Friday, March 9, 2018
Sora and Kyle have been hard at work at their own podcast. It is fascinating for me to listen to their thoughtful conversations and is a reminder of how grown up Sora is getting! If you haven't had a chance, you should check it out! It is here on Castbox. After you sign in, you might need to search for their podcast by channel name - Learning Life Together Forever. Enjoy this adorableness!
Saturday, February 24, 2018
One of the many cool things about Sora's school is that every winter they go skiing 6+ Fridays for PE. Sora has been going for the past 3 years now, and I love going to the mountain as a family! She keeps right up with me, and loves the same blue runs that I do. She's a little more into the mogul runs than I am, as a snowboarder, but that's understandable. When they go for PE, they are required to take a lesson in the morning and after lunch they split up with chaperones. Kyle has gone a number of times, which makes me a little jealous, but I love that they get that special time together.
We don't get to the mountain as a family very often, but we were able to sneak away recently and try Snoqualmie as a family. It was way overpriced, and I doubt we will be back, but we had a good time (well, Sora and I did - Kyle got hurt and was stressed about work as always).
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Sora has had a resurgence of puzzle love lately. All of the puzzles we have are 100 pieces and are fairly simple for her, so we bought a 500 piece puzzle to do as a family. I thought that Kyle would be terrible at this kind of thing since he is color blind, but he was the best of all of us. Somehow when we were finished, we were missing 1 piece. It was very anticlimactic.
And then Sora turned 9. For her birthday, Kyle bought breakfast from the nearby Mexican bakery and I took her out to a European bakery for after school treats. We also went to her favorite restaurant (the one with the pizza dough to play with). She wrote "Thank you for the delicious food" in cursive on the paper table cloth. The owner walked by and loved it.
This year we just stayed home and the girls made a movie. It took a while for them all to agree on what to do, so they didn't actually film the movie until the next day. They did all paint props together.
Since there was no cake, the candles were tricky. I did find a few in a closet somewhere...
We went to the doctor and Sora is a totally normal 9 year old. She's a little small, but that has always been the case. She is getting braver and had 2 violin performances at school this week (for a preschool class and for her own class) that she was very excited about. Her favorite TV show is Miles from Tomorrowland or Inspector Gadget. Her favorite colors involve gold and silver. She is forever saying the most grown up phrases which we all love to hear.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Sora is really into designing things lately. She has a cute sign on her door about her shop (where everything is free). For Christmas, her grandma offered to paint her bedroom with her. Sora was excited to design the ideal bedroom. Sora and I went back and forth a few times, but eventually came up with a design we could both live with.
Sora helped paint her room, and luckily Kyle was home so he got to help too.
The colors are hard to determine from the photos - the above wall is actually purple.
We painted the closet doors pink.
This weekend my parents were supposed to come to visit, but because of the pass they weren't able to. As a cancellation, I offered to take Sora to the trampoline park, the movies, or out to lunch. Of course she chose to go out to lunch. We went to a fancy Italian restaurant that lets kids play with pizza dough and then bakes it for them to eat. Sora loves it! We shared saccottini and salmon chowder. Delicious!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Two important things that are consuming Sora's time recently: violin and cartwheels.
Sora has been asking for violin lessons since she started the piano in Kindergarten. She finally started in September and had her first concert this week.
Here is just a part of her piece (since I know that watching an 8 year old play piano is not for everyone):
She played 3 variations of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and ended with the theme. She has worked really hard on this (sometimes happily and sometimes not) and we are really proud of her. Her teacher had a 30 day challenge in December where students were encouraged to practice 30 days in a row. Sora was excited for the challenge (until about day 20 when I just made her keep going) and was one of only 3 students to complete the challenge!
And, in her spare time (every waking minute that is not filled with reading, dancing, violin, eating, etc), she is perfecting her cartwheel. She has been working on it vigorously since September when she started gymnastics. She only was able to take gymnastics for a few months, but kept working on the cartwheel on her own. Now she is really good!
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Over winter break, we finally were able to use the new magic carpet at White Pass. Of course both of our phones died so there are no photos, but we had a great time. Kyle broke his binding and had to take the lift down the mountain, and Sora took a while to get back in the swing of things. We contemplated skiing rather than snowboarding in the future, but of course they don't make ski boots in Kyle's size.
We played Settlers of Catan. I have had this game for over 10 years and haven't played it. We played it with friends before and I saw it in a "free junk pile" in our old neighborhood in Seattle before we had Sora. I remember thinking it was fun. I was wrong.
Friday, December 22, 2017
This year we celebrated Solstice in town rather than up at camp. Both are nice for different reasons. This year it worked out well, since one of Sora's presents was a new door for her dresser. She had been requesting this (the dresser is from my childhood and the door broke off right after Sora got it 3 years ago) as well as a magnet board so Kyle cleverly combined the two into one awesome present.
There was a lot of other craftiness, including sewing for Sora and knitting.
When we got home, we played a lot of games. Sora played Monopoly for the first time. Kyle was not a fan (although he won the first round), and Sora won the second round.