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April 2015 entries

Throwing Up Rainbows and Unicorns

Tonight, I took Gabrielle shopping for her First Holy Communion dress. We spent 3 hours together at the mall, shopping and having dinner. She's turning into such a hilarious little girl. She kept saying today was "the best day ever" and she thanked me for buying her things at least a dozen times. Every time I took her picture, she posed like a total goof, and she has this loud boisterous laugh . . . that sounds exactly like mine.

The cutest thing was when we got home. We put her dress and shoes and veil and tiara and gloves on and then came out to the livingroom to show the boys. Both Aidan and Liam got up right away and gave Ellie hugs. Aidan told her, "Wow, you look so beautiful." And Liam said, "That's really pretty Ellie." Talk about completely adorable!!!

Throwing Up Rainbows and Unicorns

Throwing Up Rainbows and Unicorns

Throwing Up Rainbows and Unicorns

Throwing Up Rainbows and Unicorns

Throwing Up Rainbows and Unicorns


Elementary Chorus Fest

Aidan was selected by his chorus teacher to attend the PMEA Chorus Fest for 4, 5, and 6 grades held in Troy, PA. I took a personal day to be a chaperone, and it was a blast. I admit I had more than a few tears in my eyes when I saw my firstborn baby on stage, dressed up, and singing in a choir, as his dad and I have done for many years. Life just seems to go by so quickly, and moments like that just hit me. I am so proud of how well behaved he was, and how beautifully he sang.

Elementary Chorus Fest

Elementary Chorus Fest

Elementary Chorus Fest

Elementary Chorus Fest

Elementary Chorus Fest


Shrek-tastic

I wish I could articulate what this show meant to me. From December, when we started analyzing the script, learning choreography, and learning the music to the week of the show when characters met costumes and live musicians. . . it was truly amazing. We sold out one performance and came very close to selling out two more. The kids were truly amazing, and I bawled like a baby several times during our shows. I could not be more proud of my students and their hard work.

Shrek-tastic

Shrek-tastic

Shrek-tastic


Silly Liam

I wish I could follow Liam around with a video camera all day. He's stinking hilarious. Whether he is spontaneously singing songs from Shrek ("I know it's today, oooooo") or earnestly expressing his hunger levels ("Dad, I am 10 hungry"), he never fails to disappoint. Tonight, as the (ahem) tooth fairy was waiting for the boys to be asleep, Liam was quietly playing with Yugioh cards: "I made some decks for me and Zippy (his stuffed mini sea turtle)."

I finally caved and let him sleep next to me. Before he fell asleep, he was groggily chatting about transportation . . . that he learned all about transportation at school today, and that if a wind is too big, it can smash a sailboat. Then he started singing, "Zeooo doo doop" and crashed about 15 seconds later.

Oh, to be Liam for a day. A friend recently reminded me: Youth is wasted on the young. :)

Silly Liam

Silly Liam


3-D(ental)

While we were watching Home in 3-D today (my reward for the fact that the big kids will spend the entire day at my school tomorrow on their last day of vacation), and after I gave Aidan a gummy worm . . . his tooth came out! He was totally shocked (in fact, Ellie has the loose tooth and came prepared with one of those treasure chests from the school nurse).

His tooth is safely tucked under his pillow for the tooth fairy to wait for everyone to be asleep . . .

3-D(ental)

3-D(ental)


Calm Before the Storm

We had an entire week off for Easter this year. Somehow, the gods of the snow days smiled upon us, and our Easter break remained untouched. This is our first year to be normal people during Easter . . . as opposed to church musicians during Easter. Trust me, there is a significant difference.

This year, we traveled to my aunt's house to spend some much-needed family time with my cousins and their children. We also had time with Michael's sister and her family, and we managed to get a visit in to grandparents and great-grandparents in Lock Haven.

As our week off comes to an end (Mike went back to school on Tuesday), our time to pull together a technically complicated musical has come. Shrek is by far the most challenging show I've ever done, and I can't say enough about how talented and intuitive my students are. Tomorrow will be spent working on sundry projects at the school, culminating in a run through of the music with the pit. We have 2 scheduled rehearsals before tech week.

* Takes a deep breath and enjoys the fleeting moment of calm before the storm.

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm