Saturday, November 30, 2013

Diva at the Cinema

We have been waiting a long time to find the perfect movie to take Sora to in the theaters. She only recently started watching feature length movies, and she is still very easily frightened by the villains and chase scenes. She is also enamored with princesses, so we decided to take her to Frozen this weekend.

Before the movie, we got to stop for lunch at our favorite spot in town. Sora (and her doll just off to the left) enjoyed a hot dog and shake.
We sat at the counter and had a perfect view of the man behind the madness. He is there every single time we've come, masterfully grilling the buns, burgers, hot dogs and brats on the charcoal grill.
 And finally, after much anticipation, we arrived at the cinema! Unfortunately we did not have the foresight to realize how tiny each theater is and how quickly the early matinee would sell out.
Luckily, there weren't too many tears and we were able to kill another 3 hours before coming back again (this time with tickets) to catch the 4:30 show. We were the first ones in the theater this time, with the perfect seats!
Sora was a champ. She laughed adorably at just the right moments, didn't get too scared, and didn't have to take a bathroom break. A definitely positive first experience! From my perspective, this was also the perfect Disney movie. Although I try to support Sora's love of princesses and all things girly, we try to sneak in some "stronger" or non-traditional princess stories into her mix. This movie had the best of those strong characters - two sisters who truly love each other, no marriage scene, and challenging of the "love at first sight" mentality that princess movies typically thrive on. Also, the prince doesn't save the princess! I think I could watch this movie 10 more times (I should note that while Kyle enjoyed the film, he wasn't a fan of all the singing like Sora and I were). Sora's doll like it too!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

Kyle was inspired by Sarah Josephine Hale (the mother of our modern Thanksgiving holiday) and chose to dedicate this year's feast to her. He made many of her early 1900's dishes, with the help of his talented sous chef.

 This year he barbecued the delicious turkey. Very juicy and scrumptious.
Sora took a break from helping to eat with her new doll, Jackie. She arrived from grandma this morning and Sora was happy to have the company.
Sora also made place setting cards for us and our two friends that joined us. She also set the table.
 And now for the dishes! There were a lot, as usual.
 We had herb butter roasted turkey,
walnut sweet potato muffins, cheese biscuits (that looked like cookies), cranberry fig sauce with toasted pecans, bacon onion rye bread stuffing,
cider glazed carrots and smoked ham roasted brussels sprouts.
We also had an apple pudding pie for dessert.

After we were fully stuffed, we finally went on a walk. We picked out our Christmas tree that we will bring home in a few weeks.
Sora tried to eat as much snow as she could. Unfortunately for her, there wasn't really much. She did find some relatively clean snow on the trees though.
We were surprised to find the ice on the lake was actually pretty frozen. We've never walked on the ice on our Thanksgiving walk before, but it was perfect for walking on. The snow was just a dusting and it was very dry, so we drew in the snow with our feet. Sora said it was like a blank paper for us to draw on.

Because the ice is so incredibly smooth still, we're hoping to sneak in some ice skating very soon before it gets rough!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Like most kids, Sora loves to pretend. As she gets older, I love watching how her play changes. Here are some more recent developments:
Story time. She is letting the animals pick which book she reads them. This reminds me of camping with Annie Ring!
Sora always loves dress up, but lately she is very focused on getting ready to go to the ball. Here she is matching her Barbie doll (which "accidentally" got lost under our bed - this is not my favorite doll stage!).
And of course, now that Sora's in a more "real" dance class, she likes to have recitals in her room. Thankfully they're more ballet than tap focused.

We have had a very quiet November around here, but it's only because we're gearing up for December! We'll have plenty more to blog about soon.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Sora loves musicals. I am so glad because I do too and this opens a whole genre of movies Sora will watch with me that Kyle won't. We recently watched Mary Poppins for the first time and Sora LOVED it. Ever since we've been singing the songs while we walk outside including the fabulous number at the end about flying a kite. This of course also makes Sora want to fly a kite. Luckily it was windy enough the other day to try. Unluckily, only one of our three kites worked very well and it pretty quickly got stuck in a tree.

Luckily, one of the fantastic maintenance men at camp fished it out for us so we can try again another day!