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colorguard & winterguard Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Been new parents for 7 weeks now…

... and nobody ever told us that we would be doing chores during nap time, as N pointed out this morning. We did dishes, fed and watered the animals, hung the laundry to dry, stuffed cloth diapers and ironed a few of N's dress shirts while Everly slept for an hour. Nobody can ever really make you understand just how much your life changes once you have a baby! I am not gonna lie, we are so looking forward to when our free time increases a bit once she's older. Right now the constant need to be held is rough on us. Finding the time to feed and care for ourselves is verging on impossible with little 7 week old Everly. That comes with the territory though, that's what we've been told...

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Officially, sort of back to work? Perhaps.

I am not dead, just blog slacking. Big surprise huh? Yesterday was the start of my back to work adventure: teaching colorguard with a local marching band. It's my super part time work that I am way passionate about. I've always been able to handle the rehearsal schedules and the long hours outdoors but combining that with being a mom is way different! Yesterday Everly and I went for a 6-9pm outdoor rehearsal. I had the stroller, baby seat and ring sling. She wouldn't tolerate being in any of those for very long. I held her against on my left shoulder for almost the whole 3 hour rehearsal. Things went well, she napped for a few min here and there on my shoulder but was awake for most of the time. She fussed and...

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Count down 8 days to go…

Today is our going away party/ potluck. N is making a pasta salad from scratch and I am making pioneer woman's cinnamon rolls from scratch, mmmm. We are going to eat, drink  and hang out with people, this is our last chance to before we leave Arizona. Choreographing routines and working band camps has ended for me. If you are interested to see what I have been putting together here is a video: After the party today N has 1 more day of work left then we focus on last minute packing and cleaning. We move in 8 days it is pretty surreal for us but also exciting! Here we go!...

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Count down, 12 days to go!

N is back home from Peach Springs, he was sent out there to cover some breaking news yesterday. I guess there was lots of flooding out that way that really caused some issues for tourists and residents. Today he will be covering a John McCain appearance in Flagstaff. Dispite the station being shut down he will still be working until August 26th so he has a few days of work left before we head out. I'll be teaching until Saturday so we both have some more days of work left. I wanted to share this little treasure with you...

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Am I crazy? Probably!

First I should update you all on how the weekend of N's work parties went huh? The station closing down party was sad and weird at the same time. We said goodbye to many really great people and were also creeped out by others. Channel 2 is officially off the air and now N is out covering some massive flood in the area, he is staying the night out in the middle of nowhere so he can go live for the phoenix news station after the Olympics tonight. Hopefully he will be home tomorrow but who knows...

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Something other than moving to report!

Today I got a break from the usual packing, sorting and inventorying. I stopped by my old high school group's clinic and helped out a bit, got to exercise and spend some time doing fun stuff this afternoon and I got a break from the daily grind of moving preparation so that was nice. N had the official talk with his work yesterday! It is public now, we are leaving Flagstaff and he is not continuing employment with his current company. His contract is up August 26th 2008, that has lifted a huge weight from his shoulders. He will have less responsibilities as opposed to doing the work of 3 people. He'll get paid for any overtime hours he works unlike his current employer who expects 10 hour days 5 days...

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Updates and breaking news!

I am home today and am enjoying the weekend. The colorguard camp ended Saturday and it went very well. They kids learned so much and were a blast to work with. Now I am ready for some rest this weekend and to make some progress at home! N and I looked at a Winnebago Saturday afternoon that was another great option for us! It was in great condition and was at a reasonable price! We are strongly considering it as our "winner" but are planning to have it inspected by a certified mechanic first. We spent the afternoon trying to get stuff done for the yard sale and the move. N painted up some of our older gardening furniture and planters for the yard sale. I thought it would be a good idea...

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Whew, I am beat and it is only the first day!

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening working the first day of the NAU Auxiliary Camp. It was enjoyable and it went well but being out in the sun and wind for 6 hours takes it out of you. When I got home I just wanted to put on my PJ's and curl up on the couch and nap, I am pre-writing this blog post instead. At the camp I chatted with the guy in charge of hiring judges out in Indiana, looks like I have a promising opportunity there since he already knows me and my skills. Plus, I am also chatting with a pretty competitive high school out there about a potential instructor position. This summer I also have lots of instructing and show writing to do before I move. You know,...

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I am home, woho!

Last night we got back to town at 1am. Our time on the party bus officially had ended! It was an interesting time. The party bus was so cool but not conductive to an 8 hour drive, things were a bit tight and uncomfortable but it made for some great memories. We had a great driver, Kevin, who took very good care of us despite the fact that one of our students hit the "dump" button instead of the "flush" button in the bus bathroom. Our transportation was provided by InTheSceneLimousine, an Arizona Based transportation company for those of you who are wondering. We had a very positive experience with them on this trip, besides aren't the vehicles awesome looking? The kids played movies on the bus, guitar hero, they could hook...

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Heading home! Boy I am pooped!

After spending 12 hours in Disneyland yesterday I am just not motivated to do anything today! Unfortunately we are heading back to Disneyland for the band kids performance and then we will have 4 hours for shopping or ride riding before we load our bus and head home. We road to California in this tricked out "party bus" that makes sleeping during the bus ride very difficult. It is like a limo with disco balls, strobe lights and all that jazz. The seats are leather couches that face each other and the seating is a bit tight. I think we walked like 12 miles yesterday between both parks and all the rides. We had park hopper passes and we got to ride tons of cool rides without having to stand in line...

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Let the madness begin!

Well, I am excited and a bit frazzled all at the same time! It's interesting how that works huh? Today I have after school practice with my winterguard students, during the practice we are heading over to the local charter school to do a dress rehearsal for their talent show (that we are performing in on friday). One of my students actually attends the charter school for her academic classes and then takes one class a day (mine) at the public high school since they don't offer a winterguard group at the charter school. Anyway, we are doing the talent show on friday after today's regular rehearsal and the talent show dress rehearsal. We have a "pre-championships" show 200 miles away on Saturday, then the students have prom that eveing. I am supposed...

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We got 4th place! Watch the video..

Well, we are back from our performance yesterday. It was a long bus ride and a long day but I think it was well worth it. Here is the performance video from the Casa Grande Show yesterday. Casa GrandePerformance Video 2008 The ladies did a very nice job. We changed and fine tuned lots of stuff in the two weeks we had in between shows. It appears all the changes and finishing touches we put on things paid off.Last performance we were awarded 7th place with a 55.5 score. Here is how we looked 2 weeks ago:  [youtube iGVQJomxOIQ Mesquite HS Performace] I am very proud of all my ladies and am so pleased with their success, they rock! Can't wait for the next show April 12th.. It's only going to look...

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Just got electrocuted but I am feeling good..

Yep, you read it right I just got electrocuted but I am feeling good! I spent the day getting ready for our competition tomorrow. My students and I have been working hard to get ready for another performance this weekend that leads up to our state championships. They are doing some amazing work and I am very pleased. Sinagua winterguard 2008 practice footage Sinagua winterguard 2008 practice footage I was trying to burn a new music cd for the performance since the cd we used last time apparently had some issues playing in their cd player. I used a windows vista computer last week to burn the cd as opposed to always using my windows xp computer (grrr Microsoft makes me mad sometimes!). Anyway I went to plug in my cd player to...

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