Romeo and Juliet 09

Here’s a slideshow from Jack’s performance at Central Park last night. They did Romeo and Juliet, and you have not REALLY seen Romeo and Juliet until you’ve seen the balcony scene done as a “rap”! They included songs from Journey, Queen, and Michael Jackson along with the Taylor Swift selection that accompanies the slideshow. It was only about 30 minutes long – Michael said it was the “Cliff Notes” version, and the death scenes were HILARIOUS! Juliet’s was, “Oh, a dagger!” stab, fall down. A few of the professionals who were performing Romeo and Juliet for the big crowds later that night sat next to us, and they got a big kick out of the whole thing. The swordfights were especially funny since the kids “trash talked” each other during them! Juiet was a girl named Carmen who Jack was in a play with last year, and Romeo was a boy named Ryan who auditioned with Jack for a musical last weekend. The cute little girl in the blue headband is Hannah, who was in Twinderella with Jack, and she cracked everyone up with her enthusiastic “air drums”. He’s made friends with so many fantastic kids doing these plays and camps – I can’t wait for the next one!

Final Rehersal

Jack was just doing some last-minute practicing for the swordfight scenes. Sam does a fabulously dramatic death scene until she starts wagging her tail! Aaron and Catherine are out celebrating their six-month anniversary (AWWW!) and Michael has been killing things in the backyard with the chainsaw. I start my online photo-editing class Monday, so hopefully I will be posting some cool pics here soon!


Here’s a scrumptious recipe from my sister-in-law Marcia, source of the Killer Potato Salad and Buffalo Chicken Dip recipes that are my go-to recipes for potlucks. She calls them “Strawberry Cheesecake Bites” and says if you use medium strawberries 4 berries is only one Weight Watchers point. Can you tell the guys and I ate a few points worth before I took the picture? We just wanted to make sure they tasted as good as they looked!

  • Remove stems, wash, and THOROUGHLY dry your strawberries, then hollow them out a bit or split them to make room for a bit of filling.
  • The filling is 8 oz. cream cheese (softened), 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and 2 Tbsp lemon juice.
  • Stuff in some filling and then dip the top of each berry in graham cracker crumbs.


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