Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Next Project...

All throughout my childhood, I spent hours each day dreaming, planning, and scheming. I wanted to put on plays and concerts. I wanted to host my own Olympics. I wanted to organize a summer camp. My mother would just smile and say, 'That's nice, dear.' She allowed me to plan away.

Not much has changed. I still plan, dream, and scheme. Now that I'm an adult, however, I have the choice to actually follow through. I don't always do so, but the choice is there.

Is there a dream from your childhood you've made come true in your adulthood? Or hope to in the future? I have two friends who spent their childhoods dreaming of horses. Both friends have taken riding lessons as an adult.

When we first looked at our current house to consider purchasing it, I took one look at an awkward, purposeless porch on the side and knew it was meant to be a stage. An amphitheater. I immediately imagined an orchestra pit, a ticket booth, an audience in the grass, the works.

If you look at the picture above, the narrow pathway sneaks to the left of the front porch, leading to the future theater. Right now it is a useless and unfinished porch, though it was originally the location of the front door before the previous owners remodeled. It is currently used as a convenient dumping ground. The house needs to be painted...lots of things on the to-do list.

Every amphitheater needs a center aisle leading to the stage, yes? How about a gentle slope of green grass leading up to a fire pit? Check.
This next photo is the view from the stage. The lower lawn to the left is the swinging area under the willow tree.
Oh, look, a sweet boy is bringing the diva a bouquet of flowers. Lovely. Roots and all. Don't you think that old shed should be painted and turned into a dressing room?
This is the orchestra pit. Come on. Use your imaginations!
See the old trellis. It screams 'ticket booth' to me. Isn't that just what you were thinking?
There you have it: my July project. Yes, I'm perfectly aware that it isn't yet July. Seeing that I've been behind on all my other projects, I thought I would get a head start on this one. Do dreaming, planning, and scheming count as a head start?


Elise said...

Hi Heidi

I love your July project idea. I can see your vision as a reality. You have it all worked out - it's perfect. That area is meant to be an amphitheater, complete with a ticket booth and orchestra pit. The boys could help you make your dream a reality and imagine the opening night. What a cause for celebration that would be.

Following your dreams, that's what it's all about - then you have no regrets.


Anonymous said...

Delightful! Do your boys play in the orchestra? It's always been my dream to have each of my five children learn a seperate instrument. I love music and the thought of them all playing together sends my heart a flutter! Currently, we have a budding pianist and saxophone player. Son #3 is next, he has chosen the guitar. sigh....

Heidi said...

Elise~ I knew *you* would understand. :) I'm hoping we can initiate it with a fun talent show after it is all finished. Thanks for the kind words, as always!

Candid Reflections~ Well, seeing that my oldest is only six, we have a while until we fill the orchestra pit. :) Of course I've imagined my boys each playing a different instrument. Personality-wise, Levi screams trumpet, Luke the guitar, and Leif the drums. I'd love to learn how to play an upright bass. So, jazz, maybe? I want each child to take a few years of piano, but beyond that they can choose their own instrument, continue piano, or move onto something else we'll have to see about my jazz band, LOL. I bet it is a wonderful thing to see your children playing their instruments!!

jamieBEE said...

can we please purchase 4 tickets for opening night! I am excited to watch the stage come to life!!!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

I can certainly envision it! We'd like tickets too...or better yet, my daughter loves theatre, can she audition?

~ Tammy

Kim said...

Your project sounds great! It will be wonderful when you get it done. :) Its nice to read someone who dreams big too!

Anonymous said...

I love the flowers with the roots attached :)

Renee said...

FUN! Can Lydie and I come over and share our ballet routine? :)

Kim -today's creative blog said...

reading about your boys in the high grass field reminds me of being at my Grandmothers in Lebanon as a small child. We would do the same thing.

Also, love the photos of the house, especially love the old sidewalk. I do.

I found this cool reading project for the summer.
It's all free. They even send you a thick lesson plan book. I can't wait to get started.