Month: April 2016

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Mark Twain

Grace is reading Tom Sawyer right now, so I thought it would be fun to look at quotes from Mark Twain.

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That’s One BIG Mountain!

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I titled this blog, “Climb Every Mountain,” because I want to be challenged.  I want to live my life for Christ in EVERY area.  I want to move ahead, even when things get tough.  No giving up!

When I think about mountains in my life, one of the biggest has to be the weight loss/exercise mountain!  I could go really deep here and tell you about all of the reasons this is a struggle for me, but I am going to keep it simple…I LIKE FOOD and I DON’T LIKE EXERCISE!  These two do not equal a “beach body.”  Haha!  Micah always says he eats to sustain life.  I eat to enjoy life.  Like, when my friend Kate shared Butter Rum Root Beer with me from Gelson’s, it was YUMMY and now I constantly think about how I want some of that and Butter Rum Lifesavers and all things Butter Rum.  (Obsessed, kind of like when all things Pumpkin Spice come around!)  Anyone else like that out there?!

Anyway, I decided over a year ago that I must start the climb up this mountain.  The fact that I am even typing this right now, is HUGE.  If I actually post this, I am going to have way more accountability than I want.  (Even though I need it!)  I don’t want ya’ll to know that I am going to try to eat more healthy and exercise.  Someone might actually ask me about this when I am mid-bite into a delicious brownie, and then I have to feel like a failure!  Or, shall I say this is how I have felt in the past.  I am now learning that this journey is never over, and life DOES include brownies, and that is okay.  For me at this point, it is just to remember that each day requires me to make good choices and continue moving toward my goal.  As long as I stay on the trail, it doesn’t matter how slowly I am moving, I am still moving.  Some wouldn’t agree with me on this, but it’s my journey and I’m enjoying the view!

So, it may take me FOREVER to get to where I want to be, but I’m willing to climb EVERY mountain…and THAT my friends, is progress!

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Theater, Theater, Oh how we love the Theater!

It has been several weeks  since Grace  performed in The Lion King, Jr. with our school.  Today I am finally sitting down to recap and start the blog up again.  Whew!!!!  People, musical theater is not for whimps!  Those kids work HARD!!!!!!  Those parents work HARD!!!!!!  Those directors work HARD!!!!!

We honestly had the BEST experience with musical theater this year!  Our director LOVES people and it is her goal in life to encourage the kids and build their self-esteem in any way she can!  (Not always the case with theater directors, in case you didn’t know!!!!!)  Grace flourished under this direction, and I watched her go out there and get better at each practice.  So proud of her!

Performances were absolutely amazing!  I have been to MANY children’s performances, and let me just say that our school goes WAY, WAY above and beyond!!!!!  It is inspiring to watch everything come together for opening night, and to be a part of the excitement.  This year, I was blessed to be able to “help” the director in many ways, so I got to know the families really well.  I cannot even tell you how amazing our school and our families are, and how fun it has been to get to know so many of them!  This is why it is so hard when performance week is over and everyone packs up their stuff and goes home.  It is a serious let-down!  These kids have been practicing for 6 hours per week since December, then “tech week” happens and they are together every day for 6 days straight!  As we head home after the final performance, it’s very sad!  So sad!  Then we all begin to talk about “the next show” and how ready we are to audition… because we are all sick in the head!

Seriously though, this was a great year!  Mom and Dad came out from Texas and made it that much sweeter.  We missed Micah’s mom, but will get to see her very soon and can’t wait!  Here are some pictures that were taken along the way of our cast of The Lion King, Jr!

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Sweet Sydney came and spent the day with us during dress rehearsal!

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Our director wore MANY hats! Here she is painting Scar.

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Cute giraffes!

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Hyenas…always in character!

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Entire cast!

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Our director and choreographer! Love these two ladies!

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That sun in the back moved up and down! It was made by one of our amazing dads!

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My lioness in action!

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Fierce lionesses!

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Ben’s friend was Simba!

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Grace and Mrs. Imel! We love her!

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Rafiki! Photo Credit: Kate Colello

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Lions vs. Hyenas Photo Credit: Denise Hughes

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I just can’t wait to be King!

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Lioness, Rafiki, and Zazu

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Timon and Pumba Photo Credit: Kate Colello

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Who doesn’t love Timon and Pumba?!

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I kept telling Scar to smile, until I realized that he couldn’t! Haha!

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So proud of this girl! She had so much fun!

 

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