Little Women

17 Jan
In just 9 days, I will be performing in Little Women.  
There is so much I want to explain and tell you about regarding this show and this cast, but I’ll spare you for now.  😉
The purpose of this all adult cast/show put on by Haven Academy is to raise funds for a home being built to assist women who are attempting to leave the human trafficking trade.  
I must say – I’ve never read the book or seen the movie, mostly in part to knowing that someone dies and it seemed a bit boring, however the musical version of this story is anything but!  The music is amazing and the show all together is witty and has its funny parts.  I think that has a lot to do with the caliber of actors and actresses in the show.  I AM WAY OUT OF MY LEAGUE!  Three of our actors/actresses are professional and belong to the Actor’s Equity Association.  The rest of them are making this their career in one way or another, and I’m just a mom of four getting a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Rehearsals started on January 2nd.  Yep, only a few weeks of rehearsals to put this show together, but it’s a MUST SEE!  You will not want to miss this one.
Here is the info…
Haven Academy of the Arts
Proudly Presents
Spreading Hope: Haven to Haven
A Benefit Production of
Little Women
To Raise money for Gracehaven House

January 26th 7:00 PM
January 27th 7:00 PM
January 28th 2:00 and 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door

Purchase tickets on-line at

Haven alumni and parents with professional guests Kristin Towers-Rowles, Gail Wirth, and Robert Towers will partner to raise money for the construction of a shelter for women rescued out of the domestic human trafficking industry.

Marmee: Gail Wirth*

Jo March: Rachel Hellerman

Meg March: Kristin Towers-Rowles*

Beth March: Alison Schiller

Amy March: Carly Persons

Mr. Lawrence: Robert Towers*

Laurie: Arnold Geis

Professor Bhaer: Slater Garcia

Mr. Brooke: Alec Reed

Aunt March: Courtney Cash

Mrs. Kirk: Claire Griswold

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

Shopping Follies

9 Dec

I walk into a store where a young man is working lethargically while wearing a Santa hat.

Me: How much are these?

Him: They start around $13

Me: And what about these?

Him: I’m not sure. I think they’re two for something?

– I proceed to walk around the store for a minute and end up back at the counter –

Me: So, can you help me?

Him: Sure.

Me: You don’t know how much that is?

Him: No.

Me:  Do you work here?

Him: Yes.

Me:  Is anyone else here right now?

Him: No.

Me:  So how could you sell me something if you don’t know how much it costs?


ME:  Okay, thank you very much.  

 – I leave the store.-


Ten Years Ago…

24 Nov


It wasn’t Thanksgiving day.  It was actually 2 days after Thanksgiving.

I was supposed to go help my husband at our new home.  We were moving in furniture.  He called to ask if I would pick up some felt pads from Home Depot on my way over.  I told him I wasn’t going anywhere, because I was having contractions.

A few short hours later, a 9 lb 6 1/2oz baby girl with dark hair and super bright blue eyes was placed in my arms.

Just before we went into the operating room, we asked big sister Abigail if it was going to be a boy or a girl.  Abigail was right.  And then after Abigail left the room, Brandon thought it’d be fun to maybe choose a different name for the baby.  I’m so glad we didn’t, because Esther is as unique as her name.  Could you imagine my sweet little Esther with the name Grace?

And so today, Esther turns “double digits”.  Ten years old.

I’m extra thankful today.  🙂





24 Nov



9 Sep

It’s my husband’s birthday.

The last in his 30s.

That means he’s 39 for those are aren’t quick with math.

I fattened him up today, for his birthday.

He knew that ahead of time, so on his very own birthday, unforced, he set his alarm and headed to the gym.



Let it be known that on my birthday, I would prefer to sleep in til noon if possible.

Oh wait, my birthday is on a Sunday this year.

That’s the Lord’s day.

Guess I won’t be sleeping in.

Anywho – breakfast consisted of something lovely by the Pioneer Woman.

Monkey Muffins, and they were delish!

Oh wait, that’s Rachael Ray.


But they were.

He was on his own for lunch, but dinner was a yummy Jenny Markmiller recipe of marinated flank steak with some mashed potatoes (the box kind ), and asparagus.

But dessert…

might just put us over the edge.

As I’ve baked it throughout the day, the licks and tastes have been spectacular.  Can’t wait to taste it all together.

Snickerdoodle cake with brown sugar cinnamon buttercream frosting!


I’ll be suffering from a sugar coma tomorrow.

I’ll get back to you…


26 Aug

That’s how old my girl just turned.

12 years ago I had my first baby.

We were still in the 90s.

Sounds like a long time ago.

It kinda was.

We celebrated with a tea party.  It was the first year we didn’t have a swim party.  It was also the first year no cousins were in attendance.  Everyone has since moved away, and so we surrounded ourselves with grandparents and friends.

Abigail looked over at one of my favorite websites, and found the party she wanted to put on.  Her and I had an afternoon of rummaging through the local thrift stores for tea cups and saucers to give as party favors.  She set the whole table and made the flower arrangements.  Impressive if I do say so myself.   Everyone had a fun time.  Lots of laughing and giggles throughout the whole night.  They played dress-up and we took fun pictures.  After tea-time we played a “tween” game of MEMORY.  I hid pairs of candy under neath tea cups, and when they found a pair, they “won” the candy.

I made a realization as we were prepping… we swapped balloons for flowers.  It kind of made me sad, but I still have a 3 year old.  We’ll be doing balloons for some time.  🙂

Here are pictures from our tea party.

Abigail’s BD Party

The Lake

2 Aug

Our favorite time of the summer.  Driving out into the heat of the desert to enjoy friends, family, and the lake.

Here are some pictures from our time at Lake Mohave.  Of course I “took it easy” this year and mostly stayed on land or raft.  Hey, I’m entitled to some R&R by my own definition.  Some jumped off cliffs (including my 3 daughters), some were pulled behind a boat on a multitude of different items.  I, myself, stuck to my chair, a raft, and the sea doos/wave runners.  It was a blast having my sisters all together and getting time with my niece, Mallory, who I don’t get many days in a row with ever.  All in all and great week, beautiful weather, lots of laughs, and good family/friend time.

Lake Mohave 2011