Archive for May, 2010


Where has my sanity gone?

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

So right now we’re entering the crazy part of the play where all my sanity and reason goes our the door and I get overwhelmed and grumpy. Hopefully you’re not around when this happens, but my poor girls and friend Anna have been and it wasn’t pretty.

It’s one of those things I love and hate about the play.

I love creating the costumes and doing more than just being in it.

I hate the stress that can comes with creating costumes and doing more than just being in the.

I had to apologize to three people I love, because of the grumpiness. I was happy that I realized I needed to apologize in a rational amount of time, rather than ignoring my rudeness or forgetting how ugly I was to the girls.

The funny thing is, my brain was what was making it hard. With my lack of sleep and trying to do so much, I blew things out of proportion and in the end everything was fine and dandy.

Jon says I’m doing too much, but then I think of how much other people are doing, and I’m really just trying to lift that burden. The craziness also only last for a little while, until I realize things aren’t as bad as I thought, or I get my reasoning back.

Anyways, costumes are getting on their way, rehearsals are becoming more frequent and I’ve realized I have to actually sing my little solo. I was hoping I might be able to just speak it since the notes are hard to hear.

Anyone have an in tune piano and want to plunk out my solo? I have a feeling it might be the next thing to drive me insane.

Happy Birthday to Me….a little early.

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

So a while ago I started making smoothies. I was attempting to make the kind you buy at Jamba Juice, or a smoothie place, and I was pretty dang good at it. I wasn’t making any specific flavor, just something to enjoy that had fruit in it and was sweet and tasty. Then I came across some info on green smoothies and I attempted to make one of those. It didn’t go so well. The taste was fine, but the texture, ugh, gag me. I made a green smoothie in Sam’s Vitamix and was sold that that was the blender I needed if I ever was going to do the green smoothie thing. So my green smoothie making died, but my fruit smoothie making lived on.

Then my blender started making weird noises, and I decided I needed a new one and it had to be a Vitamix.

Truthfully, we did a little research on other blenders that were cheaper, still costly, but only 1/4 the cost of the Vitamix. Since I only wanted the Vitamix to make smoothies, Jon wasn’t too hot on spending a small fortune, partially because he wasn’t sure I would use it for a long time, and the smoothie making would probably die out, like my Wii work-outs. (In my defense I am healthier overall, so even though I’m not working out I’m doing other things, and the fact that I’m not in shape for the Waltz is also because no one is in shape to do the Waltz except those who do it regularly.)

Wait, where was I? Oh yes, blenders.

We read some reviews on different blenders, but they were all mixed and the one we wanted to buy actually got some bad consumer reviews and we would have to go to an actual department store, not just Target, to buy it. So a part of it was laziness. Then I told Jon we could grind wheat with the Vitamix, though it needed a different blade and container, which would cost extra, but we could also make our own peanut butter and my smoothies would be so much better, and made in much less time. Plus. it had a tamper, which is specifically made to push food into the blades, and I wouldn’t accidentally slice any of our spatulas while making my smoothies and being too impatient to wait for the blades to stop spinning before stirring the smoothie contents.

Eventually he was sold on the Vitamix, mostly for the wheat thing and consumer happiness, and we decided we’d get one, but they’re expensive and not something we wanted to be too hasty about.

Then I heard they sold them at Costco at different times throughout the year, and it’s the cheapest my friends said I could buy it, and where they got theirs.

So I waited and waited to see them at Costco, but I rarely went to Costco and I worried I had missed them.

Then in April a friend said they’d be there in May, so I asked a worker what day, and they told me May 7th.

May 7th, it was about 3 weeks away, but I had a date to look forward too.

So put it on my calendar and I waited.

And waited, and then May 7th came, but it was the day before we left for Disneyland, and I had a messy house, laundry, and a long list of stuff to do. Plus showering was not on my list, so instead, I stayed home on May 7th, went to rehearsal all day on May 8th, left for Disneyland in the evening of May 8th, and did not return home till May 11th.

So May 12th was the fateful day for me to buy my Vitamix.

I went and ate/drank some of the recipes the gentleman, Vitamix seller had prepared at his little stand at Costco. A few of us had a small conversation about the machine, all the while the seller was talking through his microphone headset, and then I picked out a nice, black Vitamix and a dry mix blade/ container. I also bought a huge bag of spinach to make green smoothies.

I opened it up once at home, five hours later since I had gone grocery shopping, rehearsal, and had two girls to get to bed. It was so pretty and nice. It’s my Birthday/ Mother’s Day present, but mostly birthday.

I’ve used it a handful of times and as I look through the recipe book I know I can easily integrate it into my life more than I had planned as long as I’m conscious of what I’m cooking and actually cook. It sits on my counter so I can easily access it and use it for mixing, cutting, and making things. It doesn’t go in the dishwasher, and cleans easily, so I can use it over and over in one day.

Tonight, I made some Minestrone Soup, in the Vitamix because it heats it up food, not to boiling, but hot enough to cook when left on long enough. It was delicious and had a fresh taste to it, not like any other soup I’ve had. Then for dessert I made Strawberry Lime Sorbet. It was sweet and tangy and it’s consistency was close to what I make my smoothies, but most homemade ice cream/ sorbet is very soft unless frozen after it’s made. (Funny note: They do a demonstration on how you can flip the ice cream or sorbet upside down once it’s made and the four hills appear, so Lilah took it to Jon, who was in the living room, while I rinsed the lid off, and flipped it upside down so he could see it was frozen too. I’m so happy it didn’t slide out of the container because it was melting and would have two minutes later and then I would have had Strawberry Lime Sorbet all over my rug. )

Tomorrow, I think I will use it to make some pancakes and whatever else floats my boat.

So I’m in love with my Vitamix. It really is a wonderful machine, costly, but so worth it.

Also if you’d like to make tasty fruit smoothies here’s what I do in no particular amount or order, but these are my smoothie making rules:

Use Frozen fruit. You can buy fresh fruit and then freeze, or just buy frozen. This is important for the consistency and then you don’t have to add ice. I usually use strawberries, mangos, blueberries, pineapple, or whatever I want. Banana’s being the one exception to the frozen rule, unless you want a very banana smoothie, then I would freeze them.

Use sorbet to sweeten, but it’s not necessary if you have pineapple juice.

Use Orange juice or pineapple juice for your liquid. Orange juice does not sweeten, but pineapple juice does. If you want the flavor of the fruit or if you have sorbet to add, use orange juice. If you don’t have sorbet, use pineapple juice to sweeten, but if you don’t want it to taste to much like pineapple, use both orange juice and pineapple.

So basically throw in your fruit, a little sorbet, and your liquid. I know pineapple and banana’s sweeten, so I don’t need to sweeten as much with the juice or sorbet when I add those. Go easy on the liquid, you can always add more, and I usually do, and blend till smooth. Since I don’t use ice, but frozen fruit, I find that most blenders can make it a smooth consistency like what you get at smoothie store. My old blender is still working after many smoothie making afternoons, I think it just can be temper-mental, so I will be donating it to DI.

Exhausted

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

They had been rehearsing for 3 1/2 hours with just a few breaks in between. The breaks never seemed to help. As soon as she took the first step with her bended knee, her legs felt like jelly. She tried not to keep count by mouthing the numbers, instead she counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or whatever that particular dance sequence entitled, in her mind, slipping up just a few times when she got off beat. She tried so hard to push her body. So many times her feet were not following what she wanted needed them to do. Luckily, her partner was pretty good at pushing her around, as she sometimes lagged behind.

This was the hardest and longest dance they’ve rehearsed for any of the foundations plays. That’s what the choreographers had told her, and she, she was out of shape. They were getting help from a professional ballroom dancer and she was pushing them to their limits.

Dancing wasn’t the problem as much as traveling. With the holds she took small steps as she bended her knees to get the proper up and down movement of the waltz. Traveling, now traveling was hard. She had to take large steps as she bounced up and down and bended her knees with each step. Her legs wanted to buckle and give up, but she pushed her body and continued to dance. She was so relieved to hear they were finished for the day. The rehearsal had gone long, but they all needed the practice and it paid off as they got better with each run through. It felt great to hit the lifts and spins, though they still missed a few.

Four hours. Four hours of dancing and now her feet and legs beg to be rubbed and to never do it again.

But she will, and she will love the pay-off of having a spectacular show in just 5 short weeks.

Weekend of Firsts

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

So this weekend we did something we’ve yet to do as a family.

We went to Disneyland!

And we had lots of fun, so much that Jon is considering going back, in 3-4 years rather than…… never.

We also went to the beach and the girls saw the ocean for the first time! They also played in it because it was a nice windy day with a high of 70 and freezing water. I did not go in, except my feet a couple times, so thankfully Jon went in with them and they had lots of fun until the tide started coming in.

I also did not go to church on Mother’s Day. I’m a little bummed about it, but only because Eden has yet to sing me my Mother’s Day song, Lilah has sung to me many times.

I just wanted to let you know what we were up to this weekend. I’ll have to upload the pictures and do a full post later.

Just know it was lots of fun. Carolyn spent 99% of her money on food, the girls only bought candy as souvenirs, and Jon has a nice Tinkerbell mug for work.

The Great Spanking Debate!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

So I spank my girls.

I don’t spank them, but I spank them. Like I say, “Spank, spank!” as I pat their bottoms. Sometimes I pinch and grab them too. I’ve realized I do this because their bum is their final body part that continues to remind me of them as a baby. Sure it’s not nearly as chubby, but it’s the only thing that remotely has any chub on it, since they’re getting so big.

Recently Lilah seemed to become embarrassed when I spanked her. It would be just us, as in the four people of our family, and she’d be all “Hey you spanked me in front of everyone. Don’t do that.” Sure it was in a slightly whiny joking voice, but it seemed to have a ring of “Please stop spanking me, I’m getting to big for it.” So I told Lilah I would stop spanking her if she stopped spanking me. Believe me, the spanking is not one sided. There have been many times when I’m in making sandwiches or cooking in the kitchen and a little girl decides to start spanking me, sometimes two little girls at the same time. Sometimes, I was grateful I was using a sharp knife so I could tell them to stop.

So I stopped spanking Lilah as long as she not spank me, and if either of us slip, the other gets to spank us back.

Jon thought this was genius. He told me how he thought Lilah was growing up and becoming aware of her body and that’s why she wanted her bum left alone. But he thought the part that was genius was my deal that if she spanked me I get to spank her, so she controls the play spanking, and then can allow herself to be a part of the more child like play if she wants.

Really, I just didn’t want to be spanked anymore, and if I didn’t get to spank her, she didn’t get to spank me.

I thought it was the only fair way to end the great spanking debate.

Cinderella

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Yay! Tickets go on sale Monday. I am so excited and nervous. I wrote this to my two homeschool groups and am just too tired to think of anything exciting. I might also be mass mailing this to a few of you. Sorry if you get sick of me promoting it. Just let me know once you purchase tickets and then I’ll leave you alone. 😉

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Some of you know that Lilah, Eden and I are in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstien’s Cinderella. It’s an annual fund-raising play for the James Seastrand Foundation. Their mission is to assist the frail and elderly by providing services which foster independence and enables them to remain in their homes rather then be institutionalized. (Lilah and I were in The Wizard of Oz last year.)

We’ll be performing at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts center on June16-19 and 21-26 at 7:00 pm. We will also have a matinee on Saturday, June 19th at 2:00 pm.

Rates are: $8 for children, $10 for seniors, $15 for adults.

We have a group rate of $8 per seat for ten or more seats purchased for a single performance. So if you want to get the group rate one person needs to purchase the seats, and it will have to be for the same night. Group rates do no apply for the Friday and Saturday shows. Usually young children, age 3 and younger, who will sit on a lap, are free. I will check on that and if is is any different, I’ll let you know.

You can purchase tickets at www.LVfamilyTheater.org or call 702-649-7853 starting Monday, May 3rd.
If you go now, you can purchase them early at https://www.jadeusa.net/~jshhnlv/play/ since you’re friends. 😉

I really love our director and we’re working really hard to put on a high quality production. We are all volunteering our time and a little money to help with the production. The only thing that can make it a success is having people come out and support us and watch it. So please come if you can. I think it’s a wonderful foundation and a wonderful opportunity for my girls and me.

I’m involved in making costumes, so if I seem sparse, it’s because I’ve lost my sanity and am up to my elbows in sewing.

Thanks.

Lacey Blake