These gorgeous gals are my Aunt Cali and my mom, Marta (in pink). My mom will be 90 on Christmas Eve. This is a recent photo, taken by my cousin (Lieutenant) Micah, who graduated West Point a couple years ago, and graduated Ranger School after that. That kid has been through some training, to put it mildly! So he and his wife Corinne were vacationing out west for a short time, and dropped by to see his grandma and his aunt, near L.A.
This summer has just flown by and now Zoe, the Terrific Grandkid has just about completed her first week in high school, already! She is so excited about being in Drama class, taking French (after having to take Spanish, which she couldn't really get the hang of, in 8th grade), and getting into Jazz Band! She's playing stand up bass and she's the only freshman - everyone else is juniors and seniors!
Zoe had a pretty good summer vacation, which started off in the Athena Music and Leadership Camp. That was an intense week of music instruction and performing, all just for girls. She made several friends and learned a lot! She was the only bass, and so had the opportunity to play in the teachers' jazz group. On the concluding day there was a big performance with all the girls playing different kinds of music, divided into types of instruments. Then the whole band played, then the entire orchestra played, then the teachers' jazz group played. They even had a drummer's circle, which was fantastic. Zoe wants to attend next year so Grammaw is saving up.
After the music camp there was some resting time, and she went swimming, shopped for new books, spent lots of time with her girlfriends Caylee and Rieley. They went to several movies and ate out at some nice restaurants. They all love science fiction (putting it mildly), and have a lot of subjects in common in school.
Before summer vacation even started, Zoe got to go on the 8th grade trip to Savannah, GA!
After that, she got to go to Six Flags with the band!
Okay this kid is enjoying life, no doubt about it.