Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rainy Saturday...

Believe it or not, we have nothing to do today!

It is a rainy Saturday and Matt would like to go camping. Some twine and a sheet and Matt was in business (even if at first he thought it was a girl's tent because it was pink).

Friday, August 21, 2009

adventure...

We threw the kids in the car this morning and headed out to the Boston Museum of Science. After a few wrong turns (stupid iPhone GPS), we arrived. The kids worked their way through every exhibit - what amazed me most is the way they were both able to enjoy the exhibits differently. Matt would be immediately drawn to what ever puzzle, computer, hands-on thing he could find and Molly would find the more involved problem-solving exhibits and read every sign she could find.

We had planned to spend the morning there and then head over to the Boston Children's Museum, as you can see from the picture of the outside of the museum - we didn't leave until well after dark.

We are already planning our next trip (which I am sure will include the Harry Potter exhibit opening this fall).




Saturday, August 15, 2009

40th birthday survival kit...

I am off to a 40th birthday tonight (and the invitation said NO PRESENTS). We couldn't show up empty handed and decided to put together a little something for the guest of honor.

40th Birthday Survival Kit Poem (which is a compilation of several I found over the Internet)

Surviving 40

40 pennies - for 40 good wishes
40 paperclips - to hold things together
40 Hershey kisses - to use at your discretion
40 rubber bands - to remind you to give tight hugs
40 sheets of paper - to write the next chapter in your life
40 toothpicks - to pick out the good in everyone/thing
40 garbage bags - to get rid of old garbage/baggage
40 marbles - spares for when you lose your own
40 erasers - to wipe out mistakes you've made
40 lollipops - for when life sucks
40 matches - to light your way

Happy Birthday!

I collected 40 of each item (the dollar store was GREAT for this) and made up little bags of items. I didn't bag the Hershey Kisses and used them as "filler".



I bought a clear plastic paint can (at Michaels), decorated with paper and stickers, then filled the can with the little "gifts".




This project was easy, inexpensive, and really cute!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

it's all over...


The Music Man has been a fun ride. There have been MANY ups and downs over the past 8 months as we talked about/worked on/performed The Music Man and in many ways I am as happy to see it go as I am sad.

The time has come for me to take a step back again and spend time with my family, but I miss working with the incredibly talented and special people who have been working tirelessly to make the show happen.

It goes without saying that I cried many times closing night. The cast bought me (and the producer and stage manager) a charm bracelet for us with a goat (Sound of Music) and a coronet (The Music Man). They then pointed out that there was room to fill the bracelets with many more shows together - we just may take them up on that. The things they said about us were so very nice - it was really overwhelming.

Then we had to say goodbye to a dear, dear friend - he says he may be back next summer to be in the show - I am having a hard time imagining this show without him. He has been the best Music Director anyone could ask for and (more importantly) he always remained neutral whenever Mo and I were not seeing eye-to-eye.

The notes and letters I received tonight from cast and crew members reminded me why I turn my life upside down for months... because, although I often get caught up in how the show affects me and my life, it is way bigger than that. This very young theater group is affecting people's lives in many different ways... it could be introducing them to a new church that is radically welcoming, helping someone remember who they really are, whole families working towards a goal together (including teenagers), or just showing someone they may have a hidden talent.

Thanks to the cast and crew. Thanks for the memories and the reminder that there is a ripple effect to everything we do. Goodnight, my someone...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mattism...

My father had triple by-pass surgery this Thursday. He has been recovering quite well and the kids have been begging to go see him. Since he is out of the ICU and only has an IV still attached to him - Andrew and I figured this was as good a time as any to take the kids down to the hospital.

Molly, my surgeon in-training, was very quiet when she saw Grandpa. He offered to show off his scar and told her that they even closed him up with superglue instead of a needle and thread or staples, but she was really taken aback by the fact that this wasn't something on the Discovery Channel - this was real and this was her Grandpa. She just stood at the end of his bed and never took her eyes off of him.

Matt, on the other hand, was a little braver and ventured a little closer to him. Just close enough to touch the IV tubing and then run back to his chair. After doing this a couple of times, Grandpa asked him if he was okay. Matt didn't answer. Instead, he whispered in his Dad's ear, "how can I be okay, my Grandpa is hurt".

That kid never ceases to amaze me. He is the roughest kid on the planet - jumping around and bouncing off of the walls without even slowing down, but his heart is SO big that the thought of his Grandpa being hurt stops him in his tracks. I love that boy!