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I am trying out for jazz band!

This week I am trying out for the school jazz band.  I sure hope I’m accepted this year.  I practiced my trumpet over the summer and am better now than last spring.  I think I’m pretty good.  The jazz band gets to play at different places around town—like the Harvest Festival, the Children’s Hospital, Kiwanis and Rotary.  Hopefully we will get to go state competition next Spring. This means we’ll take a bus and stay overnight in a hotel.

 

Jumping into the hay.

What an exciting time I had this last week.  The trip to the family farm was so much fun.   It was still too cold to swim in the pond, but we played around the pond a great deal.   We created a new game in the old barn.  We climbed way up high on the walls of the barn and then jumped into a pile of hay piles on the floor.  It was just like flying through the air.   Everything was going well until my oldest cousin, Paul, landed wrong and sprained his ankle.   I was glad he was not badly hurt.

The grownup saw what we were doing and decided our climbing the barn walls and flying to the hay below was too dangerous and made us stop.  Going to a new place for a few days is always creates new memories.  I think we are going back for a week after school is out.  Maybe on that trip I will invite Andy and his Uncle Andrew to join us.  I know Andy would have a blast on the farm.  I saw a lot of his distant relatives there!

 

Discipline should be intentional and appropriate.

As a parent, you should discipline in a direct and intentional way that demonstrates to your child that you are in control and that the behavior requiring discipline is not acceptable. When you are “out of control” in giving discipline, your child will very likely ignore the discipline. Your child may be sitting down on the outside, but standing up on the inside. Be the parent, not an adult kid. There is no reason to “lose your temper.”

The Band Music Mystery

Learning to play an instrument is always fun.  As fourth graders, Joey and Andy both play in their school bands.  Joey plays the trumpet, and Andy plays the tuba.  Andy’s sister, Angelica, plays the flute. Band practice is three days a week right after school is out.

Find out how an unexpected adventure takes place when Joey “borrows” his neighbor’s music to practice for concert band, and Andy gets lost in a most unusual place.  If it wasn’t for Joey, Andy would still be lost.  To get the full story, you will need to get The Band Music Mystery in late 2014. In the meantime, guess where Joey eventually finds Andy!

  • What happened to you that you did not expect?
  • What did you do? 
  • Do you play an instrument? 
  • What do you have to do to play an instrument well?
Going to the family farm.

School is our all week for Spring Vacation.   Mom and Dad surprised me this morning by telling my brother, sister and me that we are going on a three-day vacation to see my cousins who live on the old family farm.  We are going to travel by car and it will take us four hours to just get there.  I am taking my pad with me so I can play games while we travel.   I thought about inviting Andy to join us, but I was sure his Dad would want another older ant to travel with him.  As I thought more about asking him, I decided this would not be the best idea. Hiding out for hours on end is not what Andy thinks is fun.   I know the trip to the family farm is going to be a lot of fun.  All of us cousins enjoy finding things to do around the farm property.  There is a swimming hole, a rope swing, an orchard and old pens for a few farm animals.  This is going to be a blast!