Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Saturday, May 17, 2008
Every once in a while, my children bless me with an amazing moment; one of those times you just feel pure joy, and you make sure you put that safely in your mind, ready to be recalled anytime you might feel sad. I have had those moments, given to me by each of my amazing children. There are quite a few: Ethan being voted a Little League All Star, Doran saying goodbye at the MTC, Allison receiving her college diploma, Michael walking down a hospital hallway with a blanketed bundle breathing on his own: Adam. Well, yesterday, Kaity gave me one of those moments, and I shall never forget.
It was her final show at her school. She performs with the advanced choir and the girl's vocal jazz ensemble (an amazing group of talented gifted young women who just sing so well!)
She had auditioned for a solo with vocal jazz, and got a big one, but then she told me she just felt more comfortable letting someone else get the part. I was okay with that...her last concert and I just wanted her to have a wonderful time. She then instructed me that I didn't need to look at the program...she told me where she would be singing and all. I was a bit suspicious, but I thought maybe she was playing a piano solo as well, or something. The girls were singing, "My Romance", the song I knew someone else was singing the solo on. I sat and enjoyed the beautiful music,and then looked at the girl that was suppposed to sing her solo ... Leana wasn't singing...who was? I looked and the beautiful solo was coming from my Kaity! I was going to continue taking photos, but then I stopped. Hey, I am going to see this in person, not from behind a camera lens! I was so proud and I burst into tears (sorry Rice kids and inlaws...you are stuck with a blubbering mother!!)
Her song was beautiful, and just perfect. It made the whole number! Thanks to the Vocal Jazz girls for not being too distracted by a crying mom and nano, to Daddy and Grandma keeping the secret, and Kaity for a wonderful surprise and for giving me an amazing moment I will never, ever forget!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
We had a dear Bishop who always emphasized the importance of what he referred to as "covenant events"; those things that involve church ordinances and covenants, and wanted families and ward members to make sure to emphasize those in our lives. We had the opportunity to travel to Queen Creek, Az to share with our family the blessing of a new baby, born to Shared and Shelley Harris. It was a great scene to enter Sacrament meeting and see all of Grandma Sherry Toscano's sisters, some not members of the Church, who had flown from Colorado, Illinois, etc. to share. It was also so wonderful, after the blessing was finished, to hear the testimony of Shared's father, here from Utah, thanking family, and especially priesthood holding family, for being there for his newest grandson. Now, our family is still rather new in the church, so Dee and Shared, and Mike (Marina's husband) were the only family Melchizedek Priesthood holders in attendance (Mike and Allison were with us in spirit, Ethan was helping sick Cameo, and Doran and Danyel had to teach their primary class) , but as our family grows, that will only increase, and what a wonderful blessing that will be! The great fun continued after at the Harris house with a great lunch and good times with family.
Friday, May 2, 2008
First, some background. Every day, I take Kate and Nathan from seminary, down the crowded I-17 freeway, stopping first at Kate's school for her drop off, and then to Nathan's school. Every morning, as Kate gets out of the car and gathers her things to go into school, Nathan transforms into "Grouchy Old Man", growling in a deep and aged tone, "Hurry up! Faster! Faster!" over and over. It seems to unnerve Kate, though she does, once in a while, take her own sweet time getting her things and going into the school. However, this action also gets a response from "Grouchy Old Man" and he honks the car horn at her over and over, and then yells some grouchy comment to her, or another student. I have threatened him for the honking and yelling, but, sometimes, his comments are quite amusing, especially the "Pull Your Pants Up" comments made to the red headed drummer.
Fast forward to this morning. Kate had to be at school at 8:oo for a performance at another school, but I-17 was not its usual parking lot, so it was too early for her to get to school, so we took Nathan first. All was well, we got into his school parking lot, and he started to get out. All of a sudden, Kate leaned from the back seat to front, and began honking the horn over and over. Nathan hurried on, trying to ignore the noise and the stares from his fellow students. Then, she yelled, at the top of her lungs, "I LOVE YOU NATHAN." I don't know what his face looked like, but I swear to you that the back of his hair was as red as a beet! I couldn't even get mad at Kate, for I was almost laughing uproariously. No warning, no plan, and she got him back!!
I dread the ride home...