Three Ascension Parish Bands Perform at Showcase of Marching Bands Monday, Nov 9 2009 

Saturday, November 7, 2009, Ascension Parish had a strong showing from their parish.  Three of the local high schools, Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant competed in the Showcase of Marching Bands at ULL’s Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana.

All three bands had excellent performances.  It was such a pleasure to watch our Ascension Parish band students excel in what they do.  The crowd loved what they saw!

A huge round of applause is needed for all of the band directors, students and parents.  All of your hard work certainly showed on Saturday night.  I personally thank the band directors for their dedication and genuine care of the students that they teach. You have inspired these young people to excel at so many levels.  Each of you are truly special.  I also would like to thank all of the parents that help the bands.  Without the help you all give, much of this would not be possible.  From the bottom of my heart…THANK YOU.

It is no secret that I am a St. Amant High School Band Fan…  I have a special interest there. With that being said, you can click the video below to view the performance of the St. Amant Golden Gator Band.

I will monitor YouTube and as I see the other schools performances uploaded I will provide a link for those as well.


St. Amant High School Golden Gator Marching Band Attends Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands Friday, Nov 6 2009 

Marching season is coming to an end…  The St. Amant High School Golden Gator Marching Band will culminate the season in Lafayette, Louisiana on Saturday November 7, 2009 at the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands. The event will be held at ULL Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana

Over 30 high school bands from across Louisiana come to compete.  The first performance begins at 9:00am and the awards will be presented at 7:30pm.  All day admission is only $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5-12, children 4 and under are free.

I heard someone the other day describe this event as “being like Drumline (the movie) only with more class”.  This is a pretty good description of the event.  The best bands from the state come to one place to comptete for their bragging rights. Marching bands are surely different from what I remember so many years ago!

Good luck to the St. Amant High School Golden Gator band. You guys Rock!

St. Amant High School Golden Gator Marching Band

September 2009 Market Stats Tuesday, Oct 13 2009 

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Ascension Parish Market Stats for September 2009

Monthly sales were 120  units. Comparison to last month:  Increase 8%  from 110 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Increase 50% from 55 Units.

Average Sold price was $191,387.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased  14% from $221,891.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 10% from $213,272.

Current inventory is 4.69 months.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 5.53 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 14.87 months. 

 Average Days on market were 78.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased from 93 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 116 days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  First let me say, “Don’t Panic!”  I can tell you this because while I was working these numbers, I felt a wave of panic flow through me.  How will I report this?  Then I did a little investigating.

Yes, Average Sales prices are down.  Let’s take a closer look.  The units were up.  First Time Homebuyers are buying right now to get their $8,000 stimulus monies.  The biggest range of homes sold were in the $140,000-$149,900 and the $160,000 to $169,900 range.  Throw a few of these in the mix and the average sales prices go down.  As I have been saying…homes in this price range that are in good condition and are priced right are SELLING!

Remember, this month last year we were hit with Hurricane Gustav.  You see the effects by looking at units sold and the inventory.  We are doing much better, thank goodness!

Our inventory is declining and the sellers are getting 98.32% of their asking price!

Happy Buying and Selling 🙂

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

I’ve been “Quoted”! Tuesday, Sep 15 2009 

Last week  I was contacted by a local newspaper writer.  He asked me if he could quote me on some of the things I had written on my blog.  They were going to run an article about the local housing market.  I thought for a minute…hmmm…Well YEA

Seems that this individual follows my blog through my Facebook Fan page Jambalaya Wire.

Today, while sitting in front of my computer I see Weekly Citizen stream through on Facebook.  I look a little closer and the link was about Ascension Parish Housing.  I click the link and find the article where I have been quoted!

Now, to me this is a big deal.  I have never been quoted before by any news agency.  The only quoting I get is usually from my children and they are usually quoting something that really should not have ever left the house 🙂

I have to say, in my humble opinion, the article is very well written and I am very pleased.  So tonight, I am basking in my 15 minutes of fame if you will.  Would you like to see what the excitement is all about?

ps. I did go to the nearest store a buy a few copies!  One for my broker and one to autograph for my husband 🙂

2009 St. Amant Gator Football Schedule Saturday, Sep 5 2009 

Got Football

2009 St. Amant Gator Football Schedule

  • September 4 vs. Covington @ The Pit  Gatorettes Pre Game

WIN 56-33

  • September 11 vs. Hammond (away)

WIN 35-20

  • September 18 vs. Plaquemine @ The Pit  Cheerleaders Pre Game

WIN 41-6

  • September 24 vs. Bonnabel (away)

WIN 53-20

  • October 2 vs. Sarah Reed @ The Pit   Homecoming
  • October 9 vs. East St. John (away)
  • October 16 vs. Dutchtown @ The Pit  ROTC Pre Game
  • October 23 vs. East Ascension (away)
  • October 30 vs. Hahnville @ The Pit  Hero Night
  • November 6 vs. Destrehan @ The Pit  Senior Night

All games start at 7:00. 

July 2009 Market Snapshot Saturday, Aug 15 2009 

Housing Graph

Ascension Parish Market Stats for July 2009

Monthly sales were 104  units. Comparison to last month:  Decrease 19%  from 129 units.  Comparison to this month last year: Decrease 11% from 117 Units.

Average Sold price was $217,742.  Comparison to last month:  Decreased  1% from $219,525.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased 7% from $235,014.

Current inventory is 5.64 months.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 4.68 months.  Comparison to this month last year: Decreased from 6.93 months. 

 Average Days on market were 110.  Comparison to last month:  Increased from 98 days.  Comparison to this month last year: Increased from 85days.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Sales were not as high as last month.  Lots of families take vacations during the month of July.   There is usually a decrease.  You will see another decrease in the next couple of months.  Why?  Because school has started and all of us parents are BROKE!  Averages sales prices held steady.  This is a good thing.   We will continue to hold steady and start to rise in the near future.  Is it a good time to sell your home?  The simple answer is Yes.  We have good market values and homes priced correctly are selling quickly. 

I again encourage buyers to buy now.  If you are a first time homebuyer you have to close on your new home by November 30, 2009 to receive the tax credit.  Lots of people have taken advantage of this and are now happy homeowners with a little extra cash in their pockets!

These stats are for areas 90,91 & 92 in Ascension Parish. Information used from Greater Baton Rouge MLS.  They include only single family dwellings.  Mobile home and land sales are not part of these numbers.  If you would like information on either of these, feel free to let me know.

Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, File Gumbo Saturday, May 9 2009 

Since I have named my blog after one of the things that makes this Parish famous, it just wouldn’t be right not to tell you about the Jambalaya Festival!  The Jambalaya Festival is held in Gonzales every year during the Memorial Day weekend.  If you are looking for something fun to do, this is the place to be.  There are carnival rides for all, games, fabulous entertainment, beauty pageants and most of all….the big Jambalaya cook off.  I love to attend and  eat my weight in jambalaya!  No one in the world cooks jambalaya like the great residents of Ascension Parish. 

What is Jambalaya you ask?  Jambalaya is a cajun/creole dish that is mostly cooked outside in a big black pot.  It is a mixture of wonderful seasonings, chicken, sausage and rice.  Delicious!  There is a new twist to Jambalaya that I have personally fallen in love with. Pastalaya.  Same concept, just replace the rice with pasta.  We use linguine. 

Let me know when you will be at the Jambalaya Festival.  I would love to see you there!

The Way We Are Friday, May 8 2009 

Last night we were at my daughter’s high school band concert. I have been associated with the St. Amant High School Band for three years now.  Every year this band never ceases to amaze me.  The closeness these kids have is unbelievable.

As my daughter was entering High School she informed me that she wanted to be on drum-line.  Not be on the dance team.  Secretly, I was crushed.  She had been on the dance team in middle school and I had been on the dance team in High School.  I wanted her to continue the tradition.  It wasn’t my decision.  It was hers.  We went to the newcomer’s meeting and heard the band directors speak.  One of the things they said was that the kids would start school with 200+  friends.  Yea Right…Rah Rah talk, I thought to myself. 

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The band practiced during the summer for two weeks straight.  After the first day, my daughter had made friends.  The upperclassmen of course gave the freshmen a hard time but also took them under their wings.  Offering for them to ride with them to lunch, giving them pointers.  I was warming up to this band thing.  By the end of the two weeks and the start of school, she indeed had 200+ new friends. 

The camaraderie these young people have is interesting to me to watch.  They truly are a family.  For as much time as these kids spend together, they all get along and look out for each other very well.

 Every year at the Spring Concert, one of the last songs they play is “The Way We Were”.  As the band plays, the Senior’s names are called and they lay down their instruments and make their way to the front of the stage.  Let me tell you,  there is never a dry eye in the auditorium.  Last night, thru my own tears, I really watched the kids.  18 and 19 year old young men and women are tearful and not ashamed to be so.  They hug each other, they hug the underclassmen, they choke up when they give speeches to the Directors.  And every year, the Directors shed a tear or two.  The band members from years past are always at this performance with their own tears. The openness of emotion shared with this family makes me smile.

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These kids are not totally jaded to the ways of the hurtful world.  They are accepting of each others faults and quirks.  They are family, they love each other unconditionally. Lets all go out and be like these teens.  Be accepting of each other, love each other, be there for someone that needs us.  No questions asked.

p.s. I couldn’t be happier with my daughter’s decision to be a part of the STA Golden Gator Band ! 2381-161-036T

Practice Makes Perfect Thursday, May 7 2009 

Talk about timing.  The planets are lined up in some great order these past few days.

Last Friday, May 1, I finally took the plunge and started a blog.  This Tuesday, May 5, I saw a tweet on Twitter about a 21 Day Blogging Challenge.  This is being sponsored by the guys hosting RE Barcamp Phiadelphia.  The only rules are to post every day for 21 days consecutively.  The idea is that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.  They just want us to get into the habit of blogging.  PERFECT!  This is just what I need!  The first two days were pretty easy.  Today, is a different story.  All day I have been struggling on a topic. 

Tonight I was sitting in the sanctuary of Household of Faith church in Gonzales.  I was there to watch my 16 year old daughter perform at the  Spring Concert for the St. Amant High School Band.  As I listened to the band director, Craig Millett, speak about the the progress the band had made the light bulb went off.  Practice makes perfect!  I will blog about practice.

I have been associated with the St. Amant Band for three years now.  Practicing is an art for these band instructors.  It amazes me every year to see what Mr. Millett and Mr. Nassar do with this group of students over 200 strong.  I do not have a musical bone in my body so I am of no help to these great men!  The band practices for two weeks for 10 hours a day the two weeks before school starts.  During Marching season, they practice every afternoon until 5ish Tuesday thru Thursday to prepare for Friday’s big game.  Then they start practicing for Festival.  They go to District and then always make it to State.  All of the above practicing is after they have been in Band Class during the day.  Talk about dedication!  As a parent, it still amazes me to see how they grow from the beginning of the year to the Christmas Concert and then to the Spring Concert.  Every year I get chills when they play.  Amazing! 


It’s funny how sitting at a High School band concert inspires you to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  What I walked away with tonight is Practice. Practice makes perfect. 

Whether you play music, blog, run, etc… Join me in having the dedication to practice!

Swine Flu Has Made It’s Way To Ascension Parish Wednesday, May 6 2009 

Now that I have your attention…

let me encourage you to remain calm.

Ascension Parish School Board confirmed on Sunday that there was a confirmed case of Swine Flu in St. Amant. Do not be alarmed. The school has taken preventative measures in disinfecting the school, Lake Elementary. The student has been out of class and will remain out of class until OPH has deemed him safe to return.

Luckily this young person is doing well and I wish him a speedy recovery 🙂  Boy will he have a story for his class mates!

After hearing this, as a mother, my mind was working overtime. Two weeks before Easter my own daughter was out of school for a week. She missed three days of the I-Leap testing. This child has never missed a day of school except for some surgery when she was in Kindergarten. She is in the Third Grade now. The doctors told me it was the flu. I asked them to take a blood count because I was sure it was a sinus infection. (You didn’t know I had my M.D. did you?) Well, there was a little bacteria so they gave us antibiotics. This child has never been so sick, she ran 102.5+ for five days. She would get the chills and I would have to wrap her in a blanket and just hold her until she could warm up.  At one point she told me that it even hurt to cry.  It was heartbreaking to see her so sick. Looking back, I have to wonder. Did she have a strain of this nasty flu H1N1? We were very careful to disinfect around the house while she was sick. No one wanted what she had.  She is much better now and I guess we will never know what exactly she had.

There are a few things you can do to prevent the spread of this and many other illnesses.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizers
  • Keep your hands away from your face
  • If you feel sick and/or have a fever, stay away from others

The CDC Center for Disease Control has a very infomative website.  You may want to check it out:

This strain of flu is nasty.  Let’s don’t panic. Hopefully, with all of the awareness, we can help each other to remain safe. 

Wishing good health to you and your family!

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