Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Little Politics

My brother Andy has something on his blog I think you should read. It's very political, but this is the time of year in a year that is very political. Read it, please.

Much, if not all, of what he states is my opinion as well. I have not been much of a political person in my life. Mainly because my parents were VERY Republican while I was growing up and I was never encouraged to have my own opinions, political or otherwise. I also married a man who allowed me no opinion, so I just voted Republican because that's what I was told to do.

Since my divorce, I have found that I have many MANY different opinions than the ones I always thought I had. I voted for GW the first time because I was married and I didn't like Al Gore - at the time. I voted for GW the second time because I felt it was important to have the same President in office that got us into the war so that he could get us out of the war. That hasn't happened. Oh, and I couldn't STAND Kerry. I have a son who will be 18 in February of 2009. I cannot stand the thought of there possibily being a draft and him having to fight a war that he doesn't want to fight. I don't want to hear "There won't be a draft" because we don't know if there will or not. If we kill off all our military, which is happening, there will be. I will move my kids to Amsterdam so fast you have no idea! I can't stand John McCain and yes, I really enjoy Barack Obama. I see him as the person who is out for me. He understands where I am. He understands how I struggle. John McCain has no idea what it's like to have no idea where you will get money from to make your bills so things don't get turned off. I am so sick of hearing about his POW time. It's over, he's old and will follow the same path as GW and he stands for nothing I believe in anymore.

I better stop now because I will just rant. Have a great day!
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Monday, October 27, 2008

UIL Area B Champions - STATE BOUND!


This past weekend was probably one of the hardest yet. We had a football game Friday night against Keller and won! Then after getting to bed about one a.m., we were up again about 6:30 because the kids had to be at the band hall at 7:15 for warm up and off to the UIL Area B Prelims. The weather was perfect performing weather. It was sunny and cool and the band did very well for the time that they had to work with. Out of 23 bands, 10 were chosen to go on to the Finals. We came in first, beating the second place team by 4 points, which in marching competitions is huge! Five of the ten finalists will go on to State in San Antonio next Tuesday. They are Hebron, Haltom, Richland, Marcus and LD Bell.

Friday night we will have another football game, get the kids out after half time, take them home to sleep (hopefully) and get ready and back to the school by 3:30 a.m. to head to San Antonio for Bands of America competition. We will come back on Sunday, leave again Monday night for San Antonio, UIL State Competition, back on Wednesday and collapse.

The color guard has their final costumes for competition. We are still working on the flags but they should be ready by Saturday. The show is amazing and gives me chills every time I see it!

Now, I am not really supposed to say anything negative about other bands and their parents, but I promise not to name names, but I do need to vent and this is my blog - so I will. There are several bands in the area that seem to have a sore spot on their hinde side because Bell continually wins competitions. If you don't like it, you need to understand - it's not about you. You know the saying "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"? Well, this would be a good time to remember that. Honestly, I do not understand why people can't just say, nice job or good luck or something other than the negative things I hear about our shows. The LD Bell Band doesn't do froo froo shows. We don't play show tunes or use large props shaped like inanimate objects. We play "grown-up" music that is very dramatic and heart stopping, the kind that will give you goose-bumps when you hear it. If you don't do that, sorry for ya. But please don't cut down what we do. All the kids - ALL BAND KIDS - work very hard to do what they do. Mine, yours, theirs, every kid on the field works very hard. I understand that you can talk about us behind our back, but it shows a lot of nerve when you say it to a parent after their child just did an amazing job on the field. I am afraid that I may not be able to hold it in anymore if someone says our shows are "dark and depressing". They are dramatic and emotional and are much harder than most high school bands and if that makes it bad in your eyes, sorry for ya.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UIL Region 5 Marching Contest

Last night was the UIL Region 5 marching contest and Bell got a 1 for the 54th ?? year in a row. It is expected by now, but the band is always amazing. It was a beautiful evening and Ben had his new iPhone that he bought himself with his lawn mowing money so he took some great pictures that I wanted to share. He has been living with his dad for two weeks now. It's been a little bit of a change for all of us but I think it's been good. He is just so much like his dad and really misses him so I finally caved and let him go see if he would be happier living there.

I had huge reservations about this because of how it was when Michael lived with his dad at the beginning of our divorce. It was not a good experience for Michael and I didn't want Ben to go through that same experience. Ben felt that his dad has moved on and was more parental, so I said ok. I felt it was better that I atleast let him try it until Christmas break and then we could re-evaluate the situation. I offered for him to go with us last night and he was very anxious to be with us. I have learned through many experiences with my kids the last 5 years that they know I love them no matter what. I have great kids and they appreciate me as their mom, forgiving me when I mess up, which is a wonderful gift.

Congratulations to the Bell Band and good luck on Saturday's UIL Area B Marching Contest! We will ROCK the place!






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Monday, October 20, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Things have been busy crazy at the Nobles house this week and it is just going to get crazier! We had a football game Friday night that was no fun....we lost to Colleyville Heritage but apparently we are still 3rd. Then Saturday I went to give blood, which is something I want to keep doing every 59 days. I have a side vein though, so it's a little more painful and I found out I might not be able to donate plasma because of the return thing. Apparently the blood I gave 3 months ago went to help Hurrcan Ike victims, so that was cool!!

Saturday was just full of doing and napping and running around and stuff. LD Bell and Trinity hosted the HEB Marching Contest and did an exhibition performance that night. We did a great job, of course! I really enjoy watching the band and watching other people's reaction to how good our band is.

Sunday we went to church and then went to Chris's parents house for the every Sunday afternoon lunch. Mom, Alyssa and Jonathan came along. Michael and Ben had worship practice right after church, so they weren't there. Chris's sister and her family were there. I just love that they do this even as adults with family, they go to their parent's house, the same house that they grew up in, the same house I hung out in a lot of my teenage years, and sit down to lunch and talk. I want this for my family as my kids get older. Their house is like a museum that you can touch things in. It's so cool to see all the pictures of Chris and Cathy as they were young, growing up and had families of their own. It's very homey and I just love that feeling. I have been very blessed to have Chris in my life. He came in at a time that I needed him the most and I believe he will be around for a very long time.

This week is UIL competition on Tuesday and Saturday. I got this email below and just had to take a deep breath and know that things were going to be ok!!

THE PLAN - A note from Jeremy Earnhart
We are down to our final four weeks of Marching Band. With contests
and events, we are down to three weeks of rehearsals. Our motto, "The
pain of discipline now, or pain of regret later" will be important to
remember over the coming days and weeks. The importance of good
health, rest, nutrition, hydration, and study can be easy to let slide
as the weather turns cooler. Each rehearsal, as always, will be
carefully scripted to ensure improvement in achievement and 100%
attendance by well rested young men and women will be the ultimate key
to both a GREAT State & Grand Nationals DVD! We had a terrific turn-
out at the sewing session Saturday and our efforts this Monday,
Wednesday & Thursday will effect whether we can use the new Guard
Contest Uniforms at UIL Area.

So here's the plan:

This Week: Students work hard at rehearsals this week and "clean-up"
the site and sound for UIL Region & Area. Parents sew like your hair
is on fire to finish the Part 3 swing flags.
Next Week: Learn Part 5 for BOA San Antonio. Parents sew the closer
flag.
Next, Next Week: Travel to UIL State (pending advancement), Bell/
Trinity game Thursday, rehearse/add visual and musical show
enhancements.
Next, Next, Next Week: Rehearse Monday & Tuesday, then get on buses to
Indianapolis Wednesday night.

So if I seem a little frazzled, hopefully you will understand!
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Monday, October 13, 2008

LD Bell Band BOA Houston Regional Champions!!

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This weekend was incredible! The band did an amazing job at the Houston BOA Regional Competition. Here are the results:

On Saturday, October 11, 2008 L.D. Bell took their show on the road to
the Bands of America Houston Regional Championship held at Pearland
Stadium. In Preliminary Competition the band was awarded all highest
achievement captions (Outstanding Music, Visual & General Effect) and
was named the 2008 BOA Houston Class Champion. In Finals Competition,
the Bell Band again swept all captions and was named the 2008 Bands of
America Houston Regional Champion. Since 2000 the L.D. Bell Band has
now medaled at BOA & UIL events 21 times. Congratulations to Bell
Band stakeholders past and present!

October 11th, 2008
Houston, TX
Pearland Stadium

Finals Results
85.60 - L.D. Bell H.S., TX
82.15 - The Woodlands H.S., TX
79.85 - Stephen F. Austin H.S., TX
79.30 - Winston Churchill H.S., TX
78.75 - Clear Brook H.S., TX
75.80 - Cypress Falls H.S., TX
75.60 - Spring H.S., TX
74.15 - Brazoswood H.S., TX
72.80 - Friendswood H.S., TX
72.55 - Hendrickson H.S., TX

Outstanding Music Performance - L.D. Bell H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - L.D. Bell H.S., TX
Outstanding General Effect - L.D. Bell H.S., TX
For more information please visit:
http://www.musicforall.org/
http://www.ldbellband.org/info/

And pictures:




Check out more pictures. Just click on the link below.

BOA Houston Regional Championship
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Monday, October 6, 2008

March-a-Thon 2008


This Weekend was the March-a-thon. I felt very brave and thought I would walk the entire 5-6 miles even though I hadn't really walked much in the last two years, minus the walking in Amsterdam, which I'm not sure counts, but I'll say it does. Chris walked with me for the first couple of miles, until the first mini concert. It was fun seeing all the people that were waiting for us, sitting on their lawn and all the little kids that were so fascinated with the music and band. I can only imagine what was going on in their little heads. The weather was really nice with the sun out and a nice cool breeze.

Here are a few pictures from the event.


Alyssa and the Clarinet section

Michael and the Trumpets

Alyssa and Brittany

Michael - a sideview

Me and Chris!
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Friday, October 3, 2008

School/Pizza Pheast

Wednesday the kids were out of school for the teacher conference day. Why in the middle of the week you ask? Because if they do it on a Friday, parents are likely to go out of town and not meet with the teachers for conference day. Usually it's just the elementary, or in my case, that's all I've ever had conferences with. So, I met with Jonathan's teachers - Ms. Kleck and Ms. Williams. Jonathan is in the PEAK learning program again this year. It's an academically advanced class that they go to once a day and evolves around reading, which completely threw me when I was first asked about him going in. He wasn't a very good reader at first. This year, though, he is almost on target for where he needs to be, so I am very happy about that. Apparently, the class isn't about how well you are academically but what type of imagination you have and stuff. He definitely has a vivid imagination and thinks WAY outside the box. He is a very minimalist child, though. He only wants to do what is absolutely necessary so I appreciate the opportunity to push him into finding out that learning isn't a bad thing and being challenged is a life long thing, so start now! They both see a change in him since the first of the year in that he seems much more confortable with school and learning. It was the best teacher conference I have had with him, so I was very happy.

We had the annual Pizza Pheast at the high school last night. The three junior highs that feed into the high school come and perform in the gym as everyone pays and eats pizza and salad. It raises money for the high school band to be able to go to all the competitions that they travel to this time of year. This year was especially fun for me because I have someone to go with now....someone other than my kids and my mom....which are great, but it's nice to have someone special again. I forgot my camera, so I am hoping to get some picture from someone else. The Bedford Jr. High band performed first. They did such a great job! Ben has such a great time with his friends. I really enjoy watching them get excited about music. Bell performed last and, of course, it was wonderful! They are always a crowd pleaser. It's nice to see Alyssa and Michael having fun in the stands playing their music. I love that they love high school.....ok, maybe they don't LOVE high school, but they are having fun!!

Tonight we have a football game at home and then tomorrow morning we will be up early for the March-a-Thon across Hurst and Bedford. I think it's gonna be a five mile walk with stops at three different places. (Check the last blog for the Route Map). I will post pictures some time this weekend. It will be fun and I am truly looking forward to it. The weather here right now has been amazing in the mornings and really not so bad in the afternoons. I think it's supposed to be about 90 tomorrow, but we should be done before it gets that hot. Have a great weekend!!
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