Thursday, June 18, 2009

Getting Into the Groove

Our family seems to have gotten into the groove of the summer. Other than my failed IUD insertion and one broken down car, things have gone along smoothly.

Jake has successfully completed driver's ed and will be eligible to get his license in August. He is at Kids on Stage this week with performance on Friday night. It is amazing at how talented these kids are and what they can put together in just a week. Jake sent me a text this morning to let me know that Vince Gill had shown up as part of their morning program. How cool!

Brooke is mostly hanging out at the various neighborhood pools, texting, playing guitar, and chillin' with friends. Did you hear about the texting contest that was held? Some 15 year old girl won $50,000!!!!!! Whoa. In April, Brooke sent 10,000 texts- I am not kidding. Maybe we should sign her up next year...

I've been reading a lot and trying to get to Zumba (think aerobics, but dancing) at least once a week. Tennis lessons started again three weeks ago, but rained out until today. IT WAS SO HOT!!! It's good to get out of the house and get energized.

Have a good week.

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Star is Born in Leiper's Fork

Fear: to feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event. We all have fears. That little something deep down inside that tells us, “This might be painful. I should avoid this."

We say that people who face their fears are courageous. We celebrate with them overcoming fears and apprehensions. Fears can be real or imagined, but it doesn’t really matter because to the person experiencing it, it is reality.

Last night, we headed to Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork again. A very small crowd had gathered for writer’s night. When I say small I mean about eight other song writers/performers. Days before Ken had decided (and announced- making it more difficult to back out) that he would sign up to play two original songs Thursday night. As the days progressed I am sure the fear was growing. The fear of playing in front of people is one thing, but to put yourself out there; your thoughts, your feelings, your “self”.

As teachers we try everyday to create classroom environments for children to take risks and put themselves out there: to get up in front of the class and read, do a skit, share a story. No matter how old you get, putting yourself out there takes you back to when you were nine and standing in front of your peers with people expecting you to open yourself for all to see.

Some thrive on this feeling, for others it is a sickening feeling. As for my husband, I am very proud of his courage. He opened himself freely to the warm and welcoming peers there and shared his heart for all the world to see.

Ken Hughes- You rock!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

GOTCHA in China!!!

My dear friend, Ann Trubey, has finally gotten her hands on her newest addition to her family, "Trubey- Party of Five". Ann is the blond in the picture grinning from ear to ear. It is so good to see her so happy after waiting so many years and seeing a glimmer of hope at each painstakingly slow step of the way. Congratulations to the Trubey family. All the best on your trip back. See you at the airport!!

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