The development of a baby is unbelievable to me. I am not sure if it is the fact that I am older and wiser that I understand the true significance of creating a life, or if I took things for granted with my own pregnancies, but either way I am fascinated by the weekly developments. With the babies ears moving into the proper position, they can start to hear my heart beat, they can start to hear outside noises, so Sara and Derek have been sending me stories they are reading to the baby. I sit back on the couch and lay there and rest while they read us both a darling children’s book. Yesterday, I received one that was Dr. Seuss, not the easiest of book choices given all the crazy words he uses, but was so fitting because earlier this week Lauren auditioned for the Seussical Jr. the musical and was cast as one of the Bird Girls, which is a supporting role.
Lauren is my little performer and loves to sing, act and entertain as much as possible. She has been in school plays, Up with Kids and now a new Drama group, so getting a role in a local city play was amazing for her. It is a huge commitment, but if this kid can do one thing, it is put her head down and get stuff done. She has always had a gift for getting everything accomplished she puts her mind to, and I couldn’t be prouder. When we attended the first meeting on Saturday, we knew that there would be parent involvement, but YIKES, I feel like we may also be there with her at every rehearsal. I am not complaining, I am happy to help, I just have to realize that if this is her talent and passion, I need to also support that for her where I can. So after a nearly 3 hour cast and parent meeting I headed to the sign up table to join a committee (okay so Billy signed up for set construction), sign up for snack and also for 3 parent supervision shifts. I tried at least but the lines for the supervision sheets were so long, I bagged it and I will sign up once they publish the sheet online tomorrow. So now I sit and ponder “what will I bring for snack for 65 kids that is tree nut free?
Just before we headed to the Seussical parent and cast meeting, we had to drop Lauren off 45 minutes away at a Teen Author Boot Camp held at the UVU Convention Center. The day ran from 9 am – 6 pm and was packed with amazing authors helping kids craft their passion. After getting Lauren all checked in, we explained how the process works and sent her on her way to mingle with other kids who loved to write. Lauren is so out going that I don’t stop to think that she may be shy or nervous at time. We walked her into the ballroom to find a table for her to sit at and as I looked around the room it was daunting. I would have been feeling shy and nervous, but my Lauren? So we found a table with two girls who weren’t talking to each other and introduced ourselves, Lauren and started up a conversation as best as we could to try to make them all feel more comfortable. It quickly became apparent that they weren’t there to make friends, although they were nice and chatted with us, they really just wanted to get the day on and learn as much as possible. So we headed out and left our 13 year old to find her way around a convention center by herself. Not hearing from her all day, I had to assume that she was loving the sessions and really enjoying herself.
On the way home from dropping her off, I got a text from a friend to help watch her little 11 month old for a few hours. I gladly accepted and couldn’t wait to hang out with her. Her usually babysitter is her big sister who is one of Lauren’s best friends, but was recently put on the Heart Transplant list and was on an unplanned trip to NY City with her grandparents. Once you are on the list, you can’t travel outside of a certain distance. I love this family dearly and would do anything to help them, so a few hours with Cozi would be fantastic. After she was dropped off, I quickly realized that I have NO toys for this age. So I rummaged through Will’s room for something that wasn’t going to choke her and would be fun to play with. What I ended up with was a small Nerf gun – no rubber bullets, and a Planet of the Apes figurine. Makes sense right?
After Cozi’s dad picked her up, I relaxed for a bit, cleaned up the two toys I found for her and finally heard from Lauren that things were wrapping up and I could drive down to pick her up. Billy headed to the Blue and Gold Scout banquet to set up since he is a leader of the Webelos, and I headed to get Lauren. By the time I picked her up, she looked exhausted, but she was so excited about her day and all the things she learned. What an amazing experience she had, for anyone who lives in Utah and has kids who love to write, this is the highly recommended, and extremely inexpensive, around $60 (includes lunch, snacks, cinch sack, t-shirt, notebook and pencil, giveaways and more).