Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloweeny Stuff

Two Ethiopians, a camouflage guy, and Emily Elizabeth (from "Clifford, the Big, Red Dog")

We went to a harvest party at a local church. Carnival games, prizes, cookie decorating, and lots of noise started the festivities. 

In the bouncy castle, a "tree" offered places to hide, and an invitation to try and push it over. 

A maze enticed kids to wander through. Bean and Abi especially loved the maze, and went through over and over. 

Once home again, we lit candles, including the candles we made at the homeschool Pioneer Day. 

Abi loved handing out candy to the Trick or Treaters. For a while, she was so enthusiastic, she shouted "Trick or Treat" out the door. Finally, we decided that she could say "Happy Halloween!"

Snapshots: Jack O'Lanterns

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Putting Together A Play

My life has been absolutely overrun by community theater the past three weeks. When I signed up to do it, I'd had enough theater experience to know that it completely takes over your life for a while, it's long and hard and frustrating and fun and crazy... and totally addicting.

We got scripts...

... and started blocking scenes using the auditorium in the high school. Nice, because it's two blocks from my house.

It was sometime in here that I volunteered to sew puffed sleeves on a dress. One dress.

Since then, I've...
-Added puffed sleeves to red calico dress
-Made a muslin pinafore from scratch
-Added organdy puffed sleeves to blue fancy dress
-Made green flared skirt from scratch
-Altered green calico shirt
-Made brown "taffeta" skirt and jacket with lining from scratch
-Altered satin blouse, changed the collar, added lace 
-Made two lace brooches
-Fixed white hat and added flowers
-Altered pink tulle fancy dress and added sleeves, lined yoke
-Resized red calico dress
-Replaced zipper in brown fancy dress
-Mended and replaced zipper in brown dress, added Velcro and hooks
-Made blue skirt from scratch
-Resized denim overalls
-Replaced a zipper in a blue fancy dress
-Resized green skirt
-Resized blue skirt
-Resized green blouse

I love to sew, but I'm going to be ready for a bit of a break. All of that didn't mention the usual family mending and teaching a homeschool sewing class to ten-year-olds.

We did the parade, as mentioned in a previous post.

The next Saturday, we spent most of the day at the Kenworthy Theater helping build the set.

Cordless screwdrivers.

As soon as we moved in, literally before the paint had dried on the set, we were rehearsing.

A lot of downtime (for me) between scenes results in silly backstage photography, like in this masterpiece showing off J's sexy old-lady glasses.

Then, you have the 10:30 PM "I'm Tired" selfie at the end of a really, really long tech rehearsal.

Our director, Troy, has been tireless, sewing costumes, planning everything, and making sure every detail comes together. I've enjoyed getting to know some of the "regulars" too, like JT, the Stage Manager.

On a day when we couldn't get into the theater, we ran lines as fast as we could in a community room. Motivation to get home early helped to speed the rehearsal until it became a comical farce of "who can deliver lines the fastest?"

Tomorrow night... Dress Rehearsal!

Opening night on Saturday.

I need a nap.

Prairie School, Part Deux

Last year, we did a homeschool field trip to the One-Room Schoolhouse, and had a great time. This year, the family who organized it chose a different location: a church built by Norwegian settlers in 1906. Again, several homeschool families dressed up in period costume and had a day of 1880's style school. We read from Macguffey Readers, did math on slates with chalk, made dipped candles, pressed cider, and learned about native plants.

This year, Abi didn't participate as she was an emotional mess today. When she won't talk to us in the morning, we know something is off. So she stayed with Daddy, and listened to narrated movies.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sethie is 8!

Mint chocolate chip cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

Having a friend over to help put together a new LEGO set. 


LEGO gears and motor!


Happy birthday, wonderful boy of mine!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Little Community Spirit

The Moscow Community Theatre is doing "Anne of Green Gables" this fall. I'm in the cast, and have been helping sew costumes. 

Today, a bunch of the cast dressed in costume and walked in the Homecoming Parade, handing out flyers with show times.

Although they aren't in the show, my girls were invited to be in the parade. 

While waiting for the parade to start, Abi got to get up on the Frozen float, chat with Elsa and Anna, and even sing part of "Let It Go" with them! Made her day. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini Farm

Some snapshots of our visit to a friend's sustainable organic farm just outside of town. They raise meat rabbits, milk goats and a cow, chickens, ducks and a lovely little apple orchard. We got to help pick apples and play with the baby bunnies. Curly tried milking the goat, and we tried breeding Holly again to their buck.

Also, the Nerd in his native habitat.