December 14th ~ Let The Music Play

On the fourteenth day of December my true love gave to me,

a lovely little melody.

I love these pictures I found with the dates and everything on them, but they certainly aren’t coinciding with my posts very well! haha- oh well.

So yesterday’s picture was kinda close…. it said to do your chores while listening to Christmas Music. So in the tradition of Christmas music we attended Brandon’s school band Winter Concert on Monday night, and Jadon’s school’s Christmas Program on Tuesday night. Wow!

For the band concert, I first have to say that it was amazing. Every year the music instructor starts the program off with the beginning groups, the sixth graders. You can really tell they have been trying for the past 3 months to learn their instruments. All of their songs were more like scales, and it reminded me of Brandon being up there for the first time 3 years ago.

Next comes the middle schoolers, 7th & 8th graders. Even though 6th grade is middle school, these older ones have more experience, and you can hear it in their playing. Already a big difference. My favorite song they did was called Tap Out. I can’t explain it but it was cool. Lots of drum tapping, and the kids who were on percussion really had the beat. Jadon, a budding drummer, looked especially entranced as well.

By the time the high schoolers came out I knew we were in for a treat. This group is amazing. Some of these kids also play in the Strings (band) and the Jazz Band, consequently playing 2 or 3 instruments each. I saw 2 young girls I knew who played 3 instruments each. One played the french horn, trombone, and violin. The other played the saxophone, the cello, and the flute. That’s a lot of practicing! I was impressed. And the group did not disappoint.

He looks thrilled, doesn't he?

So last night was the Christmas Program at Jadon’s school. The auditorium at the Elementary school was packed out as literally every student came to sing their two songs each (per grade). So this included moms, dad, siblings, grand-parents, etc. This is not a normal thing around here. Keep in mind that there are less than 300 students between K and 5th grade, but still, our little school could barely contain the crowd.

This littel diva next to him is a real firecracker- totally adorable!

It seems that during the holiday season I’ve got more engagements in a week than I normally have in a month. It’s exhausting. But I go with the flow because these are special moments. No, not just because they only come once a year, but because some of them only come once in a lifetime. Brandon will only be 14 once, and Jadon will only be 10 once. This is Jadon’s last year of elementary school. Next year he will be a big 6th grader!

Take time to enjoy these things. Yes, it’s a little inconvenient when school night events interfere with homework and dinner time, but that’s what makes Christmas Break so great (and it’s coming up soon!). Enjoy the season in good health, good spirits, and good fun, and savor every moment you share this holiday with your friends and family. Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember the real reason for the season.

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

~ 1 John 4:12  NIV

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