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Mar 20 2017

Wonka World

Posted by Mugs @ 1:20 pm in Church,CYT,Family,Music,school

The Manry Clan has been residing in Wonka World since January. It is truly wonderful in Wonka World where Zeke performs Oompa Loompa dances in his light up shoes and Gabe “Thinks Positive” and sings to “Cheer Up Charlie.”

It’s a pretend world, of course, and I wouldn’t recommend telling Gabe to think positive or cheer up today. (School still starts on Monday morning at 0800 for actors and audience alike.)

CYT’s Wonka World has many bright spots and many laughs and although there are moments when the room gets uncomfortably smaller, CYT families go to sleep and wake up pretending it was all a happy dream Mostly happy, but with some drama thrown in to keep it interesting. We can convince you that life in the theater is all smiles – we are thespians after all. (James Talley always refers to Gabe and Zeke as thespians and to me as a thespian mom which makes me and Kristen laugh.)

My favorite bright spots so far were discovering a CYT dad in a velvet jacket and bow tie vacuuming the auditorium for me, watching a CYT mom take orders at IHOP when we reserved for 30 people and 76 people showed up, and listening to Dale yell and cheer when he won the cupcake raffle. Someone is always pitching in and helping out and cheering you on.

Please join us in Wonka World if you can. There are 4 more shows this weekend. And if you’re feeling adventurous, sign your kids up for CYT. You won’t regret it. (Except maybe when you are driving home from ihop after midnight in the pouring rain.)

Jan 10 2017

The Backpacks of Life

Posted by Mugs @ 8:35 pm in Family,school,Sightseeing

Abby has dreamed of studying abroad in sunny Spain since high school. Today, she boarded a plane with a backpack full of dreams, school supplies and a box of mike and ikes. I watched her go – happy that her grand adventure had begun and sad that our precious daughter would now be far, far away.

It recalled to mind the day I boarded a plane to New Jersey to raise my hand for Uncle Sam’s offer to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States…” I had a suitcase in hand, but the Army helpfully issued me a backpack and all the gear I would need for my grand adventure.

Abby, on the other hand, spent several days trying to decipher which items were essential to cram inside her backpack for a semester in Europe. When the backpack, looking too fat, was brought down this morning, she finally let me see inside.

How do you explain to a future Elementary School Teacher that three coloring books and a box of crayons really are not essential items for traveling?


Aug 25 2016

First Day of School

Posted by Mugs @ 2:45 pm in Family,school

Yesterday was the first day of school for Gabe and Zeke. Can you guess who was happy to go back and who was not?

May 29 2016

Flags of Remembrance

Posted by Mugs @ 9:59 pm in Family,school,Sightseeing

Fredericksburg National Cemetery invited Zeke’s 6th grade class to help place flags on the graves in preparation for Memorial Day. The class met with a Park Ranger who explained to them that Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who died in battle in defense of the United States. 15,000 Union soldiers from the civil war who died in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Courthouse are buried in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Some graves are marked with names or initials, but the majority of the soldiers names are unknown. Many of the graves have 10 – 12 unknown soldiers buried in them.

The ranger showed the class how to place their foot against the gravestone to measure the distance for flag placement, and how to push the flag into the ground at the bottom to avoid snapping the pole. The students were handed bundles of flags to place down a row of headstones. Zeke hiked back periodically to get more bundles. The class worked efficiently and finished the task in less than an hour.

I was blessed to be with Zeke during this act of service to honor those whose sacrifice has kept our country free.

May 17 2016

Ramblin’ Wreck

Posted by Mugs @ 8:36 pm in Family,school,Sightseeing

Gabe’s first College Tour happened on April Fools Day. We stopped by Georgia Tech on our way home from Louisiana. It’s definitely a place for math/science guys and gals. I laughed at the staircase designed to mimic Harry Potter’s Grand Staircase and the water slide and lazy river in the gymnasium (installed at the request of the student body.) During the day, a steam whistle calls the students to class. Long ago, it called the students to work in the shop, but today’s students no longer spend their mornings in the classrooms and their afternoons working in the shop. However, Mechanical Engineering is still the largest department in the school.

The campus is a mix of red brick buildings and modern glass structures with a remarkable amount of green space for downtown Atlanta. My favorite part of the day was when the glee club sang “Ramblin Wreck” for us. Our tour guide explained that those who drive the Ramblin Wreck (1930 Ford Model A) around campus and onto the football field must also be able to jump out and fix it when it breaks down. Gabe is now an officially licensed driver. We’ve encouraged him to spend the next two years training to be a mechanic.