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Fun Run For the Whole Family!

SEE Kids Run 2011We have a lot of runners around here! And a lot of events to choose from, but few are family-focused!

On May 7th, don’t miss out on the See Kids Run 5k and Pancake Breakfast All proceeds from the SEE KIDS RUN 5k & Pancake Breakfast benefit the Suquamish Environment Education Boosters. to help fund important educational programs for their students.

Let me spell this out:

  1. Fun family exercise time
  2. Pancakes
  3. Helping education

Sounds like a win to me!

You can register online here. If you register by April 17th, you receive a free t-shirt!
– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

Local Children’s Theatre and Teen Mentorship

Did you know that Kitsap Childrens Musical Theatre (KCMT) has been providing local youth with a positive, professional environment to learn about and perform in musical theater for more than 10 years?

The mission of the non-profit, all-volunteer organization is to be available to all young people who want to participate, regardless of background or financial standing. The theater group produces three shows a year in addition to running a very popular summer camp.

But KCMT takes it further… As a parent of children involved in KCMT, I have seen something especially wonderful about this “all-volunteer” program. Many of these volunteers are teens. They comprise the invaluable “teen staff” component of KCMT. These teens are taught and mentored not only in theater-involved responsibilities, but in skills that will benefit them as adults.

KCMT kids and teen staff

[photo credit: Scott Sorensen]

Teen staffers are given the privilege of responsibility, and of ownership in key parts of each KCMT production. There are times I have had questions about a show. My questions will often be directed to the teen in charge. It’s their job.

Sara Adams, the director of the upcoming production of 101 Dalmatians said these teen staff members put in as many hours as she – often up to 1,000 hours of volunteer time per production!

1,000 hours.

In return for their time, they get experience and Sara Adams fills out many-a-recommendation letter. The teens are regarded as a vital piece of the creative machine that is KCMT.

An example of this mentorship is the 101 Dalmatians teen staff photographer, Lauren Wolbaum. Scott Sorenson, the main KCMT photographer for many years has been been mentoring Lauren as she develops her skill as a photographer. She IS the 101 Dalmatians cast photographer. This is Lauren in action…

Teen photographer

mentoring

You can see Lauren’s 101 Dalmatians photography here, and below:

photo by Lauren Wolbaum

It would be easy to farm out the many responsibilities to parents. However, the leaders of KCMT value and recognize the skills and potential of our local young people… the potential our teens have, and the potential this opportunity grows in the future of these talented young people. Teens who had started as chorus actors are now choreographing numbers for current shows, checking in and tracking the 100 children as they walk through rehearsal doors 3 days a week, writing original scripts for the very popular summer camp, and play a huge role in running the backstage… the list is long.

All of this – right here in our own backyard! There are so many positive and good things are being planted and nurtured in our children and teens through KCMT.

We began our journey with the group because my daughter saw Willy Wonka… years later we are deeply rooted. It is exciting and encouraging as a parent – to watch teens positively impact my children, and to know there is a positive place right where we live where my children can learn and grow.

Tickets are available for 101 Dalmations! Show opens the weekend of April 8th and runs through the following weekend. Visit KCMT.org for information on how to buy tickets or how to get involved!

– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

The YOU Year?

I mean the NEW year.

I mean, really… let’s not kid ourselves… Once one has children, there is very little YOU left.

Right?

Or a lot.

Pregnancy might do that to a girl.

But I digress.

In 2011 I don’t feel particularly motivated to make it a YOU/ME year. I do need some “me time”, but I think my life needs more positive “we time”.

Less frantic moments with my kids, more permission to enjoy time with friends… maybe date my husband other than throwing on Netfilx while we sit snuggling our laptops.

I think this needs to be a WE year.

In fact, I started a We-little project that has been stirring in my heart for a few weeks now. I just need my people. I long for time to grow with others, learn from others… to laugh, to inspire and to be inspired.

I don’t need to be with others all the time. In fact, I cannot do that. People make me crazy… however, over the last couple of years I have busied my way out of people time. I need time with my people. Connecting with my people. My little people, my family people, my friend people…

mother and daughter

Happy WE Year!

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Yeah, don’t worry. I won’t be yelling that across the school parking lot. I promise.

– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

Snowmageddon?

I saw the term “snowmageddon” being used on Twitter and felt it was fitting. The snowstorm we had here the days before Thanksgiving was quite the event.

My husband’s trip home from the Bainbridge ferry took 6 hours… He walked MILES in snow. We lost power for 40 hours. Our pipes froze, but recovered without incident… We hit a car. But we fared well comparatively… Stacey took us in

And then… dear friends had their whole home flooded due to the bursting of pipes in the ceiling. My dentist’s office experienced a similar fate.

County-wide, there is story after story after story being retold… about how our Kitsap people survived and are now recovering from The Great Snowmageddon of 2010.

This is Frosty. Even he (she?) has a story…

Happy Frosty

But when I went to interview him the following day, it was really hard understanding a thing he said. I couldn’t find his mouth… nor could I find his nose ANYWHERE!

deFROSTY

We may never know the HIS full story…
– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

Mark Your Calendars! A Diaper Drive on November 14th!

baby-in-diapersDiaper drive alert!!! Please come by the front doors of Central Market in Poulsbo between the hours of 11 and 5 of Sunday, November 14th!

Bring diapers, buy diapers there or feel free to leave a donation for the purpose of buying diapers for Kitsap County families in need! The purpose is to get LOADS of diapers to have ready for a local outreach event. If you want to donate, but that day doesn’t work for you, please contact Jenny Ingram at jenny [at] gmail [dot] com…

On Saturday, November 20th… a local church (Christ Memorial Church) will be hosting Operation Day of Hope. The purpose of this event is to provide assistance and services to the needy in my local community… Kitsap County. The list of services is impressive – from basic needs to practical services to pampering.

Operation-Day-of-Hope

I want to thank Central Market for their monetary donation as well as allowing us time and space to collect diapers and share with their patrons about diaper need and how they can make a difference locally. I also want to thank my husband and friend Lisa who will be manning the table without me for a couple hours! Talk about love and commitment!

If you are local, I hope that you will be able to come by and make a donation… Another way to help would be to share this page link on Facebook, on Twitter, in email to local friends… Spread the word!

And if you are not local, but cannot be contained and just have to help some baby NOW – here is a link to Amazon wishlists for diaper banks across the country!
– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

The Top Ten Reasons This Mom Loves Back-To-School Time

back to schoolBut first… when doing a “Top Ten”… does one go from 10 to 1 or from 1 to 10?

I’m gonna count backwards. That way, I can show off my mathiness.

10. The smell. There is this “smell”. It’s not the smell of Fall, but the smell of “Fall is on it’s way.” It’s like the smell of cookies, but nature-ier.

9. New shoes. For mom. I got myself a pair. You should copy me.

8. A sense of “peace is near”… I can do anything for 9 more days. Even be with my own children. I know, I’m a saint.

7. Sunflowers.

6. School lunch snacks in the pantry. This also sucks because I am not a good resister of temptation. *raises fist to curse the Hostess snack cake*

5. The end of guilt is near. At the end of every school year I am so intent… on making sure the kids do some form of school work for X many minutes everyday… and then they will bring world peace. Well, every year I seem to lower my own bar… and at this point a teeny little red ant prolly couldn’t limbo under my intentions. So… back to school means I won’t feel guilty for undoing the previous year’s education.

4. Peace and quiet. Gloray!

3. New backpacks and school supplies. I bought extra so I could have my own stash and feel like a teacher again. I skipped on the denim overall dress though. 😉

2. A break. I love my kids, but kids are work! And much of the summer I have stayed up very late at night to do my own work. Back-to-school means I may be able to get to bed before 1 a.m. and finish the bulk of my “work life” while they are busy with learning.

1. I love Fall. And my birthday is in the Fall. So… bring it, and by “it”, I mean PRESENTS.

But enough about ME… Why do YOU look forward to “back-to-school”?

– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

The Viking Fest – 2010

Like many local families, mine enjoys many of the Viking Fest festivities.

I am still baffled, tho, as to why I still do not own my own set of horns. I almost feel like traitor to my beloved FauxWegian town.

Oh well. I won’t be tarred and feathered. Why? Because I support local business. A lot.

sluys

Hips don’t lie.

Also, I force my children to be active members in the community. Parents of active community members are never tarred and feathered.

kid's race

We told our 5 year old if she lost the 25 yard dash, it would make mommy and daddy cry.

After the “race” where “everybody wins” *whatever*… kids are so childish… we headed to the carnival where my 5 year old forced me to ride the ferris wheel. Clearly, I was the rational one.

ferris wheel ferris wheel

And then there is the parade… It was an all-family event this year. I don’t mind tho, it gives my public an opportunity to cheer for me. I love having an opportunity to give back…

parade

Wait. I think this was supposed to be for the children. Whatever.

Oh Viking Fest! What are you without funnel cake and cotton candy?

funnel cake

cotton candy

*Om Nom Nom*

And of course… the Lutefisk eating contest. What would FauxWegia be without her beloved lutefisk eating contest??? Each of the 7 lucky participants got to “eat” 2 pounds of lutefisk. *gag gag gag*

lutefisk eating contest

There were 7 contestants. 6 men, 1 woman. I was pretty proud of my female representative. She took third place… and $25 bucks and a belly filled with 2 pounds of lutefisk.

Personally, I’d rather go home with 2 pounds of funnel cake in my belly.

And I almost did!!! If it wasn’t for that meddling scone, iced coffee, corn dog, curly fries and ice cream cone *raises fist to sky*.

– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

Missing Socks… I Have Had It!

If anyone out there doesn’t have a problem with single socks going missing, please leave. I take that back. You can stay, but I think you are weird.

Or have super-powers.

After watching the video below one might make the conclusion that I have a bit of a hoarding problem.

On the contrary… I believe I am a woman of hope. Just like love… shouldn’t pairs of sock last forever? Or at least until the heel wears away…?

Making the below video opened mine eyes to the hopelessness of matchmaking…  and the day after making the following video – all of the matchless socks that made their video debut — made themselves a cozy home in the trash.

Please tell me this whole missing-sock conspiracy isn’t all about me? I want fame to be all about me, but I don’t think I could handle it if Socks had a personal vendetta against me.

– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.

Sexy Too Soon?

parentmapIs six the new 16? When did 8-year-olds start wearing glitter makeup and skimpy skirts? And why do 6-year-olds prefer Hannah Montana and High School Musical to Curious George and The Electric Company? Popular culture bombards us – and our children – with sexy images, clothing, toys, Web sites, downloadable music and TV shows that, once upon a time, would have made any 13-year-old blush. — ParentMap Lecture Series Page

What are your thoughts?

On Wednesday night (April 14) ParentMap is hosting another installment of their Pathways Lecture Series for Parents…

pathways

Sexy Too Soon? Body Image, Media and Self-Esteem. I will be hopping on the ferry Wednesday to be there and I hope some others from Kitsap can make it too.

I will be joining some fabulous co-social media mommies. We will gettin’ our Twitter on as we take on a special role ans the blogger panel at the event.

I am @jennyonthespot over there on the Twitter. And I am so excited about the incredible group of gals who are doing their finger endurance exercises in preparation for the event and will be warming the seats next to me:

Taraneh Guidry — Seattle Mommy (@SeattleMommy)
Giyen Kim — Bacon is My Enemy (@Giyen)
Maya Bisineer — thinkmaya (@ThinkMaya)
Leslie Flinger — Mrs. Flinger (@MrsFlinger)
Mandy Morrison — Harper’s Happenings (@teammandy)
Jen Zug — This Pile (@jenzug)

We will be using the hashtag #sexytoosoon. You can visit the ParentMap Facebook fan page that night and read our tweets and even texts of those joining the conversation. So, if you can’t be there in body, you can be there via the web!

Let’s talk! Are our children being sexy too soon?
– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.