Monday, October 12, 2009

POB Pictures

Here is Kevin and Emily after POB. They are not in uniform before band events so I have to get pictures after. Congratulations to these two and drumline.

Read Emily's post below to see what POB is about.
Take Care,

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Marching Band POB

Hi its Emily!!

I know I haven't posted in a long long time but I have been so busy with band rehearsal. Today was POB with stands for Pageant of Bands. Our marching band has been putting a lot of long hours of practice for this competition, and 2 other competitions that will be coming up. We performed our marching show at Wilson stadium and were judged. It wasn't our best performance because 2 people fell, one person sprained is ankle and one the the flute players had an asthma attack but we were able to keep together. Drum line was able to do most of our stuff pretty well today. After our performance we watched the larger schools perform. Then finally we got to the awards ceremony. In our division we won 2nd place, best percussion, best woodwinds and the peoples choice award. We were all so happy. But the best part was after we looked at the total score for all the divisions put together we found out that our percussion group came in 2nd place! Today was a victorious day for marching band. Above is a picture of the 4 trophies we got.
Posted by EM

Why I Went Late to Work on Thursday

Ok, these are out of order, but its Balloon Fiesta time in Albuquerque and you never know where a balloon is going to land.

Not the Pepsi, but the other balloon landed on our street and blocked my drive way. Yes, I could of gotten out (they offered to move the balloon before deflating it), but I said "no". Matthew has never put up a balloon and this was an awesome experience I could not pass.

It was right in front of the house, so being the good mama I am (ha ha) I let him help. And went to work/school late. I just could not pass this up, Matthew learned a lot, he asked questions, got in the basket, helped deflate the balloon, and the pilot showed him everything to do with ballooning. We had a great time. He learned more in that hour than he learned in the whole two weeks they have been studying balloons in school.

This morning we went to breakfast with the drumline (they have Pageant of the Bands today) at 6 am then Matthew and I went and watched the balloons launch. It was a very beautiful morning for them to go up. The ski was filled with color full balloons. Pictures to come later.

Take Care,

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cub Scout Trip

Here are some pictures of the Cub Scout Field Trip.

Hand washing clothes.

Making wine. He said the grapes were cold.

Grinding apples for apple cider.

Pressing the apples.
The cider was good. A lot of hard work on Matthew's part.

October update

Here we are October. Man has the time passed fast. The weather is cooler and trees are changing color. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is among us. The skies are filled with hot air Balloons. It is so beautiful here in New Mexico.

Homecoming for DN came and went, so did the UNM/NMSU football game. Was busy with other things life had in store and missed both games. Missed watching all four kids perform in the half time shows. But, I had all my kids plus more home on Sunday even if it was only for a few hours.

OK, I did something I said I did not want to do. But, to save the cub scout program at our school, where Matt is a Bear Cub, I signed on as a leader. The other leader stepped down for personal family reasons and I could not sit and watch the Bear Scouts (boys) be put on hold. So I am now a Bear Cub Scout Leader.

Yesterday we went on a field trip to El Rancho De Las Golondrinas. A Spanish Colonial Living Museum. It was a great trip, but at the same time I was in shock. Most of the boys did not know what a live sheep, donkey, cow or chicken looked like. Conection between picuters and live animals did not click.

They were amazed at where corn, pumpkins, sugar and chili came from. The reaction to how tortillas are made was a shock and where apples came from was more of a shocker to them (this one was the shocker). Apples come on trees? That is what they asked. They all thought they came from the grocery store in plastic containers. Most boys and dads picked apples for the first time.

Yes, I am using the word "shock" alot. I just don't know how else to discribe it. These boys and dads where clue less as to where their food comes from.

We also pressed apples in to cider, made tortillas, roasted chili, tasted homemade butter and jams, carded and died wool, stomped grapes for wine and saw lots of farm animals. I was amazed that some of dads were like the boys, they did not know where food came from or were amazed at the animals for they had not seen live farm animals. We missed a lot of the museum because we had to go slow and explain things over and over. The boys and dads had a lot of questions.

I was so proud of my son Matthew for knowing all this. He was able to answer questions and help me inform the boys and their dads. I am glad he knows where his food comes from and how to turn grain to flour to bread or tortillas. He knows how to shuck corn, pick pumpkins, roast chili, make butter. He also know his animals and how to act around them. The group was amazed at how he could do things naturally. Like I said I was one proud mama.

Will post picture in a few. I used Emily's camera and don't know how to down load the pictures.