30 Days of Thanks

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 12:42 PM

#21, #22, #23, #24, #25-


So I've gotten a little behind this week. Hmmm...let's see. Thanksgiving weekend, opening night weekend, dress rehearsals, getting sick and throwing up for 12 hrs. straight....these might be a few of the excuses I have. And all of them true.

So here's my list of thankfulness:
The Cabrera Family
Bishop Flint
Peter Pan Tech Crew
Grandma and Grandpa Jackson
Joy and Jason Payne


After reading the following story, you will see how all of these people/things fit into my list.
So Wednesday night was our final dress rehearsal. We were originally told we could invite a few people to attend. But due to extreme technical difficulties with our huge set, they canceled said invitation. However, since Vic's sister Joy and her hubby Jason were in from out of town, they allowed them to come as my special guests. It was so great to see them and have them and their daughter Allie at the show. Having just a handful of people there really helped us step things up a notch. Joy brought a huge box of clothes to loan to Lucy for the coming winter. Thank you! I think they enjoyed the show and we had a great time chit chatting and relaxing at home afterward. However, most of the scene changes and other problems STILL hadn't been solved by this point. And here's where the tech crew comes in. They sacrificed much of their Thanksgiving vacation to be at the theatre working on the set and coming up with solutions to our problems....and things went almost flawlessly on opening night. Many, many thanks to all of them for their hard work. Daniel Simmons, the tech director, has lost 20 pounds since he started working on this show (only 3 weeks ago)...that's what a beast it is. The guy doesn't stop moving for two seconds. Not to mention, he's the one who has to pull my weight every night on the fly system. Amazing.



(Notice the look on Lucy's face. She was pretty afraid of Capt. Hook)




The next day was Thanksgiving and we had the most darling of friends over for dinner from the Spanish Branch. Their little daughter Nia is 6 months older than Lucy (but about the same size) and they are just two peas in a pod. They provided us with the most delicious homemade salsa (Jonesy is from the D.R.) and an amazing salad (thanks for the leftovers!) The boys enjoyed putting together a toy train and playing with tinkertoys after dinner was over. Will they ever grow up? It was such a perfect meal with such wonderful company.


(Vic preparing the most delicious sweet potatoes! Butter, cayan pepper, chili powder, brown sugar...to die for! He helped so much in the kitchen that day. He's quite the cook!)



(The so cute you just want to squish them and eat them Cabrera Family)



(Rosemary Garlic Turkey, Cous Cous w/mushroom and onion, peas, and sweet potatoes. YES).



(The Spread).


(The kids table).


(The boys toys).

And now we get to opening night. It was a BLAST! The energy was great, the audience was great, and almost everything went off without a hitch. It was so fun to walk into the after party and have everyone clap for me. It really was so sweet and a little overwhelming. People are so, so kind. I got to meet some darling children after the show (some of whom were a little shocked that Peter Pan is a girl!) We even had some friends from our Bradley Childbirth class come up and surprise me at the show that night. Vic brought me a lovely bouquet of baby roses and one of my former voice student was waiting at the party for me to surprise me with another bouquet of flowers. What a cutie. My parents also surprised me with a $40 gift card. Here's to shopping! It was so fulfilling and satisfying to talk with board members and audience members, friends, family, and fellow cast members after the show. This is a great experience that I will always remember.

Around 5 a.m the next morning Vic and I started having rumblings in our tummies. Oh boy. We lived on the toilet for the next 8 hrs. or so in total misery. LUCKILY, Le and Marlene (Vic's parents) had come up to visit us that night and decided to spend the night (so that Vic could come to the opening night party with me). So they were there Saturday morning while we were oh so sick and they gladly volunteered to take Lucy home with them so we could rest and recover. Well, we were in bed until 3 o'clock. I could scarcely pull myself out of bed...how on earth was I going to do a show that night? A very physically demanding show at that? Enter Bishop John Flint. He and Vic gave me a wonderful blessing that I KNOW helped tremendously. When John asked me my middle name before starting the blessing, and I told him, he said, "I should know that by now." Why? Because he has given me so many blessings and setting aparts. He has been such a good friend to me and to my family. I love the Flint family so much. They have helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life. I feel so indebted to them. What wonderful, wonderful people.

Well folks, I made it through the show. I was THIS close to throwing up backstage several times, but miraculously, I didn't. In fact, I did better last night than I did opening night. Go figure. Beth Armstrong, one of the cast members mothers, brought in some Imodium and tonic water just before curtain and it really saved the day. I'm so amazed at the constant generosity of others. I want to be more aware of peoples' needs and opportunities to serve. Like Bishop Flint has said so many times, "I truly believe that the purpose of our existence is to enrich the lives of others." --or something to that effect. What a great motto to live by and to find our sense of purpose.

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  1. What a great week of blessings!! I love you bunches.

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  2. That's great that the opening night went well - and I'm so glad you're feeling better. I hope no more sick days are ahead for you. Good luck with the rest of the show. We so wish we could make it to see it, but it's probably not in the cards this time around. Maybe your next play? See ya soon hopefully. Are you planning on coming to Az for the wedding?

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  3. wow!
    what a week! glad it turned out well & love the pics!:)

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  4. You know, only Theatre People spell the word "theatre" like that.

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  5. Molly, I WAS TOTALLY YOUR ROOMIE!!!! I remember you! You lived with us just for the summer, you were performing at Sundance for the musical Gypsy. I lived with Lori Dopp, I am not sure who the other roomie was. How crazy! I found your blog through Nicole Bell. We grew up together in California and she and my sister are still very close. In fact her brother lives in our ward out here in NC. Email when you get a chance, I would love to catch up to you!
    tiffanyrose3@hotmail.com

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  6. Molly, I WAS TOTALLY YOUR ROOMIE!!!! I remember you! You lived with us just for the summer, you were performing at Sundance for the musical Gypsy. I lived with Lori Dopp, I am not sure who the other roomie was. How crazy! I found your blog through Nicole Bell. We grew up together in California and she and my sister are still very close. In fact her brother lives in our ward out here in NC. Email when you get a chance, I would love to catch up to you!
    tiffanyrose3@hotmail.com

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  7. Molly (and anyone else who might read this) you were absolutely AMAZING in the show!!! We are so glad we got to see it! I need to call you so we can finally finish our conversation uninterupted.

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  8. Hi Molly & Vic, we love your blog! WOW Molly, way to go on Peter Pan. I absolutely love love love that play and I remember seeing it as a child and thinking that Peter was the most amazing person ever. Way to go, wish I could see you in action! So Lucy is just about the most darling thing ever! Just beautiful with those blond waves! Vic, how are you? Still working in Park City right? We have your blog saved on our favorite link!

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