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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Spirit

We had a lovely day spent visiting with dear friends, making Christmas cookies to set out for Santa and running errands.
Shayla wanted to honoring Christi by making no bake cookies (Christi's favorite) so we did. (And I cracked up at her choice of words "to honor Christi" as I could just see Christi here on earth joking around bowing down like she was on stage in front of Shayla jokingly saying, "Yes, you may honor me with cookies!" and then cracking up in giggles!)

Christmas Morning, 2000
Great Memories - Mom & Joes, Christmas Celebration

We also thought it'd be a good day to get a jump start on one of her 4-H projects, the drama project she wants to take this year so last night we watched, "A Chorus Line" knowing the assignment for 4H was to: Write a critic’s review of a musical of your choice. (p. 33) Let's just say I read on the back of the DVD we borrowed from the library that it said "PG-13" but I thought, "What? It was a Broadway musical. It's got to be ok." This morning when she said, "Mom, what exactly is a wet dream?" I about fell on the floor, but then I reassured myself that I'd rather tell her than have her learn about it at school. Oh, my, like many things in motherhood, no one prepared me for THAT!

“A Chorus Line”
A Review by Shayla Thomas, age 9 ½

I saw the Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, on a tape. It sounded good on the summary because I take dance lessons and I like to audition for musicals, but it turned out bad. I am giving it thumbs down. At first is was interesting, not good, but interesting.

It started out at an audition. There where tons of people trying out. Then they dismissed everybody but 16. They only need 8 people. When there were 16 people, things got bad. The show did not even tell you the name of the people. You had to figure it out by yourself! The person running the audition was weird. He wanted everyone to tell their personal secrets.

Then things got disturbing. They told of weird things that happened in their childhood. A famous retired dancer came and song a song called Let Me Dance for You. She was supposed to be in love with the director, but it didn’t look like it. They didn’t tell anything about the characters. Don’t waste your time with this show, it is bad! Then at the last 6 minutes of the show they showed a scene in the musical the people tried out for. Remember 8 made it, but 40 danced in the chorus line. The whole story line was messed up!

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT? Well, I've bragged up Christi's bloggers countless times saying how intelligent they are, but this one of Shayla's "games" must have been too difficult. So far, no one has guessed correctly. (Although we have bent over with laughter at some of the guesses, what a hoot!) Shayla thinks we shouldn't reveal the answer until someone actually guesses what it is. Here are a few clues: Shayla thought it looked like a Martian egg, but it's not. It is an object found in nature and many bloggers were correct with their guesses, it was frozen. What do you think now?


At 23/12/08 6:52 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Is it a large frozen mushroom?

At 23/12/08 7:00 PM, Blogger nedlami said...

it looks like a frozen brain!!!!!

At 23/12/08 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed this yesterday, but it looks maybe like a frozen hedge apple (osage orange)?

At 23/12/08 7:44 PM, Blogger paulamary said...

Could it be the top of your wedding cake? Some folks freeze those and take it out years later to defrost and eat.

Paula M. Colahan
A Carinbrdige heart mom
Beverly, Massachusetts

At 23/12/08 8:06 PM, Blogger Pam said... really looks like a frozen rotten grapefruit but since you are in Ohio..I don't think there are any grapefruit trees LOL

At 23/12/08 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first thought was a Mexican Hat Squash thing. It is odd looking...that's for

From Jenn in Maryland

At 23/12/08 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

either bee hive or hornets nest?

At 23/12/08 8:18 PM, Blogger deborah pearce said...

a giant frozen mushroom? love and hugs...deb

At 23/12/08 8:38 PM, Blogger Meg said...

Hi! I don't think I've signed your blog before so I figured it was about time I did....I've been reading for a few months now. I'm 17 and I've been so inspired by Christi's story! She seems like an amazing girl and was/is very lucky to have such a wonderful compassionate family!! I wish you a very Merry Christmas, I know the holidays (and every day) without Christi must be difficult, I will be thinking of your family.

I think its great that Shayla is so into theatre! Did Christi like it, too? Its funny because my friend Nora (who died from leukemia at age 14 four yrs ago) loved theatre, and now her younger sister who is 10 is really becoming interested in it-- she even went to a Shakespeare camp over the summer! I'm lucky enough to live close to NYC so I've seen quite a few broadway shows...but I'm perfectly content to just watch :)

Anyway, I apologize for lurking for so long before finally signing, all the best to you and your family!!


P.S I stared at the picture of Shayla with the frozen thing, and I still have no clue what it is-- sorry!!

At 23/12/08 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a frozen coconut.

At 23/12/08 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it a frozen pumpkin that you dug out of your snowy garden?
Jenna & Eric in Alberta, Canada

At 24/12/08 12:54 AM, Blogger Barb said...

I'm glad you picked yourself off the floor after Shayla asked you that untimely question. Sad that we have to worry about our children hearing such things but I agree, it's much better that she learns it from you than at school. Keep that door always open and she will never fear coming to you for advice and answers. You're blessed for sure.

Now my answer for the "frozen mystery item" is horse poop? Yuck!

Merry Christmas!
Barb in ID

At 24/12/08 1:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Angela,

While teaching today, I had a parent of a former student I had two years ago, bring in a whole platter of baked cookies and treats as a Christmas treat for the teachers. As a leaned down to choose some cookies and treats, her daughter (my former student) pointed out all the things she had baked with her mom, including one thing that stopped me in my tracks. The little girl pointed to what looked like round chocolate balls in the center of the platter and proudly announced, "and those are called BUCKEYES." Who do you think I instantly thought of in that moment??? YOUR Christi! I had never heard of Buckeyes until you talked about making them on this site with Christi years ago. I had also never tasted them or even seen them "in real life" until today. What makes this whole story even more bizarre...I think I mentioned to you years ago (two years ago to be exact) that I had a student who looked eerily like Christi. Whenever I see her, I can't help but think of Christi. The student that made and brought me the Buckeyes today just happened to be the Christi look-a-like student from two years ago. Just wanted to let you know that your sweet girl was on the mind of someone hundreds of miles away from you and being thought of with very fond and inspiring memories.

I love all the video clips you are posting!


At 24/12/08 1:39 AM, Blogger Campagnette said...

It's a frozen mushroom (her we say "vesse of wolf") ?

Please don't give the answer now, we enjoy playing.


At 24/12/08 1:45 AM, Blogger Campagnette said...

A "vesse of wolf" is a "lycoperdon"

You can search it on google, it seems like that but it should be white but older are more brown-yellow.

At 24/12/08 2:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no bake cookies are my very favorite too :) and angela - congrats on being IRB exempt! i'm jealous. i understand the need for IRB, but it is a pain.

is the thing that shayla was holding a geode?

At 24/12/08 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How funny it was to read the comments/guesses of what that thing was! I cracked up at the fruitcake answer!
Oh my, I cannot believe the movie "A Chorus Line" would elicit that question from a young one! Thanks for the heads up Angela, I'll be SURE NOT to watch this with my nieces! Oh my!!!
Good for you Shayla, for getting a head start on your 4H!
I LOVED the Christmas card -- thank you so much!


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