Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cohen is 11 months!

Wow, time sure does fly by. Yesterday Cohen turned 11 months old already. He is changing constantly and trying hard to be like his big brother. His vocab consists of a few choice words that are a little hard to understand, but still recognizable: Dada (Dad), Nama (Mom), EE (NyNy), Babye (Bye), Hi, and Baba (bottle.) He is babbling more and more every day. He is also really into cruising the furniture right now and crawls VERY quickly. I think he will be walking soon. Other than that his most recent enjoyment comes from annoying Killian by wanting to play with whatever toy Killian has and wanting to lay right on top of him. We are blessed that Killian loves him so much. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am getting very excited to spend more time with my boys of summer vacation.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Topaz Block Party

Well, we survived. The gathering was smaller at our house this year, but the block was hoppin'. Most of our neighbors were out grillin' and chillin' like us and the road was blocked off. There was even a bounce house and some live entertainment!!! We had a great time, although we are TIRED today for sure. Hopefully I can post a picture or two later tonight or tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just a normal day in the life of Mrs. Boyd

What you mean you don't have Elvis in the lunchroom at your work?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Feeling a bit sentimental

It is starting to kick in, that little sadness that creeps up on me this time of year. Both high schools have now had their senior concerts and basically seniors are done as they don't have to take finals if they have A's in their classes (wish that policy would have been around back in the day....) So for some of them I may not see them again or if I do who knows when it will be.

First let me talk about the concerts, NCHS concert was perfect length, well-prepared and as a special treat Killian was my date. My private student, Kiki, performed the first movement of the Elgar Concerto and I am not sure who was more nervous, her or I. I didn't open my eyes the entire time! She did a great job, she has a bright future ahead of her, she is headed off to Luther College next year to major in music, education or possibly composition (Molly, maybe a future client for you.)

The West concert was of course wonderful as well, unfortunately I had to miss most of it due to Awards night at PJHS, but I ran in at the very last second to hear my wonderful cellists perform "Nothing Else Matters" visit my school blog to see the video: I can't help but get a little choked up at the slide show which this year they accompanied with "The Ludlows" from Legends of the Fall, the big finish though was a fun Irish piece which featured two violinists and one violist with amplification, very difficult but definitely worth the hard work.

Hopefully I haven't lost you yet, but here is the kicker of why I feel that extra tug this year, this graduating class was my FIRST set of beginners in Unit 5 when I started in 2001. When I started teaching them I was only 23 years old and married for 1 month. Killian and Cohen weren't even a thought at that point in time. Since then look at everything that has happened, they have been with me through 2 houses, 2 pets, 2 kids, almost 2 Master's Degrees, job changes, student teachers, several friends weddings and babies, and unfortunately losing some dear friends and family members. They were in front of my baton as it was announced the first plane hit the twin towers and they were kind to me during my "all-day" sickness with my pregnancies. These students after 8 years are no longer students, they are like family. I will miss them immensely.

This fall I was reading a book by Kidder that included this quote, thus I close:
She belonged among schoolchildren. They made her confront sorrow and injustice. They made her feel useful. Again, this year, some had needed more help than she could provide. There were many problems that she hadn't solved. But it wasn't for lack of trying. She hadn't given up. She had run out of time.

Congratulations Class of 2009!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The good and the bad of it...

Always lead with good right?
I got an A in my class, WOOHOO! Working on another 4.0

Now the bad
Cohen has slipped down to 9th place in the Angel's voting, see link, get to voting people!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mom, Thanks for...

So sometime in the last couple weeks I received this call from my son "Hey Mom, what's up? Thanks for marrying the best Dad ever. Ok, bye." Click...

I know think that Cohen is echoing this exact same message. As you know last week Cohen was sick so I have been babying him this week, trying to get him the fastest recovery ever, well in my mind this included runny baby food again even though he has had some "real" food recently. Well, today he refused to eat lunch at my mom's house and was SCREAMING at dinner time and miserable. He was eating his cheerios though, just not the stupid baby food. We were having spaghetti and in my efforts to keep my kids healthier than I am I sliced some banana up for the boys. Well, Chad, aka best Dad ever, said maybe he just wants spaghetti, soo.... problem solved, he didn't refuse to eat this. Still much cleaner than Killian's first experience, but cute non-the-less. Until next time, enjoy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

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Mom's Day

Cohen with the g-mas

Killian with g-mas

I just wanted to take a minute to say "thank you" to our moms, we couldn't survive without you! And... our boys adore you!

Friday, May 8, 2009

In case you were wondering...

Killian told Chad this morning: "I'm all growed up."

Thursday, May 7, 2009


What a great day... here is the breakdown, Chad is the only one who is hanging in there.

After being home with Cohen yesterday I went back to work today and Chad stayed home, I think God is sending me a sign that I should have stayed in bed. First I broke my flip flops (resulting in new shoes, which I guess isn't all that bad,) then I stopped at home to check on Cohen and broke the zipper on my pants, thank god I was at home and could change clothes!!!

Killian and Blake had a battle today and K got hit in the eye, then they had another encounter at lunch where as Killian said "Blake stabbed him...."

Cohen had a fever near 102 (not good,) which landed him a visit with good ole Dr. Weaver; result being Tonsillitis, AWESOME!
Here is some info and a really nice picture. Luckily this weekend isn't too busy so the little man can get better.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

7th Place

Ok, Chanel updated her blog:
Unfortunately Cohen is in 7th place, doesn't sound bad utnil you read her blog, come on people, empty those pockets!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Chelax (ch - lax)

v. to relax in a breeze

"Mom, let's just chelax tonight" as stated by Killian Boyd

Monday, May 4, 2009

Better late than never...

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Guys & Dolls

Good news... I survived and my arm did not fall off:)

Congratulations to everyone involved, we once again were somehow able to pull off a miracle with our production of Guys & Dolls @ Normal West. I will try to add some pics from this later so you can see my "second family" that I have been giving so much time to lately. It is always a little sad to see the set come down in a matter of hours knowing how much work went into it; as is it sad to see the seniors on stage for the last time. I am sure you will hear more on my sentimental side as we approach the end of the year; but this year's seniors were my first beginners in Unit 5. When you see these kids daily it is like they are a part of your family.

On a happier note I am glad to have more time at home with my boys; especially Cohen who is changing so quickly these days, we have to work on the walking if he is going to pull it off like his brother at 11 months!!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Organizational Contest

Well, many of you know how stressed out I have been this week, I have good news to report, due to Chad's kindness of letting me sleep in today (well, sleeping in for a mom) I think I will live through the weekend.
Also I had a milestone last night in my career. My 7th & 8th Grade Orchestras went to IESA Organizational Contest and received straight I's! YEAH!! To top it off 7th grade received two perfect scores and 8th grade won BEST OF THE DAY!!! WOOHOOOOOO!!!!!