Saturday, June 20, 2015

6th Grade Graduation

Hayden's 6th grade graduation was quite the event. The theme was Over the Rainbow, and the teachers dressed up Oz style.

Elementary school has been a lot of fun for him, and the idea of middle school makes him nervous, but I'm sure he'll have a great time.

Their school has a great tradition - the clap out. All the grades gather in the hallway outside their classrooms and clap as the sixth grade parades by. Once the kids make it to graduation, they've been through this drill six times, and are more than ready for it to be their turn.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cabin Capers 2014

This year we finally got Jeff down to see the cabin. The kids spent their week there, and we came down for the weekend to pick them up.

On the drive back, we stopped at Diamond Lake. We took the kids out on the lake in pedal boats, which are made for an even number of people. I kept thinking Grace was going to jump out the back!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Gracious Mae 7th Birthday Interview

1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? 
Isabelle, American Girl
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
4. What is your favorite TV show? Team Umizumi
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? peanut butter banana and honey sandwich
6. What is your favorite outfit?
blue dress with the ruffle skirt
7. What is your favorite game?
8. What is your favorite snack?
9. What is your favorite animal?
10. What is your favorite song?
Let It Go
11. What is your favorite book?
too hard to choose, adventure books
12. Who is your best friend?
13. What is your favorite cereal?
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
15. What is your favorite drink?
16. What is your favorite holiday?
Mother's Day
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
Teddy, blankie & my owl
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Frozen cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a doctor

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Theater :: Timmy Failure

Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar review of OCT's Timmy Failure. March 2015Timmy Failure is a complete success!

Timmy Failure and his distinctive scarf come alive in this hysterical debut production. Timmy isn’t the kind of kid you typically cheer for. He’s oblivious, snarky, and more than a little self-centered. But he and Total, his polar bear partner, want to do the right thing. They’re just much better at getting into trouble than out of it.

The stage is set like a page out of Stephan Pastis’ popular Timmy Failure series. The pen and ink drawings and minimal props allow the vibrant personalities of the characters to truly shine. Many of the actors have multiple roles, changing hair, costumes, and voices in a flash. The Total Failure Detective Agency notebook kept up with the cases our detectives took on, the larger-than-life screen changed every time Timmy opened it to make notes. His goofy drawings always got a laugh.

From the moment Pat Moran takes the stage as Timmy Failure, the audience is on a journey with him. You never take your eyes off him, except when Total takes the stage as a hip-hop dancing ballerina. With too many laugh out loud moments to count, the show speeds along until Timmy’s life and lies come crashing down. Quite literally.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made operates on multiple levels. On the surface, it’s a hilarious take on how an eight-year-old views life. They are the center, so everything going on must relate to them in some way. But the parents and mature kids in the audience will feel the weight of the things happening around Timmy that he can’t control – family economic crises, his mother’s slick new boyfriend, dealing with a new teacher, relating to other kids, losing your best friend. The world is imperfect, but Timmy is undaunted is his quest to set things right for his mother, and for himself.

The live telling of Stephan Pastis’ popular Timmy Failure series was developed as part of Oregon Children’s Theatre’s New Play Initiative. To bring contemporary voices to the stage for children, the initiative’s goal is to produce a new play each year. This season they produced two and will do the same next season.

This show is fun for any age. For families where the children’s ages vary, this would be a great option. It has jokes that appeal to kids and one-liners to make even the surliest of teenagers crack a smile. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid would love Timmy Failure – the play and the books.