Monthly Archives: November 2012

2nd chair, 1st violin

Fletcher had another concert last Saturday with the Debut Strings Ensemble of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra, and this time he was seated 2nd chair, 1st violin. For those of you who don’t know what that means (like, um, me until just recently) it is the second ‘best’ position in the orchestra and is sometimes called the Assistant Concertmaster. In other words, I’m pretty impressed with my little boy.

I seem to have perpetual technical difficulties at concerts, and this time was no exception. My phone was full and quit recording 3 seconds into the first song. I thought I knew how to record video on my DSLR, only to discover later that I missed 2 other songs and the one that I did record is totally out of focus. But oh well, you can still hear them.

Pretty impressive considering this is where he was a year ago:

I also thought I would post the video Fletcher made for this year’s PTA Reflections competition. The 2012-2013 theme is “The Magic of a Moment.”


Team BDR, Jr.

Last weekend was the 2nd annual Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon, and while a herniated disc kept Raymond on the sidelines, Fletcher & Lola Gray were able to get in on the action as part of team BDR, Jr.! The one mile kids run was a challenge for both of them (we need to work on endurance!) but the cheers and medal at the finish line made it all worth while. I foresee many more races in our future – perhaps even a family race? Perhaps . . .

A Week of Halloween!

The Halloween fun, which began with our Cub Scout trip to Poppell Farms,  continued full force through the end of October. The school PAWrade and carnival, which I organized for PTA, was Saturday and was a very full day of fun and games and cute pets in costumes. Since Raymond and I were both working the event, poor Pepper did not get to attend this year, but I think it is time to pass the carnival torch, so hopefully we will get to bring him next year.

A new addition to this year’s carnival was a pumpkin decorating contest! Lola made an adorable Medusa pumpkin and won 3rd place in the “Scariest” category. Fletcher made a Pokeball with a tiny pseudo-Pokemon (which I made) inside – and he won 1st place for “Most Creative”! He was really excited – even more so when they announced the winners again on Monday and his whole class cheered for him.


The fun continued when Grandmama arrived Saturday afternoon to spend a few days hanging with the kiddos so Raymond and I could attend the Savannah Film Festival – thank you, Grandmama! The kids loved spending so much time with her, and the lead-up to Halloween made it even better.

On Sunday, Lola Gray was an acolyte at church for the first time. She did a great job, but was a little overwhelmed by the experience and burst into tears once she was safely back in the pew with us. During the service the 3rd graders were given their first Bibles, and each read a short passage. I just can’t believe how quickly my babies are growing up! Grandmama treated us to lunch at the Pirate’s House to celebrate.

Wednesday brought a more low-key Halloween than past years. We just were not up to hosting our big Halloween bash this year, but honestly, I didn’t miss it a bit. We were able to hit the streets earlier, accompanied by the Rabbs, Heidels and Normans – 3 of my favorite families ever. Lola the unicorn and Fletcher the fencer scored mass quantities of candy, and everyone headed home tired and happy.

And now, suddenly it is November! Full speed ahead towards Thanksgiving!