Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving crafts

Lincoln came home with a backpack full of cute little crafts from school on Friday. They have been very busy this week working on scarecrows, leaf rubbings, sorting, coloring, and an adorable feathered indian headband. Here are some of his creations....

Monday, November 22, 2010

Last Pumpkins of the Season

Last week, Lincoln and I went to the farm near our town that sells pumpkins in the Fall and Strawberries in the Spring. I knew the farm would be closing soon so we went out one more time this year to take some pictures.
We've taken a picture on this tractor at the farm for the last three years.

Lincoln has a little scratch on his forehead that he keeps picking at. It won't heal and keeps getting bigger, thus the band-aid.

We went out with a friend and her young son to let them run out their energy. We had lots of fun in the hay maze and climbing in the pumpkin boats. We were the only ones there and didn't think anything of it, until we asked when they closed and were told they "were already closed to the public." Ooops! They didn't care because we didn't buy anything anyway. But the boys had fun!!

Taking turns "driving" the boat!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Miracle Worker

This year, I've been introduced and have enjoyed performing in our local community theater productions. Earlier this year, I played "Miss Scarlet" in "Clue: The Musical." Then they called me to audition for "The Miracle Worker" as Annie Sullivan. Honestly, I wasn't thrilled about auditioning, but I thought I could give it a shot. I've never performed in a dramatic role and wasn't sure how good I would be.
Well, the play opened two weeks ago and we are in the final stretch and it's been getting GREAT reviews. I have been especially surprised by the wonderfully positive response to my performance. Countless people have told me that it was the "best play I've ever seen here in the 25 years the theater has been open." And how my performance moved them to tears.
It's amazing the positive feedback we've been getting. I never thought that I'd be any good at drama because I'm such a goof, but I guess I'm channeling my frustration with teaching Lincoln how to speak into my role as Annie teaching Helen Keller how to "speak."
Here are a few pictures of the cast and crew and some others of the performance. It's been a LOT of work and LOTS MORE memorization, but the wonderful comments have made it worthwhile.

Lacey with the "blind girls"

"The Miracle Worker" Cast

Cast and Crew

Josh, mom, and me...with Malik's arms...

This was taken from off stage by Denise (Viney) with her phone. It's the final scene of the play, where Annie tells Helen that she loves her. Get out the tissues!!! And a really cool picture!

This is a video of a portion of "the breakfast scene" where Annie is trying to get Helen to eat with a spoon. It's a funny scene, especially when the audience gets excited and involved.

It's been a lot of work, but overall, it's been fun and fulfilling. Now, I promise I won't do another one until next season. Oh, yeah, they also used my picture from "Clue" on the cover of this season's program guide. So, my picture will be on every program guide until Sept. 2011!! At least it's a decent picture.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lincoln's School Picture & Crafts

Yesterday, Linc came home with a bag full of crafts that he has been doing at school and his FIRST SCHOOL PICTURE!!! I was a little worried about how the picture would turn out because he got sick the day they were taking pictures and I needed to pick him up. Before I got there, they ran him down to get his picture taken.
I can't tell you how much I love this kid!! With all the frustration I feel in helping him learn to "use his words", it's a great feeling to just look at his picture and tear up because I love him so much. He has blessed our lives with patience, love, hugs, kisses, laughter, and surprise. Whether it was a good picture or not, I was definitely looking forward to seeing them. Luckily, I have a very handsome kiddo (just like daddy) and his picture turned out GREAT...even though he was sick.

His teachers send home an info sheet that lets the parents know what skills the kids will be working on and what the theme for the next two weeks. His first week at school they were learning about bears. The last two weeks were pumpkins. Here are some of the Uber-cute crafts he brought home.
Coffee Bear (smells good)


How many did he eat before glueing them on?