Monday, August 27, 2007


On Kyleigh's 7th birthday, August 17, 2007, we gathered at Leatherby's a local ice cream parlor to celebrate with family. She had her birthday celebration with her friends 2 nights later at a roller rink, and earlier that day, on August 19, 2007, we had a lunch celebration for Kyleigh's and Katie's birthday at Gramma Karrin's and Papa John's.

Gramma Karrin had been busy making doll clothes for Kyleigh's American Girl Doll, Brianna. Brianna was a gift from Gramma Karrin last year, and still a favorite. The orange dress used the same fabric from a dress Gramma Karrin made for Kyleigh last year. The white background/rainbow shirt with the jumper was from scraps of fabric that had probably been made into a dress for Aunt Katie when she was young girl. Gramma Karrin also made some special headbands, and a tote bag that incorporated a crazy patch ocean round robin.

Monday, August 13, 2007


Early this year, Kristen called me to ask that I get online that morning at exactly 10 a.m. to purchase tickets for Annie, at the Music Circus in Sacramento. I got online and purchased tickets at 10 a.m. on the dot. We were not really sure what sort of tickets we got, were just happy to be going. Each summer, Kristen and I take Kyleigh, sometimes Jaeger, usually her friend Robin, and sometimes Kyleigh's cousin Sarah, to a production.

Kristen, Robin, Kyleigh, Sarah and I arrived with about 5 minutes to spare to find our seats. Kristen had handed me the tickets and we went looking for our seats. Well the tickets I purchased this year were in Row B, the second row from the stage. I think we normally end up in Row L or something like that We were thrilled with our tickets and they were just perfect, as was the show. We loved Annie, it was just fantastic. This was our favorite in the 5 years we have been going. We thought we loved Beauty and the Beast, and Wizard of Oz, Joseph's Magic Technicolor Coat, and Music Man, but this was the best. Kristen said she will have me get tickets every year.

Kelsey Smith who plays Annie and Mark Zimmerman who plays Daddy Warbucks were both phenomenal, as were the rest of the cast. We had a wonderful afternoon.

Kyleigh and her cousin Sarah