Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Spencer Davis was in attendance at the show and he commented to his wife about Emily's performance and her stage presence - he said that had he closed his eyes he would have thought it was a black gospel choir singing (it was a gospel song). Spencer also told his wife that Hannah has a great voice and will be giving Emily a run for her money in a few years!
We want to wish everyone the merriest of Christmases and hope that you enjoy the time with those that you love.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
What did they go as this year? Emily was the Energizer Bunny and Hannah went as Hannah Montana. If you don't know who Hannah Montana is, she's the title character on a popular Disney show played by Miley Cyrus who is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus - remember Achy, Breaky Heart anyone?
Madrid Theatre on Sherman Way in Canoga Park on December 8th at 7pm, December 9th at 2pm & 7pm, December 10th at 2pm and December 15th at 7pm, December 16th at 2pm & 7pm and December 17th at 2pm.
This year Emily is a skater, which is the opening number of the show, and a soldier in the fight scene near the end of Act I and Hannah is a party guest and will be on stage for much of Act I. They will be in all performances of The Nutcracker and they'd love to have you attend.
You can buy tickets online or at the Madrid Theatre box office. Most shows will probably have tickets available at the box office the day or evening of the performance though in the past there have been some sold out shows but this is the first year with 2 weekends of shows. This year it is also reserved assigned seating rather than general admission.
Will you see me at all of the performances? Well, I will be in the audience once again taking pictures of The Nutcracker (yes those are my photos from last year) for at least a couple of the shows and I'll be backstage helping out for the others!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Hannah is still the only girl in her class but she's friends with a lot of the girls in the 4th grade and since 4th & 5th grade have recess and lunch together she has buddies to hang out with during those times.
not gotten it and there haven't really been activities or crafts or games at their parties so I intend to make up for that this year with some fun parties. If anyone has any good suggestions for class parties for Halloween or Christmas or Valentines or Easter send them my way!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
In less than two months, on October 20th, I'm going to have a major life passage of my own as I turn 50! As I approach that milestone, I find myself reflecting on my life - on what I've done and what I would still like to do. It's common on the Internet to find a list of things to do before you die and so I thought I'd come up with one of my own but I'm calling mine Things I Want To Do in the Next 50 Years!
- Travel and Travel-related:
- Visit all 50 states - I'm 26 short of this goal right now as I have visited:
- New Mexico
- New York
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- Learn to play the guitar
- Sing a duet with Bob Cowsill (actually this one scares me but part of me really wants to!)
- See my children graduate from high school & college
- See my children married to men they love
- Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary (which means I'll still be around at 85!)
- Become a grandparent
- Own a convertible
- Learn to say "no"
- Meet a Beatle
- Learn to ski
- Get all my photo & negatives organized
- Quit biting my fingernails
- Lose weight and keep it off for good
- Read the classics
- Get a professional massage
- Own my dream house
- Own a successful business
- Meet all of my first cousins
- Spend a weekend at a fancy spa
- Raise a million dollars for St. Martins
- Rent a vacation home on the beach
- Stop being afraid of what others might think
- Discover what I am truly passionate about and pursue it
- Be happy (or at least content) with who I am
Saturday, August 12, 2006
It was fun to see both of the girls perform two weeks in a row and I enjoyed taking pictures of all of the bands. The August 11th concert convinced me that I need to get lens hoods for my lenses though - the sun shining through the trees onto the bands just caused all kinds of issues with the photos.
Time to get back to the real world and concentrate on getting ready to go back to school - oh and go to Paul's brother's wedding next weekend too. Emily starts high school on the 28th of August and needs to finish up her summer reading. Hannah also has summer reading to complete but she doesn't go back to school until September 6th.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Hannah was in an all-girl band named Black Lightning for the first week of the camp. She had a blast and was not at all nervous introducing the band and singing lead vocals!
Not So Average Joes and Hot Laundry. Since the vocalist has to write the lyrics to the songs Emily was kept very busy attending rehearsals for both bands each day and writing lyrics to 2 songs! She looks very comfortable in front of a band but she was a bit disappointed in the performances on Friday. The mix was bad for Not So Average Joes and you couldn't hear her vocals very well and the band started too soon so Emily had to play catch up with the vocals. And, she says she messed up a couple of lines during the Hot Laundry song too. I don't think anyone in the audience realized she had blown any of the lines - that's the beauty of performing original songs!
This looks like such fun that it almost makes me want to attend Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp!!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
In addition to receiving her diploma, Emily was also awarded a Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. After the graduation ceremony, there was a reception on the patio outside of the church and then we went out to dinner with two of the other families of graduates. It was a long night but a lot of fun. We are so proud of Emily for her outstanding academic record in Elementary and Middle School and for her acceptance to High School with honors. I still can't believe that she's old enough to go to High School!
Emily being presented with her diploma
Emily and her teachers at the reception following graduation
Hannah's last day of school was last Thursday and she is truly going to miss her teacher next year though she's been invited to stop in for the weekly tea party any time. Being the only girl in the class, she and her teacher truly bonded. Hannah had a great 4th grade year and is just hoping that some how, some way we'll get at least one more girl for 5th grade next year!