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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So I am trying

to nest.

I have actually been surprised at how NOT into baby stuff I have been. There is so much crap out there. I know we need to start stockpiling stuff...but I start to try and look at strollers or cribs and I just get completely overwhelmed, snap the lap-top shut and think that maybe if I don't think about it the kid will just never come out and require equipment that I might have to try to choose and buy.

Baby stuff is expensive...there is a ton of it...and some of it is even sorta creepy. And after all of the looking / shopping I have tried to do all I really have accomplished is to decide that I do not really like pastel shades or hippopotumsuses and lions on anything.

My little sister is so into the baby gear search I have told her to just buy two of everything she picks and let me know what my tab is.

However, I do want a perfect, cute nursery. I know this is silly. I know the kid doesn't care what color its walls or sheets are. But the nursery scheme is about the only thing I have been able to get a little excited about.

Way back before we even knew that we were expecting a baby, I asked a friend who is a budding artist to create a big mural for me. I love her modern, abstract, art style, but couldn't really think of any current rooms that demanded such a peice. So on a whim, I ordered a huge landscape style painting of the old classic nursery rhymes for a nursery or playroom someday. She made a small mock up version (pictured below) and it is the only picture I currently have. I love it. The only thing the photo doesn't capture is the texture to the whole thing. It is made of all sorts of organic and recycled materials, so in person it has a real 3-d look becuase so many things are layered on the canvas.

I have thought this is sort of the theme I want to base the nursery around - maybe something to do with nursery rhymes and really bright, jewel tones. But the more I look for complimentary nursery stuff the more frusterated I become. And I am starting to wonder if I am jsut going to end up sewing a crib quilt and curtains. I am not sure I am that ambitious.

So then I thought, what the heck, I know some of you out there end up with some time to kill during the work day. If, in your surfing of the net you feel so inclined to google "baby bedding" and see anything that goes with the picture below (total size is about the length of a crib, which is where I plan to hang it, above the crib) link me the URL. Or if you have any other suggestions...or if you want to just tell me I am nuts I will take those comments too.

Friday, October 23, 2009

On second thought...

Maybe wearing a long, flowy- behemain inspired dress that is tie-died bright blue, green and red is not a good idea when you are 5 months pregnant. Maybe it actually does make you look like a woodstock blimp.Yup. pretty sure I look something like this...only tie-died.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Growing...

Remember when you were a little kid and your mom would say things like, "You just shot up overnight?" I swear there were nights I would go to bed in elementary school and then wake up with pants that were too short. Until I hit seventh grade and halted at my current 5'2 stature. I once heard that some kids grow so fast they can get stretch marks down their legs.

Being pregnant is kind of like that.

One month ago:

Yesterday:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cousins by chance, Friends by choice

There is nothing like having cousins when you are a kid. They are your built-in best friends. I have so many very cherished memories of spending Saturdays and Summer days playing, talking and hanging out with my cousins. At family reunions and events they are the ones I am most excited to see. When our grandmas send out newsletters they are the ones I most anxiously read about. I still think about them even though I haven't seen some for years and we live on opposoite sides of the country, becuase cousins are truly childhood playmates that grow up to be your forever friends.

Which is why I am so EXCITED for my baby to have so many cousins and second-cousins arriving around the same time!

On Trevor's maternal side there are four cousins that are close in age. Trev, Ty, Ryan and A.J. We really enjoy spending time with all of them, and are especially close with Ty and his wife Erin. Ty and Erin have a beautiful little girl who is six months old. I cannot wait for our kids to play together. Ryan and his wife Amy are expecting a little girl in January, and we just found out that AJ & his wife Summer will have a little one in May. We talked to Trev's grandpa on the phone last night and he said it best, "I am going to have tons of little great-grandkids soon." All of this eqauls 3 cousins and playmates for our baby

Then there is my Flamm family side (relatives of my stepmother). We are a really close family. One of my favorite events every two years is the Flamm Family reunion. We held a reunion this summer - and I already cannot wait for 2011 because then we will have my little rugrat running around along with My cousin Emily & Will's AND my other cousin Jared & Cassie's. Add another 2 cousins for our little guy/gal.

Of course, we can't stop counting cousins there - On Trevor's dad's side we also just learned our cousin Emily and her husband are expecting a baby just shortly after us. We don't get to see them much, but are excited for them, and extra excited for our Grandma Thelma who gets her first two great-grandchildren right in a row. So that makes 1 more cousin!

All of these SIX second cousins will be fun, BUT...the very best cousin we are expecting of all, has to be a first cousin! That is right. Lacy, my baby sister, is also expecting. And get this - my due date is March 15, 2010...Lacy's is March 18, 2010. Now how crazy is that?

October Play

In May I was asked to help create and perform a play in our church ward. I agreed and set out to write a 40 minute play, complete with music, three different acts, stage directions and prop instructions. About a day after I started writing I realized what a HUGE project it would be.
Getting into costume backstage

After writing up a script I ran it by two other incredible women - Sister Hukill & Sister Call. They gave it a go ahead and we cast our characters.
Blurry Lamanites

I thought my part was primarily done, but it turned out I was also asked to co-direct the play with Jan (Sister Call). We scheduled play practice for each Tuesday night and began.

Because there were nearly 40 members from our ward involved it became quite a challenge to first, get people to show up to practice, and second direct that many people at practice! I really have to hand it to Jan, because she has a much more director-ish personality than me. She really stepped up to the plate and got everyone moving in the right direction.One of our Lamanites

Meanwhile - our original costume designer had to back out because of some family emergencies out of town, so myself and two other ladies also began to sew costumes.The opening Sunday School scene - that is me - playing the Sunday School teacher

We practiced, practiced, practiced. Our performance date was set for October 10, and we held our first dress rehearsal the Tuesday before.

I would by lying if I said the dress rehearsal ran smoothly, Trevor, who was in the play said it best as we walked home together: "We really could do like 12 more dress rehearsals before we are totally ready."The BOM characters coming out of the Book of Mormon

We tried another dress rehearsal Friday night, Oct. 9, and I am pretty sure it was even more rough than the first. We decided that we also needed to do another rehearsal Saturday morning. So we did - and it went a little bit better. However, we learned that the man who was planning to run our spotlights suffered a heart attack that morning. We were relieved to learn that he was ok, and just needed to rest. We were also extra relieved that my grandparents were here and stepped up to the spotlight plate.
The opening scene in Act II - the entire cast singing and dancing

Even though there were some major set backs there were also some major victories. The man who made our large Book of Mormon prop was AWESOME! It looked so good! The opening act of the play calls for some characters who represent Book of Mormon characters to be inside a large book that looks like it is open on its side. The book is back-lit with a huge spotlight and at first all the audience sees are the shadows of the characters inside of the book. It turned out to be amazing.
Trevor as Helaman with one of his warriors

Many of our cast members - the BOM characters in particular were amazing. Trevor played Helaman and was so cute!This is the group of little boys I worked with - singing their big song. Notice Trev in the background

We also had some young men and young women and primary kids really come through for us. I practiced with the primary kids every Friday afternoon in addition to Tuesday nights.One of my favorite scenes

Word of our play also seemed to spread throughout the area. The week of the play the Bishop called and told us we needed to plan for an extra 100 people in the audience. Turns out people were coming from out of town, from the stake and all over to watch the play. Trev and I alone had 15 extra people planning to come to support us.Yes, this is me, playing the part of an Ensign Writer

This would have been less problematic if all we had to do was set up chairs, but we had planned for a ward dinner to proceed for the first hour before the play began. Luckily, the ward dinner was an easy potluck. Ward members had been asked to bring either 1- plain spaghetti noodles, 2- spaghetti sauce, 3- plain green salad, 4-salad dressing, or 5-a dessert. The ward just had to provide the breadsticks, plates and utensils. We made some extra phone calls, and instructed all cast members to tell any extra visitors to bring some food.

Saturday night the place was packed! We barely had enough food - and I think the desserts may have run out a little early. The play started right on time.King Benjamin in the final scene

And it went....practically perfectly! I really could not believe it. Everyone really came together. They remembered their lines, they delivered them wonderfully, they sang loud and danced well. Everyone in the audience stayed. The audience laughed at the super-cheesy lines in my script and it was just amazing.Singing the final, closing song

At the end of the play, after our curtain call, two kind cast members called for me, Sister Call, and Sister Hukill to come up. They gave us each a dozen roses. The bishopric also gave us a bouquet of lilies. It was so sweet and touching. I couldn't sleep that night because I just kept thinking about how far we had all come and how well it went.

I am so grateful to live in a wonderful neighborhood, with such a nice sense of community. We really became close with the other cast members, and I think the experience as a whole was good for everyone. The following Sunday our ward held fast and testimony meeting, and I was surprised how many people spoke about the play - both cast and audience members.

It was a ton of work, but probably one of the coolest church activities I have ever been involved in. For anyone who is interested - here is a link to the script: http://gvsecondward.blogspot.com/ Remember - it is a goofy Mormon comedy and it was my first play-writing attempt - so no harsh judgments please! :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Guilt

I know you know about me.

I know you have been looking my way, sighing and shaking your head in disappointment.

I have read the comments - the subtle and the blatant.

I have even dodged some phone calls...because I know the subject would be brought up in conversation.

I admit my guilt. I am a BAD BLOGGER.

Seriously, I am. And I drive myself crazy. I thrive on your updates, your witty diatribes, the dramatic accounts of your every-day events - and yet, when I sit down to write all of my own stuff seems so boring.

Or, maybe that is what I tell myself so I don't have to write - so that I can just contentedly lurk around in your blogs and worlds while contributing nothing to my own.

Or, perhaps I am just busy...this seems like an accurate justification. After all, I work, have been writing-directing-and this weekend finally producing a HUGE ward play, I have been sewing costumes, planning hall-o-ween parties, gearing up for the primary program, cooking, cleaning, walking the dog, getting ready for hunting season, sorta shopping for baby paraphernalia, Studying for the GRE subject test, reading for book club, switching from summer crops to winter crops in my garden, organizing the basement, scrap booking like mad, dealing with the backyard Sprinkler system and occasionally hanging out with my husband.

Or, maybe I am still in some sort of pregnancy depression/exhaustion funk. Evidenced by the fact that I am down to three pairs of pants that still fit (one pair that is turquoise and the other pair brown cords...and let's be honest, how many times a week can you pull those off?) and by the following comment from an eight-year-old in my neighborhood: "You look like a bee stung your belly. You are poofy."

Or, it could be that I avoid blogging now because my lovely little laptop died after extensive warning from my husband that there were too many pictures on the hard-drive and as penance for my sins He is dragging his feet on fixing it for me. And no lap-top means no pictures, and isn't that what you all really look for anyway?

And you would know all of that if only I was a better blog updater.

All excuses, justifications and cuteness aside, I really am sorry. I promise to do better. And - because blog posts are better with pictures and because my computer is still broken. Here are some chickens.