Without a Hitch

by Stefani on 20-June-2008

Um, okay, how about now y'all pray that some far off never-knew-they-existed relative up and leaves me a 20 acre farm of my very own?   Throw in some horses while you're at it okay? 

I'm just saying, you all have some POWERFUL prayers! They sure worked wonders for us! 🙂 Thank  you so much for all the well wishes, good vibes, prayers and thoughts sent our way. They were just what we needed. 

Ryder lolled about watching his beloved PEEP for a while yesterday morning, ate a whole bunch of saltines (did you know they make them bite-sized now? Everything is cuter when it's bite sized – even saltines.). He chugged all the strawberry kiwi sparkling water that we had on tap, and then he stood up and declared, "I'm not sick anymore." 

And he wasn't. 

Just like that. 


And the recital! 

Do you know that boy of mine was not even nervous? Not one bit! He had this whole swagger about him. He never questioned, not even once, that he and his little partner were going to rock the house, and that everyone was going to love them.

And they did, of course. 


I caught him fidgeting and spinning his guitar before he went on, and I said, "Honey, it's going to be alright. You're going to do so well."

 He looked at me like I'd grown feathers. "I know. I'm just tired of sitting here." 


I don't think that I've ever, not ever, had the kind of self assuredness that this kid possesses. Me, I would have thrown up for sure. And we're clean out of the saltines, so that would be bad. 

 We celebrated him duly – took him out for the biggest milkshake we could find, both sets of grandparents included, played lots of arcade games, and presented him with his very own trophy. He was so surprised!

His Trophy 

He's been a little miffed that his brother earns belts for karate, and received a cool framed certificate and engraved holder for his belts when he promoted. He wanted to know, "What do guitar players get?"

I gave him the whole speech about being happy for his brother without thinking about what he'd get, and how playing music was it's own reward, la la la la la, and then I ordered up a trophy for his first recital. He's right, guitar players should be honored for their achievements too.

The trophy says his name and, "A Real Guitar Hero" and the date.

He thought it was pretty fantastic, and wanted to know if it "cost thousands, since it's real gold." (Uh, no.)

He also wanted to know if he could get one for his NEXT recital, and can it say, "Legend of Rock" ? See what I mean? Swagger. 

Happy Weekend!

and the Blue Yonder Boys
Mandy June 20, 2008 at 5:47 am

You never cease to amaze me. Can you save one of your boys to marry one of my daughters? Something tells me they are going to wonderful men!

Getting him a trophy for his recital. That is so cool I want to weep!

Sarah June 20, 2008 at 6:53 am

I’m glad everything went well yesterday…and that the real guitar heroes among us are getting some recognition! 🙂

Celtic Mommy June 20, 2008 at 7:11 am

Oh how super wonderful! And I’m in love with that little trophy!! So happy that all went well and your wee one is feeling better. 😀

Tipper June 20, 2008 at 7:14 am

Congrats to the little flat top picker!

Molly June 20, 2008 at 7:25 am

oh the magic of a confidence born of making music. so thrilling! my daughter is taking her first guitar lessons this summer – she’s eight. I’m hoping it will be something to love. she needs something. I can think of far less “somethings” than music in a person’s life. This post is so hopeful. Good for him. good for him.

elissa June 20, 2008 at 7:33 am

So happy for you all and loving the new summer banner! Love that kind of swagger, good for him! I could use a dose myself….

Angela June 20, 2008 at 8:26 am

I swear, this blog makes me smile every, single time I visit! I just love your family! Good call on the trophy. (And his “I’m just tired of sitting here” comment cracked me up!)

Jade June 20, 2008 at 8:28 am

What a great mommy you are. The trophy. Great idea! Such a beautiful day shared with family. Nice job mama!

Em June 20, 2008 at 8:32 am

Wow, that’s so great that the little one got better so quickly – and the recital sounds like it was wonderful! I love the trophy you got for him… such a great Mom! It sounds like he’s well on his way to being a very fine musician!

Mariah June 20, 2008 at 8:44 am

Swagger has it’s place. And to be born with that strength and self confidence! How wonderful.

Thanks for sharing it all with us. It’s a gift.

Tiffany June 20, 2008 at 9:16 am

What a wonderful way to begin the weekend! Ryder is well and James looks so proud. Another really GREAT idea Stefani! I will have to remember the trophy when my little man plays in his winter piano recital. I just love your blog!

heather jane June 20, 2008 at 10:06 am

Isn’t it just so funny how our kids can be so much like us in one moment and so totally their own in another. Swagger is good.

I’m so happy the puking stopped. It was making me nervous from here. See? I have a really big problem with that particular Mommy element.

As a music teacher I totally love the trophy and I’m going to remember that if I ever hold a recital. I just found a stash of old recital certificates from when I grew up and I’m so glad I saved them.

brit June 20, 2008 at 10:16 am

Those boys of yours are pretty awesome….

Anna June 20, 2008 at 11:41 am

Happy Happy weekend…I love your new banner. It is the epitome of ‘summer’. I hope to get some shots like that of my very own next week. Yay, vacation!

MadWomanMeg June 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Well done him! And good for you getting that trophy. Your boys are fantastic. I hope my son grows up to be like them.

Mrs. MK June 20, 2008 at 1:42 pm

What a boy!!! I love that he wasn’t nervous….congrats!

OMSH June 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm

That was cool – you ordering a trophy. I’d pat you on the back, but you’re TOO FAR!

And? Tell him to ditch the polo pullover and go for real rockin’ gear next time…I don’t even think Eric Clapton wears polo pullovers.

heh heh

Vanessa June 20, 2008 at 4:54 pm

I am so very very proud of your middle man! Woo-hoo! Please give him hugs from us down here, south of The River. I am also glad to hear that Peep was there to stick by Ryder through the hard times. We miss you, tons.

Paige June 20, 2008 at 6:38 pm

That’s so awesome – what a sweetie!

gonzomama June 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Awesome and adorable!

Katie June 20, 2008 at 9:52 pm

That is such a lovely thing to do for him, to get him a trophy. And not just any trophy – a trophy made of REAL GOLD! 😛

Thimbleina June 21, 2008 at 3:51 am

Glad to hear you are all better. Congratulations to your young man on the recital. Congratulations to you for bringing up such a confidant young man, you must be so proud

erin June 21, 2008 at 5:53 am

I bet he’s showing that trophy to everyone that will look! So cute, Stef.

Treemama June 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm

You are my favorite blog of the week. Thanks for the laughs and the heart tugs! An inspiration.

Anne June 23, 2008 at 8:12 am

He looks so proud holding the trophy – very sweet.

Julie @ Letter9 June 23, 2008 at 9:21 am

That trophy was a great idea. You have a wonderful ability to get inside your kids’ heads. Good mom. : )

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