The Grinch – Don’t Miss It!

Get your date book out because you don’t want to miss this performance!  On Saturday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m., Ballet Huntsville and the Academy of Classic Arts will present “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in The New Building at Trinity United Methodist Church on Airport Road in Huntsville.

Don't Miss It!

Tickets are $15.00 for general seating and $12.00 for children ages 4 through 12 years. Children 3 years old and under are FREE but do need a ticket. To order your tickets please contact Michelle Bendickson via e-mail, michelle.bendickson@knology.net or call her at (256) 325-4787.

This is a great ballet, newly choreographed for the 2009 Christmas season by Clinton and Carrie Rothwell. The kids who danced in it last year had a blast. The coveted part for this ballet seems to be that of the little dog that the Grinch used so badly. Victoria will be a Who again this year, a part she greatly enjoyed dancing last year.

This is only the second time that this ballet has been performed in Huntsville, and as far as I know right now it will be the last. Do not put off going because you think you can see it next year. Sadly, the Rothwells are moving back to California and Ballet Huntsville/ACA will no longer exist. That means that you’ll need to take something else off your calendar that you know will happen again next year and come watch this lively and fun performance in the wonderful facility at Trinity. You’ll laugh quite a bit, and you might just cry a little, and you’ll be so glad you made this one of the to-dos on your list this holiday season.

Legal at Last…Well, Almost

Nathanael has finally turned 18!  He’s been counting the days for months now.  The closer his birthday got, the more excited he got because he knew he would at last be old enough to do what he wanted to do.  Of course, now that the day has come, and gone, he’s not really mentioned doing anything different from what he normally would do. 

November 2 was election day and he was hoping to vote but didn’t get registered in time.  Election day has always figured prominently in his life since he was born just eight minutes before election day 1992.  He was coming bottom end first so an emergency C-Section was in order.  This allowed the doctor to deliver him before election day as requested by his dad.  There was a reason for that request but we won’t go into that here.

Hard at Work!

From a young age Nathanael always wanted to help.  He helped both inside and outside the house.  Outside seems to have won over and he can be found there more often than not clearing brush from the property line or mowing the yard.  Of course, the yard has to be mowed just right or he’s not happy.  Many a visitor has commented on how nice the lawn looks and that can usually be attributed to Nathanael’s hard work.

Nathanael has always been an intense child to say the least.  His dad knew he’d have his work cut out for him in finding ways to keep his son occupied as he aged.  When Nathanael expressed an interest in learning how to “clap” his feet like the dancers on The Lawrence Welk Show, we enrolled him in a summer combo class that taught tap, tumbling, and ballet.  He enjoyed himself so much that we continued his dance classes on into fall.  When a couple opened a gymnastics center in town we enrolled him in that too.  The rest, as they say, is history. 

Great Party!

For many years Nathanael danced in the Nutcracker as a Party Boy.  He also danced the role of Fritz, the Nutcracker, a tall mouse, and lastly the Rat King.  Of course we couldn’t help but give him a hard time and let him know how appropriate the title of King Rat was where he was concerned. 

He took a break from dance but eventually went back to it and danced for Ballet Huntsville under the direction of Clinton Rothwell.  There is a video on YouTube of “Concerto”.  It’s a bit on the blurry side but you’ll get the idea.  The last dance that he was in, “Journey,” was this past spring.  This was a contemporary ballet, but it was impressive nonetheless.  Nathanael was still recovering from ACL surgery and didn’t dance the whole time, but what he did dance was amazing even to me, and no, I’m not being biased here.  I wish I had a photo but do not at the moment.  If I ever get one I’ll be sure to add it to this post.

At the same time Nathanael was dancing he was also doing gymnastics.  He was the All Around Alabama State Champion (gold medalist) in 2006.  This meant that he was able to take his mom to Charleston , SC for regionals.  It was a great trip and Nathanael did well at regionals despite his nervousness.  

In 2007 he placed fourth because of a rip that happened at the state meet.  Rips are big blisters that pop and when a gymnast is going around on the bars the skin is ripped from the palms of the hands.  Trying to continue on with raw skin is very painful and the last thing one wants to have happen at a meet.  Placing fourth meant that he was not able to go to regionals for that year, but that was okay since he would have had to compete on a Sunday morning and we did not do Sunday morning meets.  Missing church for gymnastics was not an option.

Coach Nathanael

He now coaches at the gym where he grew up for the most part and has been doing so for the past three years.  Since he’s working with young chidren, ages 4 and up, it isn’t always an easy job.  Then there are the cheerleaders.  You’d think that working with cheerleaders would be a young man’s dream come true, but sometimes that dream is more like a nightmare, especially when a cheerleader crashes and burns into him.  Needless to say, he’s been kicked in the head by an out-of-control tumbler more than once.  Hmmm…maybe that explains some things.

Bub's Baby

Last summer Nathanael met his first love.  He had been looking for quite a while, meeting with disappointment on several occasions.  At last, he found just what he wanted…well, almost.  He’s spent quite a bit of time and way too much money (and he’s not done yet) on his “baby” but it doesn’t seem to matter to him.  He’s still very much in love.

Sharp Dressed Man!

This spring he joined his sister for a formal that was given for homeschooled students.  Seeing him all dressed up in his new suit made me realize just how old he is now.  He’s no longer that chubby cheeked little blond haired boy that served us breakfast in bed with make believe food.  He’s all grown up.  He’s had a haircut since this photo which makes him look even older.  I try not to think about it lest I burst into tears. 

Where did the years go?  I don’t feel any older, but my children have certainly gotten older.  While looking for photos to post here I took a walk down memory lane, all the way back to when Nathanael was about four years old.  There are days that I wish he were that age again.  There are other days, like when he’s playing his classical guitar music, that my chest swells with pride.  He plays very well, and I’m always amazed at how he gets so many notes out of just six strings.  Yes, he’s grown into a fine young man and we’re very proud of him and of his accomplishments.  I hope he stays around for a few more years because I don’t know what we’ll do without him.  I mean, who’s going to mow all this yard?

Happy 18th birthday Bub!  May you grow into the man you need to be to face the challenges that lay ahead for your generation.

Donuts Anyone?

23 Great Projects!

We just received the newest edition of Better Homes & Gardens “Quilts and More” for Winter.  I love these publications because they’re always full of fun and easy projects.  This issue is no exception.  The two projects that immediately caught my eye on the front cover were the donut pincushions and the owl purse.  After checking them both out they’re now on my long list of things to do.

The donut pincushions are shown with a variety of “toppings” and are made from felt. We have lots of wool felt in stock as well as embroidery floss for the embellishments. They are approximately 4″ in diameter and making just one donut would be like trying to eat just one donut. Rarely can it be done…The owl purse is just too cute. The finished size is 6″x7″ and it has a zipper to keep everything from falling out. The directions give you an easy way of putting in that zipper so don’t discount making one just because you’ve never put one in before. Another version is shown with large rick-rack making it look like an Easter egg. This would be a great project to make with young sewers. The compliments that they’re sure to get when they show off their finished bag will only make them more enthusiastic about sewing future projects with you. The other projects include quilts, throws, pot holders in two styles, a tree made from terra cotta pots, jumbo soft blocks for the baby, placemats, and purchased apron decorating ideas, etc. With the gift giving season close at hand you’ll want these patterns in hand so you’ll have gifts ready to give on hand. How handy is that!?

10 Adorable Designs!

New from Leisure Arts is “Work & Play – Redwork Through the Day” which has 10 designs by Dolores Storm of Lakadaisies.  These adorable redwork designs have been offered as individual patterns in the past, but now you can get all 10 for just under $1.00 each.  Redwork  is so easy to do and another great project idea for young stitchers.  How can you resist those sweet faces?

December Table Runner

The last pattern in Cotton Way’s Fresh and Fancy table runner series is now here.  The “December Table Runner” has two wreaths and embroidery on one side and Merry Christmas embroidered on the other side.  Deciding which side to turn up when will be one tough decision.  If you have missed one of the patterns in this series give me a call.  I’m pretty sure we still have at least one of every pattern in stock.  If not I can always order more.

Cute Perpetual Calendar

Miss Martha is all excited about the new Art to Heart book “Count on It” and has already started stitching.  She wants to offer this as one of her monthly projects for 2011.  If you would like to participate please let us know ASAP.  We will begin on the second Saturday in December so you can start using your calendar in January.  In addition to monthly blocks there are blocks for special occasions like birthdays, Easter, or counting down the days ’till.  Miss Martha is SOLD on this one and you don’t want to miss out!  
That’s all for now.  We’re just waiting for the next truck…

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