Friday, July 30, 2010

Pictures from Ticket to the Real World.....

Here are some pictures from the play.  It is FABULOUS!!  Funny, yet with a message.....excellent writers which were all kids from the ages of 11 - 17.  Lexi was not a writer but just performed in the play.  These first two are before the play started and practicing a lift performed during her solo.  
Very basic stage so the "stars" shine!!!  You can click and enlarge this photo to see the characters.  I have put their names beside them.
The girl kneeling is the camera person.  This is played like it is a show on TV so when "Evelyn" the witch (Lexi) is on stage she is usually there "filming".  This is during a vote off scene.  The fairy tale misfits are voting off members to try to get to the "real world".  Kind of like a scenario from Big Brother.  They also do a confession booth....FUNNY! 
Hmmmm, there is a problem because they are trying to vote off someone that Evelyn doesn't want voted off.
A scene with the guards (that are part of Evelyn's staff) are holding Tito the world's smallest giant.
Opening night was last night and WOW they all did even better than rehearsal.  It is the excitement of the audience.   My parents got into town late last night and can't wait to go see her tonight.  I bet they will want to go to ALL of the shows!   Lexi did a great job on her solo and I'll share that video with you on Monday.  Hope you all enjoy your weekend.  You know what we will be doing.....♥

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ticket to the Real World - Summer Play

The weekend for the play is quickly approaching.  This is the poster that is around town and was in the newspaper advertising it.  Lexi has done a great job memorizing all of her lines and learning her song.  On Thursday, the parents will get to watch the final dress rehearsal and take pictures and video.  I can't wait to see it and share it with you!!  Did you find Lexi in the picture? 
Here she is up-close.   In the play she is Evelyn Goode, an actress, pretending to be a witch and hosting a reality show for the fairy tale contestants trying to leave the fairy tale world and get into the "real world".  
The fairy tale characters are: 
Mildred - the not-quite-beautiful princess.
Cheryl - the surprisingly assertive pixie.
Reginald - last of the infamous big bad wolves.
Newton - a dwarf (that is in love with Lexi's character)
Delilah - the world's only hornless unicorn.
Sir Alex - one of the most gallant and mysterious knights in the land (played by a girl) 
Tito - currently believed to be the smallest giant ever born (he is played by a tall 16 year old).

The lady from the newspaper watched a dress rehearsal on Tuesday and will have a write up in the newspaper on Thursday.  I can't wait to read it and then go watch the show.♥ 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Meet My Two New BFF's..........

Well, they aren't really I am just "using" them....lol.  On July 7th I was finally fed up.  I have been eating WAY too much, not exercising, gaining weight, and just generally not feeling as good as I could.  So, it was time to do something about it.  I am mostly walking on my treadmill, but throwing in a Slim in Six workout DVD occasionally.  Also, the Just Dance Wii and playing in the pool burn calories.  I just HAD to get active again.  I am also counting calories and logging everything in a little notebook I keep with me.  I keep track of everything I eat and every time I exercise.  My treadmill is nice because it shows my calories burned.  At this point I have lost 12 pounds.  I can already fit back into a pair of capris that had been too tight which is a huge motivation to keep going.         
Here is my other BFF....my new Nike Air Max tennis shoes.  I needed a new pair and hubs made me look at some that were a bit pricey.  I'm not even going to tell you how much these babies cost (more than any pair of shoes I have EVER bought), but WOW are they comfortable!!  My feet and legs are thanking me for spending the moola! 
My goal is to lose a total  of approx. 40 pounds and I'll update you on my progress occasionally.  I just had to get to the point to do something about my weight, and once I made up my mind......I'm going for it!!!!!♥

Friday, July 23, 2010

Deadheading in My Rose Garden.....

I don't know if you can tell from these pictures but my rose garden has gone wild.  Not only are the bushes getting huge but they are blooming away.  I think part of it is due to my deadheading.  Carla wrote a GREAT post here about deadheading.
It looked like a pretty potpourri in the trash bag.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Lexi and I are going to another play in town.  We are going to see Cinderella tonight.  She didn't try out for this one.  I'm not sure why, but she just wasn't interested.  On the other hand, her play practice is going GREAT!  

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Have The Two Winners........

You can thank Lexi for drawing your names.☺  She helped me fold all the slips of paper, she mixed them up very well and then drew.
Here they are......congratulations to JC of  Lilacs and Cats and Ramona of A Day in the Life of Ramona.
If you will send me an e-mail with your address I'll get your subscription ordered.  My e-mail is under my profile.  Hope your Wednesday is a great one!!♥

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's A Giveaway!!!!!

Entries are closed for the giveaway.  I'll post the two winners in the morning.☺
First off, a confession.......Hi, my name is Darlene and I am a magazine addict!  Yep, I keep track of all my subscriptions in a little index card file.  I have.......well, I'm not even going to tell you how many subscriptions I have, but let's just say I am trying to cut them down.  If it isn't a magazine I LOVE, I am not renewing.  With that being said, I LOVE Better Homes and Gardens.  I have been getting this for as long as I remember and I think my subscription goes through 2014 right now.  Since I love the magazine, I know you will too, so just leave a comment on this post to be entered in a drawing for a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens for a year.  If you already subscribe, it will just extend your subscription by a year.  I will be giving away TWO subscriptions, so TWO of you will be winners!!!   YAY!!!!!   
Anyone can enter.  If you don't have a blog, just be sure to leave me your e-mail address in the comment below.  One entry per person and I'll have Lexi draw the names Tuesday night and I'll post them Wednesday morning. 

Hope you are all having a great summer and thank you all for being such wonderful friends!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Exciting News To Share......

You remember when I told you Lexi would be starting play practice again.  It is for "Let's Make A Musical" and the whole play, along with the songs, is written totally by kids (with a director that is in from New York) helping them.  The same two that choreographed High School Musical 2 (her last play) are doing the choreograph for this play.  The play has now been written and cast AND Lexi has a LEAD  ROLE!!!!!!  There are only 15 kids in the show and they are through high school age.  She is playing the part of "Evelyn Goode" (Evil and Good)....get it???   She is a good (and evil) witch and the host of  the show.  We have been working away.  She has play practice four hours a day and we are running lines at home.  She has A. LOT. OF. LINES. and a solo! 
Lexi will be the first one out (the host) to start the show and I thought I would share her first lines so you all know what the play will be about.

Good evening, one and all!  Over the course of this groundbreaking television event, seven strangers from across our fairy tale realm will be brought together to compete for the opportunity of a lifetime.  We will watch them live, laugh, fight, and maybe even fall in love as they struggle for their hearts' desire:  a chance to say goodbye to their lives in this world and start afresh in that peculiar and fantastic land we've all heard of called "the real world."  I, renowned actress and benevolent witch extraordinaire Evelyn Goode, will be your host and your guide through the strange and thrilling lives of these seven unique individuals as they compete for a ticket to reality.  So, without any further ado, let's meet our contestants!  First off, let's get to know Mildred, the not-quite-beautiful princess.

The play is SOOO good and is going to be so funny.......I'm excited for her!!!  It opens the end of this month!  We have a lot of work to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!♥

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

They Are Finally Here.......

Our little hummingbirds took their sweet time but they have finally arrived!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Raccoon Babies and Mama ~ Critter City.....




We have had a Mama raccoon coming over from the field looking for food and water.  Mama Kitty is only fed in the garage (with the door closed) but her big water bowl is outside.  Yesterday was the first time the coon brought ALL her babies with her.  She has five of them.  They had come up on our porch and started to get a little too close to Mama Kitty.  Alan grabbed the camera and went out.  The Mama and three babies went up one tree and two other babies went up another one.  Eventually, they all came down and went back across the street.  That is Mama watching over everything.  It never ends around here with the critters.....lol.♥  

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Turtle is Back......

We have seen it cruising around on our back porch the past four days.  We have also finally found where it sleeps though the day, in some tall groundcover type grass right off the patio.  What is really amazing is that Lucy is just ignoring it now when she sees it.  YAY!
How fun to have a backyard turtle now.  Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are having a great Monday.♥ 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July To All of You !!!!


Our Flag

by William A. Predeau

IT FLIES HIGH UP IN THE SKIES
FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE
A BEAUTIFUL SYMBOL OF THIS LAND
OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY

IT’S FLOWN FOR OVER 200 YEARS
ABOVE THIS WONDEROUS LAND
AND MANY A SOLDIER GAVE HIS LIFE
TO ENSURE IT CONTINUES TO STAND

WHEN FORMER POWS WERE ASKED

WHAT HELPED TO GET THEM THROUGH

MANY SHOWED TATTERED PIECES OF CLOTH

OF THE COLORS RED, WHITE AND BLUE

SO LET US NOT FORGET THE MEN

WHO FORGED THIS LAND WE LOVE

AND THE SYMBOL THEY CREATED

TO FLY THE SKIES ABOVE

REMEMBER TO HONOR THIS BEAUTIUL FLAG

EVERY TIME IT PASSES YOU BY

STAND AND SHOW THE PROPER RESPECT

AND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE TO FLY♥

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wii - Just Dance......

I think I've found a new way to exercise!  This is too much FUN!  I think I like it so much because it has rock, pop, disco songs (some favorites!!!) and some newer hip hop songs.  You watch the screen, the moves are shown across the bottom, and you follow along with the dancer for points.  It is rated E10+ for some of the lyrics.  We just got it yesterday and Lexi and I did it together for about 30 minutes and I worked up quite a sweat!  Of course, Lexi is GREAT at it.  I was really surprised that I actually beat Lexi on one of the songs we did....go me!!!!     
You can play with up to four people.  This was with a friend she had over yesterday.  Dancing away!
Here are some of the songs in case you want to check it out:

U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
Le Freak - Chic
I Like to Move It - Reel 2 Reel
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
Louie Louie - Iggy Pop
Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
Girls And Boys - Blur
Jerk It Out - Caesars
Fame - (In the style of Irene Cara)
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
That's The Way (I Like It) - KC And The Sunshine Band
Heart Of Glass - Blondie
Kids In America - Kim Wilde
Lump - The Presidents of the United States of America
Funplex - The B-52's
Plus Many More.........

Hope you are having a great Friday!♥