Reagan’s Annie Experience

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My youngest daughter, Reagan, has been participating in the play “Annie” at our local playhouse, the Elgin Opera House.  She auditioned for the show in June, and they started rehearsal in September.  Reagan’s part in the play was limited to the first act and ended after the song, Hard Knock Life.  Reagan played one of the extras as an orphan. Continue reading

Harley the Ravenclaw Quidditch Player

Harley let me know about a week ahead of time that one of the dress-up days for spirit week was Halloween, and she wanted to be a Quidditch player from Ravenclaw House.  She has taken a “sorting” quiz and that is the House she would belong to if she attended Hogwarts and lived in Harry Potter’s world.  She also sent me a pin on Pinterest that detailed how to take a normal cloak pattern and make it into a Harry Potter-esque Quidditch Robe.

Harley’s robe is made out of fleece, and the body of it was very easy to sew.  I used a robe pattern I already had in my LARP-ing costume stash.  I did not line the body of the robe; however, I did line the hood with silver lamé.  It was not the easiest fabric to sew with, but it worked. Continue reading

Letting Go Gracefully

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Letting go.

I am not good at giving up control, just ask anyone in my family.  Over the past few years, I have become better at it; not necessarily good, mind you, but better.  I have learned that it is easier to let go gradually than it is to just give up control completely.  I have had time over the past four years to gradually let go of my oldest daughter, Emma.

Letting go gracefully.

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Wonderland – Repost

 

I didn’t realize I had posted this once before, but I have been feeling a bit nostalgic today remembering the amazing, unique childhood my sister, Erika, and I had.  We were truly two of the luckiest kids I know.

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It has become summer time, and my family and I have been living at our mountain home for many weeks. Lily White is an old gold mining camp established in the early 1860’s, and it was named after the wife of the camp boss. At its peak, the population neared about 1000, including Chinese labor. According to legend, rather than pay their wages, the mine owners buried over 100 Chinamen in a mineshaft. Now the mine is nearly invisible and hard to find, buried under the ground and in the hills, hidden from eyes.  The camp has been replaced with several Forest Service cabins including three bunkhouses, a shower house, and the kitchen/dining hall.

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8th Grade!

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This girl here started eighth grade today, and she is so excited!  This year will mean many firsts for her, including a trip across the country to study United States History and the Colonial United States. Continue reading