Sunday, August 21, 2011

Night Time Conversation

Tonight, after a book (WALL-E, his old favorite movie, is making a come back), scripture, and prayer... I tucked my boy in, grabbed his face, and said "Asher, I need to tell you something. Are you listening?"
"Some days are easy, huh?"
"And some days are hard."
"Yeah. Some days have bad feelings in it."
"Yeah that's true, Buddy. Some days do have bad feelings in them. But you know what?"
"I love you every day."
Asher smiled. "I love you every day too."
"Even the hard days. I love you every day."
"I love you to the moon and back."
"I love you to the sun and back!"
"No, Mom! It's not sunny, it's moony!"
"Ha! You're right. Well, I love you to infinity and beyond."
"No Mom. You have to say 'to the moon and back.'"
"Alright. I love you to the moon and back."
"I love you to the moon and back too."

PS Today at church, he told me he loved me to the temple and back.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Not a Pathological Liar

I have performed with Dick Van Dyke... twice if you count Disneyland.
I was directed and taught by John Cleese in college. He praised my acting and my British accent.
I went to acting school with Edi Gathegi (aka Laurent from the Twilight movies)
I sang at Katy Perry's 16th birthday party.
I grew up with Ryan Mendez from Yellow Card, and he married one of my good friends. I'm pretty sure he had a crush on me for a little while in High School. I'm pretty sure he would also admit to that.
One of my friends from High School married a pro football player. Right now he's with the Cards.
I was once taken to some mystery building in New York to meet a guy that produced half of all the shows on Broadway. He had a weird elevator.
I am friends with the folks who wrote the book for Sister Act the musical (which is only the latest in a long line of accomplishments for them).
I have performed for Julia Childs, Joel Schumacher (director), Fred Couples (pro golfer), and so many other "famous" people- I've lost count.
I met Jared Leto, the guys from Jimmy Eat World (regulars at my dad's old club), Kathy Bates (oscar winner!), and I'm sure I'm leaving at least 10 more notable people off that list.
My friends from college are on TV. National commercials, spots in shows, music videos... and two of the guys from my class are currently shooting a TV movie that one of them wrote.

No, I'm not lying. But when I put it all down like that, even I don't believe it. You know what's kind of funny? I don't really care. I mean, I'm glad I've had all of those experiences... but being a mom that can't get a paying acting job to save her life right now is ok. My days aren't full of excitement, but honestly, I don't think my famous friend's days are any more exciting. And I'm building little people over here, which is amazing!

John Cleese once told me that "being famous was a f***ing bore." Please excuse his language for one moment and consider... if your life is boring, having more money or fame would NOT fix things. You would still be bored.
Every once in a while I have to remind myself of this.
And please excuse the awkward picture. It isn't super flattering for either of us, but it's all I've got.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Gwen and stuff

I looked at Gwen yesterday and noticed that she is getting older. I mean, she has enough hair for pigtails, she is getting longer and bigger in general. She is no longer measuring tiny for her age. Well, except for those size 3 baby feet. And those 6 half-grown in teeth.
But she is starting to talk instead of whining for things. I love this stage in a child's life! The other day she sweetly said "Have cheese?" instead of crying and reaching at lunch. She says "that one!" and "Don't want it" (A LOT thanks to Asher) and she has said "Can I have?" for quite a while now. She knows lots of single words like belly, nose, hair, and shoes, but she is actually putting sentences together now. She loves saying all of our names, including her own. And she sings recognizable songs like "Hello, Dolly," "You are my Sunshine," and "I am a Child of God." But my favorite happened last night. She and I were playing on my bed and she put her head on my chest and said "I yov you."
Oh, my heart.

FYI: I had a birthday. I didn't post about it, but it was awesome. Dan surprised me by taking me to a nice hotel in Scottsdale for the night while our niece (and sometimes nephew) watched our kids. We went to a crazy awkward but yummy hipster place called Cowboy Ciao for dinner, we walked around the mall (but didn't even see half of it because it is HUGE) and had dessert at the Herb Box. It was great to sleep in. And then we went to a place called Dilly's Deli, then home. That is a very abridged version of what happened.