Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's been going on?

As always, life is busy around these parts. Do you remember that old Dunkin Donuts commercial where the man gets up when it is dark, every day, over and over, and goes in to make the donuts? That's how it feels sometimes.  Add in night work events and piano and dance for Grace and you have a little better picture of what our daily life is like. We cherish the few, short moments we get together with no obligations....but then one or more of us will probably fall asleep!

So, here is a cell phone update of what has been going on.

Ballet Theatre of Ohio (now, affectionately called "BTO") held a photo shoot for the company dancers who will be performing in "The Nutrcracker". The headshots are for the program and the group photos they took will be for publicity.

Sassy.  10 going on 16.

This was my favorite part.  They had her pose several different ways. I wonder which one they will choose!

Then, the next weekend Grace participated in a Stranger Danger/Self Defense class at a karate school in the town where I work. 

It was phenomenal.  The kids learned how to get away if someone grabs your arm and what to do if someone tries to pick you up or you end up down on the ground.  KICK, KICK, KICK their knees!

Grace's Halloween costume made its debut for a party last Saturday night.  She is a (really pretty) mummy!

For career day at school Grace decided she wanted to be a veterinarian.  I think this is a great choice for her.  (I can also see her being a nurse since she is so caring.) She had a vision of what she wanted to wear - a blue v-neck shirt.  We couldn't find scrubs in her size but I did find a shirt to meet the specific guidelines.  Not photos...but here is her ID badge.  She was very proud of it and said all the kids knew right away from the badge and stethoscope what she was.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall tradition

It is amazing how nice the fall weather is in Ohio.  September and October are beautiful  This year, it has been so warm that we are still wearing shorts and flip flops.

We went to get our pumpkins at Szalay's Farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is a great place to go for so many different varieties of pumpkins, fall decorations, food stands, and a farmer's market. The also have a corn maze and a fun house.  It is perfect for a family outing which is why going there has become a family tradition.

Friday, October 13, 2017

En Pointe

On Sunday, October 8 Grace went to Stage Center, a dance store in Akron to get her first pair of pointe shoes.  This is a BIG deal if you are a dancer.  Chris Meneer, the director her Grace's dance studio arranged for the girls getting their shoes to arrive every 30 minutes so they could each have some time with a store employee who would fit them for their shoes.

They carry about 20 different kinds of pointe shoes that range in price from $70-130 each.  After looking at the dancer's feet and telling her about the different parts of the shoe, they start trying them on to see what feels best.

When they have a pair on they go to the barre where Mrs. Meneer looked at them for the perfect fit.  It was interesting how she could see what was working and not working and then made suggestions for a harder or softer shaft, a different toe box, etc.

Grace tried on 6-8 different pairs but she came back to her 2nd pair as the ones she liked best. They ended up being Bloch, "Hannah", in a size 4.

She looked beautiful and so proud!

Saturday, September 30, 2017


Chris Meneer, the director of Ballet Theatre of Ohio, called today to tell us that Grace's hard work has paid off and she will get her pointe shoes next Sunday.   This was her reaction:

This also means another 1-hour class each week.  On Thursdays, she will be at the studio from 4:30-9:00pm.  But she doesn't care - so EXCITED!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Keep her little

Grace seems to be growing up over night.  I love that we have a combination of a big kid with a mind of her own and a curiosity about the world. She wants us to give her the freedom to go play at her friends' houses in the neighborhood without a chaperone to walk her there. She has been great about getting dressed in the morning without 100 reminders and she comes home from school and calls me every day, like clockwork before making a snack and "chilling out" until I get home. There is some talk about boys, going to the high school football game, and the Halloween dance.

But, then we have these times when Grace wants to cuddle, play with her Calico Critters and Lori dolls, and asks me to dry her after a bath, and lay with her before she goes to sleep.  I cherish those moments as I hold on dearly to my little girl. I just need time to slow down a little....

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I guess the Tooth Fairy is coming tonight

Okay...Grace doesn't believe in the Tooth Fairy anymore. But, after having four teeth pulled today to make room for her adult teeth (and braces next summer) she deserves "Tooth Fairy Mom" to give her something for being so tough!

After "laughing gas" and A LOT of novocaine Grace slept for a few hours this afternoon.  And, then she went to ballet!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

This was a big weekend

Fall was in the air this Friday night and Grace asked to go to the high school football game.  This was a first for us.  Kyle took her and watched her run around the stadium with many other 5th grade intermediate school kids who are in the "tween" stage and not sure what to do with themselves.

Another part of 5th grade is deciding if you want to be in band, orchestra, or choir.  Grace chose band and auditioned to be in the percussion section.  She made it (WooHoo!) but that meant that we needed to buy a percussion kit.  I had no idea what that was but it includes a snare drum pad, bells (really an xylophone), mallets, drum sticks, books, and a music stand.  All stored in a wheeled carry case.  And, good thing, too.  That baby is HEAVY!

This is turning out to be a great year at school with many "firsts".  I am so proud of Grace for trying new things and stepping out of her comfort zone.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Human pretzel

Grace was flipping for this new outfit Nana and Ba bought her to start school.  I think she likes it!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cutie pies

This is "Minnie" or "Mini".  She's cute. But, no, we are not getting one.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First day of 5th grade

I am really not sure how this happened....

And she's off...!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Chalk the Walk

So, something BIG happened on August 21, 2017 - a solar eclipse!  Our part of Ohio only experienced 80% coverage, but it was still pretty cool.  To think that the sun, moon, and earth have to line up just perfectly for this to happen is really pretty amazing.

It was very important that you have special eclipse glasses to watch the eclipse.  I was able to get some from a teacher-friend so Grace, Jacob, and Gabriella could wear them.  But, since my school district was not permitting students to watch outside (not enough glasses for everyone) we decided to "Chalk the Walk" so when my young students exited school to board their buses they would not be tempted to look up at the sun.

Jill brought Grace and Jacob over early in the day so they could help create art on our school sidewalks.

And then, when they went back to Jacob's house later they were able to use their glasses to see what made the eclipse so special.

Grace looks really excited, doesn't she?