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Sunday, August 07, 2011


Hi there. How are you? Long time no see.

Yes, I know it's been since April. But there's been a lot going on, and not very much of it was fun.

However, today - well - today I have reason to post.

C. was in a play this week. The Missoula Children's Theater came through town to put on their production of "Cinderella." For those not familiar with MCT, they hold open auditions on Monday, then cast 50-60 children for the parts in the show. They rehearse 4 hours every day. On Saturday, they have a dress rehearsal and two performances.

Colson auditioned on Monday and was cast as the King. We were pretty surprised, as most of the named cast members were in middle or high school. Standing next to the 17 year old actor who played Prince Charming, Colson is not quite half as tall as him. I think that was the effect they were going for, though.

Here are the videos of Colson's appearances. I'll try to set the stage for each one. Turn up your speakers, though, and set the video to full screen.

1. This first clip shows his entrance. At the beginning of the clip, the beggars are asking for money from the lords and ladies of the town who are arriving at the ball. They turn around and watch the Town Criers enter and announce the arrival of the king.

I love that when he first walks out, the audience's reaction is "Awwww," because he's so tiny and - really- his costume is mostly hat. And the robe is clearly meant for a taller child. But then he starts his thing, and they laugh.

If you can't quite hear what he's saying, he's pointing to people in the audience and saying "How're
you doing?" a la Joey Tribbiani of "Friends."

2. In this second clip, the Town Criers announce the King entering the ball. He makes the same sort of entrance, and announces "Food's on the table. Hope you can dance!" Watch for the little impromptu gesture he makes as he walks offstage...

Yep. Your eyes did not deceive you. My baby did the "Call me" sign to a girl in the audience.


In the third clip, Cinderella runs away from Prince Charming. Colson enters with the glass slipper. "Perhaps this will help, son. She's forgotten her shoe."

4. This final clip is the longest, but I think it's the best. It begins with the Town Criers entering to try the shoes on the stepsisters.

Keep watching through the song. You can't see Colson (one of the tallest kids kneels down directly between Colson and the camera). But if you listen carefully, he sings the second solo in the second verse.

"I think it's rather sweet."

Keep watching 'till the end of the clip. Colson's best part is at the very end. :)

Friday, April 01, 2011

And So the 2012 Campaign Season Begins ...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Brogan has decided he wants to write an encouraging letter to our pastor.

In it, he explains, "You are the complete opposite of the minister in 'Pollyanna.' "

I think he'll be encouraged, no?

Monday, February 07, 2011

Dear [State] Welcoming Committee,

Thank you so much for having your representative contact us personally to review our application to move to your state.

Unfortunately, your representative neglected to leave his
name or contact number, and we are unable to return his call.

Would you be so good to have him contact us via e-mail, so that we may discuss his recent call?

Thank you.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Romeo and Juliet

Braden and his partner, L., have been working on a "humorous duo" for a speech competition this spring.

Last night they performed it for the first time to a small audience at our speech and debate club.

It's still very much a work in progress, but I am enjoying their progress thus far!

*NOTE: In this speech/debate league, duo partners are not allowed to touch or look directly at each other.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Someone Smart Thought of This

This made me laugh!

Perhaps with a bit more coffee in me I'll attempt to sing along.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Thanksgiving Tradition

Happy Thanksgiving!