Monthly Archives: December 2007

LONG POST WITH PICTURES AND A VIDEO…

So much has happened since my last post…school…One Voice…3 friends have died…my 50th birthday and Christmas. The photos, words and video below are just a glimpse of the craziness and blessing of December.

In the midst of the finals weeks of One Voice rehearsals we lost a friend and choir member, Dave Constant. What a blessing this man was. I remember him talking to John about the treatments they were going to try on him and not knowing if they would work. His comment to John was, “Either way I win…”. Dave fought the good fight and glorified God through his life. This photo is from our Easter production, “Alive Forever”. The song was, “We Followed the Man”.

I have circled Dave, in my book He followed the man.

John offered to take me to the Nutcracker for my birthday. I decided what I really wanted was time with the family, so I asked to go to Wired for Christmas in Raymond, NH. This guy has tons of lights (check out the website) and music to go with the lights. It was a riot listening to Hilary, Katie and Andrew in the backseat on the trip down (they slept on the way home). We went to Applebee’s for supper. It was exactly what I wanted – family and laughter.

The home of a die-hard Red Sox fan.
My 50th birthday present. An eternity band. The question then becomes does it mean John wants to be married to me for an eternity OR it feels like we’ve been married an eternity…LOL

One Voice was tiring, stressful, chaotic and an amazing blessing. One of the tech crew from the High School accepted the Lord last week. Welcome to the family Anna! The Drama was about a girl named Marissa who had made some poor choices, but finally came back to the Lord (and her family). After the last performance a woman came up to Karen (who played Marissa) and said, “You just told my story – that was my life…and by the way, my name is Marissa!!!”WOW!! Click on the photo below and it will take you to my photobucket account where you can see more photos and videos from the performance, then click on slideshow to view them. By the way that is John in the middle of this photo of the opening song…

Photobucket

Hilary’s favorite photo as she prods the Hippo with my monopod…

The girls Christmas morning. Lindsey’s hat says “Feliz Navidad” or as her Kindergartener’s say, “Feliz Ladeda!”

Katie’s gift to her sisters (and me). This painting is from a photo taken the day Katie was born. Lindsey and Hilary are in hospital gowns holding her in the hospital.

wii bowling

TURN OFF STANDALONE PLAYER BEFORE WATCHING VIDEO…SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE…
MARSHMALLOW WARS are compliments of the shooters my Mom sent the girls…

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Let’s see what happens…

I think I’m going to move from Blogger to WordPress…maybe my family will leave comments if they don’t have to sign in to google. My two daughters who have blog are on WordPress – so I’ll give it a try…I have a lot to share since I haven’t posted anywhere since 12/9, but you will only get my “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” video today. More tomorrow…Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas Chuckle for You

Not much time to share all that has happened since my last post. This is just a sample. Merry Christmas and enjoy the chuckle. Hit the pause button on the standalone player at the bottom of the page to be able to hear the girl singing in the video.

Busy…

It’s been a busy few days. Katie made it home and we went to Bill’s funeral on Friday AM. As expexted, the church was packed. It was interesting trying to understand the symbolism in some of the things they do in the Catholic church. I decided I wouldn’t make a good Catholic – the incense gave me a headache (LOL). It was good to see all the kids I had watched grow and thrive under Bill’s loving care and it was good for Katie to be with friends. After the funeral she went to jam with International Toast and eat Chicken Parm (thanks Johnny). I went to finish Christmas and grocery shopping. It snowed again on the ride home and the roads were quite slick. I was thankful for my Subaru and AWD. Satuday was a full day of One Voice rehearsal and my “secret” is now out (it’s OK Mom, I had let it slip to Lindsey earlier in the week…). I am the dancing Hippo in the song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. Quite a claim to fame, huh?

Katie went to the Kingswood Christmas Concert last night – it was dedicated to Bill. They have had a long term sub for him and I guess the kids and staff really like him. Kate said there were a lot of tears shed during the concert. The part that got to me was when she told of the kids buying and presenting a directing baton to the teacher. The student who gave the baton to him was Bill’s son, Michael. How symbolic of passing the baton…I got tears in my eyes just hearing her tell about it.

After church today, and a nice sit down lunch, I finally got some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies made for John and some sinfully chocolate brownies to take to school…well, Kate and I will need to sample them first. I have been working on the annual Christmas letter and hope to get that in the mail this week. Below is the picture/layout I chose to use. We are supposed to get snow/ice tonight so I may have a school delay in the AM…can’t say I’d complain about that…

Teacher/Mentor/Friend…

Monday, December 3rd, a wonderful man, Bill Gibson, passed away after a year long battle with cancer. Bill was Katie’s music teacher, mentor and friend. He was Katie’s cheerleader. He stretched her and taught her. HE is the reason she chose to go to Eastern University to get a Music Ed. degree. She wants to be a High School music teacher…because of him. Bill was loved by so many students and parents and it will be very hard to fill the hole he has left in our hearts. His funeral is Friday. Katie was able to arrange to take her finals and vocal jury early so that she can fly home tomorrow and we can go to the funeral together. I am so glad she can come home. Below is a picture of Lindsey, Katie, Bill and Tasha. Bill called these three girls his “Divas”. When Katie learned of Bill’s cancer last year she decided to paint a portrait of him. Her AP Art teacher helped her add actual photographs of music concerts to the background. Bill was touched by her gift. I discovered today that this painting will be on display at the funeral home tomorrow. I had told Katie that the family would always have her gift and it would remind them of all the lives Bill had touched. You will be deeply missed Gib…


l to r: Lindsey, Katie, Bill, Tasha


The one and only GIB!

Umm…I was inspired…

OK – after watching Hilary and Andrew dance, I was inspired – I just couldn’t resist this.

Anyone who knows John and Mark will understand this clip because it is typical of when they are together. This one would probably NOT be typical, but hey, maybe it should be…

Love you John, Melodie and Mom!

Belly Laugh…

OK – it’s after midnight and I should be sound asleep, but Hilary just sent me this link and you have GOT to check it out… Presenting…HILARY and ANDREW

Now to bed…