Saturday, June 17, 2017


So, we aren't home much this summer, but we did manage to find a short tennis clinic for Sora. She went for 2 weeks and LOVED it. I'm hoping she can go again next year. After her class was done each day, she begged to hit the ball against the wall. I loved tennis in high school and can totally relate to wanting as much practice as possible.
 We stayed home for a few days for tennis clinic while Kyle was up at camp. I reminded Sora that she has buckets full of toys she never plays with. Here is a rare moment with the play mobil.
 They are all sunning after a big picnic.
 There is order within the chaos - just like in her room!
 One of the reasons we stayed home for tennis was also for Sora's dentist appt. She hates going, but when she realized we already put it off for 4 extra months due to our crazy schedule, she was easily talked into having a good attitude. The poor kid hates mint and apparently there was a lot of mint taste involved. She didn't have any cavities, which means Kyle and I are doing something right with our constant flossing and mouth wash. Hopefully our routine can continue to make up for her terrible dental genetics!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dance Recital

Sora has spent most of this school year taking ballet. She loves it and we got to see the adorableness at her first dance recital!


She loved waiting backstage (mostly because there was a movie). And look at that fantastic ballet bun (so proud)!

 Here she is sote arabesque ing across the stage.
 She had quite the audience. The first night, the Brazilian staff, two sets of grandparents, and Kyle and I were in the audience. She got 3 bouquets of flowers! The second night, a third grandma, as well as her mom watched her dance. And another bouquet from the lone boy in her class (his mother's a florist and gave them to all the girls).

Sora is determined to do gymnastics next year and return to ballet when she is in 4th grade. We'll see what adorableness is in store next year!

Friday, June 9, 2017

School's Out for Summer

School is out! We are both excited and nervous for our summer. Sora is a little sad to be done with such a solid, predictable routine. I am a little sad about having to work all summer. We are both excited to spend our summer at camp and see Kyle a little more.

Here is Sora modeling the new staff shirts.
 Playing a game - one of her favorite things to do!
 Slip and slide at school field day. One of the benefits to working at Sora's school is that I never (or rarely) miss a good photo op!
 The last day of school celebration. Sora was part of the group that sang the song while those who were "moving up" walked around the maypole. Next year will be Sora's turn to do the maypole as she will be "moving up" into upper elementary.
 A rainy day at the park with grandma, papa and the Brazilian staff. We tried to float origami boats. It would have been better if there was not a torrential downpour.

 Sora dressed for the farmer's market.
 Such a fashionista!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Competitive Kid

Sora and some friends participated in the Jr. Gap to Gap this morning. After last year's experience, I learned to try to lower expectations. This year, Sora's team was full and she only had to do one thing: the steeple chase.

Here she is waiting patiently for her teammate (center in navy top).
 After the biker handed off the wristband, Sora was off!
She was too fast to photograph. First, she climbed over some hay bales. Then she walked while hula hooping.  She crab walked with the best of them.
 Next was the sack race. She fell quite a few times, but didn't get too frustrated.
 Finally, she was finished! The girls didn't place, but definitely didn't get last (a huge improvement) and had a great time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Passion Projects - Take 2

Last year, was Sora's first year in elementary. She presented a culminating project on ice skating. She was still growing some important teeth and was super nervous so she was very hard to understand.

This year she chose turtles and she presented like a pro! Notice the fancy ballet pose with her feet while doing her presentation.
She was precise, spoke slowly and clearly, and of course was adorable! Sora has a few things coming up that she is very nervous about, and this was the first one. We spoke a lot about how being brave isn't the absence of fear, but is doing your best despite your fear. Hopefully doing so well in this will help calm her fears about her other upcoming performances.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Life as I Know It

Sora has always loved the tree in our front yard. It was one of the things that helped us choose the house and I love that she spends hours playing in it with friends and reading in it by herself.

At camp this weekend, I introduced her to the label maker. She helped label things in the office. I walked out of the office door, and this is what I saw:
At school, I recently created a bread baking work. Sora is my official tester and was sad that she didn't get a chance to test my lesson. I had a bigger plan in mind for next year involving weighing, division and braiding, so Sora still got to test a new part for me. It was amazing and delicious.
We discovered that our only true local book store offers a 20% teacher discount. They also do free gift wrapping. As it is a tradition to buy the outgoing kindergarteners a book each year, I have officially found my store.
Sora has a science book and kit which she only occasionally uses. She was in the mood the other day and I came over to find this scene:

An amazing scientist deep at work discovering properties of oil and vinegar. Amazing!

Sora is at a pretty amazing age right now. She even "lead" gaga ball at camp, apparently handling a situation involving blood in a calm manner (reminding everyone that Moose has band aids and we need to stay calm and get him). She also went on her own to make me an amazing beaded necklace for my birthday in arts and crafts while Kyle cooked food for a group and I relaxed and read. We are doing something right when it comes to parenting (and genetics)!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Games and Hiking

Sora is finally old enough to play more complex games. We have been enjoying Carcassone lately. Kyle used to always crush me at this game. Now that Sora is in the mix, it might be more varied.
 Sora had a play, recorder, and dancing performance at school this week. Her grandma was able to come see her. She was very proud!
 To celebrate afterwards, she enjoyed her first milkshake at Mod Pizza (she has had several milkshakes of course, but none from Mod). I am loving the heart!
 My parents came up for camp work weekend. We did a lot of cleaning and organizing at camp and I am excited to spend all of my summer up there! My parents came last year too and really improved our office and living room. This year we focused on overall organization, but a lot of it impacted our house and the office.

Today, we went for a hike before they had to leave. Sora loves their dog and wanted to lead the dog on our entire hike.
 She is so precious with her papa! Sora is pretty balanced in her love, even though she might show more affection to her grandma.

 There were a lot of beautiful wildflowers.

There was some whining near the end, but it was a beautiful day and a great hike. Sora and I went hiking a few weeks ago at another part of the same trail system. It's my goal to hike all of the trail system this year, so hopefully we can go with Kyle in a few weeks to a new section!

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Most weekends Sora fends for herself at camp while Kyle is busy and I either help or hide. Mother/Daughter was a time I could neither help nor hide. I actually had to mother. We spent the weekend in a cabin, which meant Sora was excited and I had to go to another building twice a night for each of us to use the restroom.

Because she gets so much camp time, cabin time is more of a novelty. We spent a lot of time reading in the cabin.
 Sora did choose to go on the nature hike Kyle lead.
 We also played games in the cabin.
 And did some random arts and crafts.
 Sora has a stash of toys at camp, these blocks being among them.
 We built a fort.
 We also went on a hike and saw early wildflowers.
 Our hike lead us to a waterfall.
It was a little cold, but we had a great time!