Friday, March 24, 2017

4th grade class

The day before spring break, Mr. Rood took this photo of the class.  They had a fun day of spring cleaning the classroom and a pizza party.  It was well-deserved after taking the State math and language arts tests this week!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunny Sunday

We don't get too many warm, sunny days in February around these parts....When it is 60 degrees in the middle of winter we get the sunglasses out and head to the park!

Today, the "park" was the Cleveland Metropark Zoo where we got our 10,000 steps in as we saw all kinds of animals who were also enjoying an unexpected sunny day.

Grace is working on a research project about kangaroos so we went looking for them.  They were too far away and lounging under the trees, but she did get to try out their big ears to see if she can hear better.

We are pretty sure Aunt Carrie has bears like this right near her house in Montana!  It is a "black" bear which we learned can be black, brown, cinnamon, or even white!

I am glad Grace is not too big to ride the carousel.  She also seemed to want a photo every time we saw an animal statue!

BTW..I am the worst at taking selfies!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cutie pies

One of these two came home with me.  The other did not.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ballet, buns, and bags

Ballet in the City is a local organization that brings professional dancers to cities and communities around the country.

Today, Grace and her friend, Annalise, had an opportunity to take an intermediate technique class with professional dancer, Dusty Button, who is a principal dancer at the Boston Ballet.

This is what Dusty Button looked like in the class today:

And this is what one of her publicity photos looks like:

Still strong and beautiful, but different from what we expected.  I think the girls were surprised that her hair was dyed black!  It reminds me of when my dad used to work security for a big jeweler in New York and he would accompany the jewelry to magazine photos shoots.  I remember him telling me that the models looked plain and ordinary when they arrived and that the makeup artists and hair stylists did amazing things to make them look like they do in those advertisements.

Grace and Annalise were very excited to take a class from a professional ballerina. When we arrived at Kent State Grace said, "Mom, this must be the place. I see a lot of buns and dance bags!"

She went right in, grabbed her stretch band, and found a place down the hall with many other girls she didn't know. My child is getting comfortable in a world that is completely foreign to me. I am proud of her for finding her way and pursuing something she loves.

I love that kid and her smile!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

She worked hard for this

One of the perks of being a 4th grader at Fishcreek Elementary School is that you are the "big" kids now.  They have two things 4th graders can be involved in - Student Council and Safety Patrol.  From the first day of school, Grace talked about wanting to be on Safety Patrol because she wanted to help the younger students.  Basically, students on Safety Patrol, help the younger children line up and board the school bus.

At the beginning of the school year, Grace wasn't eligible to do this because she didn't take the bus home after school.  Since I am at work and Kyle had soccer, she needed to go to daycare until one of us could pick her up.  Once she did start taking the bus home in the afternoons, she needed the recommendation of her teacher.  At that time, he felt that she needed to focus a little more on, well, "focusing" in class. It seems Grace was a social butterfly in the classroom.  She was disappointed, but decided to concentrate on her goal.  And, finally, at the beginning of January she made it!

January ended with two snow days for me - January 30 and 31st - so yesterday was the first time I was home when Grace got off the school bus in her Safety Patrol sash and badge.  She was so proud. Way to go, Big Girl!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Merry Christmas, Nana and Ba!

 We had a great time in Florida.  Thank you for having us!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Little Mermaid

Growing up in New York where Broadway plays were easily accessible, has made me skeptical of community theater and high school plays.  But, over the years I have been pleasantly surprised and proven wrong over and over.  There are some really great performances in our area including high school, community, Weathervane Playhouse, and Playhouse Square.

Last night's performance of "The Little Mermaid" by the Twinsburg Community Theater was no exception.  In fact, it was an amazing show with excellent singing and professional-level costumes and sets.  It was fun for me to go, too, because I knew some of the children in the performance from Wilcox. 

Grace's favorite character was "Scuttle" the seagull.  He flew around and was very silly.  As soon as we came out of the auditorium, she wanted to find him to take a photo. 

We went with Jacob, his mom, and Gabriella and Marcella and their mom.  Everyone agreed, it was a great show!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Cheer camp

Grace and Maggie went to cheer camp with the Stow High School cheerleaders.  Then, tonight, they attended the varsity basketball game and did their cheer and dance.  For only practicing for a couple of hours a week ago, the girls did great!

Go Bulldogs!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The family that draws together....

A first grade class invited me to do some step-by-step drawings with them.  There is a YouTube channel called "Kids Art Hub" where a man and his children choose something to draw and then do it together as they explain.  I made a snowman with the class and then came home an introduced it to Grace.

We did a few together and then hung them on the refrigerator.  It is so cool how we each put our own style into the drawings.  (Max from "Secret Life of Pets" and the Shopkins "Lippy Lips")

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dancers on Ice

That title almost sounds like a Disney on Ice production!

Hudson Conservatory of Ballet hosted a holiday party for the girls at the Kent State Ice Arena.  Grace stayed mostly with Annalise since they were about the same level skaters.

I love that Eric and Sunita find ways for the girls to bond and build their friendships outside the dance studio.  Sometimes, dance class can be intense. They expect the girls to be focused on dance when they are there, so events like this are welcome ways to have some fun together.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What does a 9-year old think about her mom?

This was a Facebook quiz.  You were supposed to ask your child the questions without prompting and then write exactly what she says.  Here goes...

As answered by Grace, 9 years old:
1. What is something I say a lot? I love you
2. What makes me happy? Me!
3. What makes me sad? Sad movies
4. How tall am I? 5 feet (I am actually taller than that!)
5. How old am I? 47 (I'll take it)
6. What's my favorite thing to do? Play with me
7. What makes you proud of me? You work hard and we have a good family
8. What is my favorite food? Ravioli (not really...)
9. Do I have a favorite child? Yes! Me!
10. If I could go anywhere, where would it be? Paris (Sure. That would be fine but I think that is where Grace wants to go.  Greece, Portugal, and Portofino, Italy are top on my travel list right now.)
11. Do you think you could live without me? No!
12. What's my favorite song? Hit the Quon (Um, no)
13. How do you annoy me? Make very annoying sounds
14. What is my favorite movie? I don't know (Dirty Dancing, in case you were wondering)
15. Who do I have a crush on? Kyle
16. Where was I born? In Florida
17. What's my favorite show to watch? Big Bang Theory
18. Who's my best friend? Me
19. What scares me? Me being in danger
20. How do you describe me to your friends? Hilarious
My cutie...She did pretty well.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017

Well, another year is behind us.  Welcome, 2017! This is the year Grace turns double-digits.  It seems like that happened so fast but when I look back at those years, they have been filled with many big and small memories.  Grace likes us to tell her stories about when she was "little" so I am glad I have this blog to help me remember the milestones and the little day-to-day things that happened.

After a low-key New Year's Eve we had a lazy New Year's Day.  I think coming back to grey skies and snow after sunny, warm Florida made all three of us want to hibernate.  It is back to work for me tomorrow, so we made cookies, stayed in pjs, and took down all the Christmas decorations.

That's all.  And, that was enough.

Grace "painted" her cookies with food coloring.  Also, notice how pretty her nails are.  She and Nana went to have them polished when we were in Florida.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A quiet end to 2016

We must be getting old.  No New Year's Eve party.  We didn't go out to a bar.  We didn't even go out to dinner.  Instead we all opted to stay home, turn off the personal electronics, and cuddle on the couch to watch a movie together.  It was a nice, quiet end to the year with two people I love best in this world.  

Toasting the new year (with Gatorade)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A visit to the jungle

The Jungle Queen riverboat cruise has been operating in Ft. Lauderdale since 1935.  Due to its many canals and rivers, Ft. Lauderdale has the nickname "Venice of America".  This boat tour takes you along some of those rivers as the narrator points out the homes of some of Florida's rich and famous. It was interesting to see how many of these amazing, huge homes were unoccupied.  We even saw a $220 million yacht.  Kyle and I think we should give up our jobs and just be the caretakers of some of these properties.

The afternoon cruise takes you to a tiny "island" where they have a small zoo and an alligator wrestling show.  The man who wrestled the alligators was funny (he had to entertain the crowd) but he also explained how the Seminole Indians used to hunt alligators and brought them back to the camp where they would be kept in a pit until the people were ready to cook the meat.  This way, they had fresh food.  They needed to develop a technique to capture and bring the alligators back alive. When settlers came they paid the Seminoles to watch and learn their methods, and the alligator wrestling shows were born.

Grace held the baby alligator and Nana held a parrot.  Brave girls!

And, then, they drove the boat back!  (not really, but it was a cute photo)