We had Will's (5th!!) birthday party at one of those inflatable places that had outdoor water slides. That's right. I did not have it at my house. And I hated it. Not really. It was actually the easiest party I have ever done, but I really did miss all of the prep that goes into parties. I missed not making fun decorations or the cake. But we held it the night of my drama camp performance, so there was no way in the world I could do it. And he had a blast, so I'll just save up all of my creative juices for Lainey's 2nd.
Greeting his Grandparents and ready to get the party started!
Even little Lainey bug was excited to celebrate her brother. Is she not the cutest thing ever?
Sweet Madison. One of Will's very first friends here in Dothan.
Will and his buddy. Raleigh. Raleigh lives right across the street from us and these two have had a lot of fun just running back and forth to each others houses.
Seriously? You want me to go down that big slide?
Happy 5th Birthday, Will!!!
Smith running the obstacle course.
Addison hanging on for dear life.
The adults had more fun knocking the kids down than the kids had running the course.
My wonderful friends, Christen and Leah.
We were so grateful Mommy and Daddy Suttle could come to the party.
Getting into the spirit of things.
Some kids never grow up.
Make a wish.
So thankful for a roomful of kids that Will loves.
Turning 5 is not bad. Not bad at all.
On Will's actual birthday (July 1st) we were in Dallas, Texas. More on that later. We celebrated the night before with new friends. They were so sweet to get a cake for him and we were so grateful.
We decorated our hotel room with balloons and streamers and then we headed to downtown Dallas.
Splash pads surrounded by huge building was such a fun treat for the birthday boy.
We jumped on the trolley and rode
For lunch Will asked if he could have his very first coke. Do you think we could turn that birthday boy down?
Thumbs up for his first coke.
And then we headed to the subway station (who knew Dallas had a subway?!?) and the kids got to ride one for the first time.
Walking to the Ross Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
We ended the day with Will's choice of dinner and dessert. He chose Chick-fil-A and ice cream. What a wise 5 year old. I really cannot believe my baby boy is 5. I could write a dozen blog posts on this sweet boy. And when I say that he is sweet, that doesn't do it justice. He has such a gentle and sensitive spirit and is truly one of the kindest little boys that I have ever known. He loves life, loves his family and loves the Lord. He is an incredible gift from above and I am so grateful for every one of the years that I have had him. We love you, buddy!
I ran my annual drama camp a few weeks ago at our church. I have been doing drama camps for 11 years now except for the years I lived in Kansas City. I spent those years wondering why I had children 16 months apart and why I lived in a place where there was 3 feet of snow on the ground.
But this year I had a great turnout. We played theatre games, learned stage movement, projection, how to use your body onstage and stage directions. This year was also very special for me because my nieces Emmie and Sutton were in town and there were able to attend. Also, Will and Bennett were old enough to be campers for the first time. Actually, Will was one year shy of being old enough, but I had an in with the director so he got to come too. Having those 4 plus many others that I have grown to love made it one of the best camps I have ever done.
Here are just a few shots from the week and then from our performance.
I gave the kids the option of performing a monologue if they so desired. About half of the kids wanted to and the other half just wanted to be in their play. I was shocked when Will said he wanted to do one. I know he has such a lisp and you can barely understand him, but dang,isn't he cute? This was from our dress rehearsal.
And here are some shots of us getting ready for the big performance. My parents drove down to see four of their grandchildren in action. As my Mom said, "There's always a little drama in this family." Boy, was she ever right?
Getting my daughter ready. I think this was the first of many times I will be getting her ready for a show. Or at least, I hope so.
I love it so much when kids get excited about theatre. It is my passion in life and I am so thankful that I still get to share this part of me with young people wherever I go. Here are a few shots from "The Contest for Athens."
Look at my baby delivering her lines. Proud, proud, proud I am.
And my other baby delivering his lines. Start engraving those Tony awards now, people.
And here are some shots from Rapunzel. The first is of my awesome niece, Sutton. She did such a great job and I was so proud of her.
And my niece, Emmie, played Rapunzel. Great acting runs in the family. What can I say?
Me with the cast of Rapunzel
And here is a shot of all the campers this year. What a great week!
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