Monday, April 09, 2007

Photo Essay - A Birthday, A Wedding and Easter

I'm a few weeks behind with my photo essays, due to the end of semester pressure. WhileI still have about 20 papers to grade for the history class I am a teaching assistant for, I decided to spend Gunnar's nap-time today updating everyone in the blogosphere on what we've been up to.

It was my 36th birthday on March 24, but from this photo you'd assume it was Gunnar's. Not that I'm complaining. Having a son who loves Superman as much as his dad results in some mad loots from Gramma Judy...observe, Superman bath gel, socks, underwear, backpack, coloring book, pyjamas, and a flashlight. Too cool. In addition, Gunnar and Jenica gave me Season 1 of Superman: The Animated Series, which Gunnar and I finished watching earlier today.

Of course, not all the Superman stuff is "cool" per se. Check out Gunnar's favorite hat. He hates hats in general, but we couldn't get this one off him for very long all that weekend. Gramma Judy just has a sixth sense for cool kid stuff.

Grampa Lutz got in some reading time as well. Spent the whole birthday weekend with my folks; we'd intended to go to a Dinosaur exhibit at West Edmonton Mall, but it had closed down the week before.

The next weekend, Jenica, Gunnar and the Reese clan drove to C-town for a family wedding. I opted to stay home and spent my whole weekend in the basement working on school projects, mainly a presentation on Blade Runner, which turned out to be one of the best I've ever done. Here's a photo of Cousin Caden, Grandpa Dan and Gunnar enjoying their time in Calgary while I'm slaving away alone in my dungeon.

Then came the Intermennonite Good Friday Service at the Myer Horowitz theater. Good friend Michael Buttrey and I had been working on the musical elements of this service since February. We spent Thursday night setting up all the music gear, the puppet stage and choir risers. The following photo is of Dave Howard and I sound checking our instruments and microphones.

And here we are again, from the other side. Dave and I are always getting mistaken for brothers, which is pretty cool if you know Dave. There are worse people in the universe to be mistaken as kin for.

Speaking of kin, here is half of the puppet team; the Taniguchi ladies - Allison, Sue, and Erin, going over the script with one of the puppet cast.

The morning of Good Friday, we rehearsed with the choir, directed by Bruce Baergen. The soloist in front is Kayla Ryckman, Dave's lady friend.

Dave again. I included this photo because it includes the screen in the background - in addition to playing bass, singing, organizing the puppet team and coordinating with the Myer Horowitz technicians, I got to do up a bunch of powerpoint slides as well. It was a lot of work, but the end result was very positive, and it felt like the service I've been waiting five years to do.

Things are never too hectic though that you can't stop to smell the roses. Gunnar presented his Mom with a yellow rose for Easter, but given how much he loves flowers, had a tough time parting with it, despite its thorny stem.

Cousin Caden, Gunnar and Daddy having a conversation with a little bird about how the weather seems to be improving while we wait for Easter dinner to be ready.

A little bunny wishing you all a Happy Easter season; remember, it lasts all the way to Pentecost Sunday in June!

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