Peter Pan

On Saturday night we had tickets to see the Christian Youth Theater production of Peter Pan. The show was incredible! Wendy was played by a high-school student who attends our church, and she did an incredible job. The 17-year-old girl who played Peter Pan was amazing.

We were excited to realize we knew 11 of the young actors and actresses in the show! We weren’t allowed to take any photos during the performance, but here are the kids before the show began. (We were some of the first people in the door!)

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On the Iditarod Trail

I have been having a blast teaching my Iditarod class at our home-school co-op. We are only a week away from the start of the real race in Alaska. So, this week, we tried to experience a little of what it might be like to hit the trail.
We loaded up our “sled” (aka, the Little Tykes wagon) with the required items every musher must have. This included an ax, a pot big enough to boil three gallons of water, a cold-weather sleeping bag, dog food, 128 dog booties (two pairs for each of our 16 dogs) and several other items.
The boys are holding our map of Alaska, which shows all of our mandatory checkpoints on the 1,150-mile trail.
I got to be the musher for our first round, and the boys were the dogs. They had to learn all of the dog commands, like “Hike!” to go, “Gee!” to turn right, and “Haw!” to turn left.

We stopped at some checkpoints as we made our way around the building.

Just like in real life, our lead dogs were the fast runners. The dogs in the back were our stronger pullers. 
I gave each boy a chance to be the musher and I helped pull the sled. For awhile, we switched the order of the “dogs” and it was amazing what a difference it made! When the stronger boys were in front and the faster boys were in back, the “lead dogs” would start to fall behind the fast runners, the rope would get mixed up and the wagon would hit someone in the rear. It was comical!

We also found that even though the load we had to pull was heavy, when everyone worked together, it was effortless. We have learned that the 16 dogs on a real sled team barely feel the weight of the sled. It was a great lesson!
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Funniest. Thing. Ever.

I couldn’t fall asleep last night because I was laughing so hard. Then I woke up in the middle of the night giggling.

This video a friend made is so. stinking. funny.

It’s funny on its own. It’s funnier if you know a little bit of the background, so here goes.

A guy on our Creative Team at church made the video. The video is a reminder to Jeremiah, the worship director at our church. Jeremiah is an incredibly talented musician, but he sometimes forgets stuff.

There’s another guy named J who is a talented videographer. On the day of the blizzard, J spent the entire day making a documentary about how to get unstuck if your car gets stuck. Like J, the docudrama was totally sarcastic and had lots of “Step One,” “Step Two,” “Step Three” frames. I don’t think J has installed a toilet in his real car, but it doesn’t sound like a bad idea when you really think about it.

Then there’s B, the maker of the video. We call him “utility knife” because he can figure out a way to do anything. Like make a life-size Lego guy for a set prop and then secretly make his head rotate so that in the middle of the sermon, Lego guy starts moving his head around.

I was honored to get a cameo in the video. One day when I was doing announcements, my mic didn’t work. Jeremiah had to press a button on the box, which was attached to the back of my pants. Then he had to press the button again. I tried not to move. I can’t believe I really was sticking my butt out that far.

It’s possible that Jeremiah would get distracted by pizza or his guitar when he’s supposed to remember something. But, let’s face it. It would be hard not to stop for love. Or shiny lights.

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Bump!

This girl has had so many knots on her forehead during her first year of life. We are so proud of her that FINALLY after MUCH instruction, she has agreed to go down the stairs on her tummy.

She gets a really big start, lying down halfway across the room and scooting backward until she gets to the stairs. We all breathed a big sigh of relief because now we don’t have to worry about her walking off the edge.

But on one attempt, she lost her balance half way down and hit the railing at the bottom. This bump popped out instantly.

Don’t you love the contrast of the big goose egg with the flower? 🙂

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In case you were worried I spend too much time on house work

The kids came home from a playdate this afternoon and as soon as they walked in the front door, the 10-year-old started discussing the messy condition of our home.

“I think I know how the “X” family keeps their house so clean,” he said, in a tone that suggested he had just solved a great mystery.

“We were playing downstairs, and I happened to look up the stairs for a moment,” he continued.

For a second, I thought for sure he was going to reveal our friends had hired a cleaning service. Could it be?

“I noticed that Mrs. X was moving around upstairs, and she seemed to be… you know…” he said, “cleaning up.”

A-HA! By golly, that’s it!

The secret has been revealed! Now, I understand! So, it seems that the way OTHER people keep their houses clean is that the MOM actually spends her spare time CLEANING!

If only I had thought of this sooner!

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