Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Little Girl won 1st place in a piano competition! She was thrilled. First time she did better than her big Sis. So proud of her. She still hates to practice... Go figure !

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Sunday, September 2, 2012


Yesterday we found out Big Girl needed toe shoes to start out the new dance season.  We loaded up the car with another friend from dance and headed into to big city.  Not having gotten farther in dance than kindergarten tap, I had no idea what a process it is to be fitted for toe shoes.

First, Big Girls toes were evaluated and found to be, ahem, a little weird, Fred Flintstone weird...oh, and one foot is a half size bigger. Can you say Daddy's side of the gene pool? I have to take credit for the enormous size of her feet, though.

After pads and spacers were applied the shoe fitting began. She tried on shoe...after shoe...after shoe...Thank goodness for the patience of the saleslady (who happens to be a ballerina for the local ballet company...very exciting to meet her).

Finally, success!  How cute she looks.  You can see how proud she is.
My sweet ballerina.

In contrast, these are the shoes she ordered for hip-hop class...sigh.

Friday, August 31, 2012

My Published Journalist

Sarah continues to write for the local newspaper.  She writes a small editorial for Truth of Youth each week.  She has done a really good job of presenting her opinion in a clear and concise way although I sometimes have to tone down her ferocity.  She has some STRONG opinions.

Here is this week's submission for the question "Are you ready for back to school?"  I wonder, as her former homeschool teacher, if I should be offended?

            I am so ready for school! I am so excited that I’m counting down the days.

Even though I have had a good time this summer and enjoy sleeping in, I can’t wait

to get back to school. I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends and teachers

again. Since I was homeschooled until in January of this year, this is

technically my first time going “back to school”.  I love that my school makes

learning so interesting and all of the extra programs like art, drama, P.E. and music

keep school exciting. I love my school and I can’t wait to get back.

7th Grade

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dance Pictures...A Little Late

I just realized I forgot to post pictures of the girls' dance recital back in June...well, they are so gorgeous that I have to remedy that!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Braces-Take Two

Well, Big Girl had a follow-up orthodontist visit today and she was given a surprise gift...shiny new braces!  Dad had come along for the ride and let me tell you he was excited about his gift, too...a shiny new bill for braces. She had braces for about a year back when she was 8 and seems as though she needed a phase 2 as she has some teeth that are stuck and need some help coming down.


She took the surprise in good-natured stride as she is such an easy-going kid.  Not too excited that she can't have gum or popcorn for a year but at least she can still have chocolate!