Friday, February 25, 2011

Leapin' Lizards!

Me before the show
As I mentioned in a previous post I am in a play that opened last Friday.  So far we have 3 performances under our belts and have 6 more to go.  Let's see if we can guess the play (if you haven't already guessed by the post title).

  • takes place during the Great Depression
  • features a furry creature
  • based on a comic strip
  • coined as "Broadway's happiest musical"
... still don't know?
  • curly, red-headed orphan?
  • billionaire, Daddy Warbucks?
If you guessed Annie, you're right!  If you didn't, you're hopeless!  I play the role of Grace Ferrell and it has been really fun to perform with my 9 year old daughter, Bailey, who plays an orphan.  The cast is so much fun.  Through the rehearsal process I've gotten to know so many beautiful, talented, selfless people.  Such an amazing experience!

If you're in the area or would like to hitchhike your way to San Luis Obispo, come see the show!  Mr. John and I will provide lodging.  If you're interested, here's how to get tickets:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Baby Blocks

The extreme makeover on my office is finally over.  Everything has a home and it's much easier to work and get creative in this space.  To celebrate I got the office dirty made a project.  I broke out the mod podge yesterday along with some blocks Mr. John cut and got to work with my 7 year old, Sage.  Her gymnastic coach just had a baby so we made these 3 1/2" wooden blocks with the letters of her name on one side and pictures on the other.  Sage was a really great help and we had a ball creating these and listening to Justin Bieber.

I really love how they came out!  Yay for clean offices, little helpers, and Justin Bieber to help inspire :D

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

cookies we decorated this morning
I LOOOOOVE Valentine's Day.  I have great memories of spending hours at the kitchen table with all my siblings cutting out hearts from my mom's flower catalogs and pasting them onto construction paper.  I would make an extra effort on my teacher's valentine and add some red foil heart stickers and usually finished it off with a delicate paper doily for the trim.

My mom was always very creative with the sayings.  One year I remember very vividly she drew the profile of a kid blowing a bubble and we taped a piece of bubble gum to each valentine that proclaimed, "I chews YOU Valentine!"

This year I kept it pretty simple with the kid's valentines and stamped an owl on pink cardstock with the words, "Valentine, you're a hoot!"  We added a heart to his chest and finished him off with some sparkly eyes.  I love valentines of all kinds, but I especially love it when they're homemade.  John tries to talk me into buying a pack at the store every year, but I just can't bring myself to do it.   Memories of those hours spent around the kitchen table making 30 plus hand made cards for my classmates and teachers makes me feel all happy and nostalgic.  It was a labor of love and it makes Valentine's Day Valentine's Day for me.  

After making the kids a pink heart chocolate chip pancake breakfast, I was lucky enough to spend my Valentine morning with a friend decorating cookies.  My friend Cari made a batch of heart shaped cookies and asked if I could share all my cookie decorating knowledge with her.  We had a lot of fun piping and flooding those delicious bites.

As for my valentine?  Mr. John and I celebrated early with an evening out on Friday and had an incredible time eating sushi, going to see comedian Brian Regan (HILARIOUS) with friends, and ending up at Madonna Inn for some seriously decadant dessert.  The icing on the cake (har har) was that the kids had a sleep over at my parent's house, so we also got to sleep in!  I call that a perfect Valentine's date!  

Happy Happy Valentine's Day!  I now need to get ready for rehearsal as I am in a play that opens THIS Friday!  More about that later...
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