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Little Ballerina

Lucy has never been a ballet kind of girl. She’s super active, and gymnastics has been more her cup of tea for an extracurricular activity.

But, in May, we went to her cousin’s ballet recital, and Lucy was enamored. I think she really liked the modern dance routines more, but she has wanted to go on stage and perform ever since. So, last month she did a week-long ballet camp at the studio where her BFF from Sabbath School takes class. And, she LOVED it!



They went for an hour each day, and on Friday, they did a little “recital” in the studio for all the parents and grandparents.


They even tried to do the splits! I have to say, Lucy did WAY better than I could ever do!


Lucy seriously had the time of her life, and she even said that she enjoyed dance class more than gymnastics! So, we signed her up for the fall class, in which she’ll do ballet and tap. I’m excited, and Lucy cannot WAIT until her recital!


And, yes, I know her ballet slippers aren’t really ballet shoes. I found them at Target and thought they’d be similar to ballet shoes. Boy, was I wrong. She looked like she was wearing an old lady’s house slippers! Luckily, she’s 3 and adorable and can get away with anything.

Mommy-Daughter Date

Whenever I go to my rheumatologist, it ends up being a several hour affair. I’m still getting used to my new doctor who really takes his time during appointments rather than rushing through as my last doctor did.

I had Lucy with me at my last appointment, which really isn’t a big deal – unless you have to get x-rays done. And, guess what I was told had to happen after my appointment? Yeah. Obviously, Lucy couldn’t go in with me, so we set her up in the infusion room so she could watch cartoons. She was A-OK.

I was kind of stressed out during the x-rays and the bone density scan because, you know, I couldn’t see her. She wasn’t crying, which was good. I was sure she was OK.

When I finished, I found her curled up in one of the big infusion chairs, her hand over her head. I thought she was sleeping at first, but when I got closer, I saw that she wasn’t. I asked if she was watching TV.

“No. I scared. I hiding from people.”

Broke. My. Heart. I seriously felt like the worst mom ever.

After we left, we headed across the street for my lab work and then trekked back home. When we got back to town, we went to Chili’s for a Mommy-Daughter lunch date. Lucy LOVES going to sit down restaurants when it’s just the two of us, and I think she got a kick out of being called a lady. When the server would call us, “Ladies”, she would say, “I not lady!” and laugh.

We had a GREAT time. I can’t wait for another actual lunch out together!

Busy, Busy

Boy, I have been BUSY lately – busier than I thought I would have been after quitting my full-time job.

But, I’m super happy, and I love what I’m doing – writing for several coupon blogs. However, it’s kind of taken away from my personal blogging. I’m hoping to be on a better schedule soon so I can update everyone on what’s going on with us!

Super Bowl Sunday

I know it’s a little late, but here’s a recap of our unplanned Super Bowl evening.

We had big plans to have friends over for the game. I came up with a pretty good menu – vegetarian chili, pizza rolls, chicken nuggets for the kids, pasta salad, chips and dip, and cookies – and Lucy and I spent some time out picking up decorations and last minute items.


But, when Joe returned home from his 30-mile (yes, that was 3-0) run, he wasn’t feeling quite right. We waited until about 45 minutes until our guests were supposed to arrive to give him a chance to start feeling better but had to call it off. We’re not sure if he had a stomach bug or it was something with the long run and amount of fuel. In any case, he wasn’t in any shape to have people over.

Lucy was REALLY disappointed because she was looking forward to playing with the kids who were supposed to come. I think she thought she was being punished because she kept begging us to let them come. It broke our hearts. So, we set up the party for her. I didn’t make all the food I was planning, but I set up some decorations and put out some food for us all. She had a blast!

Lucy had her first taste of grape soda.

We watched some football. We watched a time lapse video of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.

And, we played some games.

It was a nice, fun, family night. Gooooo Ravens! Hopefully next year, we’ll be watching our Falcons in the Super Bowl!

Early Shopping

Wow – I have gotten SO much shopping done lately for Christmas/birthdays. I got Rivka and Asa taken care of (whew!), and I have Harrison and Marshall’s Christmas gifts. I love being ahead of the game (like super ahead of the game this year), and everything I got are things I know they will enjoy later this year.

I also got a bunch of great things for Lucy. I scored some great deals on princess toys during the Target toy clearance, so she’ll get those for her birthday (which is princess-themed. Duh.). And, today, the princess keyboard I got a fabulous deal on arrived. She loves music (I sure hope I’m not buying a ukulele at musicians friend¬†one of these days), and I know she will go crazy over this. I can’t wait to see her face!

Oh, and did I mention I also have gotten gifts for all the women in the family already as well?? I love shopping throughout the year like this. It makes things so much less stressful when the holidays roll around.