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The Spring Band Concert

Stephanie, Princess Buttercup, and Lefty. Sorry, it’s a little blurry.

It was a wonderful, creative, crazy idea.

It was a fun idea.

It was a scary idea.

Princess Buttercup’s band directory wanted the kids to teach their parents how to play the kids’ instruments for a segment in the Spring Band Concert.

I had never played clarinet in my life, but I play the flute.

Lefty, bless his heart, is not musically inclined.


For some reason, PB got impatient teaching me and gave up. Then we decided that it would be kicky for Lefty (our favorite guy who is mathematically-minded, left-handed, and completely left-brained) to learn to play the clarinet.

Princess Buttercup helps Lefty prepare for the concert.

It was an easy song to learn…the beginner among beginning-est songs: Mary had a Little Lamb.

Lefty is tenacious as a bulldog and threw himself into learning the toddler tune.


Last night, he made his stage debut with about 25 of us other parents at the band’s Spring Concert. Just to bulk up the Parent Band, the band director had a handful of us veteran musicians to play along with the group.

The kids joined us on stage to help the parents with our music and stage deportment.

It was cacophonous!

It was clamorous!

It was epic!

Afterwards, Lefty said to me, “You know…That was kind of fun.”

Lefty and me.

Summers on Grandma’s Farm

  When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my parents would take my brother and I up to north Alabama to attend Maywood Christian Camp for a week, and then my dad’s parents would pick us up and take us to their farm for another week.   North Alabama is further from… Continue Reading

Unique to Huntsville–Bennett Nurseries

Spring is here! On the last day of spring break, we went to Bennett Nurseries–Voted “Best Nursery in Huntsville” for 5 years in a row. I consider Bennett’s to be a part of a wonderful learning experience for kids. It is very kid-friendly with it’s outdoor train set and the free sodas that they offer… Continue Reading

Spring Break Ideas and Linkies!

We’ve made it to Spring Break! The world is open to sleeping late and endless possibilities for hanging out with Princess Buttercup, her friends, and her friend’s moms. Here are some ideas for stuff to do during Spring Break: 1. Host a game day party. Get some pals together and pull out “Apples to Apples,”… Continue Reading

Cookie Crunch

Anybody want to buy some Girl Scout cookies? We’ve got a ton of cookies left and the demand has trickled to a stop. About a month ago, we got a case of those buttery, sweet delicacies. The scent of cardboard and chocolate filled our car’s interior, and our mouths begged for a taste. After dinner,… Continue Reading

Oh Christmas Tree!

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, one of our favorite Christmas traditions was to go fetch our Christmas tree. Mom, Dave, whatever dog we had at the time, and I would bundle up in our winter coats, our “Bama” toboggans, and mittens and meet Dad around the corner of the house… Continue Reading

Fall / Halloween Festival Memories

Well, we all had a lot of fun at Friday’s fall festival at Princess Buttercup’s school. I had a great time face painting, while Princess ran around and won a bunch of gold fish to bring home. She also got some other toy and candy prizes, too, and she brought them to me to “guard”… Continue Reading

Halloween Fun at the Fall Festival

I’ve got a Digiorno pizza in the oven. Usually, in the Robertson household, we either eat or order out to celebrate the weekend. Tonight is the night of Princess Buttercup’s fall festival at school, though. We’ve got to make dinner snappy so that we can get to Buttercup’s school by six. The parents have to… Continue Reading