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!