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No Words

A dear friend, Jason Moyer, has left us far too soon, far too suddenly. I can't even begin to find the words to express how I feel. I truly cannot imagine a world without Jason. I am waiting to awake from this nightmare, but it's day three and he's still not here. His family, his friends, his clients, his community -- we have all suffered a terrible loss, from which we will never really recover.

No Words

No Words


🚽 Urinetown

This summer, I was asked to help with the Community Theatre League's summer production of a show called Urinetown. It's a satirical, campy show about a town whose private toilets have been outlawed. A corporation controls the public amenities and people have to pay to pee. The poor, of course, suffer the most. An uprising ensues and for a while the people are free to pee at will. Alas! The corporation was doing some good by managing water consumption through a drought and the show ends with the environment unable to sustain the people's demands and the new leader ousted.

Despite how insane that synopsis may sound -- it's a great show and the students from 10 area high schools have been wonderful to work with. My role was literally "Ambassador of Fun" -- I arranged for cast bonding experiences like pottery painting parties and Astro Bowling. I also coordinated the group to buy their directors and stage manager (who are all my friends that I sing with in Nothing But Treble) gifts as a thank you at the end of the run. I absolutely loved the keychain that my Pippin cast and crew gave me, so we found similar ones for the Urinetown directors. Little did I know, but those sneaky kids got me a new charm for my keychain too: a treble clef. I honestly did not expect that. I was happy to volunteer my time and be part of something special.

🚽 Urinetown


Puppetry

During our Nebraska trip, Michael and I took a puppet class with an amazing puppeteer from the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts. She told us that a puppet is "anything you pick up and bring to life." Liam and I performed a 20-minute puppet story with pieces of vines that he picked up on our walk today. I think our teacher would have been proud!

Puppetry

Puppetry

Puppetry


New Bed and a Grateful Little Girl

We live in a small house, and bedroom space is at a premium for our kiddos. Part of our summer project list has been to organize and deep-clean the kids' rooms. You know, the kind of work we all try to avoid at all costs.

Gabrielle has a room to herself, which she complains about now but will rub in her brothers' faces later. We decided to investigate a better use of her space and my parents found a bunk bed/desk combination for sale and brought it to our place yesterday. When Ellie returned from Lycoming College for Kids (with all her teeth in tact), she was so excited to set up her new digs.

The best part? She wrote thank you notes (unprompted, mind you!) to my parents, me, and Michael. Sometimes parenting can be an overwhelming journey, and it's tough to know if what we are doing is working, but these notes told me we are doing something right around here!

New Bed and a Grateful Little Girl

New Bed and a Grateful Little Girl

New Bed and a Grateful Little Girl

New Bed and a Grateful Little Girl


Still Innocent

Yesterday, a very excited Aidan met me after Lycoming College for Kids with surprising news: Image
He lost a canine tooth while at Inventor's Class. Too cool. And, he couldn't wait to put it under his pillow for the tooth fairy. Aidan is a very smart, logical, scientific-thinking 9 year old kid. And he still believes in the tooth fairy. And I'm sooooo glad. He had trouble falling asleep on the top bunk last night. He came out to the living room, where Mike and I were watching a movie. "I just can't fall asleep. I keep looking for the tooth fairy." When I walked him back to his room, we found the bag with his tooth in it on the floor. Liam was completely out, so we know he didn't do it. Aidan must have missed it falling to the floor when he got out of bed, but I feigned surprise and said, "Oh my goodness! She must have been in here and then you got up!" The look of genuine, innocent excitement on Aidan's face was priceless. He climbed right up to his bunk and promised to go to sleep immediately. I have a feeling that these moments of childhood naiveté are slowly declining for Aidan. But, for now, he's still my little boy.

Where is Liam?

Liam has been enjoying being an only child for the past two days while Aidan and Gabrielle are attending Lycoming College for Kids. Liam's an easy-going kid and a cheap date, so we've been playing at the park, bowling, and eating ice cream. He is in Heaven.

Where is Liam?

Where is Liam?

Where is Liam?

Where is Liam?


What a Day: a race, a birthday party, a new fish, and 2 praying mantises

(Or is it manti?)

Yesterday, I ran the Danville Iron Heritage Festival 5K with my brother-in-law Adam. For some reason, Adam invites me to run races with him, but never trains for them at all. I hope he can walk today.

The slightly hilly course was gorgeous, and I finished in 27 minutes, 15 seconds-- after a 14-year-old and just before a 9-year-old. There are some fast kids in Danville.

Afterward, we had a party for Adam's 30th birthday, and Aidan had a great time catching bugs. He even scored 2 praying mantises/manti. Our aquarium that we used for bugs last year suffered a bad break in the garage, so my entomologist and I picked up some new digs for his creatures.

While at Petco, I picked up a replacement for Liam's "fissy" fish that swam to the great beyond a few months ago. I think he and Ellie are naming this one Spiky. We are still in the beta phase of naming the Betta fish. It's a complicated process.

(Almost as complicated as deciding "mantises" or "manti".)

In all-- yet another great day brought to us by summer and family!

What a Day: a race, a birthday party, a new fish, and 2 praying mantises

What a Day: a race, a birthday party, a new fish, and 2 praying mantises

What a Day: a race, a birthday party, a new fish, and 2 praying mantises

What a Day: a race, a birthday party, a new fish, and 2 praying mantises

What a Day: a race, a birthday party, a new fish, and 2 praying mantises