*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.
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 with 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.
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!) 🙂