Alex's First Time Playing Drums With A Live Band!

Last week we took the family to a party at Leo's barn. There's always live music at Leo's and it's always a great time.  This time something magical happened.

Alex sat down at the drums while the band was taking a break. He started playing the drum part to ACDC's Back in Black and musicians came running from all over the house to get in on some 80's hair band action. The result was, and this is a scientific term, totally wicked awesome.

Christine managed to capture part of it on video.

Alex (10 years old) and I have been working on the drums for a few months and he's soaking it up like a sponge. Even so, I was blown away by how easily he went from lessons to playing live.

The band was made up of two guitar players, John on keyboard, me on bass, and Alex rockin' the drums. Every musical experience I've had pales in comparison to the thrill of playing in a band with my son. What a rush.

Conner's Class Trip - Hike Up Mt. Wachusett

Back in October I took a day off to hike up Mt. Wachusett with Conner's class. We took a more direct route than we did when Alex and I did the hike with his class. On the way up Conner was thrilled to discover a white spotted caterpillar. He took care of it for a while before finding a nice tree for it to live on.

The top of the mountain has a new tower which is surprisingly large. The ladders to the top were missing so we weren't able to get higher than the stone base. Even so it provided an impressive view.

Conner and his friend at the top of Mount Wachusett

Conner and me at the top of Mount Wachusett

After lunch and some running around on the top of the mountain we headed down. Fast. I mean really fast. Going up the mountain I was in my element. We climbed fast and rested when the kids needed it. Coming down was an an entirely different story. I don't usually feel at a physical disadvantage around the kids, but the way Conner flew down the mountain has me thinking that I'm either getting old, or gravity works differently for kids. For the record, I'm pretty sure it was a gravity issue.

Either way, we had a great time. I'm looking forward to doing this trip with Allison next year.