Last Saturday we spent the day together as a family, at the mall. We woke up bright and early to be there by 8am, so that The Husband could stand in line to audition for the X Factor. This was a 'singing only' audition, and had to be done acapella. Heath, along with almost 200 other applicants, had hopes of making it to the end, where the winner was given a paid trip to NC to audition for the producers of the show.
Although we knew it was a long shot, we miraculously didn't have anything else going on that day, so we thought "What the heck. We'll give it a shot. Who knows what will happen."
Having five kids to entertain all day at the mall....maybe you'd think that would be easy. However, I didn't take them to the play area (too many germs for Kimble) and we didn't have extra money to spend on every cool and amazing thing they saw displayed in the windows (Keaton was mesmerized by a shiny silver watch), we had to be creative with the long hours.
First, the kids held races to see who could push Kimble in the stroller the fastest. Since we were in an abandoned wing of the mall in the early hours before the stores opened up, this was easy to do without crowd control, and the mall provided lots of wheelchair-access ramps and inclines to make for a fun obstacle course.
Second, trips to the bathroom or the drinking fountain were fun excursions for everyone. (Should we take the elevator or the escalator this time?)
Third, we examined cool things throughout the mall, and asked lots of questions: "Does this plant look real or fake to you?" "How many pennies can you count in the fountain?"
Fourth, we sat on the benches and people-watched (or read books that we had brought). This seemed the most boring to them.
And finally, we had the itouch to entertain them. They took turns playing games or watching Toy Story.
If all the above failed, then I had a backpack full of snacks for them to eat, because when kids say they are hungry, most of the time they mean "I'm bored", so the snacks didn't come out until about 1pm.
Back to the audition...here is The Husband, just getting through the line and turning in his application. After this, he went upstairs to a closed-off room where each of the applicants sang for a few judges.
The top 50 contestants were selected to sing again, only this time they would sing for the public, and more judges, in the mall plaza, where a stage was built, complete with lights, speakers, and cameramen for the local news. I have to say, this cameraman bugged me throughout the day. Everytime I saw him, he had his little camera or phone out and was taking pictures of himself holding onto his big bad video camera. I don't know why it bugged me so much, but it did.
Anyway, Heath was selected to be in the top 50 singers. So here he is, waiting in the 'preferred seating section' for his turn on stage.
When he got on stage, he dedicated his song to his baby boy, Kimble, and sang "I won't give up" by Jason Mraz. (I took video, instead of pictures at this point, so I don't have a picture to show you.)
After all the finalists sang, the top five were picked to sing again, and then the finalist was chosen. Heath didn't make it past that, but it was a good day anyway, and we all loved supporting him in his efforts.