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.

Finals Competition in San Antonio

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“Cheering on the Drumline” San Antonio, 2021

Koa’s band competed today in San Antonio and we drove down from Austin to cheer them on. Luckily, we caught the band entering the arena while we were waiting for the doors to open up and got to give them words of encouragement, and also a few laughs. We have a large printed cardboard cutout of Koa’s face to hold up, and that got some big smiles from the Koa and the kids. 😄

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“Waiting to Enter the Stadium” San Antonio, 2021

I’m so proud of the marching band! They played great (Koa said it was their best run ever) and the crowd loved every second of the performance. Just two more competitions before marching band season is over. It’s coming to a close so quickly.

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“Taking the Field” San Antonio, 2021

Senior Night

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“2021 Percussion” Cedar Park, 2021

This evening Koa’s high school celebrate the band members who are graduating this year. We all got to walk onto the field amid cheers from the other students while the PA announcer read off the kids’ names and a bit out them (their accomplishments and future plans). It was a lot of fun!

The photo above is of the percussion seniors and their percussion director. Koa has been studying with the director for 7 years now! (6th grade though high school)

Final Rehearsal

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“Last Rehearsal” Cedar Park, 2021

This evening was the final rehearsal at the high school band pad for the 2021 marching season. It’s also the final rehearsal for Koa’s marching band career since he’s a senior and will be graduating in June of next year. Next week are the last competitions for the marching band before they transition to concert season.

It’s kind of sad to think that after four years, marching band is almost over and that soon he’ll be going to college. That means both of our kids will be living away from us for most of the year. I’m excited for them both, but wondering how life will be.

But, time marches on! (pun intended 😋)

First Band Competition of the Season

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“BOA Austin 2021” Austin, 2021

We went to the first marching band competition of the season this evening to watch Koa’s high school perform. It was awesome! All the bands were really great, with a ton of variety. It was so cool to see all the hard work pay off in amazing performances. Way to go everyone! (But especially my son, Koa 😄)