Friday, June 15, 2018

Violin Recital

Sora had her spring violin recital this week to wrap up our super busy season. Two grandmas were able to come and Kyle even made a surprise cameo. Sora chose to wear her ballet dress and did an excellent job performing. It is amazing how much she has learned in the past school year! 

And in case you love hearing 9 year olds playing the violin, here is the first part of Sora's performance:

Sora loves dogs and has been wanting to walk dogs at the humane society for a while. We finally did this afternoon and it was lovely. We chose a small dog that wasn't barking when we walked by. It was a little timid and not really interested in walking much, but we got some good pointers for walking dogs, and we gave the dog a lot of extra love. 

 I wanted to bring him home but instead decided that we could come walk more dogs tomorrow! We turned in an application for fostering dogs, so we might have some dogs stay at our house for a bit this fall, but even if we don't we will be walking dogs and visiting the humane society on the regular from now on.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dance Recital

Because no one can get enough videos of a 9 year old dancing ballet.


Moving Up

Sora's school celebrates the end of each 3 year cycle with a moving up ceremony. Sora started at the end of the first 3 year cycle as a 5-6 year old, and now she is at the end of the second 3 year cycle as an 8-9 year old. She was excited for the annual tradition as well as our annual shaved ice tradition but was a little bummed that Kyle has been too busy with camp to join us. To be fair, Kyle has never been there for this ceremony - this is a crazy time of year for him!

Now summer break is in full swing. We still have a busy day tomorrow with Sora's violin recital, but then we can relax and enjoy our summer (as much as we can while we are up at camp most of the time).

 Sora with her teachers that she has had for the past 3 years.

 Sora at field day chillin' in a pool.
 Sora's lunch from our tree - cherries, cherries and more cherries!

Oh, also this past weekend my parents came to town. We went for a hike and they watched Sora's ballet recital.

I didn't get any good photos but will post the video soon. She had so much fun that she wants to keep dancing for the foreseeable future.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Passion Project

 Sora did her passion project on Italy this year since girl pop stars was too specific and Sora thinks she's part Italian (news flash - she is not). She did some extra work at home by making a salt dough map of Europe and sewing her own skirt. She wanted me to buy her Italian fashion and I talked her into making her own skirt instead. She sewed most of it herself - I just did the waist - and she picked out some fabulous lace to put on the bottom.

Kyle had to miss Sora's performance because he has an accident at work involving chlorine at the pool and spent some time resting at the hospital. It is just a few short blocks from our house so Sora and I got to visit him a lot more than we typically would since he is up at camp a lot these days. He got to enjoy Sora's speech on Facebook Live thanks to Sora's teachers. Here is her speech so that you can enjoy it as well:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Busy Life

An alternate blog post title is: Maleah Entertains Sora while Kyle is at Camp.

This month has been packed full of fun! Sora and I went to visit my parents and participate in a non-commercial parade of the species. It is an animal themed parade that Sora was stoked to participate in and dressed up as a butterfly. This type of hippie parade is exactly what this town is known for and I love it!

 There was some skateboarding.
 And we played croquet in the "dark" (dusk) at a nearby park. Sora loved it and we have practiced at home several times since.
 For teacher appreciation week, I got a pot of tulips! I planted them in the front garden and they look so spiffy all in a row (although they died shortly afterwards, but now I can look forward to them next spring).
 The following weekend we headed up to the lake to visit Kyle's family (without Kyle of course). We celebrated Sora's cousin's birthday with bowling and selfies.

 I love all of these long trips because I get such great gas mileage. I am so proud!
 For my birthday, we headed for a day trip to Ikea and to this great dumpling restaurant at the mall. For being at a mall, it seemed super authentic and very fancy. They make 5,000 dumplings a day!
 My parents stopped by for a visit as well. After they left, Sora and I made fresh strawberry lemonade (from scratch). Delicious!
 There has been a lot of sewing lately too. I made 3 pairs of shorts (for myself and Sora) and Sora decided to sew a skirt for her passion project that is tomorrow night.
 And of course there has been skateboarding here at home too.
The next 2 weeks are chalked full of recitals, presentations, and celebrations so there will be much blogging to come!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Screen Free Week

Okay, so we already have pretty strict screen time guidelines which make screen free week a little silly in our house (Sora only gets screen time on the weekends and we are often busy up at camp anyway) but it reminds me of when I got to stay home with her as a younger child and I love it so we celebrate anyway. It's harder for me - no TV or web surfing for a week! But it has actually been great and we are finishing our last day now. 

This week we started off with Mother Daughter at camp. As always, Sora thinks this is a friends/no mom weekend but we did get some quality cabin time a few times together. I spent my morning hiking while Sora rock climbed and played. There was a tea party and other fun festivities.

We left early on Sunday to go to the Universalist Unitarian Church which we occasionally attend - (I should clarify that it is more of a gathering that feels like a church and not Christian or really any religion). The theme was poetry and Sora was dying to read her poem to the group. She was more courageous than I expected and was one of only 2 people (other than the hosts) who read aloud.
Also on Sunday, Sora got her first skate board. She has skated every day since and loves it. Kyle took her to the skate park yesterday and she is hooked. I'm sure there will be a separate skating post soon.
 We were also busy with violin, ballet, watching Kyle play bocce ball on his league, and an impromptu dinner with a grandma. Today we are heading over to see my parents for a fun weekend.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Creative Child

After we got home from Mexico, we had no choice but to cut Sora's hair. Lucky for her, it's adorable. Lately, she has been really noticing random details, like the signs for the STEM program at the library which she forced me to take her to (and the details of the Monopoly at Safeway but that's another story). This week the theme was robots and Sora was so excited to create Garcia 2.0.

 We had to use a little hot glue at home to fully attach all the parts to her guard robot.

A note from Sora after a bath the other day:
Playing with a friend at a park:

 Sora's constantly making paper designs. I recycle many of then, but had to take a picture of Curl Girl first.
 Such excellent super powers!