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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Coming Soon

I've been very busy and unable to post until just recently. There is a bunch of stuff I have backlogged of momentous occasions in June that need blogging. Aaron graduated from kindergarten, Sammy graduated from preschool [THIS POST IS NOW DONE], they both had a great final meet with their track and field team [ALSO DONE], and I had what turned out to be my best ever Blaine's Music Studio student recital (which are more like concerts). I hope to get all of this posted soon, to replace this quick reminder post of what's to come.

Aaron and Sammy Graduations

June 2008 held two major milestones: Aaron graduated from kindergarten, and Sammy from preschool. Okay, maybe not MAJOR milestones, but you'll be sure to enjoy this video compilation anyway. As usual, I've boiled everything down to a short best of reel, from Sammy's brief ceremony to Aaron's long but sweet ceremony, with a bit of the usual mirth mixed in.

Some may be wondering "Why don't Blaine and Elisa just post some quick pictures with a brief caption?" "Hi, my name is Blaine, and I'm a videoholic" is the short answer. Hey, but here's two pictures AND a video! Enjoy whichever ones work for you...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Birthday (What?!?!)

My mother-in-law wanted me to do something special for her on her birthday. So I recorded a song and put it to a video just for her. Went through all the hassle of playing and recording every instrument, singing my guts out, even finding the perfect photos for the video. Nice right? Well there's no pleasing some people. I mean, I don't get it. See what you think.

Hey, if it's not your birthday, watch it anyway. It's all about winning friends and influencing people. Then pass it on. Yeah.

Disclaimer: No one was actually offended in the making, viewing, or posting of this.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

2020 Olympics, Here We Come!

Aaron and Sammy are on they’re way to the 2020 Summer Olympics. Or at least you can judge for yourself by watching this amazing video of them from their final track meet of the Rim Youth track and field program. It really is an excellent program, coached by Rim High School students. Full-on track and field, all major events, similar to a decathlon.

When watching the video and comparing Aaron and Sammy in the various events, you have to remember that although Sammy is as tall as Aaron, he is almost 2 years younger, and is just learning the ropes. Aaron’s strong suit is the field events, for which he was team champ. Sammy’s strong suit is his “get the job done no matter how I do it” attitude that keeps him teachable and aiming for that podium.

Most importantly, their smiles prove how much they enjoy it. In the final 100-meter race for each (separately), you see both Aaron and Sammy smiling at the beginning of each race, Aaron in particular just before the starting gun sounds--he said he smiled because he was thinking about what it would be like to win (you will smile too when you see this). Other favorites are Sammy’s “scarecrow” hurdle form and butterfingers with the heavy shot put, and Aaron's late start on the hurdles because he said he was thinking where the bullet went from the starting gun. The whole thing was a blast for all.

How apt that the coaches gave both Aaron and Sammy the award for “Most Energetic”.