Rites and Passages

by Stefani on 27-April-2009

Good monday to you, friends!

I hope that your weekend was a relaxing one. 

Ours was cram packed, but in a good way… 

The new edition of our Book of Days is pretty much done. After some minor tying of loose ends it will be up for sale tomorrow. I know I say this every month, but this is my favorite edition yet! I'm crazy excited to share it with you!

We bought ourselves flowers to commemorate the close of a flower laden issue. I know they're common as the day is long, but daisies just make me smile every blessed time I look at 'em. 

Sunshine In a Jar

We also got the pleasure of attending my oldest son's fiddle recital this weekend. This boy does not like to be the center of attention, and the song was a hard one for him. PLUS it was his first time playing with a piano accompaniment, so nerves were running pretty high. 

Minuet 1

He did Sir Bach proud though, and his Mama and Papa, brothers and grandparents too. 

In honor of his achievement we presented him with a little trophy and let all the boys pick out a pint of Blue Bell and a movie. (For you southern folks, have you SEEN the Blackberry Cobbler or Orange Cooler -think Dreamsicle- flavors in stores? All I can say is DANG they're good!)

And as if that weren't enough, the boys all finished out their year of AWANA this weekend. For those of you who don't know, this is a kids club at our church. Part of the point of the club is scripture memory. I'm going to do a little shameless bragging on my men now. Feel free to roll your eyes…. My older two were the only ones in their classes who finished the book, then redid the entire thing for a special "review patch" to wear on their vests and THEN did an extra workbook to earn a pin. It was a BIG deal and a LOT of work. I'm ridiculously proud of them.  

In honor of THAT accomplishment, we're going to have ourselves a "downtown day" today. We'll troll the museums, ride a city bus, and maybe walk around the big Whole Foods with our mouths hanging open over it' awe-inspiring bigness. 

I'm worn out already!

And One for the Kitchen Window

I hope you guys have lots to celebrate today  and that the week ahead of you is full of good times too. 

See you back here tomorrow!


There's a post up at the Ranch today too!
Lorilee Kopp April 27, 2009 at 7:54 am

Gosh I LOVE simple little glass bottles with flowers in them. Makes me so happy! Each and every flower that grows makes me smile. I can’t wait for the new edition!! Flower laden you say? Eeeeeeeeee!

Julie Alvarez April 27, 2009 at 8:19 am

You must be one proud mama! That’s what’s all this is about. (Not the selfish pride, but the true one that comes from seeing your little ones achieving the things that they really want for themselves, and making something good.)

Kelly April 27, 2009 at 8:45 am

Congratulations to your boys for finishing their books! (And to you for helping them get there!) My boys finished theirs’ again this year too and I was incredibly proud of them as well. I grew up in AWANA so I know the overwhelming benefits to the program. Actually I went to Bible college and even the profs would comment on the difference between the AWANA kids and the non-AWANA kids. 🙂 Have fun celebrating today!

Amber April 27, 2009 at 9:16 am

Daisies have always been one of my favourite flowers. They’re just so very cheerful. I even love the subtle smell they carry. I can’t wait until they pop up around my neck of the woods!

Thimbleina April 27, 2009 at 9:48 am

Well done on all the recent achievements by you all. I think you should brag about them, it shows that you care alot.

Kelly April 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

Your boys sound so cool! Congrats to them!

Have fun downtown!

Amber Carrillo April 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

I’d be proud too – way to go, boys! He looks so cute with his fiddle…hope you had a fun day downtown!

Sherry (rovinggirlnotes) April 27, 2009 at 11:23 am

Hello, I am looking forward to the new edition. Now that the weather is so nice here, it wil be great to have some fresh ideas one what to do. Sherry

Lia April 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I hope you all are enjoying your day downtown. It’s so fun to celebrate accomplishments- and you can’t do much better than Whole Foods!

Dawn Suzette April 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Congrats to your little men!
Flowers lovely!
Looking forward to May edition. We have not done much of the April book yet as we are still feeling like say…. March around here! We will catch up though!
From what they say spring comes late but fast around here…
Have fun downtown!

AJ April 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Congratulations on those talented boys of yours! 🙂 Sounds like some great rewards. Bluebell ice cream…mmmmy. We don’t have that out here.

k April 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Good job boys!!! Well done!

Hannah April 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Looking forward to the May BOD!

My older two finished their AWANA books too, and are looking forward to their award ceremony, after doing the AWANA family campout this past weekend.
Congrats to your guys for the extra work!

Cristie Baron April 28, 2009 at 7:29 am

Congratulations to your son! (and to you 😉 Love what AWANA does for the kids – a great program!

Relyn May 1, 2009 at 7:55 am

Yea for you, Blue Yonder Boys. I join your Momma in applauding you. I just want to tell you three that you will never regret the time you spend memorizing scripture. It is one of the most important things you can do – in your whole life. Way to go, boys.

tracy May 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Oh, what song did your boy play for his recital? My daughter’s first violin recital is coming up, and she is practicing Bach’s Minuet 2 (from Suzuki Book One). It will be her first time playing for anyone, and the first time with piano accompaniment. Fortunately, my husband plays piano and they have been practicing together at home to get her used to it, but she is very nervous about the whole thing. I will show her this picture of your son to give her some courage!

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