Thursday, August 11, 2011

the puppet show. my mustache show.

thanks for all your encouragement on that last post. seriously, my husband and i both read through all of them and felt understood. thank you, thank you, uhthankyou.

now i'm not sure how to transition from that to this confession. so here goes:

i am a certified puppeteer. why are you laughing? in highschool i went to(read: was dragged to) BRANSON, missoura by our church's children's ministry directors. and along with 200 complete wierdos and possible aliens, was taught the ends and outs of puppetting. it was frightening and i was concerned for my soul. especially when the speaker said, i want you to look at your puppet and just let a voice come out. let your puppet voice shine! they all started talking to their puppets in accents/baby voices/the voice you use with your dog/scary movie voices. this is when i excused myself to the bathroom for the 30th time. where i could laugh freely. and then cry. cell phones were still in brief cases at this point so i couldn't take a picture to show you in a future blog post.

when we left that conference finally, i swore to never look at another puppet in the eyes again. but things have changed. i am a mother now, my heart has softened toward puppets.

so with all that said, i've been thinking about that one post where i told all yall's to better moms. i have tried and failed a million times. but hey, i'm trying. i'm aware that my kids are little only once. and that they are my main job.so i've been setting down the iphone and being present with my kids.

of course, because the Lord has a sense of humor and wanted to tangibly show me that my phone was a distraction, lila painted on it. but whatever. material things... material things, i tell myself. after i yelled at her.

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here's what happens when you stop looking at your kids as interruptions.

you take a box from your basement and cut a window in it.
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you paint that bad boy. you eventually strip your kids down. of course, you do forget to put some plastic down...apparently acrylic paint doesn't just come off brick with the rain. hmmm. lesson learned.
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you find some fun socks. from the laundry that you haven't put away. laundry can wait. which is good, because i never do laundry, so it's like my excuse when nato comes home. babe, i was being a good mom.

you never do laundry.

exactly, that's how awesome of a mom i am.

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hot glue some stuff on them(your socks, not your kids. MOM JOKE). layne's doll was french so he obviously needed a mustache. lila's puppet was a scragglepuff. so it needed random hair. like hers.
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my puppet obviously had a very stylish haircut. like my own. what? oh stop it, thankyou.

now if you're going to have a puppet show, the puppets must become aquainted with one another. they must be able to play off eachother's ques and be one step ahead of the audience. find a comfortable place, such as a pillow, and let them stare at each other longingly.

i don't even know what that means. i just keep typing things...
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then, with great anticipation, the puppet show begins.
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Je m'appelle layne. haw hawwww. (like when french people laugh. hawwhawww. i don't know how one spells somehting like that.)

lila screams with laughter.

and puppet show ends rather abruptly when the stage falls over approximately 30 seconds later.
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now the important thing here is that you don't yell, YOU GUYS ARE RUINING ALL OUR HARD WORK!
this is something i did and then realized i was being a fun hater.

we took our puppet show to a couple neighbors. knocked on the door and then waited while we muffled our laughter.
they're going to love his moo-stash, layne whisper-laughs.

they're going to cry when they see my real mustache, layne. i haven't waxed in a while. and i know the sunlight is highlighting the million hairs.

when they napped, i snapped this picture. gosh, kids are so bothersome with all their messing stuff up. hahahaha...phew...wait, what? no. yes.
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but it's the best way to do this. put the box on some benches/chairs, and throw a sheet over that. so they don't have to me smooshed together in a small box possibly hyperventilating.

we had fun though. and i'll tell you. you're going to be exhausted at the end of the day whether you intentionally parent, or parent on autopilot. so i say, at least make some memories whilst being exhausted.

plan something fun for the day and go with it. target can wait. so can the laundry. forever. the laundry can wait forever.

34 comments:

  1. oh, i looooove this. now i will patiently await you and a team of puppet people coming to redeemer to entertain my own three year old. ha! bravo for the intentionality...you are an encouragement and its fun to be your friend :)

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  2. I literally ha-ha'd out loud when I saw laynes cute french, flamingo sock! How cute

    You really are a great mommy.

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  3. My super(probably an alien)mom did this kind of stuff for us all the time. My childhood was amazing. I hope I too can someday be as cool of a mom as you are Jami!

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  4. I just love the kitchen table you keep your laundry on. Wait a second, this is suspicious. There was no laundry there Monday!

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! pinning it so i'll remember for when my boy is bigger:)

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  6. I laughed so hard at this! I too struggle with sun-induced facial hair issues! I've been reading your blog for a while and I just wanted to thank you for writting it. It is the most entertaining thing I read all day.

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  7. just gotta say it, this looks like fun!
    I actually took a puppetry class for my major & I love them- although your conference person sounds a little wacky :)
    Puppets can teach kids how to think of characters, act out feelings, learn lessons, be creative, and perform. Plus, they are inexpensive and fun!
    And ohmygoodness whisper-talking is the best!
    P.S. Yay for first comment!!

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  8. bahahaha!! love the pic of the two on stage & you can only see layne with lila's tiny hand :)...i can totally hear layner say "moo-stash!!"

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  9. Holy smokes!! How fun....you are such a fun mom! And the laundry can TOTALLY wait! Not sold on the puppeteer thing though :)

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  10. Haw. haaaawwww. I heard the French laughter. Loved it all!

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  11. Okay so while I'm super impressed with your puppeterring skills... I am even more impressed with your CLEAN FLOORS?!! Hello! Did you photo shop those? Be honest. And if not, how would you feel about coming over to clean mine. I'll put on a puppet show for the kids. I promise.

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  12. never mind the laundry, i'm just *jawfloor* that you can take such low angle shots of your wooden floors and there isn't ONE SINGLE speck of "crumb confetti".
    how???

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  13. Guys...you are funny to notice the floors. I clean them once a month. Seriously, it's just a good angle and some mystical lighting I guess? LOL. have no clue.

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  14. Fun stuff!! You're a fun momma! Your's will definitely be THE house to hang out at when they are older...one of my main goals in life!

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  15. Oh Jami...you're SOOOO Branson and you know it. I know you go down there once a month to perform with all those crazies. Stop trying to pretend you don't.

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  16. i read this post this morning and forgot to comment. i will slap myself three times for the sin i have committed. your puppet has big lips like you. i commend you for your skillful sock selection. say that five times fast. skillful sock selection...skillful sock selection...

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  17. this post made me realize that i am a party pooper a lot of times and that i don't buy cool enough socks for my kids to wear. the plain white ones with grey toes and heels would make for grumpy old white men sock puppets not cool french puppets with a-symetrical hair.

    note to self: buy cuter socks to use for sweet memories in the near future.

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  18. Absolutely loVe your humore. I'm dying
    Over here! Hawwww!

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  19. So fun! You are such a great mom.
    Oh wanna know what else your great at....getting songs stuck in my head.
    Pull a stiring and I'll Sing for you.I'm your puppet.
    Geez why do I associate every stinkin thing with a song.

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  20. i have to admit that whenever i see a new post from you i get all giddy and excited. you crack me up! and i feel ya on the waxing issue. i have been a little busy to make it to the salon..so i am avoiding sunlight! great idea. looks like the kids had a great time. way to go, mom! you rock.

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  21. good stuff. and I was laughing a lot about the mustache...only because I totally know what you mean. :)

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  22. I will join you in confessing that I too endured puppet training. Were you encouraged to practice in the car with your hand against the roof of the car so you could learn to just move the bottom part of your hand? Anyway, cool puppet stage and stuff. I bet they had loads o'fun. We have a puppet box in our playroom and my kids go on puppet show sprees where I get to watch puppet show marathons sometimes. Don't be jealous.

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  23. Love this! Just goes to show ... the creative process is part of the fun :)

    Your puppet theater turned out amazing!

    ♥ Cat brideblu

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  24. one minor detail i noticed: did Huxley get a trim?! love the puppets!
    come to colorado.

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  25. i love this up one side and down the other! amen amen on choosing to jump in and be intentional with kids...it makes things more interesting/fun for you and them...and times also passes more quickly on those long days.

    also, i soo bet you are the greatest puppeteer (wanna sing mickey mouse with the mousekateers) ever because i can totally hear your voice/humor in this blog...always entertaining.

    thanks for sharing :)

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  26. mmmm o.k. DO. YOU. REMEMBER. A church that did a VERRRY dramatic puppet presentation to "Arise My Love" where the puppet angels flew all around and the Jesus puppet came out of the puppet tomb while the strobe light flashed? No? Well, that was the puppet group from my home church and they went to that missouri thing every year and won all kinds of trophies and what not. thanks for this funny post.

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  27. you better believe it was magical! sorry you missed it.

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  28. You stinkin' inspire me! Just wish I could have had that inspiration 30 years ago.....it's not wasted though....I have grandkids!

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  29. Okay can I say I just ran my finger over my moo-stash and realized oops I forgot to wax that peach fuzz away!! :P
    Seriously though I would have said the same thing about ruining it, and I promise to not do that when we make this tomorrow!!! :) LOVE IT!!!

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  30. lately ive felt like nothing can wait- not laundry, not target. boo to that. tomorrow we are doing something fun!

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  31. That looks so cute :) Nice way to keep kids busy!

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