A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. --Forest E. Witcraft

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Awesome Choir Tour

Today May and I returned from the San Francisco bay area, concluding a six day Children's Chorus tour.  Two touring choirs (middle school and high school) totalling just under 80 choristers plus almost 20 adults flew to SF Tuesday morning.  That day we visited Fisherman's Wharf, ate sourdough bread bowls, biked to the Golden Gate bridge (well, some of us almost did), enjoyed dinner at Bubba Gump's, and crashed hard that night.

Over the next few days, the group participated in a choral clinic at Chaticleer plus attended one of their marvelous concerts in Berkeley, visited Alcatraz, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and Six Flags in Vallejo, sang for mass at historic Mission Dolores, rode a cable car and other forms of public transportation (totally new for most of the kids), went on an evening dinner cruise on the bay, and performed in a joint concert with a local children's choir following an afternoon choral festival. 

It was a very busy, but well organized and outstanding trip!  May loved it and is very excited to continue in this high caliber group. This is her fifth year (but first year in touring choir), and she has the opportunity for four more!

To make it possible for me to chaperone, the other kids went various other directions.  Sweets went home to dad's, but she wasn't upset about it because her bio mom seems to be making the days better than they have been before.  Hopefully, I will pick her up later this week, and then we will find out the rest of the story!  Miracle went to respite in the foster home where she was first placed.  They were very happy to have her back and I'm sure she was well loved.

BB and Precious went "on vacation" at my friend's house.  They now have 13 kids, bio, adopted, and foster.  Two more fit in just fine (grin), and mine are used to visiting there and know the family well.  Apparently, they didn't get homesick much at all.  BUT they both were VERY happy when I walked through the door this evening to pick them up!

Buddy had a last minute change of plans.  He was supposed to fly to Ohio to visit my uncle.  Unfortunately, a last minute emergency in Ohio made that impossible and his trip was postponed less than an hour before he boarded the plane.  The flight May and I were on was delayed, so we were still at the airport when my parents and Buddy had to cancel his flight.  He came and found me (luckily we were on the same airline in the same terminal) and he was so upset.  I told him we would reschedule his trip.  He spent the week with Grandma and Grandpa instead.  At first he wasn't too happy about that, but it sounds like he had a great week after all and will be home tomorrow night!

Whew!  Now that that week is over, as well as all that went into getting through the end of the school year and preparing for these events, maybe I can catch up and get back to more regular blogging. 

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