Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Little More Nauvoo.......Give Us S'Mores!

One evening we had the Work Crew and some of the Blue cast youth come to our camp for Smores. Here "Pockets" instructs in the proper technique of making "DreamSicle" Smores.

Hooray for campfire fun!

Home sweet camper!

Me with Leena and Laura.

One Girl, 4 Guys...... nice odds!
Cheesin' with Cameron!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Saturday Night After the Show

Cody and Jennings Leavitt

Saturday night was the final performance for Blue Cast. Many tears were shed as we said our goodbyes on the stage that evening. 2 weeks earlier we met as strangers. We worked, played, dance acted and grew to love one another. Parting is always bittersweet at times like this.

Sometimes it is hard to say goodbye

Cody and Jeff Dickamore

Cody with Alex and McKay

Momma and her boy!

The Ladies of Blue Cast Family support

With our favorite dancer under the age of 18, Aiden

Eden holding Ryker

The Blue Cast Youth!
Fun with the youth of Zion!

Jeff (Who portrays Joseph Smith) and Carley

With Geoff (who invited me to his wedding reception in Utah on the 14th of Aug.)
Geoff and Heather

Geoff, Brother Snapp and Ryker

With Cody's room mate Ryan, who called me Mom.
Sadie and me!
Soon after these pictures were taken the cast, volunteers, staff, work crew and any one else there knelt on the stage together for a final prayer. It was Heavenly.
What a wonderful way to end our service at the pageant!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

For Darryl

How Do I Love Thee?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Saturday, July 11, 2009

For His Sisters and A Clarification

Last night at the red cast farewell dance they had a Dance off. Cody won the 20 and under bracket and then took on the champions of all brackets. Yes, He won! Even doing his "dorky Napolean Dynomite" (Cami's term for it) moves and flips and break dance things. Four members of the core cast. Brigham, Heber, Mary Ann and Hyrum.

Heather and British Actor Darren Hill who plays Robert Laird.

In case you were wondering?
No, there is no such thing as a "Low Bar" Missionary.

The last post was titled "Low Bar Missionary" in reference to an email Jason sent out about Heather when he found out that she would be set apart for the pageant. He teased her when she told him she got to bring her CD's with her, would be wearing shorts and casual clothes, holding babies and Dancing. "What kind of Missionary does that?" We Do! We are not set apart as full time missionaries, we are set apart as Nauvoo Pageant Members and special representatives of the Church. Sorry to confuse some of you, but you can blame Jason. He is man enough to handle it. (I love you Jason!)

More pictures to come tomorrow. Have a great day.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Work of the "Low Bar" Missionaries

When you are a low bar missionary, every day starts with a district meeting to keep us in line. These are our district leaders, Gerry (Charles Makepeace) Graves and Mary Jane (Martha Makepeace) Wadley. We sit attentively while they give us spiritual instruction to try and raise us up.
Sometimes they bring in a High Bar missionary to try and teach us how to improve. Today it was Cody, Cody, Cody. But obviously it didn't work in Heather's case as she started out the morning as the baby Nazi.

Heather and Little Ryker!

Well, sometimes we low bar people spend a little time on our knees....

...and sometimes we get down and dirty.

..And then there are times that are so hard on us... like just have to play and try to make little kids smile...

....and then we make them clean up our messes.
We shirk our duties anytime we can just to hold on to the smallest cast members and pretend like we are working hard.

(This is for Leisha, I now understand what you meant about how soft Rachel's hair is and how you love to fix it up. Little Ryker's hair is so soft and when you pull the little tiny ringlets out his hair is 3 or 4 inches long.)
I mean, having to watch Ryker is such a chore... (NOT) He is the sweetest little guy!
Then sometimes we wonder what these little ones think about the powers that be putting the Low bars in charge of them.
We build our own fortresses here and don't let the mockery of the world (or brothers) bother us though!
We sure do love you and wish you were here to help us get on the straight and Narrow!