Final Percussion Concert

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“Final Percussion Concert” Cedar Park, 2022

We saw Koa’s final percussion concert tonight. He has been part of the percussion section and with the same percussion director since middle school, so this final concert was a big one.

It’s always a tear-filled speech from the director, who every year has to say goodbye to the seniors, so the evening was filled with a whole range of emotions: laughter at seeing the slideshow and photos, awe at listening to the amazing music, and sadness hearing the farewell speeches.

What a night!

Coming to a Close

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“Wind Ensemble” Leander, 2022

We went to listen to Koa’s high school band perform this evening. It will be one of the last times listening to him in a concert setting since he will be graduating soon. I’ve enjoyed going to both my sons’ concerts for several years now, so I’m a bit sad that it is ending 😢, but time marches on.

Birthday Prep

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“Decorations” Cedar Park, 2022

Our son’s birthday is tomorrow so we decorated a bit today. I can’t believe both of our boys will be adults already! Time goes by so fast… it seems like just yesterday when I was taking them to elementary school. And now they are almost both on their own. 😢

Wind Ensemble Concert

“Wind Ensemble” Cedar Park, 2022

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Koa perform at an indoor concert. In fact, I think right before the pandemic hit the States in 2020, we saw him perform at UT. But it was like nothing had changed, except all the kids seem taller! 😆

Tonight’s performance was by the TMEA Region 32 Wind Ensemble. They sound amazing, but what is really incredible is that they learned this song (and three others!) in one day. What talented kids!

Koa is in the back-left part of the stage and plays xylophone in this piece. He has a small solo at the 6:25 mark. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Visit

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“Slippers” Cedar Park, 2021

Bay came home from college for Thanksgiving. I was very happy to see him. Even though he is only a few hours away by car, it sometimes seems like he is a world away. So it’s so nice when he comes home. I actually watch his icon on google maps (we have location sharing on) and as I see him get closer to home, I get more and more excited, just like a little kid. 😅

Today’s photo is of his slippers (on the right) next to mine. I like it that he brought them home to use while he’s here. Unfortunately, he can only stay a couple of days because he’s so busy with school – in fact, he’s spending most of his time in his room working on school projects. But even so, it’s heartwarming to know that he’s home.