Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bloggy Bragging Rights


The best thing about having a blog, is when really good things happen you can tell the world, even if they don't want to hear about it. 

Here's my beautiful boy up on the big screen at Speech Night...... walking on stage to receive his award for 'Academic Excellence'. I bawled my eyes out. Our toughest year ever and he buries his head in his books and excels. Nice.


Yep, that's the best the trusty iPhone could do from our Mt Everest seats. 

It was all rather flash last night as it was the 100th Speech Night of the school. It was in the Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall. My son received his award from a gentleman who was School Captain and Dux Of The School back in 1942. Special. 

They had Archbishops and Deans and choirs and stuff... and the Guitar Ensemble's soothing tones emanating through the drinks foyer.



There was a raised eyebrow from the conductor when I climbed over his ensemble members and into the ensemble (between pieces) to get this shot of 'my boy'. All was forgiven when the conductor realised I was the only one whooping and clapping at the end of each piece. My son's friend in the ensemble said to him, "listen, someone clapped". My son said, "yeah, that's my Mum. That doesn't count". 

I know what it's like to perform to a distracted 'drinks crowd', every clap is appreciated. 

Video recording at bottom of post. Can't believe I managed to load it up. First time for everything!



Little one was happy. He got to eat chips. 
He was the only little tacker there from the Prep School so he got lots of 'hair ruffling' from the big boys.



So proud. 

I would rent forever, if I had to, to keep my boys at that school.
Just sayin'.

Happy Thursday!

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PS. This is my first attempt at doing a YouTube thingy in a post. Let's see if it works.

52 comments:

  1. It is just wonderful - you have every right to feel happy and proud! :-)

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  2. I agree this is fantastic you must be fit to burst.

    A very good sign for the future too, if this is the way your son deals with stress.

    xo

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  3. oh good on him! What a clever kid . . .I remember I got an 'encouragement award' at school . . . ha! Not quite the same. You've both done well! lovT

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  4. Ohhhh A-M, I've got goosebumps listening to those wonderful sounds!!!
    Yes, I would be a proud mama too, if my son played so well.

    Makes me wonder how people can ignore such talent & keep blabbing & drinking with no appreciation for those glorious sounds *rolls eyes*

    I would have been standing there transfixed.........

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  5. Oh I was transfixed...... and dancing. That's why the iPhone video was a bit bumpy! A-M xx

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  6. How fantastic A-M! What a wonderful achievement and such a special night. Just LOVE the guitar ensemble - they are so accomplished. Was that your big WHOA! at the end - lol! ;)Sharyne
    PS (My son Matthew was there with his cricket boys -can't wait to ask him all about it!)

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  7. Ha!I could imagine you being whooping it up after every piece. And so you should. Well done to your son.xx

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  8. WOW you should be proud!!! The video was great - they sound amazing :)
    Congrats to the big one!

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  9. Congratulations to your son! You should be so proud, hard work always pays off. I get the renting thing, that is why we are doing it - to keep our boys at their school. Mimi xx

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  10. What an important night, you can feel your pride bursting out of the computer screen. Congrats to all of you but especially big boy! ;-)

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  11. Wow! You must be the most proud Mum in the whole of Brisbane! And look at your handsome young man, when I started reading your blog he was just a little boy.
    When I clicked play on the youtube vid Will gave a gasp and came running over to hear. So beautiful!
    Jxx

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  12. Glad something good has happened xxx

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  13. Big Congratulations to your boy...great scholar and great guitarist.....also BIG Congratulations to you A.M. you have done a brilliant job of keeping your family 'together' and keeping your boys at their school...well done....

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  14. Congratulations A-M!
    Tonight my son plays his violin with the school orchestra and the whole family (my daughter and I) will be there to clap for him. Kids are so amazingly strong, they can rise and shine even in the face of a tough year/ life.
    Cheers to them! You and I deserve a glass of Champagne.
    xoxoxo

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  15. Congratulations, you must be very proud of both your boys, they look like lovely young men. x

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  16. I would have been crying! Actually what am I saying, I've got tears in my eyes just watching the video and it's not even my son. My kids all laugh at my mummy tears! they always look over to check.
    You should never apologize for being proud and their number one fan. Imagine having or being a mother who isn't proud!
    Well done A-M and thanks for sharing.
    Cheers Fiona

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  17. Congratulations to your boy, I was there last Friday for BBC's speech night... They all well deserve to have crazy fun in schoolies!

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  18. Thats certainly worth bragging about. Congrats to you and your son.Fiona

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  19. Such a beautiful post to start my day with. Your sons are amazing.

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  20. Hey A-M congratulations to your handsome Bryn on the award. "Ya done good!" My dad's an old boy and was at some function in the cricket shed a couple of weeks ago. I'll have to ask if he went to Speech Night last night. I resonated with your last line. I feel the same way. If renting is what it takes to give our kids all that they deserve, so be it! It's just bricks and mortar, remember.

    Jennifer xx

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  21. How wonderful for him and you ... love the clip. Catchy music.
    xxx

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  22. Love proud mums. I am one too!
    All we ask of our boys is to be good people. look like you have done just that.

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  23. HOw wonderful - what great sons you have. I can see why you're so proud.

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  24. What 2 fine young men you have A.M so glad the evening went well I love the performing arts centre what a great venue to have the evening & confidence to get up on the stage :)))) x

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  25. How wonderful. And a big Congratulations to your big boy.
    Love how you climbed over people to get the photos. Parents are meant to embarrass their children. It's good for the children's sense of humour lol.
    And lastly a big Congratulations to you A-M. Kids don't grow up to be this wonderful without the nurturing and guiding hand of a loving parent. You are a great Mum:)

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  26. HI AM Wow you must have been bursting with pride. Both boys looks so handsome in their uniforms. What a stellar job you have done and are doing. The girls who snare your boys will be lucky indeed. You have survived your year from hell and you 3 have survived well. You can now tackle anything head on life throws your way. Thanks so much again for the bookshelf post. Construction will start in the New Year. Will post photos when done. How did you frock go? Would love to see a photo. Well done. A Year well lived. Love Nataliexx

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  27. Life will always be full of ups and downs (some more pronounced than others), but when you get to a high like this you should most definitely be allowed to be proud and loud! Great that you are there behind your boy encouraging him. Resilience is a gift - hold it tight.
    Congratulations.
    x

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  28. Who says we don't want to hear about it!

    I love how proud you are of your beautiful boys, tell the world!

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  29. I am always so happy when you are able to post about something wonderful in your lives. You've all had a rotten year but have come up trumps. The three of you are a tight little unit and stand strong in the face of adversity. Well done, boys, but a special well done to a super Mum.
    PS Couldn't help but smile at how one guitarist's head spun in your direction when you let out a whoop.

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  30. It's these moments that fill you with such pride. Congratulations. My son picked up the Student of the Week award this week (he's 5) and i was so proud of him.

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  31. Oh A-M, my breath hitched just a little bit to see how big your boys are getting. They are so resilient ~ you all keep leaning on one another. The tough times will eventually go away. Have a fantastic day friend!

    XO,
    A.

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  32. Such a special night for your special boy. Love the video!

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  33. Such a special night for your special boy. Love the video!

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  34. Ooohh.... Pride. Great video- they really sounded excellent!
    It's a great thing being a mum... Thanks for sharing :-)

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  35. Your boys are so gorgeous and I don't even know your son and I am bursting with pride. Those firstborn sons are special kids I tell you !!

    Secondborn sons aren't too bad either :)

    Thank you for sharing and well done on raising such great boys.

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  36. Oh, I'm SO pleased for your family. You must have felt so proud!! Well, I can see that you did!!

    I'm really glad that you all had something so wonderful to enjoy.

    I think of you often.

    Big hugs,
    Sarahx

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  37. Whoo alright!!! They were great! Well done B, what a champion effort.

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  38. Congratulations to your special Boy :) I loved listening to the guitar ensemble, sounded fantastic!!

    V x

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  39. Congrats to your beautiful boy and his mum for moulding such a wonderful young man...not an easy task in this day and age! How incredibly proud you all must be. Sensational X

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  40. Oh Sweetheart. I am so utterly delighted for you. What a fine young man you have raised. Just gorgeous. You both should take a bow! J x

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  41. What a special night, the video is priceless. Great memories for you & your sons. KP

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  42. That's a great post...

    You must be...oh I know that you are one proud Mama.

    Congratulations for raising such intelligent and talented kids.

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  43. LOVE this. I wrote a post tonight about the fact that one of the best things about blogging is the recording of family moments, big and small.

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  44. Bamboleo - The Gypsy Kings!!!!
    I love that song. How incredibly awesome is this happening right now in your life? Oh My Goodness!

    New plan: Move to Brisbane, become A-M's neighbor and get my son into this same school where he can get the best education and learn to play a killer guitar. WOW!!!
    No doubt about it, I know you are proud. I know I am. Love, Heidi

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  45. 'bamboleo...bamboleo...' :) Love it! They sound *great*. You have every right to be proud of your boys. They are clearly very sweet, very bright and, may I say, both very handsome young men. I can see in photo 4 the potential heartbreaker your older son could be. I don't doubt the same is true of both your young lads. Proud Mummy, and deservedly so. :)

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  46. Such a beautiful post. I was proud for you. x

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  47. Nice one! Just wanted to mention that there are a few Churchie boys of varying ages that catch the bus with me every morning. They are so incredibly polite and well behaved, whispering amongst themselves, always giving their seats up for adults, always courteous to the driver. They must be doing something right at that school. If I had boys they would go there too!

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  48. Oh so wonderful! What a proud mum moment. They are just amazing boys :)
    xxx

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  49. What a lovely way to end the year. Well done to you and your boys. I hope that my big one plays guitar as well as your big one when he reaches high school.
    Congrats to you on steering your way through 2011 and coming out the other end with smiles on your faces.

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  50. What a beautiful post, you must be so proud. And what a handsome son you have.

    I cry/sob at every public performance my children do...who doesn't?! Something about children + music....particularly when they belong to you :)

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  51. .....can you hear that?......That's right the hearty clapping sound.....that's me absolutely gobsmacked by the gorgeous guitar music - one of my favourites so fabulously executed....plus I love the little 'Woo!' at the end A-M!

    Also hearty congratulations to your Big Boy for all of his efforts in achieving his academic award - brilliant!

    Happy weekend to all of you.

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  52. Lovely post! I remember back in my days at highschool (all of 10 years, not long I know), I remember when we'd have our musicy competitions and how the girls, me included, swooned over Churchie's guitar ensemble. For the beautiful music of course.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx