Sunday, April 15, 2018

April is upon us



A much needed spring break has come and gone. 4th quarter for the kids and I has started. These last weeks will be filled with Hair Spray to open this week, Drama Banquet, The Choirs presenting the Variety show, Ladies Night, competitions, Prom and awards night for music for Ashleigh. Austin will have a Chorus performance and state testing. Dylan will compete in Special Olympics. Prayers for the kids and I as we close the year in June....and these busy weeks ahead. 













Easter

Easter Sunday-We had an awesome worship service. We spent the afternoon having fun and going to a matinee. Each kid got a basket filled with goodies; I got a basket too.














Monday, April 9, 2018

Family Fun to end March

Spending the weekend downtown with the family was so much fun. We ventured down King Street, East Bay, and Market Street.  We started our journey having coffee and a smoothie from Bitty and Beau's , a new coffee shop and all employees have special needs. We continued our journey eating at Hyman's (one of our favorite spots). We ventured in and out of shops and even had a snack at Caviar and Bananas.



Ashleigh and I ventured in stores and she poses for her "holding up" pose (this time she is holding a huge crab). Here are some random and fun pics.






Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Madness

 The month of March has flown by at the Allen household. The jeep is beginning to take "shape" and have color. Chris has painted the front fenders and hood. He continues to work on the rebuild just as I am typing this. Hopefully by summer-we will be able to reveal the entire fullness and drive this CJ for its fun.
Ashleigh continues to have rehearsals for the upcoming musical, "Hairspray" at the high school, as well as, all things choir too. Her academics this semester do not include classes at the local college because she has taken these classes. However, she continues to work at the hospital as a CNA and loves it.
Austin made the A/B Honor Roll for the third quarter. I am very proud of his hard work and dedication to school and learning.
No Dylan pics, but he is just as busy and loving school. I recently attended his IEP/transition meeting as he is going to high school next year (stop growing up--this is for all my kids)!
I have been trying to follow my New Year's Resolution-Pray Wait Trust  Ashleigh bought me an adult coloring book and this was the first coloring I completed. I am also just finished reading, Women Living Well, when I realized I have been reading this blog and following several Bible studies from the blog. If you haven't heard of Women Living Well and the ministries offered through Good Morning Girls, you should check it out.







Thursday, March 1, 2018

February Finale

 Ashleigh was selected to attend the ACDA Honor Choir Southern Regional Conference in Louisville, KY. What an honor! She was able to grow in true beauty and song, as well as, use her singing talent and love for song and music during the week. The conductor, Dr. Allen Hightower, was inspirational and provided many life lessons too. (I was able to sit in on the rehearsals. I usually stayed in the morning rehearsal for about an hour.) Also during the week, Ashleigh with Mr. Bennett's(her choir director) nudge along with 46 other girls tried out for a solo. She was the soloist selected and WOW what an honor. She was able to get some "coaching" advice before the performance from Mr. Bennett also. Needless to say, Chris and I were proud parents. Dylan was a proud brother too. Ashleigh is thankful for the opportunity and says "my voice has even grown since we came here on Tuesday (this was her speaking on Saturday). What makes this more inspiring for me is that when Dr. Hightower was explaining this song and its meaning to the students, he described to the students true beauty is not what one sees on the outside-it is what is on the inside-paraphrasing Proverbs. Truth and Beauty along with God's Love

 Here is the you tube link to the full song You Are the Music

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Frenzy (part 1)

February in the Allen household was busy! Jim came to visit for two weeks and was able to help Chris with quite a bit of work on a 79 Jeep he is restoring. Also during the month, Ashleigh and I were able to go shopping together. We had so much fun! We went to stores that sold scrubs, to stores that sold clothes, to "girly" stores with scents and undergarments,  to the bookstore, and food ! We shopped at Hot Topic and while there we  ohhhed and ahhhed over Harry Potter, The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch, Wonder Woman, and so much more. We laughed, talked, and Ashleigh was excited about her new items, and a first occurred-she bought nothing at the bookstore (regretfully).  





Valentine's Day and the boys are anxiously writing out their Valentines for their classmates.

 At school, Austin and I participated in Jump Rope for Heart and I received a special surprise from Chris-lunch (which was breakfast from Chick-Fil-A) and sweet treats. My students were also generous and loving.

 Our church completed a five-week season of renewal. During this time, our church family and friends were rethinking our passions and priorities and committing to the transforming Grace of God's kingdom. What an exciting time for us to grow in God's love as our church grows too.





Sunday, February 4, 2018

Choirs and DC

Ashleigh and other members of the high school choirs were lucky to spend a couple of days in Washington DC. I was excited to be able to go also. We were able to tour many National Monuments and explore.  While Ashleigh has been to Washington DC (with a school group in 8th grade), this was my first visit to Washington DC. 

Our first day began with a stop at the White House.

Lincoln Memorial on the first night-

Washinton Monument and Capitol
Ashleigh's signature pose on "holding" buildings and structures in the palm of her hand.



The choir sang at the National Cathedral and Ashleigh had a solo too. (I was recording during the singing, but my phone's data became "filled" during the song with her solo. However, I think it was a glitch because it worked after that perfectly. Anyway-It was recorded by the choirs and I will try to download and upload here.)
Here is an attempt link: National Cathedral Her solo is the next to last song.


Ashleigh as President