Thursday, June 18, 2009

A New Addition to the Family!

We are very pleased to introduce our newest family member...

Same kid, new BASSOON!! This is a very exciting purchase in our home. The need to purchase a bassoon has been hanging over our heads for a couple months now, knowing the last day of school would mean Alex had to turn in the school's instrument. These things are pricey. Very pricey. For the level of instrument he needs to be playing on...big ouch to the finances. We've been praying that we would find just the right one at just the right time. We've kept our eyes peeled on e-bay and Craig's list, thinking one surely had to come along so we wouldn't have to buy new. Last day of school? Today. Great find on e-bay? Last night! And this was for sale just an hour and a half down I-5. So Brad and Alex drove down and checked it out today and came home with it! It's a beautiful instrument, the guy gave us a 90 day "trial period" in case it doesn't work out for him. It has been fully re-padded, polished, greased and all ready to go, even came with 6 reeds and some very nice reed making tools! These are surely desperately boring details, but it is just such an answer to prayer. Still a huge chunk of money, but less than we were prepared for. And perhaps a pre-payment of some college. Perhaps. It really is a beautiful instrument.

And today was the last day of school. Always a tear in my eye on this day. And today was no different.

Alex left home this morning a Bulldog and came home a Bear.

Brenna left home this morning a Star and came home a Bulldog.

Beth left home this morning a Star and came home a bigger Star.

I'm a bit stunned that I am now the mother of a high school kid! Feel free to tell me I look way too young to have a kid in high school. I feel too young, anyway.

The upside to this day?? We are now officially on summer break!!! Woo-hoo!


  1. A new bassoon! This is a great day! I can't wait to hear it. Congratulations Alex!

  2. that sounds like a cool bassoon. did I spell that right? I still have 1 day of school left, today. the crazy thing is that I am NOW going to middle school. I am in 6th grade this year and going on to 7th. I hope the Carolson family knows what summmer means....Lake Inteate!!!!! I hope I spelled the lake name and your family name right.

  3. WOW! Neat bassoon Alex. Was it more then two sixty buck? ha ha ha!

  4. seriously, you do lookk to young to have a kid in high school, but then again, it runs in the family, I am much to young looking to be a grammy!!!! that's what I keep telling myself anyways. :)

  5. That is so exciting! Tell Alex contratulations form all of us!