Saturday, August 23, 2014

 And so it begins...The Allen High School Escadrille has been practicing for a few weeks now.  This is the annual Watermelon Bust.  There are a ton of tubas...20-30 or so...lots.
 Grant threatens to quit band on a regular basis.  But as you can see from the pictures, he is surrounded by friends when he's there.  (Grant and Kyle Steele)
 More friends...Tony Baker, Kyle, and Jake Holloway.
 A Color Guard friend...Rachel Fulton. Yep.  Band is a total and complete drag:)
 The Steele Brothers...Austin and Kyle (not pictured, Collin:)
 The annual "band member/parent" photo.
This is a small sampling of the band and color guard. In years past, there have been 800+ members.  There was a fair amount of "fallout" when band directors changed last year, amidst some controversy.  Not sure of the numbers now...maybe 600ish?  Still a lot!

Monday, August 18, 2014

 This past weekend we spent a much anticipated few days in Vero Beach, Florida at Disney's resort with Jennie and James Jenkins.The sunrises were incredible each morning. Although it was vacation time, we were up early to get our runs in ... in order to offset some of the bad food choices we made.  And yes, it was all worth it:)
 We jet skied one day.  This picture of James and Bill really isn't a fair representation of the actual event.  We'd hoped for 4 jet skis, but the company only operated two. start, we doubled up. That was nothing short of nerve-wracking and ridiculous.  I lost my hat as soon as I gunned the was my favorite too.  It's a challenge to steady these little machines and we ended up dumping it once.  I was skeptical that I would be able to hoist my sorry rear end up onto the jet ski...surprisingly, it wasn't an issue.  When Bill started to climb on, he tipped us off...ugh! I knew for sure I'd never be able to get back on twice and he'd have to drag me into shore.  But, miracle of miracles, I stepped right back up.  Once we were both back on the dumb thing, we headed into shore so Bill and James could ride solo.  These little jet skis aren't built for 2 adult riders...duh.  We had lots of laughs and made memories that we'll remember for a long time.
 The storms rolled in every afternoon.  And we didn't even mind.  Vacation is vacation...nothing could rain on our parade.  Southern storms are the best!
 The water was perfect.  This was the calm before the storm.
 The resort we stayed at is in the background.  It wasn't big like other Disney resorts we've stayed at, but we liked it.  Vero Beach is a nice town.
 The storm to the can see the sky changing in the picture below.  We were the last ones on the beach this day and the minute we stepped into the resort it started to pour! What perfect timing.
 We ate at some great local restaurants and saw a couple of movies during the afternoons when it was raining.  We laughed and reminisced and relaxed.  We played miniature golf and hung out poolside and went down the water slide and played canasta and listened to some great live music in a couple of restaurants...and I must say, we had dessert every. single. night.  That's something I haven't done in a very long time.  Heaven!
 We left Sunday morning but stopped by Church on the way out of town.  The Vero Beach Ward was small, but awesome.  They meet in a brand new building. (Check out that blue sky!)

We had a great time and hope to get another trip on the calendar soon.  We think we might start playing the lottery too so we can just be on a perpetual vacation. A great time with the best of friends.