we received the good news, on new year's day, that we were accepted into this summer's nauvoo pageant. my parents will be joining our family in the pageant too. we are excitedly anticipating!
brock's facebook status monday:
"Brock was obliged to help tackle/restrain a violent passenger on a plane over the Pacific, and felt United employees were very professional during the 6-hour ordeal."
yes, it was for real.
alexa announced yesterday that she was double cast as the lead role of "kim" in her high school's performance of "bye-bye birdie". this is of particular interest because she didn't really even audition for the musical. she has just joined the scholastic bowl team and doesn't have time for the musical. her choir teacher asked her to consider being a silly screaming fan girl, which would only need to be at rehearsal once a week or so, and she agreed to consider, did a few readings, and next thing you know....
natasha's comment on the topic when i asked for her thoughts last night:
"i think it will be difficult for all of us."... said simply & matter-of-factly.
i think tashi is right. lexi doesn't handle pressure or restraints on her time well, and tends to take that out on those she loves :)
we love her anyway!
...said in a sweet, plaintive voice yesterday morning at 5:30 as he came frantically rushing in to wake me up:
"my dreams are bad."
...said in a contemplative tone today as we drove to warsaw to pick tashi up at school, drove to keokuk to take her to the orthodontist (to begin the 5 step!!! process of removeing her braces), drove back to warsaw, and back to nauvoo, trying to make it in time for noah's preschool bus:
"when you are far, far, far away, you are somewhere else."
lexi's recent observation:
"the older i get, the more i realize that i am like marianne and tashi is like elinor (in sense & sensibility)."
amen to that!
last week i drove along the mississippi as the ice was breaking up, and there were huge bald eagles sitting on the river at each opening in the ice, watching for fish. today the river is frozen again, except at keokuk where it has deeps lochs and dams. and there were dozens and dozens of bald eagles and various hawks circling over the river there this morning, looking for something to eat. it is amazing & magnificent to see so many large birds of prey in such a small area.
this silk has arrived for me to begin work on reproducing a 1841 national flag presented to joseph smith at the laying of the cornerstone of the nauvoo temple for a michael bedard painting.
wish me luck!