Welcome to a day in my life. I can't guarantee that this will be an exciting read for anyone. My life is filled with all the mundane activities of a stay-at-home-mom just trying to raise her three sons to be the best men they can be.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Well, I'm home after a very busy couple of days in Ottawa. Spencer was there with the Halton Junior Jazz Band and I went along as a parent chaparone. We were only there for two days, one night and so there was a lot of activity crammed in there. We left at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The HJJB had to be there at noon to practise, change and then perform at 1 p.m. Then there was the adjudication and pictures. They played so well and ended up with a Gold. The judges were blown away by the ability of these 13 year olds.

We were there with the Director's home school as they were also there to perform. They did their bit on Wednesday, so while they were busy with that, we were able to take the HJJB kids out to Parliment Hill and the Rideau Center for lunch and shopping. I was able to meet a good friend, whom I haven't seen in about 3 years, for lunch. It was great to meet up with her and catch up on things. It's like we were back in Barbados, sitting around the pool yacking while the kids played. I miss those days!

When the other group finished their events (they got Gold too) we all loaded back ont he busses and headed back to Oakville. It was midnight when we finally arrived back home. We were totally exhausted but elated after a fabulous trip and two Golds. I don't think too many of the kids went to school today, but Spencer had to as he has a performance tonight with his own home school at Band Share. The HJJB will be playing at that as well.

I don't think I will ever tire of hearing him play his instrument!


  1. Congratulations, Spencer!

    Dave and Joshua are going to Chicago next week for a high school band trip. Dave is taking a couple of vacation days and going as a chaperone. They're going to a Cubs game and some other really cool places. Oh yeah, the bands are going to play sometimes too! :)

  2. Anonymous11:24 PM

    Sounds like a GREAT trip! I would have loved to have heard the concerts/competitions! Wow! Congratulations to them!

    Just wondering... were you guys staying at the Marriott? I drove by yesterday afternoon and saw a whole mess of band students outside the hotel with their suitcases and instruments. It brought back memories of my band trips when I was in high school! :D

    (P.S. thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a message for me... you made me smile.)

  3. I wish! we stayed at the Quality Hotel, which was a tad short on the quality, but it was fine for the kids.

  4. it's too bad you couldn;t have at least one more day to see the sites. Ottawa is so lovelyat this time of the year!


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