Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Ivy successfully finished Princess School,
Eli graduated from Kindergarten,
And Lizzie can successfully hang with anyone from the Third Grade.
We have been blessed with some phenomenol teachers this year - thank you Mrs. Kennedy, and Mr. Mares!
We'd had a 'battle of the movie lines' over email,
I had drilled movie quotes into the kids' heads all day to prepare them,
and I had baked a special cake for the occasion. (the kids were peeking over my shoulder as I frosted asking 'Who is Uncle Joey?'!)
We were all settled in and Ward opened the Netflix package to find - GREAT SCOTT! - the movie had broken.
(The Netflix website had troubleshooting tips if your dvd is damaged: gently wipe with a soft cloth from the inside out - we tried, but it didn't help)
The Andrews, who are super tech savvy, have no need for a physical video store nearby, and thereby have no cards. There was no nearby Hollywood video, where the Stewart family has cards for. But there was a nearby Blockbuster store.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Here's one with Dr. Gentry and his wife Anna...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
"Wacky Hair Day is tomorrow."
Sunday, May 10, 2009
1. Get checked out of school early on a Friday afternoon. ("See ya later, Suckers!!")
2. Assemble only the most essential gear - compass, magnifying glass, binoculars, net, foam sword, remote control dragon fly, stopwatch, canteen, HP Bk 1, headlamp. Oh, and a toothbrush.
3. Put all essential gear on your person. Remember your favorite stuffed animal, Snakey!
Eli wondering what would happen if he touched a burning stick from the campfire
to a tent. Not our tent, of course. Well, he found out. Kevin, we're Soooooooo sorry.
First time trying out .22 rifle in a creek bed shooting water bottles and clay pigeons off of a log. Eli went last of the group of men and boys. He shot 9 out of 10, best of all the boys, and most of the men. I'm pretty sure he gets his dead shot abilities from me. Wait...no...that would be Adam.
Eli was so excited, he just wanted to be in the tent. So, he just went in that tent. And he was just there. And he just loved it. :)
Thanks Adam, for taking him on the Fathers&Sons Ward Campout! (We don't know if Kevin thanks you for taking him though....)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
She has started blogging again, Hallelujah!! What a brilliant writer. I believe she is testing out chapters for her book "21." If you know what's good for you, you will click on this link and start letting the tears of laughter roll.
The previous post mentions her boys' violin teacher. It was me! I am practically famous.
The reasons for my boycott of Idol are many and varied, but my curiosity won out tonight.
If they could combine Adam Lambert's voice with Kris's stage presence, we'd have a winner.
But my suspicions have been confirmed. The judges don't listen or watch the performances at all and try to sway the voters to their previously decided favorites. Their comments don't relate to what they just saw or heard at all. It's so annoying! This is one of the reasons I stopped watching this show.
But I will say...I love the duets. They should have added this feature years ago!
And this is the first time I've seen the show with instruments allowed. The guitar is a very great feature.
Adam's solo - I've never heard the song before, but his voice is truly amazing. He's just so difficult to watch.
Allison: She's so cute - what a face! Her voice was really good. It looks like the judges have been beating her down for a while, and it's giving her a complex. Again, I didn't know the song. But seriously, there were a total of 3 different notes. Bad choice choice vocally!
Kris & Danny Duet: Sucked. They only sounded good in their harmonies. Their solo parts were out of tune and yucky sounding. They don't look like they like each other either - it didn't look fun.
Kris: I liked it. It was a great performance. True, his voice isn't as powerful, but his mannerism and face were so charming, it was really fun to watch him.
Danny: Painful. And he looks just horrible on stage. No place, no right to be there. Why aren't they trying to oust him instead? He's terrible. I know this song, and I know it's supposed to be a big scream at the end, but that was the strangling-est chortled death screech I've ever heard. It actually physically hurt my voice just to listen to him.
Duet: Slow Ride. Know it thanks to Guitar Hero. This is great. Their voices match perfectly - great duet. Allison has a lot of sparkle on stage. I like her. And again, Adam's got the award for best vocal chops. He's gifted. But so creepy to watch. Is that really the image American Idol is going for? If so, he's the winner.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
First order of business: Fold a mountain of laundry. This will lessen the time spent digging in piles of clean clothes looking for matching socks. Hey, at least it's clean laundry we're digging through.
Secondly: Fingernails. When I'm distracted, this tend to get out of hand. (punny!haha.) I had some kids to declaw today.
Thirdly: Cooking. I should probably start again. But then I'd have to buy groceries. Gladly and gratefully, thanks to two A-Maz-ing visiting teachers, I don't need to cook dinner for a couple more days. I love you Jane and Xan! :)
Fourthly: Confirm Friends on Facebook. I'm all caught up there now. Whew!
Fifthly: Post a picture of my cute kids. Haven't done this for like an entire week!
Sixthly: Plan an elaborate Primary Music lesson for Sunday that involves art and posters and lamination. Ha! Tricked you! I never do that in the first place! We shoot from the hip in TO2.
Seventhly: Learn some Russian pronunciation. Stat. For two Russian solos next Saturday. Oi.
Eighthly: Piles of papers. Oi again.
Ninethly: Oh, this is a biggie - we've a Scottish wedding to prepare for, me laddies! Fetch me a kilt - lads' size 6! Fetch me a passport for me lass Ivy! And fetch me the Loch Ness monster while we're at it!
Tenthly: Attempt to express the depths of gratitute for dear friends and family, (and mostly my insanely supportive husband), that have helped me along this Children's Choir adventure for the last 12 months. If I haven't expressed it enough to you, it's because I am humbled and at a loss of words to tell you how much I am strengthened by you and inspired by you and bolstered by you! Thank you.