Jun 23, 2009


Dax prepares to go out of town for his Deaconate conference and the girls try out the suitcases. Maybe they plan to be stow-aways.

I love this face I caught on Chloe. She's still got those neck rolls.

While Dax was gone for a few days, my mom came into town. Hannah and I prepare the back yard a bit with some weeding and elephant ear bulb planting (which are actually starting to come up now despite by brown thumb). We can't resist playing in the water.

Such a sweet girl.

On with the show- here is the pit for CATS. Not a lot of room down there!
My seat is up one and to the left of the trumpeter in the picture- right in front of the first trumpet's bell, which can be fun sometimes.

Heather and I ready for the dress rehearsal. The first 3 shows have gone well and the audience seems like they enjoy it. I can't see much from my seat but we get stomped on quite a bit, get stage smoke blown in our direction, and once some kind of tiny metal thing fell through a slat and hit the bell of my horn. It's been fun since I always have a great time with Heather.

Back at home- Hannah is working on mastering the bigger potty now and rather than pretending her dolls are learning too, she chooses "big blue ball" to be potty trained.

Back to the crib formation we go even though there's still no way we're putting them in the same room at night. It's actually functioning as a fun little play area and it's super helpful when I need to put up clothes or do some other chore that would go much quicker without someone underfoot every step of the way.

Grandma's here!!! No, she didn't immediately put on her pjs and lie on our couch. She came in Saturday afternoon and spent the night with the girls while I played the show. Sunday morning I stayed home from church so we could spend some time together. We went out for lunch and had a great time at IKEA that afternoon. We got a cool little shelf for the girls' room I'll have to put up soon. Monday, Grandma spent most of the day with them while I did my babysitting duty. Wow! What a difference to go by myself. Of course the kids I watch are old enough to not really even need a sitter so I read a book, we watched the Food Network, had actual conversations, what a relaxing time! That night I went to a rehearsal for Touch of Brass. That's the quintet I played with a couple of years ago. We did some weddings and Christmas gigs and made a nice little demo down in Dallas. Anyway, people got married, had kids, lost touch, and now it's vamping up again. The rehearsal was quite nice and I really enjoy the folks in the group. Tuesday, we all went to the library for our regular storytime then off to the mall for lunch, shopping, (where my mom dissappointed one of those Dead Sea Soap kiosk people who thought he'd convinced my mom to buy some hand cream) and the play area. The girls were excellent and it was such a great treat to get to be with my mom for a few days. Tonight we hung out once the girls went to bed and did a crossword puzzle together. I have to admit I've NEVER done a crossword before. I just assumed they were all full of obscure words I had never encountered so I didn't see much enjoyment at that. However, we had a pretty fun time and actually finished. I might just do one again soon.

Grandma goes back home tomorrow and it will be sad to see her go. We love you!!!
In the meantime, it's our anniversary today- 8 years! It's also Chloe's 8 month birthday today!

Jun 14, 2009

Dialogue of the Week

Me- "Hannah, are those dogs over there looking at you?"

Hannah- grins and says "Yeah, I do."

Did I already post this? If not:

The other day I opened Hannah's door to get her out of her room in the morning. She was sitting dutifully at her little table with her pink toy laptop. She saw me, quickly closed the lid, placed the mouse on top and said, "Sending e-mail."

The Unexpected

So after only one rehearsal for CATS I've got the songs stuck in my head. As I might have mentioned before, I have never seen this show and only know from it the song, Memories, as most do. I've always thought it to be a bunch of disturbing adults dressing up as creepy cats and prancing around. I got the music and thought "What in the world?" The song titles seemed so ridiculous. So I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about. For those who don't know, and it's probably just me and you're all thinking "Where have you been?," but the musical is based on the famous T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." I looked up the poems and they are quite fun and so intricately done. He has one called "The Naming of Cats." Here it is.

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey -
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover -
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

The cats in the show have some pretty silly names - Grizabella, Macavity, Rumpleteazer, Mungocherrie, Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat, Bustopher Jones : The Cat About Town...and the list goes on. So being horn players and being goofy, my friend and I spent the rehearsal thinking of Cat names for each other. Mine is "Humbletina." Heather's is "Pepperpickle Tap Thumper: The Chipper Cat."

Chloe decided to smile and pose for a good twenty minutes the other day so I got some good pictures.

Look at those haunches!!

The bewildered look.

Still smiling all the time- except when she wants her way, as most of us do.

It's been so light out during the summer at Hannah's bed time so I began reading her a book and then letting her read herself to sleep. This is a girl OBSESSED with vacuums so I chuckled when I saw which page she fell asleep to. The one on her left has a daddy pushing a vacuum.

The next night. She likes this book because the bugs eat cupcakes for every meal.

We got to have our first offical playdate at the Finleys. They made homemade pizza and the kids a great time in the pool.

Chloe is the glamour girl lounging in the chair.

Tornado!! Wednesday was quite interesting. At the Finley's we heard about the shooting at the Holocaust museum. I was really concerned until I heard more info because my parents were vacationing in D.C. and that museum was on their agenda. All turned out to be well with them. That evening Chloe and I were at the computer and Dax was giving Hannah a bath when we heard the tornado sirens blare! We didn't even know bad weather was headed our way. I peeked outside and saw that the sky was that sickly green color. And if you know me, you know I know what that means! We dragged what we could out of the hall closet and crouched down. Chloe was unhappy because she wanted a bottle and didn't know what the heck we were doing. Hannah was suprisingly calm and quiet. There was quite a bit of noise outside and I was just waiting to hear our roof rip off and was worried about us holding onto the girls. The sirens stopped soon and after a call from Nana we got out. Our tree in the backyard had ripped in half. It's much bigger than it looks in this picture. The half on the ground is completely immovable so the city will have to come get it. I suppose we'll have to repair the fence now too. Crazily enough, none of the toys or other items on the deck or grass were even budged. Driving through town, there was quite a bit of debris that suggested strong winds but not enough to be a tornado so we weren't sure there ever was one. The next day, one of my (reliable) students said he and his brother actually watched the tornado float above and past them, not reaching the ground!

Friday Dax and I had a date night for our anniversary and went to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. We saw the "Art and Love in Renaissance Italy" exhibit and really liked it.

Connect 4! I found this game at a garage sale and I've missed it! Hannah had fun playing with it and the chips intrigued Chloe motivating her to scoot.

She's learning to lift her little legs and push. She hasn't figured out how to use her knees yet.

I liked this picture and then thought "Where have I seen this before?"

Oh yes, about 20 months ago. : )

Jun 6, 2009

Busy Week

Let's see... we did a lot of stuff this week. I almost can't remember much of what went on. Monday we dragged the tv out of the garage to see Conan O'Brien's first Tonight Show. It was alright but it's not going to make us get the tv back out permanently. We worked on preparing for the garage sale. I was a little worried- I spent as little money as possible on material for the signs but it still seemed like a lot. What if we spent more on that than we earned at the sale?

Tuesday I took the girls to an early church service and gathering. Wednesday was another garage sale prep day. It takes a lot of work!! Thursday we had a swim playdate with some friends. I loved getting into a nice cool pool. Hannah was scared of the water at first and as soon as she got over that, she was scared of the owner's dogs, then she was scared of each little fly she saw. It was a scary day. She wasn't scared, however, of jumping off the diving board with me and going pretty far under. I ran off to teach a lesson that afternoon at which the student finally had some breakthroughs! That always makes a teacher's day.

Friday was another whirlwind. A playdate in Dallas with Megan- pictures below, ballet class started again, I taught another lesson, errands to run, and the garage sale set up all night.

All the blondies play on Phoebe's new bed.

"Look what I found!"


Finley and Chloe are pretty close in size now.

Chloe shows her temper.

More swimming!

Chloe loves to swing.

"Hey, that baby is sucking water out of my hat!"

Tending the garden. Poor Hannah doesn't get to do this at home since we only have weeds right now.
At last!!! We finally had our garage sale. It seemed like such a big project to us we thought we would keep putting it off. Nana came to help and Dax was the sole money handler. I get anxious when I have to make change on the spot and my mind freezes. I mainly ran errands and organized stuff.

Chloe wasn't much help.

Dax finally gets breakfast during the first lull.

What a find!!!

I was surprised at what sold, really. We were only left with one table of items and some other things. I thought the bed frame, small furniture, and electronics would go fast. Things like my stack of tornado videos from when I was a fanatic I thought were here to stay. Nope. A little girl saw them and freaked out. Her grandfather forked over the 2.50 and shrugged. He said they didn't even have a VHS player! I'm not sure how that will work out but at least she's happy. Another proposed no-seller was all of Dax's Russian books- history, novelty, etc. Who pulls up but an entire Russian family in a van. You never know, I guess. Meanwhile we still have the bed frame. We made over $250! We are basically saving it to have work done on the cars. Kind of depressing, but also relieving. : ) The house has been an utter wreck for a couple of weeks- so awful. I'm so glad to begin cleaning it up now. I actually never thought I would say that....

Jun 5, 2009

Dialogue of the Week

Me - "Hannah, Hannah! Guess where we're going today??"

Hannah- (Thinks for a long time....)


Jun 3, 2009


A Baptist minister has a blog- Real Life Preacher. He is on sabbatical right now and every Sunday he visits a different house of worship looking for spiritual experiences. On this entry, he visits as Orthodox Church and I think his response is really interesting.