Saturday, May 16, 2009

What Would You Do For This?

What would you do for this brand new, black, nickel plated, Pro Alto Cannonball saxophone, valued at $3,075?
Would you work hard for over a month to raise all your grades; would you sit on a hard floor for an undetermined amount of time with your hands on an instrument case and not be able to lift your fingers even the smallest iota; would you wait every six hours before you could take a bathroom break and only eat and drink when someone fed you; would you stay awake even when your body screamed SLEEP and your head kept nodding off; would you continue to stay in this position for 21 hours??? Chase did!
Chase was the winner of Ted Brown Music's "Hands-On Instrument Contest". After sitting with his hands on an instrument case for 21 hours (from 6:30 p.m. Friday night to 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon) he beat out 27 other students in the Tri-Cities in order to be the grand prize winner. He kept his concentration, stayed awake, paced his eating and drinking, and was a very good sport watching kids drop out of the competition one-by-one. Chase and a 7th grade girl were the last two contestants for about the last two hours and were both rock solid. The girl made one slip and raised a thumb to make Chase the winner. As a family, we all took turns being Chase's support crew, staying with him to help him stay awake and feed him when he needed it. Tara took the toughest shift (from midnight to 4:30 a.m.). Aaron and Kendall even called a couple of times to check in and encourage Chase. Chase was extremely happy that his determination and persistence totally paid off and he loves his new saxophone! My only question is this: If he can sit THAT still and under control for 21 hours, why can't he sit still for one hour of church?
This is Chase at the beginning of the competition. Notice the bright eyes and happy smile:
This is Chase at the end of his 20th hour. He was losing the comfort of his pillow and blanket right after I took this picture. Notice the droopy eyelids and bloodshot eyes:
At the end of the 21st hour, the two kids left in the competition were losing their support crews and would be on their own to endure every itch and not be able to scratch, not be able to eat because no one was there to feed them, and have no one to talk to or wake them up if they started to nod off. I fed Chase, put his water right next to him with a very long straw, and gave him a dose of a 5 hour energy drink. Right at the end of the 21 hours was when Chase's competition slipped up and raised her thumb. It was heartbreaking to see her lose after lasting for 21 hours, but we were very proud of Chase for sticking this out and working hard to accomplish his goal. He looks much happier now:

The local news came and did a story before the competition started. Here is their news report:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chase's Jazz Band Concert Solo

California Pup Tents

Rick is a funny guy -- for those of you who know him well, I don't need to make any explanations, but if you don't know Rick very well, he likes to do "different" things -- sometimes to get a reaction, sometimes because he needs a good laugh, and sometimes just because he can. Today was one of those "different" times and I think his reason might have been all three. He approached me at lunchtime and said, "I just made California Pup Tents" for lunch. Then he showed me this:
Do you know why I call them "California Pup Tents"? Because they are hot dogs [pups] with tents over them, and when I microwave them, they melt just like the people in the California wild fires. Like this:

I laughed so hard. It was hilarious!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Success! Prom 2009

After two weeks of stressing over Whitney's prom dress, it's complete and Whitney wore it beautifully! I won't tell you about all the mistakes I made or how many seams I had to undo or even all the mistakes that I just had to cover up in the end. I'm not sure that I'll ever do this again, but I'm glad that Whitney was happy with the dress and that she had a good time at Prom. Whitney could make a potato sack look glamorous! Thank you Sarah and Stefani for doing her makeup and Kim Craigo for doing her hair. Whitney looked absolutely gorgeous! Thanks Jake for showing Whitney a good time!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Prom Dress Pursuit - Part 4

I'm nearly done now -- had a fitting on Whitney last night and it fits and looks great except for one (really two) parts, so I need to add a little something to make it fit better. Hopefully, once it's done, you'll never know I did something different. Tomorrow is prom so I better get sewing!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Prom Dress Pursuit - Part 3

Just when I thought I was almost done...I have to make a major change now.
It's time to get my seam ripper sharpened! Aaaarrrrgh!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Sweet 16, Tara!

Happy, happy birthday Tara! Sweet 16 and never been kissed -- really. Tara has a never-ending bubbly personality. Her giggle is sweet, the way she gets my attention is sweet (she tickles my elbow), and even the way she sneezes is sweet. Don't let her little body fool you, though. She can be one tough cookie and a real tiger. Nothing intimidates or stops her and I really admire that in her. Tara is a good girl and has a very sweet spirit about her. She is extremely helpful to me and a complete joy! ^5Right after prayer this morning, armed with four cans of Silly String, we surprised Tara and covered her with hues of pink, blue, green, and purple (just to show her how much we love her). Then, of course, we spent the next 10 minutes picking it out of her hair so she could leave for school. (See the slide show below for some fun pictures of Tara growing up.)

Tara Growing Up

Monday, May 4, 2009

A funny thing happened today...

Really -- a FUNNY thing happened today that I have to share. I was on a 20 mile bike ride with Rick this afternoon, and with only about 1/2 mile to go, I found a wallet sitting next to the bike path. I stopped, looked around, and saw nobody, so I picked it up and stuck it in my pocket. When I got back to the car with Rick, I took it out to look for some identification. The wallet WREAKED of cigarettes and liquor. I found the man's name and address, so Rick and I decided to drive to his home to return the wallet. He lives in the trailer park on Clearwater across from Winco (for those of you not in the Tri-Cities, it's a total dump). We looked for a manager's trailer, but instead saw two police cars sitting in front of an old RV. We decided to just give the wallet to the police and (here's the funny part) they were parked in front of the man's trailer (who lost the wallet). We were told that they had a search warrant and found a sawed off shotgun and a grenade in the trailer and were waiting for the bomb squad to arrive. He said that the trailer park is one big meth lab. Rick and I just laughed as we waved to the policeman and drove away. Rick said, "You have to blog this story. This was funny!"

Friday, May 1, 2009

Seminary Senior Recognition Dinner

Tonight was the seminary senior recognition dinner for the graduating seniors, so Rick and I went with Whitney. Everything was nice, from the dinner to the entertainment to the slide show. There was a photographer who took a picture of each student with their parents. Here's ours. Wow -- graduation in just about a month now. Time is flying by so quickly!