Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bits and Pieces of Our Days (and Birthdays!)

Last week the girls had the opportunity to participate in a Missoula Children's Theater production. This terrific traveling troupe comes to town every year, but we never seem to have an entire week open to make it work. And an entire week is needed indeed: auditions take place on Monday, the kids rehearse all week, and then present two shows on Saturday. Whew!

Betsy played a wild boar (a Rodney Dangerfield sort of comedian boar) and Anne-with-an-e was a sarcastic billy goat. Poor Betsy got sick Friday night, but an antihistamine, some Tylenol and a little caffeine got her through two performances on Saturday. Today she happily collapsed into a heap for most of the day.

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I still have not blogged anything about The Next Food Network Star, much to Anne-with-an-e's annoyance.  Sigh. I have been admittedly remiss. I'm sorry, Anne.

Our whole family watches together every week (we're geeky fun that way) and we make predictions about who will stay, who will go, and who is dull and ridiculous. I must humbly admit that I'm usually right. (Although tonight I was wrong, mistakenly thinking that Serena wouldn't make the cut.) I can't say any of us were sad to see Brianna go -- she wasn't popular around here after she stomped on Serena's foot. And the girls were happy to finally see Cute-Brad-Who-Needs-To-Smile rise to the top.

But -- I'm sorry, Anne, I have to digress -- I still have the same complaint I have every year. If the Food Network really wanted to find the next great TV cooking instructor, wouldn't they ask people to demonstrate their strengths instead of putting them through these silly paces? Don't worry, Anne -- I still have a lot of fun watching with you. I simply cannot tell a lie. Food Network is irritating me with the ever-increasing manufactured drama here. The show is, perhaps, a new and more terrifying kind of Hunger Game.

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Betsy turned 14 this summer. It is simply not possible to believe the joy that this girl has brought into our lives for the last fourteen years. Betsy radiates joy and love. That sounds like a cliche, but it's oh-so-true. She once prompted a friend of mine to say, "I want to have a Betsy!"

Happy birthday, my sweetheart, my child.

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Ramona turns eight this month.

Eight.

Ramona is turning eight. She was three when I started this blog. This was my first Ramona post:

What a Princess Eats

Our three-year-old, affectionately known as Ramona around here, was trying on princess dress-up clothes this morning. I interrupted, in that irritating way mothers do, to ask if she would like some string cheese (aka "cheese sticks" in RamonaSpeak.)

"No," said Ramona. "Princesses don't eat cheese sticks. Princesses only eat brownies. Did you know that?"

I didn't know that. Hmmm . . . there happens to be a pan of brownies sitting on our stove top at this very moment. Coincidence? Or Divine Providence? Perhaps just a princess's sovereign right.

And, one of my favorite early Ramona quotes, from a couple of months later:
Ramona just turned to me, a pencil mark on her cheek, and said, "Recently, I crossed myself out."

Eight, dear readers. But still quotable. The other day, she found an old tape measure -- slightly worse for the wear, as a bit of the end was torn off.


"Hey!" she said. "This is great! I just found 59 inches of fun!"

5 comments:

The Bookworm said...

I love Ramona :). She has entertained me so much over the years. But she *cannot* be eight! Not possible!

(Happy birthday, Ramona)

Karen E. said...

Thanks, Bookworm. And you're right -- it is NOT possible that she's eight!

I also just updated this post to include Betsy's birthday (a blogging mom's lament ... "Am I keeping it even??") :)

And Cherub is still a newborn, right? :)

nutmeg said...

Happy Birthday to dear Ramona... Little Boo's long lost twin.
:)
Oh, that they could meet someday!
(LB's birthday is Aug 2nd... 8! It's shocking.)

Karen E. said...

Early birthday wishes to Little Boo! They will meet someday, they will meet someday ....

Just keep chanting it. :)

Emily J. said...

The Missoula Children's Theatre is here next week! - or at least some branch of it is. Kids are signed up for a Jungle Book week.