More Kid Stuff

Since today is the last day of school and I’ll be forced to endure my children 24/7 for the next three months, this will probably be the last my-kids-are-so-wonderful post for a while. Oh, I suppose “endure my children 24/7” is a bit dramatic. They do have to sleep sometime.


Turns out I didn’t completely ruin her surprise today. The music teacher handed out certificates to all the students who participated in music class and certificates to all the students who participated in choir. Katie and I thought those were probably her “awards”. But then the teacher handed out plaques to four outstanding music students. Out of a class of 600. I was so proud of Katie that when I stood up to get a picture of her receiving her award I hit the wrong button. By the time I found the right one she was gone and I got a snapshot of the principal.

She had the choice of leaving with me after the ceremony or finishing out the day with her class. Without hesitation she said, “I’m staying!” I would say she’s adapted quite well to Pennsylvania.


Taylor played his electric bass for the worship band at the Baccalaureate service last night. Even though we knew a few of the graduating kids our purpose for going was to watch Taylor. But we couldn’t leave when he was finished, which was fine because it was very enjoyable. Until the first of three ministers got up to give his message. Each message was only supposed to be about ten minutes and while the first minister was entertaining, he went on and on and on. We’d think he was about to wrap it up and then he’d say, “I’ve got this little story to tell you.” By the time he sat down we were clapping for relief. Windbags notwithstanding, it was a very moving service and I was happy for the experience.

Tonight Taylor had to play his trombone with the rest of the high school band at the commencement service. He called me from practice this afternoon to tell me he needed a white shirt. If Todd’s motto is A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part, Taylor’s motto is What plan? It is, of course, never his fault. I guess he’s getting a jump on the summer exasperation.


  1. Lori on June 14, 2007 at 2:07 am

    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my partOMGosh! I’ve never heard anyone else use this phrase before. It’s up on the wall in my cubicle at work. Several eyebrows get raised over it, but I’d say my message gets across *g*.Another proud kid moment for you! Congrats. And good luck with the whole summer thing LOL!

  2. Rosie on June 14, 2007 at 7:57 am

    We have modified year round schedule so summer break is only 6 1/2 weeks. It’s just right. Nobody has enough time to really get on the other’s nerves. Just barely. This is also my last summer like that. Shmoo is going to be a senior next year. Next summer I’ll have two in college ::gulp::.

  3. radioactive girl on June 14, 2007 at 10:12 am

    I think when I was younger, I was a lot like your son. Do I need call my mom to apologize now?

  4. Terri on June 14, 2007 at 10:27 am

    LOL At least Taylor called from school in the afternoon…. my boys (all 3!) would have told me about the time they were getting dressed to leave. “Oh yeah mom, don’t I have a white shirt? They said I have to wear one.” Congrats to Katie! Only 4 outstanding awards, and she got one. VERY OUTSTANDING!

  5. JenniferTX on June 14, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Congrats to Katie — that’s really something! As for planning things in advance . . . I can’t tell you how many times my mom had drive us to the mall or somewhere just so we could get whatever it was we HAD to have for the next day. Didn’t we know about it before then, you ask. Well, of course, but then, what would be the fun in doing things ahead of time? LOL As for your kids driving you crazy this summer — I’ve got to tell you that I’ve become a huge supporter of year-round schooling thanks to my daughter driving ME crazy. She’s been out since the 18th of May!! You’d better believe that she’ll be in as many camps next summer as I can put her in!!Hugs,Jennifer

  6. Katybug on June 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Congrats to Katie!!! Must be something about that name…;-)It’s so cool watching kids perform what they have learned. I just love it when my Audrey performs something awesome. I’m such a sap…I cry at nearly every event. For Grandparents Day at her school, each class had things to recite and perform. Audrey not only recited the books of the Bible song with her class, she boogied too. I got a lot of comments about her. It was a lot of fun to watch. 🙂 I didn’t cry there…I cringed a bit, while trying not to laugh too hard. Audrey hadn’t been out of school for a week, and I was already asking if summer was over yet. We are pathetic. Thank GOD for VBS!!!!Katy

  7. Shauna on June 14, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Hey, Jenster! I wanted to pop over and say “Hi.” It’s been great running into you over at Dee’s chat room. I love the blog and your stories make me laugh!My five-year-old is a drummer. Shocking, I know. But he’s not bad for a kid. He’s been obsessed and playing since he was two. Sounds like your summer’s going to be…interesting and funny!

  8. Jenster on June 14, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Lori – That’s a great saying, isn’t it???Rosie – I would LOVE year-round for a myriad of reasons – as long as both kids were on the same schedule.Radioactive Girl – YES! Call her right now and apologize for being so exasperating!!! LOLTerri – Must be a family thing??? I’m sure we never did anything like that to Mom.Jennifer – It will be interesting to compare this summer to last summer since we were new. Now they both have friends and an active social schedule. Just call me Charles The Chauffeur.Katybug – I always get choked up when I watch their performances. Too cute about your Audrey! :o)Shauna – Great to see you here!! That’s great that your son plays drums! Very cool. Do you have stock in Tylenol?? :o)

  9. T-girl on June 14, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    I am SO going to have Todd’s motto tatooed across my forhead!!! We have an issue in this house with procrastination… and it is not my issue! LMAOCongrates about the kiddos. It is always nice to see others see how special they are huh?

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