Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Why Theatre IS a Sport

During the last three years she has been dragged, chased, a boy, a fangirl, an elf, a zombie, and through it all almost no room socializing or even time to raise money for Girl's Camp.   Why do I think know that drama is a sport to be rivaled with actual sports...well sit down and let me tell you a story or two...

Sometimes when people ask me about my oldest and her ambitions about drama, I often get, "Oh." Like "That's nice, but what does she do when she isn't playing?"  I am not one to offend easily, really I am not.  Tell me a blonde joke, go ahead.  I love them.  I am queen of them.  I often mock my own blonde moments.  

However, when theatre gets tossed off as play time it ruffles my feathers.  Let's start with that dragging I mentioned earlier shall we...

That was a lot of time and effort taken to make sure those girls were not hurt in the process of dragging them down in the pit.  Then there are the countless hours she spends learning new dance routines, plus lines, and blocking all this five days a week all while going to school, plus doing her homework, and going to church activities.  Oh, did I mention she does these dances, and stunts she does so without protective gear?  What?  Oh, see in sports they have to have protective gear.  Theatre isn't a sport.  Even though they stage fight, sword fight--with swords-- learn actual combat (depending on the play) to safely toss each other around.  No, theatre is NOT a sport!  

Do you know why actors perform their own stunts?  It's because it brings that reality of it.  Everything these days can be digitally blended.  So when you see Captain America being tossed around, yeah he is doing that.  If you are not convinced, ask him.  I will wait.  He worked hard for that.  Yes, there were trainers around, and sometimes the answer is no, you just can't do this stunt. But mostly these guys and gals, let's not discount The Black Widow please, do it.  

Theatre is more than any sport.  It takes a lot mental and emotional dedication.  I am not saying sports are lesser; certainly not.  I am saying that theatre should be recognized for more than fun and games.  I see first hand how hard my girl works every school year, all year.  She puts her heart and soul into it just as any professional would.  It's not a game.  It's not play.  It's hard work.  She recognizes that, do you?

*Disclaimer:  Theatre is often swept under the carpets as an unnecessary extracirracullar. It has been my personal experience that more emphasis and importance is placed on Sports porgrams than on any arts programs especially Theatre.  I do not mean to discount sports of any kind.  This is simply how I feel.  The facts about how hard actors work be they pros or students remain truthful.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Things

I can easily come up with five things to write about as I am a lover of words.  However, to post five photos every week is a huge challenge for me.  My kids do not let me take their picture.  I have to be very sneaky.  I can only take so many pictures of the cats.  I find instead, that I collect pictures that people post(no I am not creeper I am not collecting children!)  I collect scenic views, quotes and so on.  Occsionally I take a selfie, a picture of a kid, but mostly...it's hard.  That being said...

1.  The one thing we did over Spring break was see Captain America:  The Winter Soldier.  Go see it.  It's very good, intense, and of course because it is Marvel has its funny moments too.  Plus as you know stay for all the credits.  ;)

2.  As a member of The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints, my family and I watched General Conference this past weekend.

3.  A water main broke about 2 miles from our house.  Unfortunately this deeply affected the route to school.  It took us 40 minutes to get Emily to school.  The road buckled.  It will take at least 10 days to repair the damage.

4.  I started a math course last night.  It's going to be a very LONG 5 weeks.  LONG.

5.  Seriously I will need a tutor holding my hand the entire time.

Picture Time...

Ready to see Captain America


"You are the center of every group attention"  A little rough in the translation, but okay.

Possiblitiy for my hair.

This stupid cat chased his tail/butt for like that about 5 min because he had a plastic wrapper stuck to him.  He wouldn't let me near him.

I did it!  Five things, and five pictures.  I am linking up with my bestie, Emmy.  

Emmy Mom

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Pirate Fairy

It's Friday!!  The Weekend!  The end of Spring Break...wait what?

1.  It's the end of Spring break.   It's a mixed bad.  I didn't get to sleep in everyday.  In fact, I hardly slept in any days.  I did enjoy the stress free mornings of not having to rush everyone around.  What a drag.  What I won't miss...everything MINE CRAFT.  If you don't have a kid between 7 and 12 consider yourself lucky.

2.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier...still trying to figure out when we are going to see this movie.  So excited about it.

3.  The Pirate Fairy.  Yes, I totally bought it because Tom Hiddleston is James Hook.  However, the movie is adorable.  It has all kinds of Peter Pan references and I laughed so much.  And just so you know Hook is a COD FISH!  He's a meanie butt!  I reccommend this movie to anyone.

4.  "Life is what happens when your busy making other plans."  Do you know who said that?  Put your thinking caps on.  I love this expression especially because it completely sums up Spring break for us.  *

5.  I have lost 14 pounds exactly.  I am moving more and eating less.  That is the big secret.  Sorry. When I hit 5pounds, I bought myself a bracelet.  Since I went past ten pounds I bought myself lotion and a smelly candle.  When I offically lose 15 pounds I plan to buy a tiara!  Why not!  I am worthy of one.

This is a dress I tried on at Penney's.  It is two sizes too big.  However because my ribs and chest are...ahem...it didn't fit right.  Looks cute tho.  I need a Busty Girl Store.  Is there one of those?

My lotion and candle

This is when Ryan was finally feeling better.  He's still coughing, but otherwise himself.
This one is a throw back...it's ME!  I think I was 4.  This is my HOTROD!
Another throwback...this is from Jan...it was after Christmas.  Showing off our weather.  Sorry.  Not sorry.

Emmy Mom

I am linking up with Emmy today for Friday Five!

*John Lennon is the one who said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who Am I?

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Who I am and who I aspire to be...let's get the obvious out of the way.  Wife.  Mother.  Yes, yes...I am those things.  I am proud to be those things.  I would not be a mother of three of the most beautiful, intelligent, ridiculous, fun beings I have the pleasure of knowing if it weren't for being a wife.  This is part of who I am.  I would not have children without a partner.  Why?  Because I am a Christian.  Yep.  I am.  Not only am I a Christian, but get this, I am a member of The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Yep.  I am very  slightly unconventional at times with my love for all things geeky, but I stand by my morals, and everything I am taught.

I am taught this:  to love my neighbor (yeah even the ones who wrong me...that's hard!)  But I am also taught to love everyone.  Everyone.  Guess what?  I do love all people.  Their race, religion, gender are not a deciding factor for me.  Lifestyle?  What was it that Jesus taught?  Love the sinner, not the sin.  Here's the thing.  I'm a sinner.  Yep.  I am still working on that one.  I don't drink, smoke, gamble, cheat, beat my kids but I still sin.  My sin is not your sin.  If didn't sin at all, well I wouldn't be here.

I am also an American.  Yep.  I am a free speech, right to bare arms, American.  I don't care about race...nobody should.  The day it doesn't matter will be the day any and all forms leave race off the forms.  If it truly doesn't matter, then why have it there.

I am a woman.  I am not better than a man, nor do I need one to complete me.  I am strong and capable.  No, I do not know how to change a flat tire or change my oil, but I can call for help on my phone.  This does not make me weak.  It makes me resourceful and smart.  I don't know how to sew.  Don't assume because I am female I know this talent.  I am also tall, that doesn't mean I play basketball.  By the way, I do not.  In fact, I am quite terrible at the sport.  I play softball.

I am blonde.  Blondes are not always dumb.  That comes from Marliyn Monroe depicting blondes as mindless.  She was actually a shark, and a brunette.  I am smart, ornery, and I can tell blonde jokes with the best of them.  "What do you do when a blonde throws a grenade at you?"  "You pull the pin and throw it back!"

I am in school earning my Bachelor's in Humanities for English.  As I approach the end of my second year, I am considering the Master's Program.  I find this school stuff both complex and exciting.  I like the challange, and I have enjoyed improving myself.

This is who I am:  A woman, mother, wife.  American, Christian, Latter-day Saint, and Geek-galore!

I am linking up with Shell today for Pour Your Heart Out.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Friday

Hey, I am really exicted this week, because not only am I linking up with my bestie but I am also hosting with her.  If you check out Emmy's blog you will see the questions she asked me.  Otherwise you will never know what my favorite super power would be.

Emmy Mom

1.  Spring break started off with a bang.  Ryan got sick...like real sick.  He was fine and them BAM!  He spiked a fever and went down.  He counted each time he threw up...I'm not talking episode, I'm talking every. single. time.  It was TEN!  Poor baby.

2.  We watched THOR the Dark World.  His choice.  What?  He has to twist my arm?  

3.  I'm taking a history class now, and my final report is going to be on women in history.  I am super excited about it.  We rock.  It started with EVE!

4.  I have lost 8. 6 pounds.  it has not been easy, but now people are noticing.  I better keep it up!

5.  Is anyone going to see Captian America: The Winter Soldier?  I am looking forward to it.  When did I become such a geek anyway?  

Ryan on Monday....how pathetic is this?  He is finally doing better, but now his throat hurts and he is all squeaky!

This is Clara Barton...she established the Red Cross during the Civil War.  Not only that, but she helped find missing soldiers and marked graves.  She worked under the direction of President Lincoln.  I am a "Barton."  Am I related?  Who knows?  It would be sooo cool!  

One of my all time favorite Easter funnies

We watched the lil' guy and this was us watching Frozen.  Do you just love this movie???
My cover photo on FB because Olaf is so adorable!  "I don't have a skull, or bones!"

Now it's your turn to share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Smiled In March

I have ten things that made me smile, even in the roughest of times.  I am linking up with my bestie Emmy today for what made me smile in March.

Emmy Mom

1.  I'm kind of a stinker at times.  Kristin has a phone cover with Tom Hiddleston and I have one with Loki.  (Shocking I know)  During her show, I switched the cases.  It took her a full day to figure out I had done that.  It was a week before we switched, because Loki had grown on her.  He does that. 

2.  I learned a new word:  ameliroate.  I feel it is unnecessary to use it in a sentence since learning a new word is improvement enough.  ;)

3.  Getting this picture of Kristin and Emily without their knowledge.

4.  Ryan pretending a hammer is actually Mjolnir....(He wasn't worthy...but yeah, he's more Thor than Loki!)

5.  Getting to see my Bestie.  Oh it had been too long!  

6. It rained a lot in the beginning of the month.  We needed it.  We still do.  I am happy with what we got.

7.  School performances like these make my heart happy.
8.  Any time I get to say or do goofy things in public.  I am usually with my mom, though my kids have to put up with me too.

9.  I may or may not have played on the swings at the elementary school.  Since there is no photographic proof there is no way to confirm this.

10.  I had to go to the doc(yesterday) and the coolest thing happened...he asked, "Did you really lose 7 pounds in a month?"  Why yes, yes I did. Thanks for noticing(even if he had to read the chart to notice. hehehe.)

What made you smile?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Five

Friday means five now..

Five thoughts and five pictures.  I am linking up with my bestie Emmy to share with you.

Emmy Mom

1.  I don't like St. Patirck's Day.  It's an excuse to drink and pinch people who don't wear green.  Now guess what?  We celebrate it WRONG!  Surprise, the stupid Americans have it wrong.  St.  Patrick's color was blue, and it used to be a DRY holiday.  So for anybody who has ever pinched or plans to pinch in the future, I will find you and squash you.  Sorry, my Loki is showing.

2.  I'm not supposed to like the bad guy.  Well I have a history for it.  Wile E. Coyote!  Loved him.  Felt so sorry for him.  I always wanted him to catch that stupid bird.  Donal Duck.  So he feels inferior to Mickey.  Who wouldn't?  Stupid rodent anyway.  Plus the stupid chipmunks were mean to him.  Tom Cat.  I felt bad for him too.  Jerry Mouse was cool, but he was mean to Tom...okay they were mean to each other, but sometimes Tom should have won the fight.*  Dallas Winston from The Outsiders, a total bad boy, but inside a scared kid.  How about Captain Jack Sparrow.  You can't tell me he is pure good, and in the same breath tell me you love him.  Just sayin'.

3.  But I love the good guys too!  It's all about balance people.  Superman.  Talk about the good guy.  He is the epitome of what a good guy should aspire to be.  Anyone ever watch Quantum Leap?  Dr. Sam Beckett!  And since I brought him up, I have to bring up the equal, for without one you cannot have the other.  Thor.  How could I not like Thor people???  What's not to like?  

4.  What would you tell your younger self?  Honestly, it doesn't matter what we would tell our younger selves because the truth is we probably wouldn't listen.  But how cool would it be to sit and listen to that younger version of you and simply tell her, "Yep that does totally suck!"

5.  This last week before Spring Break has dragged on forever.  I am so excited for it to be here.  I need the break.  (I don't really get one from my school, but you know what I mean.)

I caught him!

My brother is dying roses.

This little tot is too cute.  (My grand nephew)

Spoiled boy

Just because it's cute.  That little guy loves my little guy.

*Disclaimer*  I never wanted Tom Cat to eat Jerry Mouse because he is kind of cute for a mouse, plus that would end an otherwise hilarious series of cartoons.  I just wanted Tom to come out on top for once.