I finally talked Ryan into trying out for a play and it was a GREAT experience for him! The Missoula Children's Theatre came to St. Francis for one week to audition, practice, and put on a show for students in grades K-8. Monday was try out day. We had talked about what kinds of things he could do to help his chances (being happy and positive, listening and following directions), but I was nervous because I had heard that a few kindergartners that had tried out last year didn't make it. Here we are waiting for the announcement:
He (and I think all the 1st graders who tried out) got a part! He's in Curly's Fan Club. He had practice a few days after school, and then on Friday night, we all went to see him:
Here's the whole fan club:
One of the MCT folks (JT) is a guy I used to tutor with (whose real passion is theatre). Ryan really liked him and it was great to see him enjoying his new job!
The story was a spin on the toroise and the hare, and Ryan's fan club came on stage everytime one of the actors said "race time" to sing this:
The MCT did a great job and it didn't cost us anything for Ryan to do it. I hope he decides to do it again sometime!
Today, my family humored me as we did our annual Christmas cards photo shoot. I thought this field at Shelby Farms might be a good spot and that the hay could be a good back drop. Tried out some "poses" I'd seen on photography blogs.
I like the idea of the family all standing, but it didn't work out too well. Not sure why...maybe too far away?
Got this cute one:
Next we tried sitting down. This one probably would have been it if Bentley hadn't been blocking Ryan's face. Don't be surprised if you see this pose in the future...I like the composition.
Being silly...the timer feature can takeup to 10 consecutive pictures.
Trying to get two kids and a dog to sit still and look at the camera may be impossible!
We have a winner!
A few good individual shots (no tripod or timer necessary):
Ryan took control of the camera for a bit:
And got this shot that I LOVE! The color, the angle, the composition! It's just a fun, whimsical shot (which is why it's now my FB photo!):
Why, yes, I'll wear your glasses, Mama. Do you mind if I wear them upside-down? It's the only way to go!