My Life With Teens: 2016 in Review

432c88fcca4ebe0e9ae3fa50f0bf41e72016 was an eventful year in our little, southern household. The kiddos were old enough to pay attention to and even comprehend the spectacle that was the U.S. race for the presidency. Of all the celebrity deaths of 2016, the passing of Alan Rickman and David Bowie seemed to affect them the most.

But political nonsense and celebrity deaths aside, 2016 was a pretty good year.

My oldest son’s marching band had the opportunity to work with a pretty amazing composer this past year, Robbie Sherman. Robbie is the youngest son of Disney Legend Robert Sherman of the Sherman Bros. (The Sherman Bros. were the Oscar Award-winning songwriting duo who composed the music for Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, it’s a small world, The Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web and sooooooo much more.)

As luck would have it, I was able to sit in on a phone interview with Robbie early in 2016. That interview led to his song, “Disneyana!” – which was originally written for the Disneyana Fan Club – to be arranged for marching band by my son’s Director of Bands, and “Dineyana! for Marching Band” made its debut at Walt Disney World on December 19th.

I will write more about this amazing event in the coming weeks, but until then, I want to share with you this wonderful video of Robbie playing the rarely heard, unpublished 3rd verse to “it’s a small world” which was penned by his father just months before he passed away.

Not to be outdone, my youngest daughter declared that she was now a vegetarian. This was brought about by her father sending a photo of the Copenhagen fish markets. I thought it was a lovely (though, yes, slightly grotesque) photo of super fresh fish, but my daughter saw death and fish carnage.


I am pretty sure my middle son suffers from parentally-induced middle child syndrome. I know he had a pretty great year, but most of the specifics escape me. He is no doubt thankful for that. His braces came off, as did about two minutes from is 5K time for cross country. But otherwise, I have no idea what he does. Thank goodness I can follow him on Instagram. That’s a big help.

Here’s hoping that 2017 is way better than how Mariah Carey ended 2016. Seriously, y’all!




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