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A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

Our house has been humming recently, snatches of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” floating through the air.  Always big Mary Poppins fans, we were excited by the treat of a family outing with the rest of the Baylors to see the Mary Poppins musical at the Boulder dinner theatre.

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I forgot to bring my camera to the show, so I’m putting in these pics of my kids instead.  A few days later a trip to IKEA produced these Mary-Poppins-style umbrellas, which have sparked plenty of creative re-enactments of what we saw.

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Katya even created her own Mary Poppins hat with homemade cherries and a daisy!

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If you get a chance to see the musical, I highly recommend it.  Plenty of threads from the Disney movie to satisfy fans, but also some new songs and spins on the story that connect more to the book and give a new slant to keep things interesting.  Practically perfect in every way…

Catching Up-Christmas Performances

Catching Up-Christmas Performances

Trying to avoid being a star-struck mommy who posts full-length videos of every performance my kids ever do, but there were some nice stage moments over the Christmas season.

Katya’s kindergarten class puts on a cute little holiday show–incidentally, the first performance on our new school’s stage!

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Nathan participated in the annual Baylor Music Studio play-in, performing Silent Night and participating enthusiastically in all the silly game-events that go with that evening:)

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The kids’ gingerbread house provided a nice centerpiece for our play-in refreshment table.

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Not quite a public performance, but Katya created this block “picture” on the floor and begged me to send the picture to her grandmas, so I will put it here in fulfillment of that request.

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Finally, my favorite performance by far, the annual children’s Christmas Pageant at church.

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Nathan played his Silent Night again as part of the prelude, and one of my violin students also performed her piece.

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Katya worked and worked to proudly say her line loud and clear: “And Mary knew these things were precious and pondered them in her heart.”

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Nathan said, “And Mary went up to the hill country to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also with child.  And when Elizabeth saw her, the baby inside Elizabeth leaped for joy.  And in a loud voice, Elizabeth said…”  He also sang a verse of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night.”

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Than, of course, did his usual stellar job of being behind the scenes, directing lights and tech crew and all kinds of moving parts.  The story is always worth watching, familiar as it is, and we were honored to have so many great-grandparents able to attend, as well as grandparents and aunts.  Thanks, supportive family!

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Practically Perfect in Every Way

Practically Perfect in Every Way

Since our whole family likes Mary Poppins the movie and Mary Poppins the CD, we decided that Mary Poppins the musical would be a great way to introduce our kids to live professional theater.  I wasn’t sure how a stage show without Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke could compete with the classic movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke, but we were surprised and pleased with what we saw.  Some of the classic songs were incorporated, but the stage show also had plenty of original music and incorporated many new elements from the original book, giving it a flavor all its own.  There were some “wow” moments even for adults, but the “wow” factor for the kids was huge.  Katya was particularly enchanted, and watching my kids watch the show with stars in their eyes and rapt attention made my own viewing experience so much richer.

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After the musical we enjoyed an early dinner at a nearby restaurant with all sorts of creative food, and the kids branched out and tried several unusual things.  All in all, it was a great outing.  (And now Nathan is working his way through Mary Poppins, the book, for the third time!!)

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility The Musical

Thanks to a Christmas gift and kid sleepover, Than and I enjoyed a special evening out.  First came dinner reservations at The Corner Office.  In classic Than style, we enjoyed a meal of appetizers followed by dessert-perfect!  We shared Lemon Steamed Edamame, Suppli al Telefono (yeah, I don’t know how to pronounce it either–the menu says “braised short rib and mozzarella risotto fritters with olive tapenade in a tomato ragu.  Whatever it was, it was YUMMY!), and a Soba Noodle Salad.  For dessert we had their version of a banana split–fried bananas topped with avocado ice cream, coconut whipped cream, nutella, and a few tart cherries.

Following dinner we walked back to the performing arts complex for a new musical based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.  The longer it went on, the more we loved it!  By the end we were both thoroughly impressed and happily entertained–humor, romance, costumes, clever sets, catchy music and lyrics–highly recommended.  It is playing in Denver through May, so maybe you should buy a ticket!

I am so grateful to be married to a man I enjoy fun times with, and grateful for the other people in our lives who make them possible.

Cinderella

Cinderella

As part of my birthday week, we were able to go see Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Boulder Dinner Theater.  Than and I hadn’t been there since before Nathan was born, so it was fun to go back with kids in tow.  Both kids were very excited, and both enjoyed the show very much, but the best part was watching Katya’s downright enchantment with the whole thing.  At one point during one of the early musical numbers she turned to me and said “Mom, I can’t believe these are all real people!”  The dresses, the dancing, the music, a princess and a prince–everything right up her alley.  It was a special evening and I know we will remember it for a long time.