Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Whirlwind of a week and I still haven't gotten it all posted...

Okay, I'm a little behind. My friend, Jodi, referrred to this month(May) as the new December and I must agree. With four kids, May is definitely every bit as busy as December. Two weeks ago, I'm not sure I blinked.
It began on Monday. Dress rehearsal was Monday. Will and Bryn were in a school musical about Lewis and Clark. Well, they had to have "pioneer" costumes. I was behind as usual and spent most of Sunday and Monday working on their authentic (I'm stretching here) pioneer wear. I managed to get them enough done to make it through rehearsal and then spent the rest of the evening finishing them up for the actual production the next day(Tuesday).

I must admit the quality of the pics is sad to say the least. I wasn't managing my camera very well at all. The kids were wonderful. Will had a number of speaking parts which he blew out of the water. I was amazed at Bryn. I had no idea how dramatic she was. Several of the parents came up to me afterwards to comment on her animation during the play. She didn't have any speaking parts since they gave most of those to the fifth graders, but she did a fabulous job in the chorus. I have no doubt that if she tries out next year she'll snag a huge part just from her performance this year. Her facial expressions and smile won everyone over.
Well, on to the rest of the week. We had church on Wed. night. Thursday night....ahhhhh a night off, but alas Friday came and so did dance recital dress rehearsals. Another afternoon of makeup, costumes, and hair. Saturday was the actual recital. You had to arrive 1 1/2 hours early to snag a seat for all the relatives. Otherwise, you'd be sitting in the back of the Wink. That's like a football field away. Here's Ken's undercover video of the actual performance. Tammy H. and I had camera issues at dress rehearsal. Ken said he'd video the actual performance. It was quite undercover so excuse the bouncing around and off center shots. She did great. The best two bumblebees up there were Erin and Maddie. They were always on opposite sides of the stage so I never got to get them together. I was so proud of both of them. I'm also glad that Erin finally has someone as tall as she is to hang out with. Those two are both gonna be tall drinks of water one day.

Oh, and I almost forgot. I spent all day with Will on Friday at the courthouse. There was a mock trial. Alpha students countywide participated. Will was a prosecuting district attorney. I was so proud of him. The students were given affadavits-that's all. They were either given a role as attorney(on either side) or witness. The attorney's had to formulate their own questions and the witnesses had no idea what they would be. They had to answer the questions based on their study of the affadavits. I was SUPER impressed with all of them. Doesn't he look handsome? The D.A. that acted as judge that day got to critique them at the end. He said that Will had the mannerisms and actions of a real prosecuting attorney. He also said that he could tell that a lot of thought had been put into his questions during his cross examinations. Do I have a future D.A. in my family? Who knows? It was awesome to get to see him in action. I'm glad that I got to be there.

Needless to say, it was a busy week. This week was a little better, but not much. I got to go see Will's catapult contest in fifth grade on Friday, but for the most part no other huge events this week. Next week...let's just say, "here we go again".
Tuesday-Erin's awards program
Wednesday-Kindergarten Luau
Thursday-Will's awards program AM
Bryn's awards program PM/Will's rocket contest in fifth grade.
Friday-School wide awards program and last day tie ups.
Let's just say that I will be glad when this week is done and we can all relax!!!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman's Daughter

Hi guys, I'm behind with my posting but just saw this online. I know so many of you are involved in or are close to someone who is, will be (Shana) or has (Angie) adopted internationally.
Tragically, SCC lost his youngest daughter in an accident at their family home yesterday. You can read about it here. SCC blog.
I was moved to go to their website to give to the organization that he and his wife started to help with international adoptions. I'm sure that this family needs all the prayers and support that they can receive.
This little girl's life was lost but may her legacy live on through the lives of many other children and special needs children waiting to be adopted.
hugs to you all and hold your little ones a little tighter tonight,

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Happy Birthday to Jayden!!!

I will apologize right upfront for the length of this post. It's been a busy weekend and many times I have thought "I need to blog this." With that being said, just hang onto your bootstraps while I fill you in on my weekend.

Our weekend began on Thursday night. We went out to eat at Fuddrucker's (a favorite of the kid's) with my parents. You see- Jayden's fourth birthday is May 4th. Well, Nana and Papa were going to Hilton Head so they wouldn't be here for the celebration. We just began celebrating early. Jayden was elated to begin early...the earlier the better. We had a great time. We got there a little early so we decided to fill the time waiting for them to arrive with a little video footage. I think he's following in his Dad's footsteps, don't you? I can just see him leading worship one day in the near future.

Friday night, my husband and I got to go out on a long overdue DATE!!! We had to pick up Jay's present for Sunday, so it was a perfect excuse to enlist the services of Uncle Mike and head north to Macaroni Grill with NO kids. That doesn't happen often enough at the Richmond's so we savor every minute of it when we get the chance. Not only did we stuff ourselves silly at the Grill, but we then went to Target to cruise around and let our food digest. It was so pleasant to shop without two small kids and two pre-teens. Trust me, the pre-teens can be as difficult as the small ones at times. The mega shopping trip worked up quite another appetite and we went to DQ for moo-latte's. Okay, none of this was on my diet, but it was so enjoyable that I thought I would just work out twice as hard the next day. We won't discuss whether or not I actually did it, but it was still so worth it to just spend pleasant alone time with my husband. He really is so much better than I could ever have dreamed I would have for a husband. I love you, honey!!!

Saturday, Ken decided to take Will to see Ironman...not a chick flick-so the girl's and I decided to sneak out before the movie and get our toenails done. Again, this was a super nice treat...we really don't do things like this nearly enough. The little asian ladies were so good to my girls and gave us all extra special treatment. Yes, Bryn chose lime green and while I wasn't thrilled- I did want her to be happy and have a good time. It must be popular, the bottle was almost empty when she chose it. Erin and I went for the more traditional look. My girl's look like they have big feet in this picture. Now that I think about it, they do. Bryn's foot is the same size as mine and she just turned 10.

Saturday night, I put together Jayden's cake. I am not a chef or a cake decorator!!! BUT, when Will was four I made this dinosaur cake for him. A picture of it is in his scrapbook. It was awful. I spent hours working on it and it just looked cheesy. Well, Jayden has been begging for this dinosaur cake-the one in the scrapbook. Ken came up with the idea of taking cupcakes and placing them together so they made a dinosaur. He thought that might be easier. Well, it was easier, but it still looks CHEESEY. Here's a pic of the finished product. Jayden insisted that it be a blue dino. He got to help decorate it. No awards on this cake. He loved it and I guess that's what counts.
Now, I'm gonna wrap this up. I know it's a lot, but I can't close out this blog without saying how much I enjoyed the service at EMC this morning. The sense of community in that church is amazing. Ken and I were talking after church about the willingness of the members of this body to "bear each others burdens". I am so happy to be a part of a church that is willing to break away from the norm and follow God's leading when it is evident He is taking the service in a different direction. I loved looking around the room and seeing so many people in pockets praying in small groups for one another. Praying for people that they were led to pray for. I know that you guys have been through a tough few years at EMC. I'm so glad that you stuck it out and hung in there. God is doing great things in your body. It is so evident. I'm glad you invited me to the party and I'm glad I decided to come.
Hugs to you all,