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April 2013 entries

Countdown to Summer

We went away this past weekend to celebrate a family bridal shower, and the short road trip to my aunt's house definitely put a sense of wanderlust in us all! Fortunately, we have some adventure awaiting us each weekend until June, aka Bucket List time!

Countdown to Summer

Countdown to Summer

Countdown to Summer


Close Call!

Yesterday, Gabrielle lost her 6th tooth. I had some coins set out for the tooth fairy to use, and with all the commotion with my little night owl, I completely forgot about it.

Luckily, when Michael got up at 4:30 to get in the shower, it hit me that I hadn't swapped out the tooth (for my growing collection!). Also, luckily, Ellie was still snoozing in her room (must have been the tooth anchoring her there!) and I was able to make the switch.

Phew!

Close Call!


Night Owl

Last night, for some unknown reason, Liam would not go to sleep. We recently took the railings off the one side of his crib to help him get used to a "big boy bed."

I kept checking in in the kid, who was wandering around the room playing with toys and messing stuff up worse than Paddy McGrady on March 17. I told him, "Aidan is sleeping. It's time for bed."

A few moments later, I found Liam in bed with a comatose Aidan, "reading" a book, surrounded by toys.

Finally, I scooped him up and took him to my room, where he sang, "The Wheels on the Bus" until about 11.

So the real question here: who gave my kid expresso last afternoon??

Night Owl

Night Owl


Blessed!

At our closing night bonfire, the cast and crew thoroughly spoiled me and Mike with a basket FULL of personalized, thoughtful presents. They definitely pay attention to the details of our lives! We are so blessed with great students!

Blessed!

Blessed!

Blessed!

Blessed!


Love is What We Do!

The Wedding Singer came and went this weekend! Putting on a show to which you have dedicated 4 months of your life is emotionally draining! The late night rehearsals, the excitement of the performances, the thrill of not knowing what will happen in live theatre, the pride in the fruits of your labor ripening before your eyes--then the sadness of it ending so abruptly!

I am happy to report that the three performances were heavily attended and highly praised. We assembled a truly talented team: Michael was the music director (taught the kids the music and directed our awesome pit); Jaclyn Gilbert spent hours in lighting design that made the kids look phenomenal; and Dean and Alison Stroop of LKW created choreography that closely matched my vision for each song while making the crowd go wild for their authentic 80s moves. Also, we had students running sound and spot lights, in addition to being "stage ninjas." Instead of stage crew, I told the kids they were "stage ninjas" because they needed to be unseen and really fast. I coached them to move set pieces "like a ninja" so many times that the kids had black shirts made up that say, "Like a ninja." (They even made ones up for our kids!)

While on one level, we are all going to be glad to get our free time back, we are all sad that it's over. My first musical. My first musical cast. These kids are beautiful people with such a variety of back stories, and I am immensely proud of all that we accomplished together.

Fortunately, we get to perform at Williamsport's Community Arts Center for the Ray of Lights awards in May. So we get to stay together a little longer as a cast.


Love is What We Do!

Love is What We Do!

Love is What We Do!

Love is What We Do!