Saturday, November 1, 2008


I haven't abandoned my blog ... just real busy being a mom of a senior in her last couple of weeks of marching band season! Last night was the last home football game, and it was also SENIOR NIGHT! The seniors are given crowns from Burger King, spray painted gold to wear that evening ... I know - sounds silly, but it is a big deal for the seniors to get to wear their crowns that night. During pre-game, each senior is announced, along with their parents/significant other family members, and their future plans. The seniors and their escorts walk onto the football field for special recognition. Here's a photo of John and I with our daughter, Allie. Allie plans to attend ASU to study the field of architecture.
This morning we headed to Flagstaff, Arizona for the Northern Arizona University marching band competition. Our kids' performance knocked our socks off! They were amazing, and only a half of a point away from receiving the much deserved rating of "superior". They also received a caption for music performance.

After the competition, John drove me to the famous Flagstaff scrapbook store, About Memories & More! I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Kirsten Mead. What a treat! Kirsten is just as sweet and talented as she appears on her blog, About Memories & More ... AND, her store is AWESOME - FULL of the latest and greatest scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies! Kirsten and I have been following each other's blogs for quite some time. I can't tell you how fun it was to meet in person! She is a doll !!!!!!!!!!

Kirsten Mead and Nancy Riley


Amy said...

Congratulations to your daughter! Great choice of schools, too.

Signed, an ASU alum :-)

fran said...

Congrats to you and Allie! She looks awesome in her crown - what a great time! It will be a fun and busy year for you!

Ret said...

Congratulations Allie! (Mom & Dad,too!) Sounds like it was a great time and you're making lots of memories to scrap later. I'm glad you got to meet Kirsten annd
go thru all the goodies at her store! I'd just LOVE to be turned loose in there! hehe

Jenn in GA said...

oh, i loved marching band, and i think the crowns for seniors is great! our son is in the jazz band as a keyboardist at his middle school, and i hope to get to be a band parent in hs.

don't worry about not getting to the blog--living life to the fullest is what it's all about, and not missing those moments that won't come again!

hope you have some time to relax today.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Congratulations to Allie! You have every reason to look as proud as you do! Great picture! Your shopping trip looks like fun...always such a pleasure to meet bloggers in real life!

Anonymous said...

Oh Nancy Congrats to Allie and her marching band. Isn't the NAU competition day just the best? It is so hard when they come so close to a Superior rating but I am sure the band, the parents and the directors were proud. I know it always made me cry to see how far they come. My dd was in band in her Freshman and Sophmore year and I would always say that the band parents do every thing but play the

So glad you all had a great trip and a great time. Of course a stop at such a wonderful Scrap Store is a great way to wrap up the trip. I'm sure it was the cherry on

Take care and I hope that I will meet you soon.

Debbie/Phx AZ

Diane Gilbert said...

Isn't the time going fast? I can't believe it! We have been very busy with all of Megan's Senior activities as well. ENJOY IT! Before we know it we will be sitting at their Graduation Ceremony!
Take care, hope everything else is going good!

Speedystamper said...

Congrats on having a senior in the family - exciting times and I'm grateful to see the pictures. Your trip to the scrapbooking store sounded like a blast! Thanks for the link!

Alexandra said...

Congrats to your daughter Nancy, how fabulous!!! Looks like some fun times but busy times - great scrapbook store too!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex