A week ago today, Michael's sister and her husband welcomed their second child, Scarlett Viola, to the world. She was schedule to arrive by c-section on Aidan's birthday (Feb. 3) but this little missy had other plans! She's a complete doll! Congrats, Campbells!!
January 2014 entries
My AP students love to doodle on the back of their vocab quizzes. I told them that I actually perform psychoanalysis on them by examining their drawings. I received a smiley face and a challenge to "analyze this!" yesterday. I did.
2 down, 1 left. Raising ducks is hard when the baby ducks ship from California in January!! Otto is a natural on the stage, though!
Aidan: "Two-hour delay??"
Many other schools in our area have a two-hour delay, but not us. Brrrr.
I'm taking drama students on a field trip today to the Bloomsburg Theatre High School Workshop. My awesome students met me at the bus with a cup of coffee and we are ready to have a great day!
Have I mentioned that I love my job lately?
Today was the first of two shows that my drama classes are staging. They all did a great job! So proud of my students, especially the ones who hadn't ever been on stage before!
Some people think that you have to give up being creative and "busy" when you have kids. I can tell you from experience: kids are portable. They learn a lot from being around talented older students, and those talented older students learn a lot from being around little kids. Our children are growing up around creativity and self-expression and art and music. And they love every minute of it.
Even little Liam told Mike tonight after his musical: "I like that singing." So maybe he is a Connor after all!
Here's another reason I couldn't tell those condescending moms what I really thought. I was standing by this sign.
It's 20 til places at Annie, Jr. at my husband's middle school. Michael has nearly 200 kids in 6-8th grade chorus. He has a small cast of named characters and the rest of the chorus kids are supposed to come to sing the ensemble numbers. He puts an incredible amount of time, effort, energy, and money into this endeavor.
Unfortunately, some of the kids in the chorus do not take it seriously and some don't even show up for performances. When I arrived, I heard a small gaggle of mothers (like 3) complaining that this musical didn't seem as organized as in previous years. I am only sharing this because it couldn't be farther from the truth. I have personally witnessed my husband calling every kid in the larger cast (maids, etc.) to remind them of practices. I have seen him type handouts and update his website endlessly. He definitely keeps lines of communication open--I've often chastised him for feeling compelled to answer parent emails within 30 seconds of reading them.
Because I didn't want to give my husband a bad reputation for having a bat-crap crazy wife, I held my tongue and kept on walking. What I wanted to do was ask if it ever occurred to them to extend a helping hand to the man putting on a musical with over 100 kids essentially on his own. I mean really. How many people just love to sit back and complain instead of doing something to help?
It sure does take a village -- without the lazy complainers!