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The Bragging Corner

Katie’s school choir concert was Tuesday night. If you will recall, she had one of the seven solos. Two of the solos were boys and Katie was the only female alto solo.

Other than one of the boys who struggled with his solo (but he exuded confidence so he gets props for that) all the kids did a fantastic job. I was amazed at their talent and the ease they sang their parts with.

I won’t go so far as to say Katie was better than the other soloists – because she was the only alto she was different. But I was truly stunned when she started singing. I hear her around the house, in the shower, etc. But I don’t ever hear her like that. She has such a rich, powerful voice with a natural vibrato. Even the parents around us (who had no idea she was ours) gasped in amazement. I think even Simon Cowell would have been impressed! LOL

She sang in the variety show last year and did a great job. But the growth and improvement over the previous twelve months has been tremendous. I’m excited to see where she’s going to go with this talent.

Anniversary Celebration

As I said in THIS post, Todd came home from work early to help me celebrate. I was upstairs when he came home and as I walked down the stairs I saw these on the entryway table. Ten red and two pink roses. Aren’t they lovely?

It was a beautiful day so we opened the sun roof and drove about 15 minutes away to a quaint little mountain town with a casual restaurant that I’ve wanted to eat at since moving here. Moccia’s Train Stop. It’s nothing fancy, just a diner in an old train station. But the food is delicious and it’s a fun place to go.

After lunch we drove around and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and beautiful countryside, finally coming back home to relax with our current reads. It was about as perfect a day as it could be. Can’t wait to see what we’ll do next year!

Exciting Softball

In complete contrast to the previous Saturday’s softball game (THIS post) this past Saturday’s game was exciting. It was a neck and neck race to the end. Great hitting, good pitching and fielding, the way a softball game is supposed to be.

EXCEPT, I was extremely upset with the first base coach at the end of the game. Here’s the deal. It was the bottom of the sixth, a runner on third, two outs and we needed two runs to tie. Katie was at bat. Talk about pressure! She smacked the ball and ran like a jackrabbit to first while the other runner came in for another home run.

I will admit I’m not a baseball/softball expert. Not even close. But I do know enough that if you’re at the bottom of the last inning with two outs and two more runs needed to win the game, you should be a little conservative. Instead the first base coach sent her to second while the ball was still in play. Stupid, stupid, stupid! She was thrown out at second and that was the end of the game.

I’m not saying her team would have won had she stayed on first base. That’s not even the point. The point is the possibility was taken away by someone who should have known better. And the worst part was that Katie started crying when she got out at second because she felt like she lost the game.

Other than that it was a fantastic game and a lot of fun to watch. The girls are improving by leaps and bounds with each game they play. Hopefully tonight’s game will be just as good!

Change in Plans

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve taken the ticker for our Hawaiian vacation off of my blog. Todd and I made the decision the other night to postpone the trip until next summer. My vasculitis is still spreading and not showing any signs of letting up. I have an appointment with a specialist. IN AUGUST! Our fear was that I would still be too uncomfortable to enjoy the vacation so we cancelled the plane tickets and the hotel reservations.

As sad as I should be, there are definite pluses to this decision:

1. My friend, Cigi, who lives in Honolulu will be gone for most of the time we would have been there this summer. Her daughter is graduating from college in Washington State and I only would have gotten to see her the day before we left. So this way I’ll get to spend a little more time with her next year as she has no children graduating at that time.

2. The high school youth group is attending a national conference (Christ In Youth) during the time we were to be gone. This way Taylor will be able to go and we can plan around it next year. Of course, every time someone would ask him if he was going to CIY he’d say, “Let’s see. It seems like there’s something going on at the same time. What was it? Oh yeah! I’m going to be in Paradise that week!”

3. Todd is probably going to go to CIY as a chaperon. Which means Katie and I get a girls’ week, including an overnight trip to New York City. Or maybe we’ll decide to go somewhere else. Who knows? Whatever, it will be nice to spend some time with just her.

4. I have at the very least another 52 weeks to fit into a smaller swimsuit! No bikini for me, though. I don’t want to make the other women there jealous, you know.

The kids took the news extremely well. They both understood why we made the decision we did and said it was no big deal. They’ll just enjoy it next year. WHEW!

Last And Maybe Least

I apologize for the length of this post. This is what I get for slacking in my duties as a blogger. Can’t promise it won’t happen again, though.


  1. radioactive girl on May 10, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Your kids sound amazing. Really, I mean it. I am sorry your medical junk keeps on going. Your husband sounds sweet.

  2. Katybug on May 10, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Don’t you just love it when your kids do something spectacular? Talk about ego booster! I wonder if God feels the same way when we do something right! :-)We have had a change in vacation plans as well. Instead of visiting east, we may be heading west to California, or just do a lot of little day trips around Texas. And as big as Texas is, there are a LOT to be had!Going back to “Echo”!Katy

  3. Jenster on May 10, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Radioactive Girl – Thanks! I’m pretty blessed in the husband/kid department. I was very pleased with the kids’ reaction to our news, too. One never knows, though!Katy – If I get a vote in your vacation plans I say you stick to the original. I’ll be here, now, and would be able to meet you!! LOL

  4. Burg on May 10, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    I think the fact that your daughter has the courage to stand in front of a crowd and sing to be totally awesome! I love your roses! I’ve never seen pink roses quite that pretty.. Lucky girl..Glad you’re not too bummed about cancelling your trip.. I’m bummed when I don’t get to go to the grocery store alone, so you’re a real champ!

  5. Swishy on May 10, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    The coach should have had the girl on base running like hell to score and the first base coach should have been watching to tell Katie what to do. TOTALLY not her fault! Sucks about the trip, but you’re right, better to go when you’re guaranteed to have so much more fun. (And TOTALLY awesome that you get 52 extra weeks to count away!)

  6. Dorky Dad on May 11, 2007 at 1:06 am

    You know, if she had reached second base the coach would have been heralded for aggressive play. Instead he/she is just an idiot.Probably should have held her at first.

  7. Monnik on May 11, 2007 at 8:53 am

    You have great kids. Their reaction to postponing your paradise vacation shows that they’re respectful, understanding, and just great. Don’t sweat the swimsuit thing too much, that’s what sarongs are for. I love that they’re in style now!

  8. April on May 14, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Happy Anniversary!!I sung a few solo’s when I was in High School. It takes a confident person to stand in front of an audience of peers and sing. That is something to be proud of too..as I am sure you are.

  9. Rowena on May 17, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Oh man, those kinds of softball games are the best! And I’m sure Katie was the best soloist in the entire show, it’s okay, be proud of that fact! =)

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