Monday, November 28, 2016

Nutcracker Night

Thanksgiving week was busy with rehearsals - some days the girls were there for 8 hours! - and two performances of the Nutcracker Suite.  It was tiring but a lot of fun and another great accomplishment for Grace and her friends.
Cast dinner with Annie and Annalise

Between rehearsals we squeezed in a little decorating silliness!

Buddy missed Grace when she was at dance that week.

I didn't get any photos during the show this year.  Annalise's mom took this one of some of the Pollichinelle's.  Grace is on the left.

It is amazing how much energy the dancers had after the show.  It must be like a runner's "high"! They were happy to greet their guests and take photos together.

With Mother Ginger

Isabella, Maggie, Grace, and Annalise

With Clara (Caroline)

Mom's favorite - Marzipans!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dance Mom

This is the second year that Grace will be in The Nutcracker Suite with the Hudson Conservatory of Ballet.  She has the same role as last year - a Polichinelle - which was fine with her.  The girls have been rehearsing since September.  This week things get "real" (as Grace would say) as they take their hard work to the performance venue for technical and dress rehearsals on the stage.  I volunteered as a "dance mom" to chaperone the girls backstage, make sure they get into their costumes, put in hairpieces, and escort them to the snack table and restroom.  Fun times.  Actually, it was an exhausting (and stressful!) 5 hours and I didn't even dance!

These are all iPhone snapshots in really bad lighting with moving children. Now, doesn't that make you want to keep reading?

Grace and Annalise have become good friends this year. 

A new scene has been added to the first act before the Hudson Youth Choir sings. 

Backstage, the girls took photos, played cards, and listened to music
 on their devices to keep busy until it was their turn to dance.

At the end of the evening, after being there for almost 5 hours, Eric talked to the girls about being ready and focused when it is their turn.

4th grade photo

Sunday, November 6, 2016

More Halloween fun

We are grateful for this mild fall in Ohio.  It is November 6th and we are still able to be outside without coats and there has been no sign of the S-word!  The Indians made it to the World Series, and we were proud of them even though they didn't win.  We like the Chicago Cubs, too, so if it couldn't be the Indians, we were glad it was the Cubs.

This year, "Charlie" joined us in the front yard.

Grace went trick-or-treating with her friend Jacob.  They were both dressed as characters from Harry Potter this year.

That night we met Jacob's friend, Jamir, and Grace re-kindled a friendship with Gabriella and her younger sister, Marcella.  Their parents are from Poland and the girls speak both English and Polish. That is pretty cool, if you ask me.

Hudson Conservatory of Ballet allowed the dancers to dress up for class on October 31.  It is difficult to dance in some costumes, so the Level 1 conservatory girls decided to wear emoji shirts.  They looked really cute!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How do you pronounce "Hermione"?

Fourth grade must be the year for Harry Potter.  It seems we know a lot of kids who decided to dress up as one of the characters.  Although Grace isn't a "super fan" like some of her classmates, she wanted to be Hermione this year.  So we found her a cape, school uniform shirt, tie, and a wand and the costume as complete!

It is still two weeks before Halloween but Grace was invited to a party tonight at Camryn's house. We took advantage of the beautiful weather to get some costume photos.  Who knows what it will be like on October 31st?

This awesome wand lights up when you wave it! 

Grace was laughing because I almost fell when I got up from sitting on the rocks!

Buddy was trying to get out behind me. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

a-MAZE-ing fall

Grace's 4th grade class took a field trip to Ramseyer Farm about an hour away from Stow.  They have been learning about Ohio history and the teacher said this was a great hands-on connection for them. Each student came home with a potato (some of the class photos showed how potatoes grow and are harvested) and a pumpkin.  Grace said she chose the biggest one she was able to carry!

There are only 8 girls (and 18 boys!) in Grace's class.  With her are: Reece, Olivia, Ava, and Maleigha.

It was a beautiful Sunday so we decided to explore the corn maze at Szalay's Farm, in the Cuyahoga National Park.  We go here every year to choose out pumpkins, but today we took Camryn and got a little "lost" looking for the 8 hidden pumpkins in the maze.  The lady outside the maze said if we get lost they will find us in November when they cut all the corn down!

I love how Grace and Camryn tried to use the "map" they gave us as we entered.  

We found 7 of the 8 pumpkins.  

The unusual gourds are fin to look at. The sign said to use these green ones for decorations now.  Let them dry over the winter.  And then in the spring, to clean out the inside, make a quarter-size hole, and birds will use it as a house/nest.