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September 2010 entries

It's Fall!

And that means lots of things here at the Connor house.  For Michael, it means Spartan football -- well, at least Spartan band at Spartan football games -- on Friday nights.  For Aidan and Gabrielle, it means back to school and the dilemma of Halloween wear.  For me and Liam (since he has to stick close to the food source), it means the MHS Fall Play rehearsals start!  We are staging Thorton Wilder's classic, Our Town, and we had our first round of auditions last night.

(No, Ryan, I am not going to post the cast list yet.)

Tonight brings auditions for minor characters.  We had a lot of kids show up last night, and I expect many this evening.  How exciting!  But --the problem with straight plays (as opposed to musicals) is that you can't put 50+ kids on the stage for a dance number.  I chose Our Town because of the large cast, but we will still have to turn kids away.  I hate that part.

But, I suppose, that is life, right?  We don't always get the grade we wanted, we don't always get hired for the job we wanted, we don't always get the (insert desired object or goal here) we wanted.  Regardless, I think that the drama program at MHS is blossoming, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

Save the Dates -- Our Town  at MHS December 3, 4, and 5.



Two Weeks Later . . .

What a blur these past two weeks have been!  I went from wishing that the baby would come to total immersion in life with three children.  Though there are certainly moments when I long for a pause button on my life's remote control (like last night when Liam would not sleep unless I was walking around or sitting upright with him . . . we got a blissful 3 hours of sleep) but for the most part, it really is wonderful.  Aidan and Gabrielle are in love with Liam, and he has brought nothing but joy to our lives.  At two weeks old, he's up to 8 lbs, 2 oz and 20 inches.  He's also increasing his eye focus and alert time.  He's able to look at us, and he's trying his hardest to smile at us, though his facial muscles just can't cooperate yet.   Adorable!

What are kids learning in schools these days??

Aidan's school, Lyter Elementary, is hosting a Walk-a-Thon fundraiser to help raise money for the schools various field trips, activities, and educational programs.  The concept is very easy -- students ask sponsors for a flat donation and each grade level walks for an hour.  Aidan took the paper to church and has over $100 in sponsors already.  Of course, he had no idea what he was doing  -- when one person handed him $10, he said, "Oh no, you just need to sign up on this paper.  I don't need any money." 

But here's the thing -- if the school reaches the goal of $20,000, the kids get to duct tape their principal to the wall of the cafeteria during lunch!  So, Aidan's motivation is to be able to tape Mr. Kurtz to the wall!  What are we teaching kids these days anyway??  :)


Smarty Pants

On Friday, when I picked Aidan up from the bus stop, he noticed right away that Liam wasn't in the car.  Alarmed, he asked, "Where is Baby LIam??"  and I assured him that Liam was fine, that he was at home with someone who came to visit.  Did he want to guess who it was?  "Grandma Tina," he replied without missing a beat.

I asked, "How did you know that?"

"Because, Mom, I'm pretty good at smarting up.  I'm a pretty smart kid, you know."

And so he is . . . the Sun Gazette ran a "guess this spider" feature in the Sunday edition two weeks ago.  Aidan insisted that he and I research the spider and figure out what it was.  We decided it was an orb weaver, and we wrote to the Editor of the Outdoors section.  This morning, I was reading the Sunday paper (a day late, but what else is new?) and saw this:


"I don't want to go to school today!"

For the first time since the beginning of the school year, Aidan said he didn't want to go today.  He started the day a bit on the grumpy side and when we arrived at Lyter, he started down the sidewalk to the school and then stopped, in tears.  I hugged him and asked what was wrong. 

"I just don't want to go to school today.  I want to stay home with you and Liam."

After talking a bit, we made a deal -- Aidan would go to school for the price of a pumpkin pie at dessert tonight!  Ha!  I guess Liam and I have our work cut out for us today . . .