Happy New Year!
Hi friends and family! – it’s us, back to the blog habit after a much extended hiatus. Most of you know what we’ve been up to for the past 6 months, so giving a summary would probably be redundant. In fact, that begs a question about the purpose of a blog in the first place, doesn’t it? Of course, there are infinite raisons d’etre for the modern “blog” – random thoughts, vacation journal, waxing philosophical, social commentary, world news, and so on. Our reason? We do indeed have friends and family that we sadly don’t see on a regular basis, who live in other states or countries and probably get something out of our blog entries. And though to some extent they/you must love to read a bit on something going on in our world, most often it is not entirely news to you, since we do talk on occasion too. So if the reason for our blog is not ONLY to keep our family and friends informed on the days of our lives, what IS it?
Is that my big butt in that Sailing Magazine?!
What do you do when your 2nd grader is cast as the title role in a school play? You take LOTS of pictures, that’s what! It’s true – last week the Missoula Children’s Theater arrived in town, bringing with them everything needed to cast 60 of Mt. George Elementary School’s kids in a full musical comedy. With Missoula, the auditions are on Monday, and by Saturday the play is on! It’s incredible.
Last year, Anna played one of a group of “Foresters” in Robin Hood. She had a line, and had lots of fun. THIS year, well, let’s just say she must have caught the bug last year, because she wowed the directors! (No, we’re not biased or anything!) She was selected for the role of “The Wiz” in The Wiz of the West – a funny, old west version of Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy is “Dotty” and the “Tinman” is “Tinhorn”. The subtitle read like this: “There’s no place like home … on the range!”
So with crazy excitement Anna went though a week of after-school rehearsals. Each day, she rehearsed with her co-stars until 7 pm, then dragged herself back to school the next day to do it all over again. By the end of the week, we were ALL exhausted! But, no time to rest – the show day was here! Saturday begain with a dress rehearsal at 11 am – the kids’ first chance to do the whole show from start to finish on the stage. Then, two performances for audiences of 200+ at 3 pm and 7 pm. And, we can safely report that the whole show was great!
As for Anna, well we’re so proud of her! Her “Wiz” part doesn’t come until the end of the play, so for the beginning of the play she also played the “Tarantula Queen”, which involved much running, flapping of many arms, and coordinated dancing. She then ran backstage and changed costumes, and readied her booming “Wiz” voice. The Wiz, like the one in Wizard of Oz, hides behind a curtain and pretends to be big and powerful. Then, when the curtain comes down, he is revealed to be a little, normal person. All that self-discovery stuff then ensues. Anna yelled as loud as she could through a mega-phone from behind the curtain, then came out looking oh so small, compared to the 5th graders playing the Dorothy & Friends roles. So in the end, it was a great performance, both by Anna and by the whole school.
See the pictures here! I’ll add a video soon. Enjoy!
|01-19-2008 Anna in Wiz of the West|
With love to our family and friends! Merry Christmas!
It’s time for the Holidays! The air is turning brisk, the smell of fireplaces and wood stoves fills the air, and, all around town, little white lights are appearing to sparkle us through our days and nights. True to the oncoming Christmas spirit, our own house has become a full-on sparkle fest! White lights dazzle the eves of the house, a pair of trees covered with white lights garnish our front deck, and the yard would not be complete without a white sparkling deer moving his sparkly head up…and down. Inside, our Christmas tree is covered in lights (all white, of course), the girls each have their own little white sparkling ‘advent’ trees, and Lydi’s bedroom is dazzling with a string of white globes. Ok, so Anna has rainbow lights in her room – a break from tradition!
Truly, we are having a beautiful Christmas season. With the coming of the season is our own first big event – Anna’s birthday! This year she is 8! In two days is her jewelry-making party extravaganza! A friend of ours through both of the girls’ schools is a jewelry maker, and she does parties for little girls where they each get to make their own bracelet and necklace. Anna’s friends and Tutu (recently arrived from Hawaii for an extended stay in Napa) are coming to our house for cake and fun. Then, the next day, we’ll celebrate with Grama and Papa at their house.
Then, on to Christmas! We love to wrap the presents and pack them under the tree, then sit around with a hot cup of coffee on Christmas morning watching the girls open their new stuff! Then, we head over to Grama & Papa’s for the rest of Christmas day, more presents, and a huge meal.
And with the Christmas spirit, we think of our family and friends, near and far, and we wish for a happy and healthy Holidays for all.