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I played the role of Mrs. Dilber. She is the laundress who picks over Ebenezer's dead body in Christmas Future and then sells his personal effects to make a little fast cash. I wore rags and had dirt on my face. It was fun. The dress I'm wearing above is my other part - a party guest at Fred's party, in Christmas Present. I didn't dance. Whew.
I'm not itching to do another play. All three ladies say they want to do the next one - CSI: Fairy Tales. I'm glad they have found a great outlet and they enjoy the stage. I say they can have it. I love to watch.
Sorry the picture above of our family is so dark. We only had candlelight in 1847, you know. The picture to the right is Rachel (in green), with her Crachit family. Mr. and Mrs. Crachit are actually Sgt. and Mrs. Shumway. Becka, the blonde seated in front of her mom, and Alex, in the hat, are also Shumways. The other siblings were loaners. So sweet. Aren't they a cute 19th century English family?
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02 December 2013
We also had the annual Thanksgiving chess tournament, this year Rachel was the winner. Next year I hope JMichael will participate. The kids had a week off of school, so I had a week off of substituting. We did almost nothing; lots of sleeping late, playing with friends and laundry. One afternoon I literally sat on the couch for HOURS - there was a Hitchcock marathon. The kids and I watched Rear Window, Psycho and the Birds. Well, the kids came in and out; I was glued. It was like a brief summertime in November. The weather cooperated, too. Days in the 60s, no rain. Awesome.
I am thankful for these people in my family. I love Rachel's imagination and optimism. I love Samantha's independence and serious nature. I love Charlotte's confidence and sweetness. I love Josephine's curiosity and persistence. I love JMichael's boundless energy and innocence. And James? I just love him. I love his faith in me and his ability to dream in face of what seems like an insurmountable obstacle. They are each so different and I can't imagine life without them. I am also thankful for the family that brought me here - Dad and Ma, Eric and David. You all are also so different, yet crucial to who I am today. Thank you.
26 November 2013
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I come from flat land and beaches. Here in Arkansas, however, we have the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita (pronounced Wash-i-taw) Mountains, which provide everything from white water rafting to caves to mountain hiking trails. I have not really participated in all this outdoor goodness, but, I was persuaded yesterday to hike to the top of a mountain. And I caved. (Sorry; I couldn't resist....) Pinnacle Mountain is 1,011 feet at its summit. That is, based on a 10 foot ceiling height, 101.1 stories high. Whoa. We hiked the West Summit Trail. The views were amazing. It was 39 degrees outside. The autumnal colors were just breathtaking. The other hikers - and yes, there were a few - were pleasant and encouraging. A few pictures of this great afternoon with my kids and their friends....
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At 14 and 15, Rachel and Samantha can make about $14 per hour reffing soccer games. They had to complete an 8 hour class and their certification lasts a year. This season they did games almost every Saturday, and a couple of weeknight games. Are they loaded? Nope. They buy their own make up, pay for their tournaments at school, they even took the family out dinner - Rachel took us to Arby's and Samantha took us to Burger King. They went to the movies with friends and they bought their favorite food - candy. These two burn up calories as fast as they consume them!
JMichael has finished another season of soccer. This year he played U6, with Coach Larry Cross - the Firecrackers! See the flames on the trophy? Cute. The team of 10 kids was a little lopsided - 8 girls and 2 boys. They were a spunky group - Coach Larry and Coach Craig kept everyone busy with drills at practice and lots of encouragement at games. JMichael loved it, again. Even at the trophy party he was asking Coach Larry when the next game will be. Next year JMichael will move up to U8 - which means a bigger team, a bigger field and more defined skills. He sure seems to love anything athletic. His asthma doesn't slow him down and he is always ready to get out there and play. JMichael had a great season - lots of goals, lots of great passes and his big foot (kicking the ball for long distance) was his specialty. He loved to do the corner kicks and he is great at it! Keep up the hard work! Go Firecrackers!
Rachel's high school drama department produced Seussical, the Musical this fall. It was a huge hit. JMichael and Josephine's classes had field trips to go watch the show and they both loved it. I went with Charlotte and my friend Anissa to see the show on Saturday. It was wonderful -colorful, bright, busy and a little on the weird side - just like I think Dr. Seuss would have wanted it. The high school has so many talented vocalists and actors. Rachel is in a great program to feed her need for the stage. She is pictured below with her friend Natalie, who played a bird. Rachel was a Who. If you remember last year she was in Seussical, and she played JoJo, the Mayor's son. That's a big role and she had a duet with Horton the Elephant. But, that was junior high. Now that she's in high school she has quickly learned that she is the low man on the totem pole and she is looking forward to the day - which is coming SO quickly - when she is the junior or senior and she can get the big roles.
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