Friday, May 16, 2014

May Piano Recital

Healan Piano Studios held the Spring Recital this weekend at Mars Hill Baptist Church.  Julia played Sonatina in C Major, Op.55, No.1, by Friedrich Kuhlau. She did a beautiful job.  She truly loves volleyball, soccer and, yes, especially powder puff football, but she is blessed to be a super gifted pianist. Where I am a bundle of nerves before I perform, she is cool as a cucumber.  Her skills have really been stretched since Christmas, and I am so thankful for her piano teacher.  This sweet lady "gets" how important soccer, volleyball and especially Powder Puff are and promises that we have turned the corner in piano and it will become of equal importance in the coming years.  One day she'll be grateful that I demanded that she continue piano. Right?!?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Honors Day

Wednesday, May 14 was 8th grade Honors Day.  We were fortunate that this ceremony was held in the air conditioned high school auditorium. I was sooooo proud of Baby Noona when she accepted an award for all A's.... all the way through middle school!  Not 1 "B".  A perfect 4.0!

Field Day followed Awards Day which meant our annual shopping trip had to be postponed.  The 8th graders loaded up on buses to go back to the middle school and soon to leave it completely behind them... for good.  Just two short months will pass and they. will. be. high school freshmen. 

Everybody celebrated at one of Julia's favorite restaurants and later had cake with Nanny.  (We also were celebrating Nanny getting her cast removed!)

Congratulations, Noona!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Powder Puff 2014

The last week of school is always slam packed with activities. CRCTs are over as are EOCTs.  That's educator speak for final standardized tests as well as final exams.  One of the ways that the 8th graders blow off steam from all these "T's" is the annual powder puff football game.  Teams are differentiated by school colors with a red, black, gold and white team. Julia was on the black team and was put in as both quarterback and wide receiver.  The game was a lot of fun to watch....

The cheerleaders were even more fun to watch....

and when it was over, I was kinda sad that we were not in the playoffs even though it was 90 degrees in the shade!

We celebrated by going with friends to Barberitos and then to Menchie's.  We shopped at one of the girls' favorite clothing stores to get ready for their 8th grade Honors Day.  By the end of the day, this soccer football mom was beat.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

What a Weekend!

Central Presbyterian Church has been blessed to be the home for a delightful, talented lady, Jan R.  This weekend she hosted a Mothers' Day Tea for all the ladies, young and old, of the church.  With delicious green and lemon tea, fruit, tea sandwiches and sweets, we were all pampered. I must say the lemon bars were most delish and put me in the mood to make some - alas, the egg diet begins Monday!

Mama, Jules and me at the Mothers' Day Tea

Friends B and D hosted THE BEST barbeque ever as both of their children are graduating this year. What a fantastic party.  What fantastic barbeque!  I wish I had gotten a picture of the humongous propane tank painted to look like a cow and dressed up with a chalkboard "necklace" reading, "Eat More Pork"..... so I did.  As I've already explained, the egg diet begins Monday.

Finally, I wrapped up one very good book:

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I give this one 4 out of 5 pearls.  Not a favorite, but a very good read and I learned a lot about the
time and place of Vermeer.  After such a serious, somber book, I plan to read Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews.  Judging that book by its cover, it will be nothing close to serious.