One proud mama

April 8, 2013

*Fair warning — I’m going to gush a bit a lot about my kids in this post!!!

I really, really wish I could have written this post Saturday night when all these feelings were fresh in my mind. But alas, as is the case with many of us — kids come first and after spending a whole day with them, most of it out in the sun, I was one tired mommy.

Saturday, the kids’ school had their annual Spring Fling where they showcase the students’ art work in an art exhibit, and the kids show off what they’ve learned in choir, dance and band etc. It’s a day for the fine arts.

I have to be honest, I usually dread these types of things — the crowds, the amount of money spent on silly things ($2 for a can of soda), and being out in the heat all day. I’d much rather spent my Saturday sitting by the pool or playing on the beach.

But oh my, this Saturday was so worth it. The crowds, the heat, the rain, the screaming, running, pouting children — all worth it.

I left the school late Saturday afternoon bursting with pride at all the things my children have accomplished so far.

Both, the boy and middle daughter, had performances – band (playing the trumpet) and art exhibited for the boy and 2 choir performances and one dance performance for middle daughter.

Let’s start with the boy…

His performance was in between two of middle daughter’s performances and we had to hustle to get to where he was playing and unfortunately, the hubs and I had to split up so one of us (me) could go with middle to her second performance. Hubby recorded some video and I was able to see some of the performance and take some pictures. Thankfully, I had also seen the boy play at the holiday show in December.

I’m still in awe of him playing the trumpet and doing so well at it. I guess, he’s definitely taking after his daddy when it comes to playing instruments. The boy has decided to keep up with it next year and continue with band. He has a lot of fun with his friends and the teacher is amazing.

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The big surprise, for me, came when the girls and I (the boys had already left by then) headed over to the dining hall to see the art exhibit. From the moment I stepped foot in there, I was just simply bowled over by the beautiful paintings, photographs, fashion pieces and ceramics — all made by the students.

I was admiring some beautiful bowls set out on a table, decorated withย artificial fruit and colorful table cloths, when my eye caught my son’s name on a little card in front of a beautiful, medium sized emerald bowl. I cannot wait to get that little beauty home. As I stood there, admiring my son’s art work I heard the girls calling form the other side of the room. And then, one after the other we found all of my son’s pieces – a giant Twix bar and some paintings.

I said hello to his art teacher and told her how amazed I was at my son’s artistic talent because I always thought, he did not have an artistic bone in his body. (Yeah, I know, I won’t win any mom of the year award for that one!) She told me that he has vision. He knows exactly what he wants out of a piece and how to get there. The skill he is still lacking, is something that can be learned.

Well, talk about being pleasantly surprised. I walked out of there with a big smile on my face and planning what frames to buy and where to hang his art. The bowl will get a special place on the dining room table.

Now, it’s middle daughter’s turn…

She had two performances with choir, once with 4th grade choir and once with after school lower school choir. One of the songs they sang was “Eye of the Tiger”. It was a sight to see the kids get into it and raise their arms and sing their little hearts out.

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The highlight of her performances was her dance performance. She had been excited about it for days. Drove me crazy with what outfit to pick and couldn’t stop talking about it. To see my little disco queen shake her booty and have a good old time you can click here.

Just thinking about it makes my heart swell and smile big. She loves, loves, loves to dance. Her dance teacher told me later that she was very surprised to learn that middle had not taken any dance classes before. She said, middle was a natural and had so much fun and enthusiasm while dancing. After the performance, a few people came over to her and told her how great she did and that she should stick with it. No worries about that. She won’t ever let us forget about her love of dance.

So, yeah, my heart was bursting with pride at the end of the day. So very proud of their accomplishments and feeling so blessed for the opportunities both of them have.

(*Sorry for the long post today but I just had to get this out. Proud mommy and all!) ๐Ÿ™‚



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  • Tami April 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Your heart is allowed to burst with joy. Your kids are amazing, they had me smiling! OMG That bowl that your son made is gorgeous. I want one! And your daughter is a natural. She should try out for Glee. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a great week.

    • Susi April 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Tami, don’t you just love it? I can’t wait for him to bring it home. Oh, and don’t give middle daughter any ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kimberly April 9, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Whoa…wait…did you say Eye Of The Tiger?….Cause that is AWESOME.
    I can tell by the way you write that you are so so proud of them. Look at what amazing little peoples you’re raising your kids to be.

    • Susi April 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Yes, “Eye of the Tiger” – pretty cool, right? It was awesome and the kids had so much fun!!!

  • Sisters From Another Mister April 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

    LOVE this post and you captured the love and joy and pride in each and every word!!!

    • Susi April 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Thank you, Nicole. It’s true what they say about things coming easy when it’s something you love – this was an easy post to write and I had to reign myself in so it wouldn’t be any longer!

  • Beth Ann Chiles April 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

    So totally understand the proud mama thing and so happy that you were able to take all (or most of it) in. I also know what you mean about dreading those days—I always was worn out after them but I , like you, always came away just amazed at not only what my boys could do but what talent all the kids had. You have a right to be proud=—the bowl is fabulous and the dance—priceless!!! Love!!!

    • Susi April 9, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Beth Ann. You are right. I was not only amazed at my kids but also at all the others – just some amazing talent there!

  • Debbie April 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

    You have lovely children and so talented! No wonder you’re a proud Mama. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susi April 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Thanks, Debbie. Believe me, I was very happy to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly April 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Your kids are so cute! That bowl is a-maz-ing! I’m so glad we still have the arts in school. School would be so dismal without those classes.

    • Susi April 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thank you, Holly. I am very grateful the kids have an awesome fine arts program at their (private) school. Unfortunately, that was not the case at their old school. And I think, it is a huge problem that all these programs are getting cut in most public schools.

  • Sandra April 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Susi, you totally deserve to gush as much as you want over your kids! But seriously, the art is extraordinary! I fell in love with zentangle art a few months ago–you might even remember my post about it. Your son’s portrait is STUNNING. I am floored by his creativity, and what do you mean no artistic bone??? The bowl is amazing, too! It seems like you all had a great time at this Spring Fling. Great job to everyone!

    • Susi April 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Thanks, Sandra. His artistic talent is truly starting too shine through. I think, sometimes who you have as a teacher really makes a difference. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rach (DonutsMama) April 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    What a great day! And that bowl is gorgeous! You should indeed be very proud of your kids!

    • Susi April 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks, Rachel. I sure am. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TBM April 12, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Wonderful photos and gush away. It’s nice to know a happy family

    • Susi April 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much. I’m happy to share these happy moments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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