Photo Story Friday

Our Award Winning Son



Jazz with his medal he earned with the band at the 2012 Renegade Review in Tulsa this past October.

The weather was awful that day – cold and rainy. Luckily, our kids were able to perform without getting rained on – there were two bands, when we were there, that weren’t so lucky. I felt so sorry for them.

We got through prelims, went out to dinner, and checked Twitter to see if the band director had posted the times our kids would be performing in finals.

They wouldn’t be performing – finals had been canceled because a wicked storm was coming in. (A storm that we drove three hours back home in – my fingers were sore from gripping the steering wheel so hard).

So … the kids didn’t get to perform. And they were all really disappointed. However, the officials tallied up the scores and our kids came in second overall. Jazz came home from school one day and proudly showed us his medal.

This medal made all of his hard work totally worth it.

And I was thrilled that the kids actually had something they could keep and remember the experience by.

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Photo Story Friday: Forced to Smile



This is Jazz. He was probably in the 1st or 2nd grade here. This was the class Valentine party and yes, I made him stop, pose and smile in front of his classmates – hence the stiffness of his smile. lol

The little box magnet on the file cabinet with his picture in it was the craft they made together, as a class.

And yes, he’s wearing Polo.

My kids had STYLE in grade school. Now? I’m lucky if I can get them to change their t-shirts on a daily basis.

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Photo Story Friday: Family Shot 1997


I ran across this family picture (taken back in 1997) when I was going through my books to sell in my Amazon book store.

Jazz (the little blond-haired boy) is holding a train in each hand. I remember he would NOT put those trains down so we shrugged it off and took the pictures anyway.

And I can’t believe how chunky Jazz looks in this picture. I think that’s probably the “biggest” he’s ever been in his life. He’s so skinny.

In fact, both boys are so skinny.

And what a heart throb Dude looks in his tie. He’s a heart breaker, that one.

I apologize for the quality. This is actually the proof that Sears printed out for us so it’s not the sharpest picture, but still, it brings back memories. 🙂