Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another School Year Comes to an End

It is our first week of summer. Yippee!!!

I have friends and family who have been knee deep in their summer-time fun for a month already- but we are just barely starting our adventures.

Warren is celebrating warm weather by stripping his clothes and diaper off every chance he gets. Seriously! This is a real issue around here. He strips down all day! I can't get him to stay clothed, and I find him in his birthday suit every time I turn my back. Sometimes I put him to bed- only to find him happily sleeping in the nude a few hours later. He prefers to eat his meals this way, play with his toys, watch TV....I'm convinced he would be happiest if we went to Target and to Sunday church meetings clothing-free as well...

I have a year or two, at least, to break him of this habit before others find it too disturbing, right?

The school year ended with all the usual excitement of end of the year performances and shows. The kids all did well at their piano recital. Tustin said my Doterra Balance oil blend on his neck totally relaxed him and melted away his nerves. Love it!

Kimball had his final elementary school orchestra and choral concerts. I'm really glad that he chose to play the cello. Even when a beginner plays it, those low tones are relaxing and nice. ( Not so much with the violin- which is what Laura has chosen to study at school. Those sounds will take some getting used to!)

For his graduation present we gave him the Old Spice WolfHorn T-shirt. He thinks it is the coolest thing ever. It makes me laugh every time.

Kimball's collage about himself in the graduation film. 
I love that he is so open with everyone about his religion and beliefs. 

  Laura had her 3rd grade recorder concert. I was actually really impressed what a bunch of  eight and nine  year-olds could do with that piece of plastic. They were pretty good. I had to laugh when they played/sang "My Heart Will Go On," from Titanic. Will that song ever die? Too funny. (Sadly- I don't have a picture of that. My photo skills are sub par at best!)

Tustin graduated from Middle School and is off to high school next year. How did that happen?  Only four more years until he leaves home for college and then a mission? The time we get with our kids is so short! It's very sad.

                      After graduation we went to the barbers for our summer haircut. I'm liking it short....

Laura had two dance recitals this year. Her ballet studio performed an Alice in Wonderland Suite. (She was a red rose), and the studio where she takes Irish dance had another recital production. I loved watching the Irish dance. So much fun! I miss doing that.. I guess I should dust off my shoes and Laura and I can annoy the boys around here all summer with some Jigs and reels in the living room.

Anyway, the recitals were a lot of fun- but it became very clear that both my daughter's studio directors are in need of production management in a BIG way! There is NO youth dance recital that should last more than 2 hours. And I think that each number within the production should max out at 3 minutes. The shortest dance recital we had  this year was 3 hours long- and one of them was 3 hours and 45 minutes!Nearly 4 hours!! Many of the dances were over 5 minutes long! It was crazy!  I LOVE dance! It is one of my favorite things. But- there is just only so many minutes that ANY person can endure sitting in a dark theater watching beginner and intermediate dancers perform- over and over again. . We all love to see our kids perform- but not for 240 minutes straight!!

By the 2 hour mark, every performance seemed to just blur with the next, my rear and legs were asleep, and I could no longer enjoy much of it.  I found myself counting the numbers in the printed program over and over again- just hoping that the total number would somehow diminish. They did not.

Sadly- by allowing the performance timing to get so out of control- the directors stole some of the magic away. At the end of a show, parents should be glowing with excitement and proud of what their kids have done. They should be buzzing about the entrance waiting for their adorable little sequin-donned performers to come out, so they can hug them and congratulate them for a spectacular job... At the end of these shows, the parents looked a little rung out and worse for wear! By the last hour, only half the audience was even left! Grandparents and relatives who didn't have to be there anymore had slipped out, anxious to get home to their beds to recover! that's off my chest.....I feel much better about it. Happy Summer everyone! (Mom, I promise I am going to do better about updating this for you.)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Best Cake Ever!

Yesterday was my birthday and I am ever closer to middle does that happen so quick? (I've been organizing  and cleaning out some boxes from the attic this week and I found all the scrapbooks I made in high school and college. It doesn't seem like that was all that long ago- but I  graduated high school 20 years ago!  And I now have a son entering high's sort of surreal they way time passes.)

So, with my birthday and all, my husband organized a little dinner and party with the kids. It was great- but the highlight of my birthday? My cake. Tustin, my 13-year-old had the honor of frosting the cake- and it was priceless! Just thinking about that cake makes me smile. So, so funny.

He has quite the flair for pastry decor don't you think?
Out of all the cakes ever made for me, I think this one will be my favorite.


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