Victoria’s guitar concert

Victoria gave up the clarinet at the end of 7th grade year and took up guitar.
The one she is playing was her dads when he was in college.
She has messed around with it for several years, wanting to learn to play it. 
We were very excited when we learned the school would be offering a beginning guitar class.
Last night was her first concert.
Ready to go….
Heading into the school to do warmups and get a good seat.
We couldn’t see her from where we were sitting.  She was almost in the very back row.
During the last song, the teacher let us get up and stand in front of our students to get some pictures and also to video tape them.

They did a great job.  I hope she stays with it.

And now, for the very brave; a video.
I need to let you know that Victoria’s brother, Zachary, who is 10 was behind the camera.  He discovered the zoom button so he is constantly zooming in and out on his sister.  Also, he didn’t know when to shup it off so you get lots of stuff at the end; people talking, me telling everyone to line up for pictures, telling Zachary to stop zooming in on his sisters face; stuff like that.  Also, note that the band teacher let them play for waaaaaayyyyy to loooooonnnngggg.  So, if you get bored or tired of hearing the same notes over and over, just hit stop and move on with your life.

First Day of School

Down here in the South
we have already started school,
in fact,
we just finished our 2nd full week of school.
It seems like we have been back for a long time by now
All of our activities have started back in full force.
Zachary is doing football (more on that later)
and Victoria is doing softball.
Trency is still around, he starts back to college on September 15.
Every first day of school starts with dad making waffles for breakfast.
The kids love waffles and by now it’s become a tradition.
Another yearly tradition is the “first day of school” picture.
I always take it in the same spot so that I can look
back at the picture and see how much the kids have grown!
I was able to get Zachary coming down the stairs:
And then I put him against the wall for the “official” picture;
Can’t seem to get this kid to smile much!
We all then head outside to wait for the bus.
She finally arrives and there is a sadness that comes over us (for a little while, that is).
Then it’s time to get the Middle Schooler ready. 
That’s not as easy a task as the elementary boy!
She finally gets against the wall for her “official” picture.
Is that a look of annoyance or what?!
Having dad at the bus stop is so NOT cool!
OMG! What if one of her friends see her taking a picture with her dad.
I think her world would probably come to an end.
Finally, the bus arrives to take her on to the middle school.
The house is so quiet after they are gone.
They had a wonderful first day and they were ready to see their friends again.
Before I know it, it’ll be time to post last day of school pictures.
Where does the time go?