Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A League Of Her Own

We all know how special Cara is. Now so does the rest of the world!

She truely is in...
A League of Her Own!

It is what it is... Namaste

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

And The Fat Lady Sings On...

...At the Wangenheim Middle School 8th Grade Awards Night. Cara and the rest of the "nerd herd*" cleanded house. 
*disclaimer - they all know I call them the nerd herd with the upmost respect. 
They prefer Semi-nerds since they are in the seminar program. (Bragging moment. They have to pass the GATE test with a score of 99.8 to get into the seminar program)

From the classroom to the ball fields to the music rooms to the broadcast booth, and beyond Cara and her 8th grade friends EXCELL!

Cara earned awards in Math, History, English, Citizenship and Academic Excellence. While Cara got a 4.0 a few times during middle school, her good friend since preschool got the Principal 's Honor award for 4.0 ALL 3 years! Holy Moley Brainiac!

At these ceremonies, one can really see what a multi-cultural community in which we live. Shout outs go to the teachers and principals who pronounced a plethora of international names with ease and grace... mostly. At Wangenheim there was 1 Smith and no Jones. Nguyen, Troung, Tran, and Wong, were the most common surnames. The United Nations are well represented as evidenced by the number of kids who participated in the Junior Model United Nations program. 

As the sunsets and the "fat lady" sings on middle school, look out high school! The smart kids are on their way. 
It is what it is...

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Listen to the Fat Lady Singin'

After 43 years at the same complex, Mira Mesa West Little League had its final game. That's right - its over. In September 2015, the field remodel has an actual start date. (Although many of us won't believe it until the fences come down and the 1st bulldozer shows up).

We have spent a good part of the 10 years at those baseball fields so it was bitter-sweet to see Cara pitch in that final game.
FYI her team came from behind to score 13 runs in the 7th inning and won 22-15. 

An event such as this calls for a little bubbly.

Well, of course it does! 
Past president and current president share a toast

And that's all she wrote. The fat lady is singin' the song of love on the end of an era.
It is what it is...

From the ball field to the 8th grade dance.
She sure cleans up nicely 

Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Chapter

Well friends, its been a while.

I'm sorry to say, I have just not been "feelin it". But don't fret... I'm not abandoning you yet. After 521 posts - you heard that right - 521 posts!   It Is What It Is is still hovering around here in Blogland.

While It Is What It Is is  my personal blog for family and friends, I'm happy to say I'm starting a new blog - yes, you heard correctly, a new blog for all the world to see.

I have been inspired by a few projects I have done, both recently and in the past and its time to capitalize on my organizational skills. I will be blogging about my projects, inspirations, tips and favorite products. Hopefully, I will be able to get some endorsements and maybe FREE STUFF!!! (Who doesn't like FREE STUFF???) Or I will just have fun and possibly help some people in the process.

You are all here at the beginning. So the answer to the question you are all asking is....  - cause that man has just got to go.

I hope you will tell all your friends and help me out. It will be up and running soon.

It Is What It Is...

Friday, November 21, 2014

He Made It!

After a full week of 4+ hour tryouts, Colin made the JV team as a freshman! And he is rehabbing a torn hamstring.

Me: I'm so proud of you.
Colin: Thanks. Are you proud enough to take me for a Munchie Meal*?
Me: Sure.
Colin: And pay?

It Is What It Is...

* Jack in the Box Late Night Munchie Meal. A 1500-2000 calorie heart attack in a box, served after 9 pm. Can anyone say pothead??? A personal favorite of Colin. (He's not a pothead, just a hungry 15 year old)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Please Help Cara

This is a shameless plug to help out Cara get the last bit of money for her 8th grade East Coast trip. Unlike Colin, she has been saving and fundraising for about a year now.

Please consider helping her out by following the directions on the link above.

She is wearing the gypsy costume from the Beauty and the Beast show she performed in over the weekend. The show was amazing as always. I totally admire her dedication to this group. They rehearse every Saturday for about 3 months.

Cara volunteered to help with costume day on  Costume Saturday. 8am - 4pm. The week prior to the show starts with Big Sunday. The hours are long! 2-10pm !!! With an hour for dinner.Then comes Tech Week. 4:30 to 10 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. School field trip shows are Thursday and Friday. Public performances are Saturday night and Sunday. Its REAL theater in a REAL Theater! With a cast of close to 200!!!!

Did I mention I'm there VOLUNTEERING backstage for the same time????

Break a leg peeps!
It is what it is...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Back In The Day Part 2

When I was a clarinet player and then Drum Major in the North Hunterdon Golden Lions Marching Band... back in the day... we did not do many competitions. Maybe because I grew up in rural NJ and there weren't that many around. Maybe it wasn't the big business it is today. Or maybe I just don't remember

It went like this: 

  • Go to band camp in the summer. 
  • Make new friends (shout out to my oldest, coolest and dearest friend, Audrey, who I met at band camp before freshman year) 
  • Learn how to march and play the songs which were both musically and technically challenging. 
  • Get your uniform (which we kept all season, dry clean when necessary, or not)
  • Practice after school two or three days per week
  • Be ready to play at the first football game
  • Play the half time show at ALL the home football games 
  • Perform a pre-game show at ALL away football games.
  • March in ALL kinds of weather, pouring rain, snow, it didn't matter. And the mud - oh the mud. With white shoes for the band and go-go boots for the girls on the band front. (no boys)
  • When we went somewhere, we showed up in uniform, packed ALL our stuff up in some school buses about 1 hour before game time and away we went. 
  • Cost: Free with enrollment. (or the cost of your instrument if the school didn't have one you could borrow)
  • Fundraising: The ever popular band candy! Not much else that I can remember except maybe the snack bar? 

This is what I learned volunteering at the Mira Mesa Tournament yesterday:

  • Call time 5:30 am. 
  • Parent pick up time 1 am THE NEXT DAY!!! (Shout out to ALL the volunteers who made it through that marathon! And there were many!) 
  • Kids had to prepare for the tournament and perform in a parade
  • They worked shifts in concessions, worked in the kitchen, picked up trash and tons of other stuff I have no idea about.
    My boy, Andrew, working the concession stand

  • They arrive in the pre-clothes and uniforms are managed by a cracker jack team of parents who dress the kids before a performance and undress them immediately afterwards. They uniforms are kept meticulously clean by not allowing the kids to eat or even SIT in them unless there is paper on the bleachers. 
  • Bands and equipment arrive in CUSTOM SEMI'S or in Mira Mesa's case carpools and rental trucks. 
  • Roadies (or band parents) number close to 50 in some cases. 
  • They have props like you wouldn't believe! Roman columns and a Tiki Volcano anyone???
  • Color guard or the band front as we called them had multiple changes of flags, poles, guns, sabers and who knows what else! 
  • There is a complete pit orchestra that play in the front of the band!
  • They practice daily BEFORE school as well as after school to learn musically and technically challenging.pieces. I can hear them in the morning at my house. 
  • There is a pep band that plays in the stands at the first few football games. The marching show is not even broken out until somewhere around Homecoming. 
  • Cost: Some bands have fees over $1000!!!! I hear Mira Mesa is the most reasonable at about $350 and by state law that can't be mandatory. I guess that's why no custom semi for them. 
  • Fundraising: Tons and Always. Candy, Wrapping paper, Dudley's bread, restaurant nights, Sponsor your kid at a rehearsal-a-thon, the tournament and more I don't even know about!

Its's not like it was...Back In The Day!

It is what it is...

My vest and the logo hoodie they wisely had available for purchase at the sign in table. It cost me $15 to volunteer. Money well spent FYI!
 Roman columns

Tiki Volcano
Mira Mesa Sapphire Sound takes the field

My boy Andew, the bass drum on the end

The orange poles

The orange flags

Different orange flags

Multi colored flags

Purple flags

Different purple flags