Category Archives: family

Some Things to Cheer About!

We’ve had some good things happening with the boys lately, and I love to share things like this occasionally!

First off, Logan won second place at a speech and debate tournament a couple of weeks ago for his Expository Speech on Thomas Edison. He prefers the photo on the right, I the one on the left, LOL!

And we received word last week that Liam’s Trombone Quartet the HELMsmen is first alternate in the International Trombone Associations Trombone Quartet competition:

This is quite amazing as they are comprised of 2 sophomores and 2 freshmen, while the rest of the groups are made up of older players, including many grad students! The finals of this competition are going to be held here at the University of Redlands this summer during the International Trombone Festival, hosting it is a huge project my hubby has been working on for a good 2 years now! If one of the groups can’t all get to Redlands this summer, the HELMsmen are first in line to take their spot in the finals. The entire Vanderbilt Trombone Choir is going to be performing at the festival, so they are all committed to be there anyway.

Even more exciting is that Liam is a finalist for the Larry Wiehe Tenor Trombone Competition! This competition is open to trombonists 23 years old and under, so at 19 Liam is competing against trombonists many years his senior. We are so excited for him!

My little boys aren’t so little any more! I love seeing them grow into their own person, with their interests and passions to pursue!

Happy New Year!!!

Well, another week has flown by! We’ve all been sleeping late, cooking, eating, and watching movies. Hubby’s replacing shocks, struts and bearings on our old Aztek, and I’ve been finishing up making Christmas presents. Here’s some fun pix from our Christmas morning: I’ve found a cool program called “Blog Stomp” that makes collages like this… Continue Reading

Ryan and Kaitlin Got Married!

My whirlwind trip to Massachusetts for my nephews wedding was a lot of fun! I got in Saturday morning at 1 AM, and I enjoyed the autumn foliage in my Mom and Step Dad’s backyard: Beautiful! Unfortunately, a temperature drop the night before caused a LOT of leaves to drop and to continue to drop… Continue Reading

Another Fun Trip to Nashville!

Last Friday hubby and I headed out to Nashville to hear Liam play his sophomore recital! The trip got off to a rocky start; we were supposed to arrive at midnight, but our connecting flight was delayed in Colorado, so I got to spent a few hours grading exams in the airport: and we didn’t… Continue Reading

Liam’s Exciting Week in Germany

It’s been a week since he’s been back and I’m finally getting around to gathering up pictures so I could share a bit about Liam’s experience at the Aeolus Competition. He learned about this competition, which takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany, in the summer  of 2015. In order to be considered, you have to have… Continue Reading

Sophomore Year at Vanderbilt has Begun!

I’ve just returned from taking Liam back to Vanderbilt University where he began sophomore year as a Trombone Performance major at the Blair School of Music yesterday. I love Nashville, it is so full of nice people and great restaurants, everywhere we went we had great conversations with friendly folk. The only negative from Liam’s… Continue Reading