Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ballet baby

A few weeks ago Grace declared that she wanted to take ballet lessons.  I started to call the different dance schools and then found out about the Hudson Conservatory of Ballet.  Their location was convenient for us and the fact that they concentrate on ballet only fit what we were looking for.  A visit to their new, state-of-the-art facility convinced us even more that this was the right dance school for Grace.

She needed to get a certain type of leotard (in hunter green), tights, and shoes which took us to a dance supplier in Akron one Sunday afternoon.  Her hair also needs to be in a tight bun so I have been watching You Tube videos all week about how to do a neat, ballet bun in less than 8 minutes.  I am still trying to master the "neat" part.

I think Grace is a beautiful ballerina.  I hope she loves every minute of class and finds something she can be passionate about.  But, if she just has fun and develops a sense of confidence in her body (that is a hard thing for girls!) then I will be happy.

I know my parents are looking at this and remembering when I took ballet lessons...ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe - to be exact.  But I was fat and ungraceful. Grace already has more "grace" than I ever had!

The couch became our makeshift barre as Grace tried her dance outfit.  And Buddy got into the action - as he always does these days!
Mommy and Daddy love you, little ballerina.  Dance like no one is watching!

Monday, September 1, 2014

No pool? No problem!

Little Jacques Cousteau decided she needed a mask and snorkel to play in the sprinkler this afternoon.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flowered Fedora

At the pool today and throughout the summer, I have seen women wearing straw Fedora hats to complement their swimsuits and sunglasses.  Maybe Grace noticed it too, because when she got dressed to go out to dinner tonight she came down in a cute pink and orange outfit and this flowered Fedora hat. Thanks, Aunt Debbie!  (This was part of Grace's birthday gift in May.)

It looks like the hats of stylish gentlemen during the 1920s-1950s have become mainstream.  There was a lot of buzz about the Fedora during Fashion Week this past spring as it was called the "style to rock".  Yep, it looks like everyone wants to get in on the Fedora trend....

Monday, August 25, 2014

And she's off!

Our 2nd grader didn't even want me to drive her to school today. She said, "Mom, I've got this!"

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How is this even possible?

We have a second grader!  She is over the moon excited about starting school tomorrow.  Since it will be early and we will all be rushing in the morning, we did a little photo shoot this afternoon and gave her "first day outfit" a test run to make sure it is comfortable.  There is no air conditioning in her school so she needs something that will be cool.

Buddy was very happy to be outside.  He was behaving and staying close to us. I think he wonders why Daisy gets to go out all the time.

We got the idea on Pinterest (where else?) to use Grace's 1st grade school photo in our beginning-of-2nd grade photos to show how much she has grown. It makes me a little sad.
We walked/scootered down to the end of our lake where there is a gazebo and a different view.  I have been telling Grace for days that we were going to do these photos so she humored me for about 10 minutes.

My big kid started to get silly after this.  But I love these photos, too.  They show her weird, wild, funny personality.

 I love this one!  But, man, look at those teeth.  We'd better start saving for braces!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting ready for 2nd grade

Tonight we went to Open House at Grace's school to meet her 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Loeffler.
I was impressed when she welcomed Grace by name and knew that she was in Mrs. Harris' 1st grade class last year.  Mrs. Loeffler is 31 years old, has taught for 4 years (the last two in 2nd grade) and has two children of her own.  We noticed on the classroom birthday board that her birthday is September 17.  I think we will send a little surprise in for her!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Getting bigger....

...both of them!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our "Buddy"

Grace has been wanting a pet to call her own for months.  Kyle and I finally caved and agreed to visit a rescue that said they had tons of kittens.  Even though we told Grace that we might not come home with a pet, we all agreed to adopt this little guy.
So far, he has been a good addition to our family.  Grace is in love with him and has named him "Buddy".
The only problem was that neither of them got any sleep last night.  Buddy was able to sleep during the day today when we were out at art camp, lunch, running errands, and piano lessons.  Guess what?  He is ready to run and play NOW that it is almost bedtime!