Monday, October 17, 2016

Family Get Together

Over the weekend we got together for my Mom and Brother-in-law's birthdays. For us we celebrate August and September birthdays together, October birthdays together, a November birthday (because the October birthdays are so early and the November one is so late), December and January birthdays, March birthdays, May birthdays, and June birthdays.

For my Brother-in-law I got him this funny card:

Later on he fell asleep.

It seems like there's always some man that falls asleep during a family function. Is it like this in your family?

Anyhow the photo reminded me of this famous art history piece Lamento sul Cristo moto or Lamentation Over the Dead Christ.

The really hilarious thing about this get together was what Mica did. 

For a month he's been saying, "Mom can I play my trumpet at the next family get together?" I said, "I don't care." 

For a few days he's been playing, Hot Cross Buns. He kept saying that he nailed the song. Ummm....not so much. He nailed it twice, but was inconsistent with it like anyone would be when they first start playing an instrument. I kept reminding him that he's really only been playing for a month, if that. He didn't start until early September, and his teacher was gone for 2 weeks. But according to Mica he had it down. 

He wanted me to learn how to sing it. I kept saying, "Mica you're having a hard time playing it. I don't think I can sing to it just yet. You'll get there eventually."

He wanted his cousin Evan to come with his flute to play along side of him, but he forgot his flute on that day. 

The morning of the get together he kept coming out of his room in suit jackets. They were mine that I've had stuck in the back of his closet. I didn't care if he wore them, but Travis said to one, "You look like a girl Mica." To another, "You look like the kid in the movie Big when he went from an adult to a kid, and his clothes were all big." Mica was getting annoyed. He wanted to look great for his first debut. I kept saying, "Wear a nice shirt, and leave it at that." That wasn't good enough. I said, "Well wear this grey jacket over the shirt." It was a sporty jacket, not a dress jacket. He of course didn't go for that. He had on a nice shirt, and another nice shirt over that. By that time I told Travis I was done listening to the two of them argue. 

He set up his music stand right away when we got there. I said, "Let's wait until lunch is over before you play."

When he played I couldn't hold it back any longer. Tears were rolling down my face from laughing so hard. My sister was laughing in the kitchen. Our laughter was feeding off each other. The jacket, the tapping of his foot, the notes that he tried to make were all making me laugh. Even when I told everyone not to laugh. He never heard me over the trumpet sound, and he was looking at his music notes. Let's just say that I'm amused easily.

My sister kept saying, "This is the best thing that's happened all day. Please play another song." So he did. 

My two year old nephew was on the side lines clapping. He said in his little voice, "Good job Mica!" 

I said, "Good job son. I love your dedication. You need to practice more to hit those notes." He did do good for just starting. 


Mandy said...

Hilarious card! It always annoys me so much when men fall asleep at family events. No one in my family ever did … until I got married and inherited another family. It irritates me beyond belief. Like … we aren't important enough for you to stay awake for?! Really?

Love the story of Mica playing his instrument! Glad everyone was so supportive! It's adorable that he needed a suit jacket for his debut. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well he's on his way anyhow!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Good for him getting in front of the family and playing without having practiced for that long. He's got confidence and that's great!

My father in law is usually fast asleep after the meal. I think he does it to get out of playing board games with us ;)

~ Noelle said...

Awe, I love that he wanted to look nice and take pride in his presentation.
You have some great boys!!!!
So glad that he is determined to get there, keep at it, Mica! YOU HAVE THIS!

Kristi Maloney said...

What a cute story. I can see Mica there, with is jacket, tapping his foot looking all serious for his debut. Which, turned out to be quite comical -hehehe! My son plays the trumpet too and used to ask to bring his trumpet to play for family too.

Terra Heck said...

I like that card...very funny!

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

I remember when Bo started to work on trombone. Not that easy at all indeed :). Good thing Mica is so consistent :)


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