Sunday, October 19, 2014

18 years

A beautiful fall day, not unlike today...
two hearts were joined together.

October 19, 1996

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Parade of Bands Concert 2014

First concert of the new school year and the kids rocked it!  Henry participated in both Concert Band and in Marching Band.  It always gives me goosebumps to sit and listen to the talent that this school has sitting on stage.

For those who didn't get a chance to see it in person, I was able to record a few video clips and will share them below.  Enjoy!

This is one my favorite concerts every year.  Way to keep up the musical passion & performing, Henry!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

new school year

The boys are beginning 8th (Oliver) and 10th (Henry) this year.  Oliver didn't have a whole lot of positives to share when he returned home after his first day, Henry was the opposite.  Funny how they can be so different in attitudes and view points, yet are the product of the same household/child-rearing.  Guess it really does go to show that they're individuals in every sense of the word!

I'm sure they'll both have great success this year and get through the rough bumps of the first week of school ~ thankful that it's only 4 short days too!

Henry said this morning that the thing he was looking forward to the most was a nap after school.  Ha!  All those lazy summer days will take a while to work out of his system.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

Oliver was challenged by a friend to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge...  his brother was more than happy to help him out!  Whatever would we have done had this challenge began in the winter months, right?  As it worked out, the sun was shining and Oliver only shivered slightly.

While Oliver doesn't have a Facebook account to share his video, he apparently did so through his Instagram account.

A former coworker of mine, Ken, was recently diagnosed with ALS.  He's been on my mind and in my prayers since this total "awareness and donation" campaign began this summer.  I've told the boys about the disease and also sat down as a family to watch Pete Frates story so they understood where the ice bucket challenge started.  Such a horrible disease, but it can be managed as I've seen a few friends who have family members with it -- who has lived 17 years after diagnosis and is still thriving - so much so that his family helped HIM do the ice bucket challenge.  It brought goosebumps to my arms and a tear to my eye.  Bless all of you who are living with or caring for someone who has ALS.

Don't ever doubt the power of social media!
Grab a bucket and challenge a friend today!

Keep up the challenges and donations!