Joseph, Joseph, is it really you?

Opening night of Joseph- last night- was AMAZING! And I am not just a proud Momma- which I am, and Samuel was phenomenal- but the entire production was simply wonderful.  Here are a few photos before and after the show- none allowed during…

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Nice.  Right before he went in.  That is a pile of Thank You cards Sammy chose and wrote for his directors.  Too sweet.

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after the show.  who is the ham now??

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signing autographs for his fans! (THANKS Mr. and Mrs. Castor and Mr. and Mrs. Kersh!! XOXO)
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Our favorite fans!! : )
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So proud of our sweet Samuel Scott.
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A little look….

into our summer!

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A sweet Birthday party from our friends at our FLOCK.
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some of our friends!
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Happy Birthday!!
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Sweet Jude loves the cupcakes!
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So does Will!
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our new friend, Anthony- at the Joseph Photo Shoot
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It is red and yellow and green and brown….
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Couldn't she stand still?? LOL, Miss Diana.  So sweet and cute!
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Ready for our first "Benihana" like dinner!!
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Happy Birthday Michael!!
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Uh-oh
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FIRE!
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Happy Birthday!!

A month (or two) of Birthdays

July is chock full of birthdays in the Markmiller/Bradbury family.  It all kicks off on the 5th, with my Dad, then mine on the 7th, Katie Mei on the 8th, my sweet niece Carson on the 10th, my sister Meg on the 11th, my most amazingly wonderful husband today, the 12th, my brother in law on the 14th….and then my sister Amy in Aug, the 20th.  PHEW!  It amazes me sometimes how we all have birthdays bunched up together.  

We have had a great weekend here!  Went to dinner for Kids Night Out on Friday night with two other couples from our small group. (FLOCK)  We had a great time eating yummy food and laughing together.  It surprises me sometimes with the blessings we see pouring down on us.  Then yesterday, Michael had to work a little bit- so the kids and I ran out and got daddy some birthday cards, and then home to clean up the house for our very first dinner party (ok, so shut up, yes, we ordered pizza, but that counts right??)!  Our FLOCK has smaller groups called Suppers For Six- or something like that if there are more- Date for 8??  And we had the honor of hosting the Woodards and the Caldwells!  We had such a great time- and all told there were 14 kids running around our home.  It was awesome.

I was so worried coming out here.  About making friends.  It is not easy for me. I am such a big homebody.  My comfort comes from familiarity, from coziness and warmth found in the friends who know me well.  Moving here I was scared out of my socks without any friends here. Now, we are in a place where I can say that I am so thankful, and my socks, are firmly on my feet- and getting cozy.

Michael's birthday is today!  I cannot say to my sweet husband how very blessed I am to call him my best friend.  I love you Michael!  Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!

I am uploading photos so I will post some tomorrow!  Have a great evening.

Summertime

I know I have neglected our blog for so long.  I am kind of at a stand still thoughts wise with what to blog about.  Our summer is in FULL swing.  Joseph is in production- well- rehersal.  Sam goes everyday- 10am-5pm.  He is LOVING it.  I love seeing his face when we pick him up.  He was picked to be in the publicity photos with the leads yesterday- there were about 6 kids there.  IT was awesome.  I have to sing the praises of both leads- Anthony and Diana were wonderful with the kids.  Anthony and the kids did an impromptu performance of the colors. (Which are MANY) They all got them.  Then my sweet Sammy asked Anthony if he could come over for dinner.  He was so sweet to watch.  And Anthony could not have been nicer- and says before he leaves town he would love to.  Heh.

Jack is enjoying summer to the fullest.  Swimming is one of our favorite activities- Jack especially.  He is changing daily. We just got his schedule and homeroom for 6th grade.  6th GRADE!  I cannot fathom that he is that old.  He still is a sweet, childlike innocent almost 11 year old.  For that, I am so thankful.  That is one huge difference we have noticed living here in Oklahoma- kids are encouraged to be kids.  For as long as possible.  Not teenagers in 10 year old bodies. I am so very thankful we moved here when he did.  Jack can spend at least a few more summers catching frogs.  : )

Katie Mei.  Lovely sweet Katie Mei- is loving swimming as well.  She has really taken off in her swimming, thanks, Papa.  And she is goofy.  She loves making people laugh.  I just cannot believe that she is 5.  Ready for kindergarten.  My baby.

Ok, so here we are.  And here are a couple of old photos I saw recently that made my heart ache for a trip to China.

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To our sweet baby girl….

Happy Happy Happy Birthday to our sweet Katie Mei.  I cannot believe you are 5 years old.  You are the greatest gift to our family.  We are so blessed that we are your Momma and Daddy and brothers.  We love you with all our hearts.  Wo Ai Ni Jingying.

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Go Go Go Joe!

Well, we are in production!  Sammy has started Camp Joseph in preparation for his BIG debut as part of the Children's Ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!  So, today he met the other kids- got to meet the director- who was in the DVD with Donny Osmond- he played Judah- which just happened to be our very favorite brother…and Sam also got to meet Joseph and the Narrator….

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Anthony Federov is Joseph

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Diana Degarmo as the Narrator.

Of course, Sam had NO clue who they were, but he was SO happy and excited when we picked him up today.  I was listening to him tell his stories of meeting friends, eating lunch, and learning songs- and watching his face while he bubbled over telling me everything- and I was so excited and happy for him.  And proud of his courage to walk into a possibly very intimidating situation- and being Samuel (no Sammy by the way, he asked for that)….completely happy and at ease.  Gosh.  Kids growing up to quickly over here at the Markmiller homestead.

Tomorrow, is the day before Katie Mei's 5th Birthday!  I CANNOT BELIEVE she will be 5.  That is another huge milestone.  And tomorrow, some new sweet friends are making lunch for me- as well as slip and slides and water balloons.  Should I be nervous?  I don't know- but I do know one thing- I am so BLESSED with friends.  It is amazing.