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-Me

Saturday, December 16, 2006

One Christmas Concert Later........

So, yesterday was Sandis's Christmas Concert at the school. It was awesome because Bob managed to get down in Saint Cloud on Thursday night, so he stayed home with Gracie on Friday and we ALL got to troop on down to elementary school concert central and cheer my boy on!

If you remember, I was a little worried about the riser situation. Sandis had repeatedly been in trouble at school in the past weeks for pushing other children off the risers, so I had my fingers crossed. There was a TON of parents, so many people! They were out to see their kindergarten angel, although, mine was by far the best looking and most talented! I was nervous about how Sandis would do with that crowd. Sandis really struggles in situations where there are a lot of people, a lot of movement, and fluorescent lights (read Walmart). I was hoping for the best.

Things went FABULOUSLY! Sandis looked a little stressed at first. I really think he should have been sent out with a fidget toy or his chew necklace (hindsight is always so informative!) because as they filed out and waited for their first song, I swear to god he was about ready to chew his shirt button right off!



They gave all us proud parents a chance to wave to our kids and take pictures before the event began. It was great! At first Sandis couldn't find us. Bob and I resorted to hollering his name to get him to take notice of where we were. It was the funniest thing when he finally found us with his eyes, his entire face lit up and his tongue wagged right out, a huge smile framing it. It was the funniest face ever. I wish I had gotten a picture! Bob and I both cracked up, but after the initial happy face, we did get a wave!



Sandis really got into the singing part, especially at the beginning. Sandis not only sings and loves music, but he feels music. You can literally see it moving from toes to eyebrows (especially his eyebrows). Bob even mentioned at the end of the concert that Sandis was the most entertaining child on the risers because he just seems to ENJOY the music so much. (So maybe we are a bit biassed). I also just figured out how to use the close up on my camera at this point, too bad the pics are still fuzzy....



The entire concert lasted thirty minutes, perhaps around 35. Towards the end, Sandis decided that maybe he wasn't all that into the music anymore. Plus, I think he was tired from trying and singing so hard. So, my boy checked out. It was fabulously cute and slightly sad in a few different ways. I'm glad he picked an appropriate way to "check out" for a few songs, because it could have really gone the other way! He was obviously getting bored....Although, he did pick it up and sing the last song!



All in all, I think I left as the proudest mommy in history! Mrs. Brown (Sandis's teacher) came up to me afterwards just to share in my joy of how well he did! We both were a little concerned with how this whole concert thing was gonna pan out. I know how hard Sandis worked to pull this off, and I know he had to work harder to stay with and in it than most of the kids on those risers. And he did an awesome job!

9 comments:

Molly said...

Sarah-
How fabulous to have your little guy do so great at the concert!! As a special ed. teacher, I can relate. I have sit in the gym at so many concerts with my little friends. I think if it's possible to "will" a student to do their best, I've probably done it. They continually make me proud too. Blessed are we who get to be involved.

Scott said...

How super! Great pictures...

Minnesota Nice said...

Sarah, that's so great. I have a feeling that music will be a very strong healing force in Sandis' life.

Vivian said...

Sarah, this post made me cry. I am so proud of him too. He did work harder than the others and he is a star. I am so glad it was all you had hoped and more. You have an awesome family.

In Search Of Balance said...

On so many levels, I love this post. Good for him.

Re: Flickr pics, I don't sell them, but if you email me your address I can print the ones you like and send them to you. I have an art printer. It may be a while, though, because, as I am sure is universally true, we're swamped with Holiday Stuff.

It really makes me happy that he loves music like that.

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Oh, you should be so proud, and that is not a biased opinion! Adorable pictures! So very nice that he was truly moved by singing - that it means something to him. That is really nice to see.

cHoCoMiLkRoCkS said...

hey sarah,

:) great post! about the comment u left, she really doesn't mind what meter she gets.?!

thanks vicx

type1emt said...

Awww-they're all so cute. And congrats to Sandis, for a job well done. You must be bustin'off (with pride) right now too.This is a moment to remember.

Jamie said...

How great is that?? Love the pictures. They're so cute :)