.

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