Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ballet Recital Wrap-Up

The Saturday before Memorial Day is quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the year, as it is the day that we get to see all the kids from Maya and Charlotte's ballet studio perform what they have been working on for the last several months.  Their hard work is evident, and it is so neat to see the progression of skill from the teeny tinies (Charlotte's class this year) all the way up through high school seniors.  I may be biased, but Thursday preschool ballet and Thursday ballet 2 were definitely the best dances of the evening ;)

The weeks leading up to the recital were filled with mostly excitement but also some stress ~ Milo somehow got ahold of both scissors AND Maya's recital costume...let's just say I'm thankful for my mom's sewing abilities!  On top of the hole-in-the-irreplaceable-costume situation, I was also slightly (ok, majorly!) stressed about Charlotte.  She's an amazing and wonderful and talented and smart and beautiful little girl, but she doesn't always show that to the world, and I never know how she will handle new and stressful situations.  Guys.  She blew me away!  She rocked her little dance like it was the most natural thing in the world and made at least 2 people cry with all her overcoming-anxiety-and-sensory-overload and stuff :*)

I am glad for the break we have now from school and (most) activities, but I am definitely looking forward to ballet starting again in the fall.

Of course, pictures:

I told Maya to make a silly face, and she told me that "ballerinas don't make silly faces".  So of course Isabella had to do this (she's amazing :))

Maya, Charlotte, and Isabella with their awesome teacher Miss Kristen
 This next series of pictures isn't my favorite in terms of composition, but you have to watch the progression...
Out of about 20 shots, I don't have even one where all three of them are looking at the camera!

Isaac wants in on the action...

...then Milo joins in...


...starting to look a little mischievous there, fellas...

"are the grown-ups watching?

"Ok, do it!"

Milo isn't totally sold on the antics yet...just wait for it

There ya go.  Little brothers stealing the show :)

Isaac giving Milo some pointers


The Heisman

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

After spending the weekend pampering me, Michael has taken all 3 kids to Lowe's so that I can blog!  Yay!  Yesterday I woke up and went for a run, and my energy has slowly declined ever since ~ turns out that when your sick 2 year old spends all day (and night) coughing on your neck, ears, and directly into your mouth (yup, not gonna sugar coat it ~ 2 year olds are G R O S S), chances are your immune system will give in eventually.  Fortunately we had a low-key weekend planned already so being under the weather hasn't been too terrible ~ I even took a nap this afternoon with the previously mentioned 2 year old :)  I told Michael that I didn't want to waste Mother's Day sleeping, but a quick nap recharged me enough to enjoy the rest of the day with my favorite people :D

After asking nearly every day for weeks when we could plant the garden, all of Charlotte's dreams came true yesterday :)  She planted several rows of corn and will be (im)patiently checking for seedlings every day I'm sure!  Maya chose peppers as "her" plant, and Milo is in charge of the beans.  We also planted zucchini, basil, cucumbers, peas, and tomatoes. A newly fenced-in yard plus a rabbit fence around the garden will *hopefully* mean we are the only ones eating the fruits (and veggies!) of our labor this year!

And now, as always, pictures :)

Flowers from the hubby and the kids :D

Michael added an ice cream stand to the kids' playset ~ I have eaten so much fake ice cream, you guys.  It's totally not whole30 approved.

Those eyes.  They slay me.

These ones, too.

"Open your eyes more, and show your teeth!"

"No, look at the camera buddy"

"That's better ~ now open your eyes all the way"

Perfect, lol

I promised Charlotte that if she looked at the camera *and* smiled, I would let her take a picture of me.

Not too shabby, kiddo!

Milo insisted on taking a picture, too.  His was more "artistic"

My handsome hubby ;)