The Tuesday before Thanksgiving was the big fall concert for the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra, and Lola Gray’s orchestral debut. She looked incredibly grown up in her long skirt and black patent “high heeled” shoes! Lola played 3 songs with the Debut Strings Ensemble, and Fletcher played both with Debut and with the Lyric Strings Ensemble. (Videos of both groups are below.)
Fletcher’s sweet friend Skylar came to watch, as did our favorite first grade teacher, Mrs. Ferrell. The kids were amazing, as usual. I am constantly blown away by their skill and dedication, and could not be more proud.
For a second year, team BDR, Jr. rocked it in the Savannah Rock & Roll Marathon Kids Rock fun run! Fletcher insisted on borrowing Raymond’s arm band for his iPod so he could listen to music while he ran. Not to be outdone, Lola Gray made her own iPod out of paper, with different screens for RunKeeper, music, and a few games. She even made an arm band and wore it during the race.
Maybe before next year’s race I will actually get it together to help them do some training ahead of time. They loved the race, and both talked about doing the half marathon when they are 12!
Our fall has been so crazy this year, I feel like October just slipped past almost un-noticed. We only managed to get out a fraction of our Halloween decorations this year, but the kids helped put up the mice on the stairs and spiderwebs on the bushes, and even though Raymond was out of town we managed to get our pumpkins carved before Halloween Day. I consider that a big success!
And the kids’ costumes this year were definitely a big success! Fletcher knew from the start that he wanted to be Lucario – his favorite Pokemon of the moment. Lola Gray took a bit longer deciding, but finally settled on being a cloud. We made both costumes, a decision I was cursing in the weeks leading up to Halloween when I had waaaaaay too much on my plate and was totally overwhelmed. But in the end, both costumes turned out fantastically well (despite the fact that Lola lost fluff all over the neighborhood), and the kids were thrilled. They had by far the most creative costumes I saw that night, but then, I have by far the most creative kids I know so that shouldn’t be a surprise.
As an extra treat, the kids were able to wear costumes to school on Halloween day, something they have never done before. The costumes had to be book characters, so Fletcher’s Lucario worked but Lola’s cloud did not. Instead, she chose to be Lola from Charlie and Lola! A more perfect costume for her I can not imagine.
We missed having Raymond home for Halloween and trick-or-treating, but I know next year will be here before we know it. I think we might need to revive the Gaddy Halloween party in 2014!
My baby sister got married over the weekend. It’s strange, because in my head she is still 6 years old, as she was when I left home for college. It’s strange, because she lives across the ocean now and I have only met the man she married twice, including this weekend. But she is married, none the less. It was a beautiful wedding and a beautiful weekend (aside from the most humiliating wedding toast fail on my part, which is still making me cringe 4 days later – I really hope that starts to fade soon . . .)
Last week I was able to tag along with the JGS 2nd grade as they took a walking tour of downtown Savannah. We learned about General Oglethorpe, Yamacraw Chief Tomochichi, and the founding of Savannah. We saw the cobblestones on River Street which were once the ballast on ships sailing from England. We saw the spot where General Oglethorpe lived in a tent for 2 years until every other colonists had built their home, then we visited the location where he built his house (now the US Customshouse.) We visited Tomochichi’s grave and learned about Mary Musgrove and Toonahawi, and then we walked to Forsyth Park for a picnic lunch. It was a lot of walking, but the weather was beautiful and I was so happy to spend the day with my best girl and her sweet friends. And I learned something about the history of my city to boot!!