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Monday, July 30, 2007

Three Lucys

Sooo... I don't like jumping into a post without even a rudimentary idea of what I'm going to say... but here I am.

It's Monday! TGIM!! Seriously! I have my life back, after 3 weeks of theatre camp. Lord, did I learn to love those campers, though. What a terrific bunch. Not that they don't also drive me crazy sometimes. My duties for the remainder of the run are:

1. Show up an hour before curtain.

2. Apply "Egyptian eyes" to seven 10-year-olds, making sure to remember which 10-year-old likes which style of Egypt-eyes (there are several; you'd be surprised), which 10-year-old has the super-sensitive skin, and which one gets all twitchy and teary if I press too hard with the eyeliner, beacuse heaven knows I don't have anything better to do with my gray matter than dedicate it to the makeup preferences of a handful of fifth-graders. Also they don't think to remind me when they start lining up in front of me, pencils in hand, wearing their identical Egyptian outfits with the adorable matching wigs.

3. Move the stairs a few times between scenes.

4. Sing at the little kids over Annie's shoulder through the entire show, because Annie's voice is super tired from singing at little kids for three straight weeks.

Well anyway, I'm back with my own brood today and I really missed them! Lucy's grown, like, a foot, and Eddie says all kinds of fun new words now.

We met the Watsons at the Childrens Museum this morning (P.S. Here's the title of the post: Lucy wanted to fingerpaint. Insisted. So Nicole kept an eye on the 3 boys while Lu and I went next door to the otherwise empty fingerpainting room. A little girl, also named Lucy, and her mom walked in. Wow! I thought, only 2 kids in here, and both little blonde Lucys. A third little blonde girl came in with her mom and grandpa... also Lucy. Now isn't that a bizarre coincidence?) and had a wild and crazy time, and I'm looking forward to busting out my new (new to me, that is) bike trailer for quick errands around the neighborhood. But right now I'm thinking I'm just going to grab my book and put up the ol' feet for a few minutes during naptime. Mmmmm, how I've missed naptime!

Hey, does anybody know how to uninstall Nero on my computer?

Also, what are those shiny, pretty, horned beetles called (the ones trying to eat my tomatoes, drowning themselves in our kiddie pool, and nesting in Lucy's hair)? They are beautiful and also very scary.

Also, I have a weird mutated plant in my tomato garden. It's tall as the tomatoes, but the leaves are big and broad (about the size of my jazz hand). It has teeny yellow flowers that look just like tomato flowers, but also weird larger buds that look like they're going to open into actual flowers. What the heck?

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Oops, I goofed on the show sked...

Friday and Saturday shows are 7:30, not 7pm. The Ashland Youth Performers (like a show choir) perform 45 minutes before each showtime. They're doing some super fun medleys from Hairspray, Wicked, High School Musical, and Footloose. Sorry for the confusion!!

This morning Lu got up early (6:45ish), climbed over the gate we have on the bottom of the stairs, and strolled up to our bed saying "Hi!"

I came downstairs, grabbed the paper, and sat on the couch. I told Lu I was just going to snooze for a while, while she played. I put my feet up, and picked up the paper.

Lucy says, "I have to tell you something, Mama."

Sure, come tell me.

She bends over and whispers in my ear: "You don't read the paper when you're sleeping."

Monday, July 23, 2007

More 411 on the show... EDIT!! Actual details!

Hey kids. OK more details...

Call 651-274-8020 for tickets. You can also buy them at the door... people keep making noises about it selling out but I think that's just a sales-motivational tactic. You may certainly buy them at the door. The show is at Maplewood Community Center. It's just south of Highway 36, at 2100 White Bear Ave, in Maplewood.

Lucy will actually be going to the show a lot. So!
This Friday (July 27) she's going to come with me and be my little buddy. I'm not sure if she'll sit in the audience with me or if I'll be needed backstage -- either way, she's tagging. If that goes OK, she will accompany me to the remainder of the shows this weekend (July 28 and 29).

Next Saturday (Aug 4), Becky and Vivian are going along to the show along with Lu and Ed. I think Julie and Jamie are coming that day too. Anybody else is welcome to join us!

Cara and Alley Joel also offered to go with Lucy this Sunday (July 29).

If I know you are coming, I can ask to get sitting-in-the-audience duty, so we can sit together. The kids are so very talented and are working their little tails off to make this show great. It's been an incredible experience that I have been so blessed to have been able to take part in. As usual, I'm sure I'm learning more than the kids are. Argh! I just love it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Shameless Plug! Come see my show!

And bring your kids!

So most of you know I'm working at a kids' theatre camp thru Ashland Productions. In a week and a half, we will mount a full-scale production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with a cast of 75 performers age 6 thru 18.

Joseph is an incredible, funny, high-energy show based on the Old Testament tale of Jacob's favorite son Joseph. You should come see it! Tickets are only $6, general admission, and the cast is really great, and the costumes are supercool, and the orchestra is all professional grownup musicians, AND a few bits of the choreography are Original Meg. ;)

I cannot WAIT for Lucy to see the show, so you should totally consider bringing your kids too. Kids under age 2 can sit on your lap and don't need their own ticket. The show is probably under 2 hours long, even including the intermission. Kids will DIG this show; it is goofy and fun and quite a spectacle. With can-can dancers! Go-go dancers! And Elvis! For six dollars, how could you go wrong?

Fridays (7pm), Saturdays (7pm), and Sundays (2pm), July 26, 27, 28, and August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. I won't be at the Aug 10 performance but you can still come then if you wish.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


I totally forgot one of the MOST important things we did last week in Illinois! We got to meet...

Stulie's new babies!!!

Winona and Dashiell Vanorny were born via scheduled Caesarean section on Friday, 7/6/07 at 9:39 and 9:40 AM, respectively. They were 6 lbs, 2 oz, and 6 lbs, 4 oz, respectively, and were 18 or 19ish inches long. Not too shabby for twins!

Here's the best part: Winona looks just like Stu. Blonde hair, Stu's nose and small mouth. And Dash looks exactly like Julie: black hair, full lips and a wonderful scrunchy face. Not that Julie ever looks scrunchy! :) We got to see them when they were only like 6 hours old and it was totally awesome to hold the kids and be with this brand-new little family. Julie was doing great and Stu was totally blissed-out. It was great to be able to be there.

Congratulations Julie and Stu! Hope you read this some day, you super-lazy blog-abstainers.

Oh man I'm wiped out!!

Hoo, boy, I bet you'd thought I'd vanished, didn't you?

Nay! Still here. We were on vacation for about a week, heading up to the lake on June 29ish and then back home on Monday, only to vacate on Tuesday for Rolling Meadows. We watched the big RM 4th of July parade go right past my p's house, and then we spent the next couple days garage-sailing and being lazy. And Saturday, 7/7/07, was the annual Ryan Family Picnic!

We counted 83 warm bodies in attendance this year, which is pretty incredible. It's always great to catch up with all the cousins, especially since so many of us have kids now. See my cousin Molly's blog for some photos... I may try to attach some of my own here in a bit. And by "my own" of course I mean the ones my cousin Lynda took. :)

So I started camp this week and it is SO much fun. We have about 75 kids age 6 to 18. And these kids are so incredible. They are the nicest, sweetest, most hardworking group. And they're all theatre geeks. Like me!!! And the grownups acting as camp counselors are wonderful, kind, supportive and so talented too. It's only been three days and I am so far beyond exhausted and my body has not hurt this badly all over since WSU Dance Team auditions in fall 1994, but I am just loving it. The kids will be putting on a full-scale production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for three weekends starting July 27, and tickets are only $6. I'm going to have Joel bring Lucy for sure, so if you are going to be in the area and maybe have kids who would love to watch a great show, you should definitely come.

Just a couple kidnotes (on my kids, that is):

2 weekends ago when we were up at the lake, Donna and the kids and I were playing in the water, when all of a sudden Lucy grabbed her ladybug water-floatie and dragged it out of the lake and way up on the shore.

"Lu," I said, "Why don't you bring that back down so Eddie can use it?"

Lucy turned to me and said (and I kid you not):
"Here's the thing. I put it in the water once and it gets all dirty, so I'm going to put it up here, okay?"

Donna and I about had to scrape our lower jaws up off the beach.

Later that day, Ed pointed to a windchime that's in the shape of a fish. "Fish!" he said.

"YES!" I said, "Good job Ed! That's a fish."

Couple minutes pass, and Joel walks over. Trying to get Ed to show off his new word, I point to the windchime.

"Ed, what's that?"

Ed: "Shish."

Well, okay, close enough. Soon John walks over.

Me (pointing again): "Ed, what's that?"

Ed: "Shit!"

Ed and Eric

Ed and Grandma Books

The Ryan/Gronau clan. In case it isn't immediately apparent, I should mention that it's kind of RFP tradition that each family wears a somewhat matching shirt. We couldn't think of what kind of shirts to wear. So at noon on Friday my mom and I came up with the brilliant idea of sewing up some clothings out of some ugly old curtains, a'la The Sound of Music. We found the requisite ugly old curtains at a garage sale and we sewed nine (including Grandma Jake, not pictured)outfits in just under seven hours. If you look closely you can see Ellen's and Ed's lederhosen. These were gourmet costumes sewn by Juilliard-trained seamstresses, if you catch my drift.

My dad with Nana, his mom. She's 91.

The tug of war. I think this is the "original eleven" (my dad and his 6 brothers and 4 sisters) against their children (there are 35 of us but not all were participating). The oldies still won!