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October - a month late and several dollars short
The month of October was a busy one! Mostly, we were busy with school, the school play, school activities... hey... that's a lot of school.
Hannah was one of the honored students at the Academic All Star Assembly. This is how the school encourages kids to get good grades. Sadly, most of the kids are board... even the kids that are honored find the whole thing rather lame.
I went to help with the Tech Theater Class. We spent the month of October learning painting techniques and working on the set for Beauty and the Beast.
I mostly used sponging as a texture technique. Most it the kids got it... some didn't.
Reba's mom painted this great Gaston painting. I have now found a new person to do detailed painting. Too bad Reba isn't in every show!
I love helping with this class. It's a great outlet for me. The kids are great. This year is the first year that there are actually kids that interested in learning about tech theater. It's a refreshing change.
Lillian often will go with me and help in the make up class. That is a fun class too. It is awesome that there is finally going to be a stronger theater program at Central High School. Jeff does a great job and I'm glad I can help him.
Lillian and Hannah were in Beauty and the Beast at the high school. Lillian was in the chorus. Hannah played Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast played for 2 weeks. We had a couple matinees and photo opportunities for the crowd. You should have seen the crowds of little princesses and princes waiting in line for a picture with a "famous" character. It was like Disney land.
Hannah loved this little guy - "Chip". They still yell, "Mama!" and "Chip!" when the see each other. Goofballs.
Beauty and the Beast was very well attended. I worked hard on the set and lights and getting all the tech elements under control. I must say... It looked good.
Lillian got a new hair do... thanks to a few "creatures".
Oh well. It's super cute. She wanted short hair anyway. I think I shocked people when I took scissors and started whacking away. My friend Denise finished the job. Seriously... It is cute and it fits Lilli's personality.
I also worked very hard taking this....
... to this... (hand tying each little hair with knots)
... to this... not bad considering I haven't made a mustache since collage.
Hannah went to several football games and sang the National Anthem with her choir. She also went on her first date... Homecoming. But she was a booger and didn't get ready at our house and didn't get any pictures. Thus, we have no proof that she actually went with Sam Cole to homecoming.
In other big news... Lenayah turned 3 months old.
...and who can forget Halloween? Kimber dressed up her family as a bunch of loggers....
... Lilli carved a pumpkin....
... Hannah and Sophia dressed up and Hot Rod and his side kick...
... and John dressed up in his "smartie" pants...
So, that rounds up the month of October. Very eventful... even if I did a lousy job documenting how it all went.
According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).
That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.
I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.
I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …
I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools. I have something to say... get over it.
A dress code is not about body shaming. It is not about control. It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions. It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens. Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world."
Every profession has some kind of dress code. Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code. Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do. School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn. Th…
Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house. Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day. The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month. Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now. The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer. Weekend we cook from scratch. However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner. Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget. Plus, we had much healthier meals!
After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon. We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00. In that time we made 35 dinners. We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals. We …