Saturday, June 30, 2007

Aladdin Jr.

Congratulations to Andy as Jafar in Aladdin!!! So many talented kids. wow. But Andy was fantastic. We wondered if they had to stay in character afterward in the lobby, cause when we spoke to Andy, he nodded and moved right past us like he did not know us. (Or maybe just being a wierd teener!) Anyway we sure liked his performance and think he has exceptional talent. Jackson and Will sure enjoyed the show as well. But going to something like that gets me all in a huff all over again about sports vs. the arts and who gets paid to go to school and who doesn't. Our system is messed up. Someone like Andy (or Em) should be paid for their talent. That's all I'm gonna say about that for now anyway! Aren't you glad?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My Latest

The McC's are finally moved into their new home! It has been quite a journey for them. I got to help paint the bedrooms, make curtains, move, watch kids, all of it lots of fun.
Now I am working on a project for the preschool - redoing the science table. I have 3 panels of hardboard that I am painting and will later attach to the sides of the boxlike table at school. It will be very different from what they've had and I gotta say myself, it will be awesome.
My baby girl is in Florida vacationing on a beach somewhere. I haven't heard from her since she landed there. She must not be bored. I'm assuming she has not been kidnapped and that she is just too busy to call her mother!
Last week I went with Jill to her appt. They did a quick ultrasound. I got to see that baby's feet and head, hmmmmmm..........oh yes, and I saw that little heart beating in there. A very precious miracle of God. Thank you, Lord, for giving me a peek at Your handiwork, a look into it's heart before he/she is born is incredible. I will be sure to help fill it with Your love. alleluia!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007


There has been a let up on blogging lately. It is a busy bunch I blog with! What with appointments, painting, going here and there and kids and ballgames and you name it. Laura and Joe are moving into their new house this weekend. It has been kind of crazy for them and the craziness kind of rubs off on the rest of us I guess. It's a very exciting time though. I just finished some work on their living room curtains. I hope to still help them with painting if I am able to endure it, especially when they do their latenight thing. Jill and Damon are re-doing Will's room for he and Sam. So there is painting going on there also, then furniture for Damon to assemble from Ikea. Jill is trying to think about the nursery, too. fun! It all makes me good and tired just dabbling in their stuff. It also makes our place seem that much more dark and dismal. Don't know what I can do about that, but, oh well.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Lily during VBS week!

This was my Lily last week - every morning at my house having tea parties and snacks and talking and laughing with me - Grandma. I love VBS week! Here I am sure we were talking about shoes and just how great they are!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Greatest Comedian Dancing

The other night Em called to ask if I was watching "So you think you can dance" I wasn't. I was watching :"Last comedian standing" So then I switched over. hmmmm........then I switched back. Then I switched to "Greatest American Inventor". Now I had a 3-way thing going. switch switch switch again. Soon I was not going to the last one, just the dance and comedy. Then more dance , then no comedy, just dance. What is it about dancing that is so addictive??? Deep inside me there must be the heart of a dancer. It just never surfaced - until now - and now I am just a couch dancer. Sad, but true. If any of you young people think you can dance, you'd best be doing it now!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

It's a clear day

Don was there for me last night. We had a really good talk. It's so awesome that God sent him to me. He has helped me and blessed me so many times and in so many ways. Gotta love him - dorkiness and all!!! (takes one to know one!) And these grandkids are something else. Their grandpa is looking down on them and smiling all the time. As much as they make us smile, you can imagine he has much more to smile about. Lots of emotions and stress have been released and today is another day. I love my family so much.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

10 years

It's been fast and it's been long and slow. It's been hard. I still miss him. I sometimes fear forgetting about little details of him, but trust God to keep me mindful of the important things. I remember at that last hour whispering in his ear, "Tell Jesus about me! I'm not as strong as you are."

Friday, June 8, 2007

Is it really Friday already??? wow. I have been outside painting on Lily's playhouse and came in to take a break. So far the roof is magenta, the window trim and door trim blue. I have the border drawn around the door and windows and ready to start painting it - you guessed it - black and white checks. The walls will be yellow. If Laura doesn't come over and help soon, I will stop asking her what she thinks of this or that and completely have my way with it! And who knows what it will end up like! (maybe that is her strategy) It's been kind of hard to stick with it with all the rain we've been having, but the winds are drying things real fast too!!! Better come help, Laura, cause I'm having large polka dots dancing through my head!!!

Monday, June 4, 2007

Artsfest happening

The artfest weekend was great - as it always is - storms went before us and after us and God sent them around us during the showtimes. Just like I knew He would. Such crazy weather. And crazy people. Colorful, wonderful people. It was not our best $-wise, but still good. It's hard to explain what happens everytime. It is something beyond ourselves. We take God's word to the streets and just sit back and it all happens. And it's always amazing somehow. Maybe Jill could put it in words better but that's how I would put it!!! Amazing crazy stuff!!!

Friday, June 1, 2007

I am going to blog today before I get too busy with my artwork. The Iowa Artsfest is this weekend. We will set up downtown tonight and the artshow part of it runs Sat. and Sun. Sounds like we will get rain off and on, but I am not worried. I have been praying about it and I believe God will provide a cover over us and the show will go on . . . . as my grandpa Fry used to say, "hell or high water". Perhaps it will be the latter. I started a new project last night and need to finish up today. Typical me. I was ready, but oooops, one more thing! Hopefully Jill will take some photos and blog about it on Monday. Guess I am just too lazy to learn it. CC people, I went to the dr. yesterday. Tell your dad my cholesterol is still fine, as is my blood sugar. He was asking about it last weekend and I told him I had already been tested again and was going to find out this week. Praise God. I have been off work one week and I miss those little kids already. At the Dr. we spent part of the time talking about his son Parker, who is in my class and happens to be one of my favorites. I told him to tell Parker I love him and I miss him so much. He just patted me on the back. Good "bedside manner". We had supper at our new I-Hop last night. It was yummy. We can eat off the senior menu (55+) Then we went over to Sycamore Mall and saw the big live show - Joe Exotic - sounds like a male stripper - but no. His real name is Joe Schreibvogel, but who can say that? Exotic is a much better stage name! He was a master illusionist. Kind of cheesey, but still very good. He also had some exotic wild animals with him. And he gave kids a great message against drugs, alcohol, and bullying. Don hopes to take the boys over this weekend to see it. They'll love it. So my summer is a whirlwind of excitement and challenges so far. Stay tuned for more!