Wednesday, November 14, 2007

NaBloPoMo Day Fourteen - I WARNED You There Would Be Bragging

You know, The Offspring does a LOT of things, like other typical teenagers. Such as sending and receiving 2,500+ text messages last month. Or getting caught sitting on her boyfriend's lap. IN PUBLIC. Things that don't necessarily make her parents proud. But she has a talent (besides photography) of which we are extremely proud: she can sing.

I am not the only one who thinks so. Her choir director, who also happens to be one of the best friends I've ever had in my life, thinks so, too. Now, you may think she is biased. But she is the kind of friend who would NOT hesitate to tell me the honest truth. If The Offspring sucked at singing, I would know it. Here is a photo of Amber and some of her choirmates at last summer's ACC Choir Camp:She not only won a partial scholarship to attend the camp, but she auditioned and received a spot in the junior girl's ensemble during camp. Arkansas Songbird never went NEAR the camp this year - so, it was up to other choir directors from around the state to judge The Offspring's talent.

Remember this photo? Well, I didn't realize that Amber wore it to school on a day that she would be having her photo taken! Here she is, with the other choir officers in her middle school choir:Poor Arkansas Songbird - she had to blacken out Amber's shirt slogan so that it would be suitable for publication in the local paper and on the school web site. (Shame on us!) But the BEST of all?Getting to take the photo of Amber and her companions who made the Southwest Arkansas All-Region Choir! This was her second year to audition, and I was nervous b/c she had changed to a lower voice part. She made 10th chair in her section last year, and this year? She had to audition against even MORE kiddos (that means over 100, at least) from large, huge, BIG schools...and she made THIRD CHAIR! So, yeah, we are ecstatic. We will be attending the choir concert out of town this weekend - and I can't wait to hear her sing.

Don't blame me for bragging. I only have one kid, so I'm gonna milk it for all it's worth!

26 comments:

Sandy said...

Have a spectacular weekend! and tell Amber I said Congrats!

Willowtree said...

Brag away, you have every right!

Tiggerlane said...

sandy - will do! And thanks!

willowtree - glad to have your permission - but I still feel odd about bragging. (Yippee for Amber!)

Sirdar said...

Awesome news!! I would brag too. OK...sometimes I do brag :-)

She sure did well to move up from 10th chair to 3rd chair. I have absolutly no idea what that means but from the sound of it...it is a good thing.

Hope you can take some video or audio and post it for us. I did the kids handbells last year so it can be done. And yes I bragged.

Junebug said...

Brag away!! I love to brag about my kids. That's what parents are for. Yeah.

Pamela said...

congratulations to her -- and to you, too!

bermudabluez said...

You GO Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have only one child too and I do exactly the same thing!! Of course, now that she's older, I don't know as much about her day to day stuff as I once did...but I still brag when I can!

Kila said...

Congratulations to her! That's fabulous!

How wonderful during those teen years to have something you are so good at.

Tiggerlane said...

sirdar - they usually sell a CD of the performance - maybe I'll figure out how to post the clip!

junebug - I feel better, knowing I'm not alone in the parent-bragging world.

pamela - thanks, and I'll bet you know who made her practice!

bermudabluez - only children are pretty rare, it seems - all the more reason to brag!

kila - thanks - and yeah, it will look better on her college applications that the skill of "kissing well."

Shauna said...

Be a bragging momma! I am! ! ! ! Congrats to having such a talented child! ! !

Melissa said...

As an only child, I must urge you to brag continuously because we love it. ;) Congratulations to your lovely daughter!

I'm soooo sorrrrrry about my crappy commenting lately. I'll only be like this for, uh, a couple of weeks, I swear.

Karmyn R said...

Awesome! That is something to brag about!

Matt-Man said...

Congrats and feel free to brag, I do it about my kid all of the time. Cheers!!

Bond said...

BRAG AWAY.... Whether you have only the one or 10...BRAG AWAY...

That is wonderful news T....

and a big old WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO for Amber

ChrisB said...

As others have said brag away, it's great to celebrate your children's achievements. Congratulations to Amber and enjoy the concert.

Tiggerlane said...

shauna - Hey, Stranger! I forgot, you could give me bragging lessons! Then again, you have a LOT to brag about!

melissa - you are forgiven - but missed! And I was an only child, too. I still want people to brag about me, and then send money.

karmyn r - thanks! I'm beaming, still.

matt-man - maybe bragging is just a parental right, huh?

bond - I'll be sure to pass on the WOOOOOOOOOOO to the kid!

chrisb - thanks, and will do! It should make me cry - I always do!

Bond said...

BTW - that is a Taylor WOOOOOO ya know... OH and please find the time to stop by tomorrow and sit on The couch... sumthin' special fer ya

Tiggerlane said...

bond - I thought I recognized it! Can't wait to plop onto the couch for a surprise!

WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Desert Songbird said...

That is fan-damn-tastic! You gotcha yourself a budding songbird!

My daughter is my baby songbird, and I just discovered that my son has near perfect pitch.

Sigh.

Arkansas Songbird said...

Cute post and why, oh, why are you letting that girl wear T-shirts like that?!!!

Tiggerlane said...

arkansas songbird - better her wear that shirt, than one that shows too much!

Tiggerlane said...

desert songbird - Girl, you KNEW your kids had talent - with a mom like you! Can't wait to hear them sing - and SOON, I hope!

Robin said...

Wow...that IS something to brag about! We don't have a musical gene in our family, but we soooo appreciate that gift in others. Congratulations! :)

Tiggerlane said...

robin - I may have to post a clip of her singing...we are so proud!

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Memphis Steve said...

Thats kinda funny that she wore the shirt for the school photo.