Posts Tagged ‘feeling proud’

Sheet MusicI finally did it! I tried a voice (singing) lesson last Monday afternoon and had a blast. Now, Laura is officially my voice teacher. Since I can match pitch and can actually carry a tune, I have decided to take regular lessons. This basically entails going to a lesson once per week and practicing the other days of the week. Interestingly, Laura says I’m an alto. This seems to mean that I can hit some high notes, as well as some low notes; however, not too high and not too low. I like the label, so I’m going to keep it.

ViolinEven though I love music and love to sing, I never took any real time to seriously learn to play a musical instrument or to sing. My grandmother tried teaching me to play the violin when I was younger, but stubbornly I preferred going outside to play instead of practicing. Regretfully, I abandoned the violin in 3rd grade after struggling with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and never looked back. Thankfully, I still have the little violin that my grandmother bought me so many years ago. It is one of my treasured possessions. As for my singing career as a youngster, I was in choir for a year in grammar school. I remember performing at the annual school nativity program at Christmas. I really enjoyed it, and I’m not quite sure why I did not continue singing in choir. It probably had something to do with going outside to play instead of practicing.

First, Laura and I warmed-up. She taught me four notes and their beats. I practiced inhaling and exhaling to a certain number of beats. Next, we hummed octaves. After working on other warm ups, we sang part of a song that I had really wanted to learn to sing properly, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. It was difficult; however, I did pretty well. I have a long way to go before I will be able to sing it all the way through perfectly. Laura had also selected “The Sound of Music” for me to try singing. Surprisingly, I sang this song much better. I must admit that I am over the moon proud of myself and can officially cross #10 off of my 18 for 2018 list.

In Other News:

This past week was pretty busy both at work and on the home front. I started keeping my food journal and meditating on Monday. Early Thursday morning brought extremely bad weather through our area which caused many people, including my family, to lose power and create chaos for the remainder of the day. At that point, my food journal and daily meditation was pushed to the side. Coupled with loads to do at school, working the LSU concession stand yesterday, and completing necessary tasks today, I haven’t been able to do either one. In spite of all that, I did continue eating properly, and I walked six days this week. I took today off because I am beat.

This upcoming week promises to be busy; however, it won’t all be about work. I have some play scheduled almost every day. I have another voice lesson on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday evening, my BFF Shelly and I are driving to New Orleans to attend the Simple Minds concert. I took Wednesday off to recuperate, but it really is to take care of some necessary tasks (like filling out FASFA forms). My hubby and I are walking a 5K on Saturday morning. And, on Sunday, I am hoping that Andrew and I can go to the movies to see Bohemian Rhapsody, which I have heard from quite a few people is fabulous.

What will your upcoming week look like, dear reader? I hope it will not be all work and no play; hopefully, you can sprinkle in a bit of fun throughout the week. Happiness!

“Talking is the voice of human, singing is the voice of soul.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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Barry Jr. SLUThis past week has been an unbelievable week of proud moments for me. It started with Barry, Jr. graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B. A. in General Studies. He chose not to walk at graduation which was initially disappointing for me; however, ultimately it was his decision, not mine, and I soon realized that walking across that stage is not for everyone and not walking does not make me any less proud of his accomplishment. Now, it is time for Barry, Jr. to embark on a new adventure.    Ring Ceremony

On Monday evening, Andrew and his classmates celebrated their Ring Mass where they received their senior rings. Andrew also served at the Mass which always makes me proud. He even received a shout out from his principal about his ministry to serving at school Masses and becoming a Eucharistic Minister. He is officially a senior at STA.

On Wednesday morning, my 8th graders at Holy Ghost Catholic School attended their Awards Ceremony where they were honored for their achievements in academics, service to their school and community, as well as sports and other extracurricular activities.  Later that evening, my 8th grade students graduated from Holy Ghost Catholic School. They are now officially on their way to high school, and I am proud of their accomplishments. Watching them walk out of church was a bittersweet moment for me because the 8th Grade Class of 2018 is my last group of students that I will teach. In a sense, I graduated with them.

Andrew and KatOn Thursday morning, I attended Andrew’s Undergraduate Awards Ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas. Andrew and I were both overwhelmed with all of the awards that he received. He was recognized in Physics, English III AP: Language & Composition, Theology III, and Computer Science. He received the Sacristan Award for serving at the school Masses. He received the St. Michael’s College Book Award for demonstrating a commitment to volunteerism and leadership in community service endeavors. He also received the Cash, Coudrain & Sandage Scholarship for embodying the mission of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. WOW! While I am proud of Andrew’s achievements, I am most proud of how humble he was when being recognized at the ceremony and how humble he is in general.

Letterman AwardOn Friday morning, Andrew and the Class of 2019 had Senior Step Up Day. Four generous moms had shirts made for all of the students to wear. The students, driving their vehicles, paraded onto the STA campus and parked in the senior parking lot. It was an exciting moment for them.

Finally, Andrew attended his Tennis Banquet this afternoon. He received the Most Improved award with his doubles partner Brian, and they both lettered. Again, WOW! I am so proud of them both. They played well together and always had such terrific attitudes on the court. True sportsmanship!

It was a whirlwind week for Andrew as he transitioned from a junior to a senior. It was an end of a chapter for Barry, Jr. and myself. All three of us are blessed to be moving in new directions. Dear reader, I am optimistic and excited for both my sons and myself. Hopefully, we will all enjoy the upcoming journey that begins now. Happiness!

 “The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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