Saturday, January 2, 2010
I accidently scratched Tian while getting him dressed. He cried and I said I was sorry. Trey said, "Mom, you have to appoligize to Tian. " I told Trey I had said I was sorry and Trey said, "No, you have to say, Tian I am so sorry. Will you still be my friend?" So, repeated what Trey had said to Tian, and Trey said, after slapping his knee, "Now you are talkin'!"
Tian had just woken up from a nap and was very hungry. As I was scurrying to get his food, I said, "Tian, are you a Hungry Hungry Hippo," and without even a moment of hesitation, he said, "Yeah!"
We were at the movie "Astro Boy" and sitting in the very back, near the door. Tian was wanting to go outside and kept watching people enter and exit through the door we were sitting next to. A group of people looked over at Tian and he waved while saying, "Bye, Bye."
Tian wanted something in the fridge. He pointed to the produce drawer, I opened it and asked, "What do you want Tian?" He pointed to an apple and said, "AAApple."
Trey was playing with my phone's keyboard. I asked him what he was doing and he said, "I am texting you."
This has taken me close to a year to gather. Being my first post of 2010, I thought I would start off by listing 100 things about me:
1. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2. I am the oldest child in my family, the only girl, and the first grandchild born on both sides of my family.
3. Out of 6 members in my family, I am one of 3 which are left-handed.
4. When I was 7 years old, we got our first puppy, his name was Higgins. Our family friend, Laura Courtright took me and Higgins to Dog Obedience school. I didn't know it, but Laura had lied on the school application and said I was 8.
5. I began taking piano lessons at the age of 3 but still have a difficult time reading music and playing at the same time.
6. I like to cook but am terribly messy at it.
7. I have broken each arm twice and each leg once.
8. When I was in the 7th grade, I was suspended for the rest of the school day for starting a water fight in art class with a boy named Erik Nelson. I had to call my mom from the Principal's office and tell her I had gotten suspended. When I arrived home, there was a note taped to the front door which read, "Welcome Home Jail Bird!" My mom didn't think it was as big of a deal as I did I guess!
9. I have para sailed
10. I have pet a shark, swam with stingrays, held walking sticks, and pet a sea turtle.
11. When I was a small child, a Roley-Polly bug gave birth in the palm of my hand in my grandparents front yard.
12. I have talked my way out of many speeding tickets.
13. I have ran out of gas while on the road. I was 8.5 months pregnant with Tian and on my way to work. Thank heavens for our friend Oscar Williamson who drove me to my car after I had already walked home and grabbed extra gas which was intended for the lawn mower. He was a lifesaver!
14. I have been on a blind date with a guy from out of state set up by my uncle Mark. It was one of the most fun dates I have ever been on.
15. I took Trey into a modeling agency when he was 2.5 yrs old for an audition. I received a call the following day saying Trey had not been chosen for the job but they were interested in me. Personally, I think they were out for money and probably called all of the moms who took their children in that day!
16. When I was 10 years old, the Portland Trail Blazers were at the peak of their success with the NBA playoffs. My family had just moved into Jerome Kersey, one of the players neighborhoods. The neighborhood kids and I would often walk to his house in hopes to receive his autograph. We were disappointed when he only gave out dum-dum suckers for Halloween. He was spotted walking around the neighborhood once with his girlfriend and their baby. THAT was the talk of the street!
17. I once traveled on the back of a motorcycle from Martinez, California to Oakland, California with my dad just to purchase Oakland A's tickets. (When the "Bash Brothers" were the hottest thing around!) Along the way, I swore I saw the "Full House" house. Prior to leaving on our motorcycle drive, I remember my mom making me promise I would not fall asleep!
18. I began wearing glasses in the 6th grade. At that time, I was really into Sally Jesse Raphael, the talk show host. So, my first pair of glasses were red-rimmed, just like hers.
19. My oldest brother once pant-sed me on the school playground in front of my friends.
20. In Elementary school on Fridays, I swore by the rule, "Friday Flip-up Day." If I decided to wear a skirt on a Friday, I made sure to always remember to wear shorts underneath. My skirt was never flipped up.
21. I have always been a sucker for "boy-bands." New Kids on the Block in the 5th grade, Backstreet Boys, *n'Sync, and 98 Degrees.
22. I had braces twice, and my first root canal was at the ripe old age of 14.
23. My Dad attended just about every one of my volleyball games, even though I sat on the bench.
24. My favorite chore to complete: The bathrooms
25. I paid for Justin's wedding ring with a job in the art department at BYU-I. It required standing still for several hours at a time, wearing only a pink leotard.
26. I was in a fatal car accident, only a few miles from my home a month after my senior year in high school. The accident resulted in one death. To this day, I nearly stop at that intersection and watch for any oncoming traffic that might run the stop sign.
27. I have been known to laugh so hard I have peed my pants. THIS only occurred prior to having children. Now, my bladder is made of steel! (not literally!)
28. I can't roll my tongue or whistle.
29. I have 2 college degrees with 2 board certifications in radiology.
30. The smell of anything vanilla makes me nauseated.
31. I was the co-captain of my senior year cheer leading squad. I am still close with the captain, Abbey, who I either text or speak to 6 out of 7 days of the week.
32. I live about 5 miles away from my highschool/college friend and bridesmaid: Chelsea Ann.
33. I am not a drug seeker, but required every drug imaginable while in labor with Trey.
34. Slept with my baby blanket until I was 28.5 years old, and not ashamed of it!
35. I never finish a glass of milk.
36. Justin's grandfather was my bishop when I was 8 years old and interviewed me for my baptism.
37. My hair started going WHITE at the age of 26.
38. I love fabric softener!
39. I go to football games just to watch the cheerleaders routines and I watch the Superbowl just to watch the halftime show!
40. I love to people watch; especially in airports.
41. I love mullets; or at least laughing at them!
42. My 1st concert was a "Last Chance Summer Dance" in Portland Oregon. I went before my freshman year in high school with a bunch of friends, my mom took us and stayed to watch! "Sister Sledge" was one of the performers as well as the one-hit-wonder "Wet, Wet, Wet." My second concert was my Freshman Year of college with a bunch of friends and roommates. We saw Shania Twain in Pocatello, we had amazing seats, AND, ironically, Justin attended the same concert. This was prior to meeting Justin.
43. The most annoying sounds: The door beeping because it is open, loud eaters, complaining, whining, and parents yelling at their kids in Wal-Mart.
44. When I was in the 3rd grade, my dream profession was to be a hairdresser.
45. I am envious of photographers talents as well as organized mothers.
46. I love peanut butter and used to eat it by the spoonfuls.
47. The Summer prior to my freshman year in high school, everyday for lunch, I would eat a s'more. I would eat an entire chocolate Hershey's bar, two large marshmallows and 2 graham crackers.
48. I once ate an entire giant Butterfinger candybar, and then puked after eating it. To this day, I can't enjoy a Butterfinger Bar without the thought of puking.
49. I take pictures every day.
50. I feel guilty for just about everything.
51. I usually always lose my car in the mall or grocery store parking lot.
52. Two of the greatest sounds to my ears are my boys laughing, and my boys sleeping soundly. So soundly, they snore; JUST like their Daddy!
53. I still use the "touch-point-system" for math problems.
54. I am an ambulance, firetruck and police car chaser!
55. I met Dirk Kempthron and spent an ample amount of time with him (prior to the HIPPA law)at my work.
56. I went to the Bourne Supremacy movie premiere and got the opportunity to spend some "time" with Matt Damon! (at least, I sat and watched him for about 45 minutes chat with media and fans. I was just the pesky picture taker!)
57. I was engaged at 19 and married at 20 year of age.
58. Justin and I were in a "Newly Wed's Game" an Idaho Fall's radio station put on. We participated 2 months before we got married. We came in 2nd place and received a free Bridal Photography session and a dinner gift certificate. We didn't agree on one of the answers I gave to a question which made us lose the game. My brother and sister-in-law James and Tina attended the final round which determined who won!
59. When I get nervous, I cover my ears instead of covering my eyes.
60. After getting my braces off for the first time, I had a pink and a purple retainer. After getting my braces off for the second time, I went all out. Months prior to the big day, I saw in a Teen Magazine a Tye-Dyed retainer and asked my orthodontist if I could have one made. They said it was so difficult to make, mine would be "one of a kind!" It probably helped that I was the orthodontist's, Dr. Session's, babysitter.
61. When I was either 3 or 4, I was riding a horse and fell off. I landed face first into the ground.
62. I am allergic to the drugs Sulfa and Raglan. I am also sensitive to Latex used in Dental equipment and gloves.
63. My first Christmas away from home, which was also my first Christmas of our married life, I was sick with a kidney infection.
64. While in college, I read a study about test taking. I had read if you eat a candy bar right before taking an exam, the chocolate will help you retain information and in return, help you score well on tests. I took this as a commandment and always ate a candybar prior to taking an exam in college.
65. I once read if you want to know if a guy is staring at you, YAWN. If they truly are looking at you, they too should yawn. I tried it, it never worked.
66. I had a friend in middle school that I was connected to at the hip. WE used to tell people we were cousins and most people would believe us.
67. I attended my Freshman Year of High School at West Linn, Oregon prior to moving to Bend, Oregon. My senior year, our Bend Senior High School played West Linn High in the State Football playoffs. I got to cheer and stunt at the playoff game in Portland, Oregon in the stadium. We lost to West Linn.
68. I read the book, "Be the Hero of your own Life Story" prior to my Senior year of high school which changed the way I looked at the choices I made in my life.
69. I used to hate Christmas Music.
70. I dip my chicken nuggets and pizza crust in honey.
71. Growing up I feared two things: Homelessness and Cancer. Two things I knew nothing about. I am still scared of Homelessness, mostly homeless people. Especially if they are men and have a beard.
72. Foods I hated growing up that I enjoy now are: shrimp, Mac 'n Cheese, cottage cheese and string cheese.
73. Memories of my Dad: School clothes shopping, monthly Daddy/Daughter dates, attending every volleyball game, taught me how to drive, applications to colleges, flew my best friend from high school from Florida to Oregon for the Summer as a surprise to me, video taping me at my cheer leading appearances, he enjoys chick flicks and is the grocery shopper who loves coupons!
74. Memories of my Mom: She has kept a "boy box" full of boy "stuff" she received from old boyfriends (she brought them out one evening my dad was out of town when I was younger. We had the a fun time laughing and giggling over some of the things she kept and the stories that went with them!), the excitement I had coming home from school and spilling all of my stories, my drama and my stresses of the school day I just endured to her, she always helped me answer my "dance requests" with creative responses, she would take me and my friends "T.P.ing" before we had our licenses, when I was younger, she took me with her to meet some of the stars from Days of our Lives, we attended a fashion show at Nordstroms, we would go to Arctic Circle and ask for the Potato Soup-"but please hold the potatoes" (we thought that was the funniest thing ever!), she would drive me and all of my friends EVERYWHERE in the big brown van, we would always say how "New Year's Eve" was so over rated, and We enjoyed watching beauty pageants and parades together.
75. I would secretly take pictures of my crushes in the lunch room. Once, I slept with my crushes picture under my pillow! SICK I know, but I was in the 7th grade!
76. I had two black freckles removed from my skin which manifested themselves AFTER both of my pregnancies. Both had "abnormal cells."
77. My biggest fear with Trey's birth was that I wouldn't have time for an epidural and there wouldn't be enough drugs in the pharmacy for me.
78. I was a horrible child from the ages 8-10. I never rebelled or acted out as a teenager because I felt so much guilt from the way I acted when I was younger.
79. In kindergarten, I got in an argument with my teacher over the spelling of my middle name, which is "Ann." I thought it was spelt "And."
80. When I found my "Dear Santa" letters stashed in my parent's closet from years past, I cried. I hadn't realized Santa didn't exist until that point. I was probably way too old be still be believing!
81. When I broke my arm for the first time, my doctor scared me into not getting my cast wet by telling me a horrible story. He told me he had a patient who was homeless and didn't take very good care of himself. He would take baths in a stream with his cast on. When the doctor went to remove the homeless man's cast, the man's skin came off with the cast. It wasn't until a few years ago I realized that this story was probably a fib just to scare me into taking really good care of my cast. Maybe it WAS true, but I do think this is where the fear of homeless men manifested itself!!!
82. I have lived in California, Utah, Oregon and Idaho.
83. I have gone to Hawaii, Cancun, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Princess Kayes, the Grand Cayman and Canada.
84. I played volleyball but was so horrible, I was made the "designated server," and was subbed out of the game after I served.
85. Halloween costumes I have been: Punk Rock Barbie, a Beauty Queen (twice), a present, and Raggedy Anne.
86. I have worked as a nanny, tanning salon receptionist, for The Redmond Air Center/Smoke Jumpers, BSU Health Center, Central Oregon Builders Association, Optometrist Assistant, Figure Model, x-ray tech, mammo tech, and a MOM!
87. For a slumber party my senior year, we drove around collecting "For Sale" signs. We put them all in one girl's yard we attended school with. Not only did we put the signs in her yard, we also forked her lawn. After her home, we went to a guy's home we went to school with and T.P.ed his yard. We learned a few days after t.p.ing the guys home that he no longer lived at that home and it was now occupied by an elderly couple. We felt horrible but too embarrassed to go clean up their yard.
88. For cheer leading initiation, I was woken up by my squad and was made to wear a bike helmet around town, along with going without my contacts. I had a choice, I could brush my teeth OR go blind. I chose fresh breath. When we were taken to breakfast, with my helmet on, we were joined by the football team; which included my boyfriend at the time. I wanted to die. I think the most embarrassing part of the whole experience was that my squad found me sleeping in my parents bed. My dad was out of town on business and I had gone out on a date the night before. I came home and spent the night chatting with my mom. I ended up falling asleep in her bed. She said she had tried to wake me up to go to my bed, but I refused to go. AHHHHH! Embarrassing!
89. The first thing I noticed about Justin was his smile and very straight, WHITE teeth.
90. My brothers participated in the sport of wrestling at a very young age, therefore, I attended their meets on a regular base. I grew up attracted to the wrestling type of guy. I dated two wrestlers while in high school.
91. I asked Justin what I was forgetting to list, and he wanted to remind myself that I can still fit into my cheer leading uniform. HMMMM, I don't think that is a very exciting fact, but I guess it is somewhat of an accomplishment.
92. Although I have had my ears pierced since I was 12, I hardly wear earrings.
93. I like talk radio; especially if it involves entertainment news.
94. I will end the year with a cavity filling even though I haven't eaten candy for a year.
95. Our wedding reception was held in my parents barn and our wedding announcements were sent out of the oldest post office in the U.S. The post office was in a little town outside of Portland, Oregon called Bridal Veil. The postage stamp, which said, "Bridal Veil" the postmaster placed on the envelope was made extra large JUST for the wedding announcement envelopes.
96. My parents live on a working cattle ranch, although I have never held any ranching responsibilities (the began ranching their property AFTER I got married!).
97. I began texting this year and LOVE it!
98. I have served in multiple church callings including: Relief Society Counselor, Activity Committee member and then President, Sunbeam Teacher, Young Women counselor, CTR-5 teacher, 11 Year Old Teacher, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, and now Activity Days Leader.
99. I sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door.
100.I turn 30 and will celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary in the year 2010!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
I was told a few weeks ago that my parents had something planned for me on the 21st of December and NOT to plan something. Sunday evening, my Dad presented me and my Mom with a very familiar package. My Mom usually gets the same package every Christmas, but I wasn't expecting to receive something similar. My Dad treated my Mom and I to a day at the spa! When I opened my gift certificate, my Dad turned to Justin and said, "She will come back a different woman!" My Dad knows me all too well. How could you NOT enjoy a day at the spa!
Our day was spent at spa W in downtown Bend! My Mom told me to go without makeup, and don't expect to leave the spa looking pretty! She was RIGHT!
The package we were gifted was the Wrapcity which included:
Salt, Sugar and Honey Scrub and Shower
Steam Room Experience
90 minute Massage
Just listing these experiences makes me want to fly back to Bend and go again! It was the greatest, most relaxing day I have had in a VERY long time! A lot of my relaxation was due to knowing my little guys were in great hands with Justin and Grandpa Bend.
Here we are, infront of spa W prior to our day of relaxation!
This spa is beautiful and huge. Up this staircase is where I had my salt, sugar and honey glow. The steam room and the facial room is on the upper level as well. After this picture was taken, my mom and I departed to our various "treatments!" I went and had my honey, salt, and sugar scrub with Carolynn and my mom had her massage.
Carolynn was a very sweet, petite single mom (well, the day I came into the spa, her husband was supposed to be signing their divorce papers!) to two little boys. The first thing she asked me was if I was related to Drew Bledsoe. I am asked that frequently when I am in Bend; Drew Bledsoe has retired from football in Bend, Oregon. I told her I am sure we were related somehow. She said she had just called Drew's wife to ask if I was any relative of theirs. Carolynn's son's are friends with the Bledsoe's boys. Drew was one of her son's flag football coach. Now wouldn't THAT be nice to have a professional football player as your son's football coach.
One funny yet uncomfortable experience, besides being completely nude and having sugar, salt and honey scrubbed all over your body, was the steam room. I was bundled up with a sheet and a bathrobe. It was so humid in the steam room, I didn't think I could breath. But, when I laid down and got all cozy, it was heavenly.
After the steam room, I was taken back into the salt scrub room and "showered off." I laid on this bear claw tub and about 5 shower heads above me, controlled by Carolynn rinsed my body off. A bit uncomfortable, but I figured, I am sure Carolynn has seen all different kinds of people in this room.
After the salt scrub and shower, I went downstairs for my 90 minute massage. I am so used to my friend's Sommers massages, I was interested in seeing what Carolynn was going to be like. She was a bit rougher then Sommers, in fact I think my muscles were sore the next day, but made me feel so comfortable. While I was getting my massage, I also had my feet wrapped in parafin wax. It was heavenly! When it was time to leave Carolynn, I was so comfortable, but also a little sad. I had had such a wonderful morning with her, I wanted to chat some more. She left me with a hug, and I was on my way for my facial!
I was nervous for my facial; I had just been "diagnosed" with paraoral dermatitis (basically, a rash around my mouth) and I didn't want the facial to agitate it more. I don't know how many layers of creams, moisturizers or exfoliants was put upon my face, but they all felt so nice. My hands were wrapped in parafin wax, which was so comforting. I was so at ease, comfortable and warm, I think I must have fallen asleep twice because I woke myself up by snoring. TWICE!
The aesthetician told me I had signs of sun damage and I needed to use some Vitamin C and E oil on my face. She gave me a sample to try!
After my facial, I met my mom for our lunch and some more relaxation (not like I hadn't been relaxing already!). The salad we had for lunch was DELICIOUS! Here we are, all cozy!
We ate our yummy candy coated nut chicken salad in the "Relaxation" room. We chatted about the Tiger Woods scandal and enjoyed eaves dropping on the older women who were getting their pedicures!
I ate the WHOLE thing! All that relaxation sure increased my apetite. Don't I look "beautiful?" SCARY more like it! (bless Justin for having to wake up to THIS face and hair every morning!)
My Mom didn't eat as fast as I did!
The last event for our relaxation day was pedicures! We had two of the funniest, easy going ladies do our toes. We enjoyed listening about their lives, their kids, and their work days.
(In the above picture, it looks like I am holding a pregnancy test in my left hand. I assure you I am not! I got to keep my nail file. Gee, thanks spa W! )
Our pretty toes. Mine is the one with the bruise! AND, the nasty big toe nail, which is covered up nicely by the bright red polish! I usually go with a french pedicure, but, I know a pale pink would NOT cover up my blackened nail! GROSSS I tell you!
We have been so blessed this Holiday Season. We were able to spend a few days with Justin's parents prior to Thanksgiving, spend Thanksgiving AND Christmas with my parents. We are so blessed!
These mountains mean we are in Bend, enjoying the beautiful view, and loving our family time!
After Trey's preschool Pizza Party/Christmas Party, the Parson's invited us to Carl's Jr. to play in the inside playground. Not like the kids needed anything else to eat, we thought it would be a fun place for them to run around.
After playing for about an hour and a half, the boys were all tuckered out and fell asleep as we drove out of the parking lot!
This is what they looked like when we pulled into the garage! Trey sawing logs; too bad he didn't STAY asleep when I got him out of the car.
Thanks Parson's for the invite! We need to get the boys together more often!
Trey came home from his Pizza Party/Christmas Party at Preschool with a mug and instructions on how to make a cake inside the mug. After dinner, Trey and Justin made the mug cake; Trey thought it was the coolest thing ever! Thanks Miss Des and Mrs. Cherry for the sweet gift!
(Trey and his mug cake!)
Our favorite Delaney Ryan turned 4 today! We were so sad we couldn't celebrate with her, but Derek, my youngest brother took the place of Treyman and enjoyed himself at her birthday party! (Abbey is always so thoughtful to think of Derek! WE love you Abbey!)
Happy Happy Birthday Delaney Dear,
Happy days will come to you all year,
If I had one wish then it would be,
A Happy Happy Birthday to You from Me!
Could a girl be any more loved?! I think NOT!
(pictures taken at the Reindeer Farm during Thanksgiving vacation! I have been given the "ok" to post the "secret" pictures since Abbey has all of her Christmas Cards mailed!)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
( I have a love for "holiday" shirts, and this is no exception! It not only says, "Santa is my Homeboy" with Santa posed all cool-like, but the penguin on the side has a little "word bubble" above him that says, "Wurd." LOVE IT!)
Tian is 15 month, going on 15. This little guy is so self sufficient, it is almost a little too scary. When he is hungry, he will retrieve a bowl from a drawer, open the pantry door, point to what he wants, once we get what he wants, he will take his bowl to his highchair, and point to his highchair.
He also is a climber. He has climbed the ladder to get to the top of Trey's bunk bed. He has climbed on top of our coffee table/trunk. He has tried to climb over the gate in Trey's doorway, which is supposed to keep Tian out, but didn't quite make it.
He loves to play "ring-around-the-Rosy's," peek-a-boo/hide-and-go-seek," horsey, and cause and effect. (like in the picture above. He will fill a bucket up with balls, and then dump them on his head! He also loves to fill up buckets of water in the bathtub, and then dump them on his head.)
He is an amazing sleeper. He still takes 2 naps a day, and sleeps for 8-12 hours a night. If he is not taking naps well or does not sleep well at night, we know something is wrong with him.
He has had 3 ear infections, a case of Roseola and intusuception.
His voice is a bit on the husky, deep side. His laugh is rather high pitched.
His words are:
BaBa (this stands for blanket, pacifier, or bottle)
He loves music; especially The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus. (can you tell we mostly listen to Radio Disney in the car?!) He loves to dance in the car by bobbing his head and kicking his feet to the beat.
He loves cars and balls. He will drive cars along the walls, up and down his body, and on the kitchen floor.
He still can't stand to have his diaper changed. I think it is because it takes too long and he doesn't have time for cleanliness.
He loves to take a bath; especially if Trey is taking one with him.
He still have 8 teeth, 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom, but I think that will soon change. I have a feeling one is coming in on the left side, bottom jaw.
We love you Tian James and have had a wonderful 15 months with you in our lives!
I don't know what it is about these two girls and their pregnancies, but I have been over the moon with excitement for the two of them. I am sad to admit, but I think I am a bit more excited for them about THEIR upcoming arrivals then I was for my own. Maybe it is the fact that I am not overwhelmed with doctors appointments, finding new daycare, dealing with morning sickness and gradual weight gain. I can just sit back, watch them go through the excitements of pregnancy, and marvel at their strengths. They are two amazing friends, and going to be the greatest mothers to these three babies waiting to join them!
We invited Chelsea Ann and Sommers to Tian's 1st birthday party. Kind of ironic, they sat through the party chatting about the possibility of trying to get pregnant in the next few months. Little did sweet Sommers know, she was already pregnant! And, Chelsea Ann would follow in her footsteps two weeks later! Amazing! I would like to think it was because of Tian they both got pregnant. Wishful thinking I know!
Congratulations to two of my greatest friends! I can't wait to shower your babies with lots of loves and kisses! Until this coming Spring!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
One of the boys favorite things to do when Justin gets home from work is to wrestle! They have given up on wrestling with me; I give up way too easily, and I am not that challenging! I swear, Trey craves a little wrestling time every day!
Can you even make out Justin in these pictures?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tian attempting the snowfort/slide Justin and Trey constructed!
After Tian's first birthday party, Justin and I rushed off, a second night in a row, for a date! It was our last play of the year to attend and I was extra excited. It was the production of Annie, which was my all time FAVORITE play growing up. From the age of 3-7 I grew up in Utah and was very close to my grandparents. My grandpa, Grandpa G.Pa was heavily into plays, directing, singing and starring in them. (HE actually is still directing them!! Amazing, at the ripe old age of 82!) When I was growing up, he was Daddy Warbucks in a production. I went and saw him perform, I was taken backstage to meet Annie and Sandy, the dog, and for Christmas that year, I was given Annie memorabilia galore.
We had Shelbie babysit for the second time! Trey was very excited to have her; she must have made a great impression. Tian was still a bit wired from the birthday party he had just attended, so, he wasn't in bed when I arrived with Shelbie. This stressed me out just a bit, but thankfully, Tian goes down like a champ when it comes to bedtime and didn't give her any problems!
When Annie began, I was a bit confused. The Annie I had always pictured in my head looked like THIS:
And this is the Annie that was up on stage before my eyes:
A very different looking Annie. I soon got over my frustration and found myself singing along, in my head of course. PLUS, Annie's parents were sitting directly behind us, so, I am glad I didn't say anything I shouldn't have!
I still think my favorite song is: "You're Never Fully Dressed without a Smile!"
Miss Hannigan was AWESOME! She was nasty, crude, larger then life (in more ways then one!), and a great drunk!!!
I am looking forward to next years productions! We signed up for our season tickets this past Summer, with the same seats, if not better! I can't wait for what is in store for us and the theater!
The productions this year were:
Seussical, the Musical (I took Trey to this one. We had a huge babysitter mishap, but it ended up being a perfect play for Trey to attend. He really liked it, although he was FREAKED out in the beginning.)
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (I was out of town in Bend for Easter and had forgotten about this play. Justin was pretty sad, he would have gone)
The King and I (the King was actually Daddy Warbucks and is pretty talented.)
Les Misérables (Totally forgot about this play. Don't even remember when it was scheduled for)
Sweet Charity (the strangest play we have seen. When I told my grandfather about it, he just rolled his eyes and basically said it was distasteful! I agree!)
Beauty and the Beast (We were unable to change the date of this play, we had a prior engagement we needed to attend, so, we gave our tickets to Shane and Chelsea Ann)
2010 Theater Schedule:
I Do, I Do (which is a Valentine's Dinner Theater Production! I can't wait!)
Sound of Music (one of my favorites!)
Willy Wonka (will make me want to eat chocolate!)
Into the Woods (don't know a thing about it!)
Jekyll and Hyde
The theater is something Justin's parents always did while living here in Nampa. I am so happy we have continued the tradition! AND, I am so grateful we have found not one but two babysitters we fully trust and love!