April's Life Adventures

Experiences in my life that hopefully always lead to happiness. My joys, my sorrows, my kids, my world.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

First Day

Yesterday was M's first day of kindergarten! I welled up a little and thought I might cry, but I avoided the classic parental blunder. I did however, take a camera with me and snap a dozen or so pictures.

When I returned to the school to pick her up, she scowled at me and asked, "Mommy, why didn't you let me stay longer?!" followed closely by "Did I miss cyberchase?" (*her favorite PBS kids show). I had to inform her that yes she did in fact miss her show, but that it would be on again in the late afternoon. I was a little sad that there was not even a "Hi Mom," or "I missed you so much mommy", or best yet "Don't make me go again because I want to stay home with you forever because I love you so much and can't stand to be away!" harrumph.

This morning was her first time to get on the school bus. I hope that all goes well and that she can find her classroom again by herself. I am discovering that I am a worrier. Did I prepare her enough to go off on her own like this? Did I baby her too much so she depends on me? Umm, somehow I think the answer is no. After all, I didn't let her stay there long enough yesterday now did I?

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Friday, August 11, 2006

The Rainbow Bridge

Sultry Husband works for an animal sanctuary. They are a home for around 1500 animals at any given time. They have their own language for things, some are quite interesting, and one in particular was meant to provide those who cared for the animals with some sort of comfort durring a difficult time. At one point it was decided that when the animals died, they did not just turn to dust, but they "crossed over the rainbow bridge". They have a beautiful animal cemetery on the property where the animals who cross the bridge then reside. It is a place of peace and beauty actually.

On to the rest of my story. There were two crows who lived at the sanctuary because they could no longer support themselves in the wild. Their names were "Forever" and "Nevermore". I actually liked to visit the crows just because of their names. "Nevermore" died a few days ago. My husband came home and told me about it. I was a little sad about this because now "Forever" will be alone and the name is not nearly so cool without her companion.

As Sultry Husband told me that "Nevermore" crossed over the rainbow bridge, M asked what that meant. We then told her that the bird died. She then decided to explain it to her younger sister L. She said, "Nevermore died because he crashed into the Rainbow Bridge." I think I liked her version better.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006


Last night I played in a concert. It went pretty well, not our best, but pretty good. I was actually feeling somewhat disgusted with the mistakes the group was making... There was a ray of light however, we are playing the music from Pirates of the Caribbean. My kids were there in the front row. They looked pretty bored through most of the concert (as usual), but when we started playing the fast paced exciting music from Pirates, they perked up. In fact, L started dancing. M danced as well, but the most memorable moment was when I looked down at her from my place in the orchestra and she was staring at me with a huge grin on her face. She was so excited about the music that she was looking at me in awe. She didn't realize that mommy's music could be so fun! For the first time, M seemed to get it. I will remember the look on her face forever for it is one that means so much to me. For she was excited about something I was part of... It may not have been the best concert of my life, but M's reaction to that song will not leave my thoughts any time soon.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Crack of Dawn

I just have to pose a question to the cosmos this morning. It is very early, I am writing this on Sultry Husband's handy work laptop computer because there is someone sleeping in every room in my house. I have company this weekend. I am always happy to have company, but it does put very important question into my brain...

Why is it that when I go visit someone, I am always up at the crack of dawn to make sure that my kids are not waking up anyone who does not desire to be awaken. Especially my host family. However, when I have company come, I am still the first one up with everyone else's kids, providing them with the opportunity to sleep in as they desire. Why is it that I never get the extra sleep that is supposed to come with vacations or from having company? I am starting to think that it does not exist.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

I can't see him!

As I am sure all of you remember, Sultry Husband is in the play "Fiddler on the roof". It opened last night. It is actually fantastic, especially for a small community production. The dancing is far from flawless, but the acting is stellar and the vocal talents in this small area are actually pretty impressive.

I took the girls to see "daddies play" on Wednesday night. It was the dress rehearsal, but they invited family members to come and see the play for free that night. We have family coming in town to see it on Saturday, so I thought it best to take the girls on the free night.

The make-up ladies put stage make-up on all the men. It is helpful from the far distances of the auditorium, but the most amusing is that they glued a goatee on SH's face. To make him look more like a sinister Russian constable. My girls were not prepared for this. As he strutted on stage for the first time and I pointed him out to the girls M shouted out "Where is he?! I can't see him!" at which point the other audience members chuckled.

Later in the show, when his big scene was upon us, (he sings a great vocal solo), he stood in the middle of the stage doing the song and dance that he had been practicing over and over. They recognized the song, they recognized the moves he was making, but at that point L said "it sounds like my Daddy, but I don't see him!" As I explained make-up to my three year old, she seemed to understand a bit better...

They managed to make it a little over halfway through the play before they both fell fast asleep. They didn't even budge as the audience started clapping for the curtain call. It was at this point that I realized that I was in trouble. I was planning to meet SH in the foyer after the show, but just how was I supposed to carry all of our stuff, and two sleeping kids?! I found myself sitting right where I was until he came in the auditorium to find us. It was a fun night, and our girls now understand that Daddy can play a bad guy really well!

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Picture Issues

I really wanted to add a few pictures to the post from yesterday, but blogger wouldn't let me add them... therefore I am adding them to a different post today, lets hope it works.

When my sister was married here, they went onto the middle of the beautiful lawn to get the shot of them in front. On my day however, they had just put a special fertelizer on the lawn. It would have turned the bottom of my dress blue. We had to be content to a sidewalk shot.

Because I am a musician, I decided that the one time in my life that I would get a set of acrylic nails would be for my wedding. I loved having them on, but it felt forign! I removed them just after the second reception in California. I couldn't do anything without the wory that I would damage them in some way. They just weren't me, although they were beautiful. I always loved this picture. It was candid in every way. Sultry Husband literally swept me off my feet into this kiss. The photographer was right there ready to snap it, and I am so glad that he did. It shows the spontanious and passionate nature of my new husband...

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