October 1st thru October 31st – 2018

10-1-18 I arrived home around noon from Barre training and she rode the bus home since we didn’t have kid’s yoga after school.
10-2-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Meme

How She Feels Meme 10-3-18

10-3-18 She didn’t get enough sleep last night…holy tween meltdown before ballet! With her in the highly capable program this year, she can’t just breeze through school like she has in the past, so I decided digital device time is limited to 1 hour during the week AFTER she gets her homework and reading done. She doesn’t want me to pull her out of HC, so she’s going to have to put in extra effort. I saw this meme and thought this is how she must be feeling this year.
10-4-18 She won the PTA fundraiser drawing, so get’s a free large pizza and 4 soft drinks at a local pizza restaurant…why do they give kids soda?!?  Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
10-5-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. Getting ready for regionals on Sunday.

Regionals

Heading to Regionals 10-6-18

10-6-18 Driving to Portland for the NW Pacific Regional Figure Skating Competition tomorrow. 1st time she’s competed at the regionals.

Regionals

10-7-18 Regionals

10-7-18 Practice ice at 7:30am, then she skated at the Non-Test Level. She placed 6th place and said that was unacceptable; she wants 1st next year! She skated great, but had a meltdown before she went on the ice due to nerves. Thank goodness her coaches know how to encourage her to go on the ice. She said a couple of her spins and jumps were a little off. As long as her butt’s not on the ice, I can’t tell. She skates about 3 hours per week and we found out that most girls at her level skate 8-15 hours per week, and skate before AND after school. Wondering what she could accomplish if she spent that much time on the ice! She said she wants to start skating more because she wants to get better. Everyone is good at regionals, I think she realized that she needs to work more to be at the top.

10-8-18 Went to my kid’s yoga class after school. She had fun helping out with the younger kids.Sent her dad to get cat litter…he brings home the scented kind. It’s permeating through the entire house! I can’t stand perfumy crap! I think this is his passive aggressive method of never being asked to get cat litter again. She’s laughing at me because I think I might die!
10-9-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school. Her and her skating friend, Hayley had a group lesson together.
10-10-18 At pick up, she immediately starts whining about how much homework she has and how the highly capable program is so hard. I told her I would help her with her after ballet, then she starts whining about now wanting to go to ballet and her shoes are too tight. Daddy picked her up because I’m starting to get sick. Once they came home, I started to help her with her math homework.
The 2 most stressful things in my life:
1. Traffic.
2. Helping her with homework.

I emailed her teacher to check in and if I should pull her out of Highly Capable and put her in a regular class.

Halloween

Chuckie 10-11-18

10-11-18 Picked her up early from school to go to her annual pediatrician’s appointment. She’s finally 53 lbs! Still in the 5% of her age group. She’s healthy as can be and grew 2 inches from last year. She received her flu shot, then had so much whining because her arm hurts…my head hurts from the whining. When your own kid whines, it’s equivalent to fingernails against a chalkboard. She claims it’s the “shot of death!” Stopped to get her new ballet shoes and by the Halloween store to get her devil costume. She found a new friend, Chucky while we were there! Proceeded to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. Daddy and I helped her with her 5th Grade Highly Capable math, which is actually 6th Grade math…I sent her upstairs to ask her dad, since there was a question I couldn’t figure out. HA! Haven’t heard back from her teacher yet.
10-12-18 She wants to train more to get better at ice skating, so as soon as I feel better, we’re going to start off-ice training at home. Ice skating lesson with Meegan in the afternoon.

Friends

Friends 10-13-18

Bands

Off Ice Training 10-14-18

Stairs

Off Ice Training 10-14-18

10-13-18 Her friends, Ivory and Riley came over for an all day playdate, then ended up spending the night.

Japan

Japan School Project 10-14-18

10-14-18 We started training at home today. I guided her to use the resistance bands, jump/squat up stairs and we did core work in plank using washclothes under our toes for sliders and bring her knees to her chest. She finished her country project for school. She chose Japan since she is 50% Japanese.
10-15-18 Today is my last day of teaching my kid’s yoga class after school. Gave it up, so I can free up more time to take her ice skating.
10-16-18 I taught a 10:30am yoga class…that moment after teaching a class, you look at your phone and there is a message from your kid’s school that your kid is absent and you dropped her off at 8:45am. She has a substitute and it was a mistake. My first thought was abduction! Proceeded to her after school ice skating lesson, as normal.

Rehearsal

Skate America Rehearsal 10-17-18

Rehearsal

Skate America Rehearsal 10-18-18

10-17-18 I picked her up early from school for rehearsal for the Skating Spectacular at Skate America that she will be performing in on Sunday.
10-18-18 Took her out of school early again for another rehearsal. She asked if she could start skating BEFORE school, then if she could be home schooled. I agreed to before school skating, but HELL NO! on home schooling. My days just got longer! She found out that a couple of the other girls that are really good skate about 20 hours per week and are homeschooled and said she needs to practice more to keep up.

Slate America

Skate America 10-19-18

Skate America 10-19-18

Skate America 10-19-18

Skate America 10-19-18

Skate America 10-20-18

Skate America 10-19-18

Nica Digerness 10-20-18

Skate America

Skate America 10-20-18

10-19-18 First day of Skate America competition. Men’s short program and Pairs short program are competing tonight. We had an extra ticket, so her friend Haley will be coming with us all weekend. Nathan Chen is amazing!
10-20-18 Second day of Skate America. Pairs free skate, Men’s free skate, Ladies short program and Rhythm Dance compete today. They met Nica Digerness, a USA Pairs skater. Nathan Chow performed another amazing program! They made signs supporting the 2018 US Figure Skating Champion, Bradie Tennell.

Skate America 10-21-18

Skate America 10-21-18

Skate America 10-21-18

Skate America 10-21-18

Skate America 10-21-18

Skate America 10-21-18

Skate America 10-21-18

Skate America 10-21-18

10-21-18 Day 3 of Skate America. Ladies free skate and Free Dance in the afternoon, then Skating Spectacular show in the evening. She was pretty upset right after because her blade clipped another skater’s blade and fell. And, she felt as if she was the only one that messed up at the end pinwheel. After watching the video, she realized she was in the right place, but her partner started going the wrong way, so she followed, but then everyone turned around and started going the right way, then she was the last to get in line. She said it was sooooo embarrassing! Everyone messed up the line because they were supposed to do another turn…everyone got lost at the end. Now she wants to do another performance to redeem herself.
10-22-18 Very tired after the weekend. She felt better about the performance today.
10-23-18 By her after school skating lesson, she thought the pinwheel during the performance was funny because everyone messed up.
10-24-18 She started complaining about going to ballet in the afternoon and she didn’t like it because it was boring, etc. Then, whined about her homework. I was so happy to drop her off!

Fall Dance

Fall Costume Dance 10-25-18

10-25-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then daddy took her to the Fall Costume Dance at her school. She went as a cute devil and he went as himself, a grumpy old man. Lol.

Warming Up

Warming Up 10-26-18

Warming Up 10-26-18

Warming Up 10-26-18

10-26-18 I picked her up at 12:30pm from school, so we could get her feet measured for new skates. Her coach says she needs a stronger boot. She was fitted for new Jackson ice skates…should arrive in 1.5 weeks! 1st time someone explained how important it is to have a proper fitting boot to do jumps and spins, so a skater doesn’t fall. Her current skates didn’t fit well on her foot. $$$, but worth it if she loves doing it and it keeps her out of trouble when she’s older. Then, she had her 5pm lesson with Coach Meegan. Meegan said she has improved so much in the last 2 weeks.
10-27-18 Started a Production Ice Skating class to perform with other skaters in shows. Her friend, Haley is in the class. I asked her to write her Art Reflections artist statement for the PTA Art Reflections competition. Didn’t know it was going to turn into a big drama…she started whining that she didn’t know what to write. I asked her a few questions, to get her mind turning, but that didn’t work, so we decided to come back to it tomorrow.
10-28-18 Daddy had her doing some math worksheets, then I asked her to come back to her Art Reflections statement. Meltdown!

National Cat Day

National Cat Day 10-29-18

Pumpkins

Carving Pumpkins 10-29-18

Botany

Botany 10-31-18

Halloween

Halloween 10-31-18

Halloween 10-31-18

10-29-18 National Cat Day! Celebrating Joi. She carved pumpkins with daddy while I was teaching my yoga class.
10-30-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.
10-31-18 She went as “Botany” for the 5th Grade Vocabulary Parade at school. The 5th graders chose a word, made costumes describing the word, then presented the word with the definition with a short one line story in front of the entire school. Went to Ivory and Riley’s house for trick or treating. Daddy took them around the neighborhood while the mom’s stayed home and drank wine.

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September 1st thru September 30th – 2018

9-1-18 She spent the day with daddy since I taught yoga all day.
9-2-18 She played with the neighborhood kids all day while I sat on the couch as much as possible.
9-3-18 Dropped her off at her friends, Ivory and Riley because I had to teach and daddy went to Grandma’s to attend his Aunt’s funeral. She had so much fun, she didn’t want to come home when I went to pick her up at 6pm.

Back to School

School Meet & Greet 9-4-18

Max

Max at Meet & Greet 9-4-18

1st Day of School

1st Day of School 9-5-18

1st Day of School

1st Day of School 9-5-18

9-4-18 “Meet and Greet” at school in the afternoon. She met her new teacher and was able to spend time with her friend, Max.
9-5-18 1st day of school!!! She was slightly nervous since she’s in the highly capable class this year and doesn’t know any other students in the class yet. Joi was sad she was going back…on the other hand, Mom was relieved and ready to get back into our routine. When I picked her up, she said she had a good day. 1st day of Ballet after school and her friend, Lily is in her class.
9-6-18 She made it through another day of school and made 3 friends in her class. Ice skating with Coach Meegan after class. On the way home, she said she was really tired, so going to bed early tonight.
9-7-18 She wanted to take the bus home today so she could be with her neighborhood friends. Skating with Coach Meegan again. Getting ready for her competition on Sunday.

Practice Ice

Hayley at Practice Ice 9-8-18

Be Best

Be Best! 🙂 9-9-18

3rd Place

All Placed 3rd in their Groups 9-9-18

3rd Place

3rd Place 9-9-18

Blades on Ice

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

Blades on Ice 9-9-18

9-8-18 Daddy comes home tomorrow from Grandma’s. Surprisingly, we made it through the week with very little arguing. Practice ice in the evening for her competition on Sunday.
9-9-18 On the way to her competition, I gave her an inspirations message…being a “bad mom”. What does “Be Best” even mean?!? Never seen her so nervous before a competition. 1st time competing at No Test Free Skate level. Her awesome coaches pep talked her seconds before her skate. She did great! Placed 3rd out of 6; competing against skaters older than her. Her 2 skating friends that competed placed 3rd in their groups also.
9-10-18 My kid’s yoga class started up again today, so we went right after school.
9-11-18 Her music teacher told her today that she should stop and/or tone down her hugs because she is in now the 5th grade now. I told her to just not hug in music class. Just depends on the person. Last year her teacher gave her the “Happy Hugger” award. She likes to hug everyone and a lot! Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school…getting back into a routine.
9-12-18 Ballet after school. She has been tired this week…think it’s getting back into the routine of school.
9-13-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school. Helped her with her math homework…not sure which one of us would end up in a body bag if I had to do this every day! Lol.
9-14-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. She wanted to go to movie night at the high school tonight. I told her “no” we were not going because daddy couldn’t get home in time and she has ice skating anyway. She acts just like I did as a child when my mom told me no. Extremely persistent in attempting to get me to change my mind, whispering under her breath and storming off to her room. The difference is that she doesn’t stay mad as long…thank goodness! After school, she played with the neighbors and was still pretty tired.
9-15-18 Daddy took her group Free Skate 6 class in the morning.
9-16-18 Lazy day.
9-17-18 Conversation before school:
Her: Mom, you’re my favorite woman in the world…even though you’re kinda grumpy sometimes.
Me: All moms are grumpy sometimes.
Her: Especially those that are 50!
Me: (silence with eye roll)
Her: Am I smart?
Me: Yes…probably smarter than mom, but I have more life experience than you.
Her: Yeah…A LOT more, you’re old enough to be my grandma.
Me: Thanks.
Her: You’re welcome!
Kid’s yoga after school.
9-18-18 This morning she said I was lucky because I got to do what I wanted…teach yoga. She’s right! I hope no one ever discourages her from doing what she really wants to do! Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school, then Coach Meegan had her practice her program for another 15-30 minutes.
9-19-18 Ballet after school.
9-20-18 She forgot her lunch today, so I took it to her because they were going to the park today. Otherwise, I would not have…she would have had the school lunch. After school, she said she didn’t feel good and didn’t want to go to her skate lesson. I told her we would drive there and try. Once we talked to Coach Meegan, Meegan told us to skip tonight because we could all tell she was off…she didn’t even get on her phone on the drive there.
9-21-18 Stayed home sick from school. I had her watch the effects of too much device/screen time on YouTube and how it affects kids since she won’t listen to anything I tell her. After, she went upstairs to read a book.
9-22-18 Daddy took her to her ice skating lesson, then she went to Cousin Alyze’s 6th birthday party.

Needy Cat

Needy Cat 9-23-18

Yoga

Yoga 9-24-18

9-23-18 Our cat was being a little too needy today, so she captured it with a photo.
9-24-18 Went to my kid’s yoga class after school. She had homework due since she was sick on Friday. She didn’t start it until after 9:30pm and she forgot if something was due or not. She had a mental breakdown and was crying because she thought she would get in trouble if she didn’t do it right. I told her she wouldn’t be in trouble and certainly wouldn’t be in trouble at home, but kept going on and on and on! I asked her to make some logical steps, such as, did the other students already turn it in. They had, so I the logical answer would be then it was due. We sat down and finished her worksheets and she finally calmed down.
9-25-18 Picked her up for school at 1:45pm for a dental appointment. A tooth had been hurting last week, so wanted to ensure it wasn’t a cavity. It was not, had more to do with teeth coming again and causing achy gums. Back at school by 2:15pm. Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
9-26-18 Ballet after school.
9-27-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. 5th Grade Curriculum night at her school. I had to teach a yoga class, so I told her dad to go since she’s in highly capable this year. He said, one parent was worried about the height of the desks. Another parent was worried about the storage size of the desk. And his favorite…”I’m worried that the kids aren’t using three ring binders. How will they be ready for middle school if they haven’t learned how to organize using one?” So glad I wasn’t able to go…could never be a teacher…the look on my face would give away my thought of, “Are you kidding me?!!” They are highly capable, you’d think they can figure out how to organize a binder!
9-28-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. She started crying during her practice. For a 10-year old, she puts way too much pressure on herself! Coach Meegan told her she would be just performing an exhibition, although she will be actually be competing, so she would relax a little.
9-29-18 Daddy took her to her ice skating group lesson.
9-30-18 Daddy took her to a movie and Mexican food while I was in Barre training all day.

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August 1st thru August 31st – 2018

Comforter

Her New Comforter 8-1-18

Playdate

Playdate 8-1-18

8-1-18 Her new bedding set arrived from Justice today. I think Joi the Cat likes it more than she does! Ivory & Riley’s parents dropped them off in the morning because they had to work early and I took them to their camp at the gym. They wanted to come back over after camp for a playdate, so I picked them back up at camp and they came to our house.

Tummy Ache

Stomach Ache 8-2-18

8-2-18 About 20 minutes into her Hip Hop/Jazz class, she came out with stomach cramps. She tried to go back in, but 10 minutes later, she was back out, so we went home to relax. Her stomach still hurt all afternoon, so she skipped her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan.
8-3-18 Spins class in the morning, then lesson with Coach Meegan. She participated in my yoga class for the ice skaters. Went by Macy’s to get daddy a birthday present and bought him a small chocolate cake. Dropped her off at Daddy’s work in the afternoon, so I could teach a yoga class.

Dad's Birthday

Daddy’s Birthday 8-4-18

8-4-18 Daddy’s birthday! Daddy took her to her morning ice skating lesson while I taught yoga in the morning and afternoon, then we went out for Indian food when I got home.
8-5-18 Her & I are staring our vegan and gluten free diet for 30 days tomorrow, so I gave her a vegan burger and she actually liked it! She spent the afternoon playing with the neighbors.

Yoga Studio

Hangin’ at the Yoga Studio 8-6-18

Vegan Chicken

Vegan Chicken 8-6-18

8-6-18 Woke up early because I had to teach a yoga class an hour away in traffic…glad she came with me so I could get in the carpool lanes. Started the crockpot with vegan chili. Stopped by a vegan cafe on the way home and she ordered the “chicken” and fries…looked like chicken, but…she thought it was good! Another winner! She thought the vegan chili for dinner was good too! She was upset the neighbor kids were eating donuts in front of her.
8-7-18 She had to go to the child care at the gym while I taught, which every week is the end of the world. She says she’s old enough to stay home by herself, but I’m not comfortable with that. She tried vegan bacon for lunch, but not a big fan. As we went through the grocery store, she was whining about all the things she couldn’t have, so I told her to stay positive and focus on health.
8-8-18 She sat at the studio playing on the iPad while I taught my yoga sculpt class, then we met the previous PTA Art Reflections chair at Starbucks, so she could hand off the information to me, since I’m taking over the position this year.

Tofu Fried Rice

Vegan Tofu Fried Rice 8-9-18

8-9-18 She sat through my Hot Hatha class, then went to her Hip Hop/Jazz class. She wasn’t a big fan of the Vegan Tofu and Cashew Fried Rice I made. Ice skating with Coach Meegan in the afternoon; started working on her Biellmann Spin. Meegan wants to start preparing her for regionals this Fall.

8-10-18 Ice skating with the rink director, Lisa in the morning since Coach Meegan was out of town, then she played with the neighborhood kids all day.
8-11-18 Daddy took her to her group ice skating lesson in the morning.
8-12-18 I ordered Skate America tickets for the upcoming November show. Daddy took her to the mall.
8-13-18 Off ice training in the morning. She sat at the yoga studio with the iPad while I took a Hot Power Yoga class. When we were in the lobby, our conversation went like this:
Me: The apple doesn’t fall from the tree.
Her: What does that mean?
Me: That you’re my apple and you’re a lot like me.
Her: That’s a nightmare I never want to have!
Have found a few vegan things she will eat, such as, vegan fish sticks.

Vegan Chili

Vegan Chili 8-14-18

8-14-18 After my yoga class, we tried a new vegan restaurant. She wasn’t a big fan of their chili.
8-16-18 Hip Hop/Jazz and ice skating today.
8-17-18 Spins class, then she participated in my yoga class I taught to the ice skaters.
8-18-18 Group ice skating lesson, then her friends, Ivory and Riley spent the day at our house, then they spent the night. Daddy set up the tent in the backyard, so they camped in our backyard.

Backyard

Backyard Party 8-19-18

8-19-18 When I arrived home from my yoga classes in the morning around 11:30am, Ivory and Riley were still at our house. They were playing with some of the neighborhood kids in our backyard. They stayed until mid-afternoon. I was fine until they migrated inside when I was attempting to take a nap before my afternoon class.

Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga 8-20-18

8-20-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene. Practicing her footwork. Played with Veronika in the afternoon; they decided to make something from her American Girl baking book…lots of giggles and messes. Took her to kid’s aerial yoga while I took a hot class. She’s been bugging me about getting a phone again.
8-21-18 She had to go the child care in the gym while I taught my class. She played with the neighborhood kids in the garage and about 15 minutes after trying to take a nap, she runs inside to tell my a guy was outside wanting to talk to me. Thank you pest control guy for soliciting at my door, I didn’t need that nap anyone!

Text

Relentless Text 8-22-18

text

Relentless Text 8-22-18

text

Relentless Text 8-22-18

Baking

American Girl Baking 8-22-18

8-22-18 She was at a neighbor’s house playing and started texting me from her friend’s phone that they wanted to come inside our house to play. I told her, “no”. She continued to state her case as to why I should let them come in side and play downstairs while I went upstairs to my office. This went on for 20 minutes; she is relentless! They made their way upstairs to play. Later in the afternoon, her and Veronika found a banana bread recipe from her American Girl baking book and decided to make a mess in the kitchen to bake it. The bread turned out pretty good! Apparently, I was being mean when asking her to accomplish a few things today, such as putting the iPad down and reading and taking her dirty dishes into the kitchen. She asked why I was so mean. I told her because she doesn’t listen and I have to ask several times before she does something or she just ignores me. After my yoga class, we agreed that I would try to be nicer and she would attempt to listen better.

iPhone

1st iPhone 8-23-18

Joi

Joi 8-23-18

Joi

Joi 8-23-18

Joi

Joi 8-23-18

8-23-18 I gave her the list of school supplies and told her to go find the items she already had before I started purchasing the supplies…you would have thought I asked her to do hard labor! Her GizmoPal2 stopped working, so we’re off to Verizon today to see what is wrong with it and I’m going to get her a phone for a back to school gift, even though I told her she had to land her Axel to get a phone. She’s working on it so hard today! Almost there! Maybe tomorrow. I think her and Joi like each other a lot!

phone accessories

iPhone Accessories 8-24-18

8-24-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. Still working on her Axel…she took a hard fall forward, cried a little, but said she didn’t want to get dramatic in front of Meegan. Took her to Claire’s to get accessories for her new iPhone. Went to Lilly’s birthday party in the afternoon.
8-25-18 Daddy to her on a weekend trip to some water slides. Woohoo…mom gets the weekend to herself and I was a little too excited to rent a Rug Doctor.
8-26-18 So much for maintaining our Vegan and Gluten free diet. Daddy is letting her eat whatever she wants.

Text

Text from Kid 8-27-18

8-27-18 She started texting me in the morning asking me what she can do to earn 1,200 Robux. Told her to finish reading a book by Saturday. I can’t believe my 10-year old responded with “WTH!” They made it home around 6pm.
8-28-18 Day 1 of her 2-day Babysitting Safety Course. Her friends, Kaylin and Ivory took it with her. She’s not quite old enough to babysit, but thought it would give her good tips of when she’s ready to stay home by herself for periods of time.
8-29-18 Ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. Just signed her up to compete at the NW Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships for the first time in a non-qualifying event.

Babysitting Class

Babysitting Class 8-30-18

8-30-18 Last day of her Babysitting Safety Course late afternoon. Played with the neighborhood kids in the early afternoon.
8-31-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. So close to landing her Axel. I’m going to let her have her iPhone.

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June 1st thru June 30th – 2018

6-1-18 Ice skating after school. I made her clean the mess in the garage her and her friends made and her room. Apparently, I asked too harshly after she whined about not wanting to do it. On the way to ice skating, she said she wished daddy was picking her up because he wasn’t mean.

Anna's Bday

Anna’s Birthday 6-2-18

6-2-18 Dropped her off at her friend, Anna’s 10th birthday party at the bowling alley. She was able to see her friends from her old school. We miss those girls! Took her to the ice rink 30 minutes away to meet daddy for her practice ice session…getting ready to compete tomorrow. Spent the rest of the sunny day playing outside with her neighborhood friends.

Ice Fest

Ice Fest 6-3-18

Ice Fest

Ice Fest 6-3-18

Ice Fest

Ice Fest 6-3-18

Ice Fest

Ice Fest 6-3-18

Ice Fest

6-3-18 Ice Fest

Ice Fest

Ice Fest 6-3-18

Ice Fest

Ice Fest 6-3-18

Ice Fest

6-3-18 Ice Fest

6-3-18 Competed at High Level Free Skate 5 at 4:25p in the afternoon. She slipped twice during her program on easy stuff. After her skate, we found a chip in her edge blade, so that may have been the culprit. She still managed to receive 3rd place out of 5 skaters in her level.
6-4-18 This mornings conversation before school:
Her: Truth or Dare? Me: Truth.
Her: Have you ever peed in a pool? Me: Yes.
Her: Hahahaha! Me: Don’t ever do that! Think about it, you’re swimming in people’s pee!
Went to ballet in the evening. Only 2 more lessons before her recital, then we are done with ballet for the summer. She wants to take jazz/hip hop instead.

Night of the Notables

Night of the Notables 6-5-18

Night of the Notables

Night of the Notables 6-5-18

6-5-18 Ice skating after school. I had Mom brain and drove to the wrong rink, so she was 8 minutes late getting on the ice at the right rink. “Night of the Notables” in the evening at school. She chose to be Michelle Kwan…parents walked around and they gave information from their notecards and the parents guessed who they are.
6-6-18 Went to my kids yoga class. She forgot her book at school, so I took the iPad away until she gets enough points to reach her A/R goal.
In the car on the way, the conversation goes like this:
Her: You’re mean and strict!
Me: Sorry you feel that way…it means I’m just doing my job.
Her: No, it means you suck at parenting. What is Power of Attorney?
Me: It’s like if daddy gets POA over grandma, then he would make all the decisions for her.
Her: Will I have to do that when you’re old?
Me: Probably.
Her: I’m going to get you back, just wait! Karma! (Said in a joking manner).
**************
We get home and I make her find a book to read.
We’re sitting on the couch and she says:
Her: What time are you going to yoga?
Me: Why are you asking? Not sure if I’m going, not feeling very well & tired.
Her: You’re always less grumpy after you do yoga.
Me (thinking): I should probably go or she may not live to tomorrow. 🤨
Her: I love you mommy! I’m just being honest.
6-7-18 No ice skating today since Coach Meegan had some students that were testing.

Exhausted

Exhausted 6-8-18

6-8-18 On the way to ice skating with Coach Meegan, she fell asleep in her booster seat…must have been really tired! Daddy picked her up since I had to teach a class.
6-9-18 Daddy took her to her Free Skate 6 lesson. Played with the neighbors and I nagged her to read so she can make her A/R goal. Daddy took her to a late night public skate.
6-10-18 I had to teach all day, so she spent the day with daddy. Daddy let her have the iPad even though I told her she couldn’t have it until she made her A/R goal. She brought the iPad to me and said, “Mom, look at this skater! He’s really good, but he wears some pretty wild costumes! Do you think I’ll be able to skate like this someday?” It was Johnny Weir…love him!

Field Trip

Field Trip 6-11-18

Field Trip

6-11-18 Field Trip

Field Trip

Field Trip 6-11-18

No Cavities

No Cavities 6-11-18

Field Trip

Field Trip 6-11-18

6-11-18 Went on the field trip with her 4th grade class. Took a ferry and explored the 475-acre island. They provided lunch of yummy salmon and watched a Native American storytelling show. Went to her dental checkup right after…no cavities! Last ballet class before her dress rehearsal and recitals.
6-12-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
6-13-18 Went to my kids yoga class right after school. She left her water bottle at school, so she used mine during class. I was already slightly annoyed because she couldn’t find her umbrella this morning…we arrived home and I asked her where my $36 water bottle was and she said she left it at the club. I became extremely annoyed and yelled at her and told her she wasn’t getting a phone until she learned how to take care of things. Of course, she was upset and told me I needed to find a new daughter. I sent her to her room to read until I chilled out. She doesn’t stay upset for long, so she came downstairs when Daddy came home and found her umbrella, then I went back to the club to retrieve my water bottle and stayed for a yoga class. All was good when I arrived back home.

Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal 6-14-18

Field Day

Field Day 6-14-18

6-14-18 Field Day in the afternoon at school. I chose NOT to volunteer for this event. Drove 25 minutes to the rink that sharpens the best get her ice skates sharpened to repair the nick on her blade edge. Picked her up from school, then ice skating at another rink with Coach Meegan, then straight to ballet dress rehearsal. Daddy picked her up since I had to teach a class.
6-15-18 Dropped her off at daddy’s work since I had to teach a class. He took her to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. When I arrived back home, she Facetimed Bachan (my mom) since it was Bachan’s birthday.

 Ballet Peformance

Performance #1 6-16-18

Ballet Performance

Performance #1 6-16-18

6-16-18 First ballet performance of two today at 1pm. We were running late and daddy drives so slow and safe! Was getting an ulcer on the way there. Checked her in while daddy found parking; he barely made it before the lights went down.

Ballet Peformance

Performance #2 6-17-18

Ballet Performance

Performance #2 6-17-19

6-17-18 I taught two classes in the morning, then rushed home to get her ready for her second ballet performance at 3pm. We planned better today and arrived early. Daddy spent Father’s Day at a ballet recital, then we went out for Mexican food.
6-18-18 No more ballet until Sept! I’m just a little too happy…do not have to taxi her to class on Monday evenings!

Last Day of School

Last Day of School 6-19-18

6-19-18 Last Day of School – early release at 1pm. While we were getting ready in the morning, we heard a man yelling about something, then as clear as day…”What the f*ck was that about?!?” They have a teenager in the home. She spent a couple of hours playing outside with the neighborhood kids before her ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene. Should remind the neighbor behind our house that plays loud hip hop music that it’s summer and the windows are open. The neighbor is back at it this afternoon…must have a teenager in the home because he’s yelling multiple times…”You’re f*cking up! When I tell you to do something, you f*cking do it!” Maybe I should give him Parenting with Love & Logic. Going thru all the stuff she brought home from school. Her teacher gave each student an award. She received the “Happy Hugger” award because she hugs everyone.

Happy Hugger

Happy Hugger 6-20-18

Handstand

Handstand 6-20-18

6-20-18 Played outside all day, then we went to my kid’s yoga class. She decided to get upside down in a hand stand. Went back outside to play, then came in a little later saying I was going to be made at her because I left her $15 water bottle at the yoga studio. I’ve been trying to get her to come up with a plan so she quits leaving things everywhere.
6-21-18 Had her work on some tutorials in Khan Academy online so she can get through 5th grade math this summer since she will be in the highly capable program when school starts and will skip a grade. Outside playing in the water again today with the neighborhood kids. Came inside saying Jojo accidentally hit her in the head with a ball and her glasses were loose, so we had to run to her eye doctor to get them adjusted and picked up her water bottle at the studio on the way home.
6-22-18 Chilly and cloudy today, so relaxing inside. Made her get off the iPad and do some Khan tutorials, then let her watch some TV…think she spends too much time playing games on the iPad.
6-23-18 Daddy took her to her Free Skate 6 lesson in the morning.
6-24-18 Daddy took her to putt putt golf.

Ice Camp

1st Day of Ice Skate Camp 6-25-18

Ice Camp

2nd Day of Ice Skate Camp 6-26-18

Team Supporter

Team Supporter Award 6-26-18

6-25-18 First day of Leap Into Summer Ice Skating Camp. She is on the Pink Team. She was excited that her friend, Simone was on her team. When I picked her up, she seemed a little cranky…she’s getting over a minor cold. One minute I’m the meanest mom and the next she loves me.
6-26-18 She had to go to the kid’s club at the gym while I taught my yoga class…she was not happy about that since she’s almost 10! Second day of Leap Into Summer. She received the “Team Supporter Award”.
6-27-18 Third day at ice skating camp. A video she made with the Musically app on the iPad appeared on my phone from iCloud. Pretty creative!

6-28-19 Last day of camp. All the teams were grouped together by their level and performed a show for the parents. She had so much fun and asked if there were any other ice skating camps at other rinks.

Ice Skate

Ice Time 6-29-18

6-29-18 Trying to get her to spend less time playing on the iPad, so I told her to go read a book for her school’s summer reading challenge. Once again, I was the meanest mom ever! Took her to the ice rink to get some ice time since she has a competition tomorrow. She worked on her Scratch Spin, then started to feel ill, so we went home after 15 minutes.

Ice Skate Coach

Coach Meegan 6-30-18

1st Place

1st Place 6-30-18

6-30-18 Daddy took her to practice ice in the afternoon for her competition this evening while I took Joi the cat to his cat hostel. She competed at 7:50pm…told her to skate a clean program because I wanted to get a professional video of her program. She almost had it, but slipped at the end. She will be skating it again at the end of July and August. Still received 1st place since she was the only skating in her level at this competition.

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July 1st thru July 31st – 2018

Dallas

Arrived in Dallas 7-1-18

Dallas Airpoet

Dallas Airport 7-1-18

Pool

Aunt Jenny’s Pool 7-1-18

7-1-18 Went to the airport to fly to Dallas to Aunt Jenny, Cousin Ryan and Bachan. Arrived in Dallas at approximately 3pm. She is so excited. Aunt Jenny picked us up and we had dinner, then proceeded to her home. She has a pool, so they decided to go for a night swim. It’s way too hot in Texas…can’t breathe!

Indoor Ice Rink

Indoor Mall Rink 7-2-18

Salmon

Salmon Dinner 7-2-18

7-2-18 The next day, we went to The Parks Mall in Arlington that has an ice rink in the mall, so she could skate. She likes salmon, so Aunt Jenny made it for dinner. Spent the evening swimming.

Trampoline

Trampoline in Mall 7-3-18

Cousin

Cousin Ryan 7-3-18

7-3-18 Went to Grapevine Mills to shop and she jumped on the trampoline. More swimming.
7-4-18 Cousin Ryan spent the afternoon with us by the pool. No fireworks allowed in my sister’s neighborhood. Very strange to have a quiet 4th of July!

Turquoise Hair 7-5-18

7-5-18 Cousin Ryan came back over to dye her hair tips turquoise. Took some family pics. Aunty Jenny took her shopping and she came back with shirts from Justice and items from Claire’s. More swimming.

Neighbors

Neighbors 7-6-18

7-6-18 Woke up at 5am to get ready to head to the airport to fly home. Once we arrived home, it was only about 30 minutes before the neighbor kids were knocking on our door wanting her to play.
7-7-18 Daddy took her and our neighbors, Jojo & Kai to watch Incredibles 2.
7-8-18 Daddy took her on a bike ride, then she played with the neighbor kids. I let her take the iPad Mini outside against my better judgement. About 30 minutes later, she comes in crying because she dropped it shattered the screen. This is why I wouldn’t let her take it outside for the longest time and finally gave in because her dad said it wasn’t a big deal…$220 to fix the screen! Trying to withhold my anger, but she knows from my voice that I’m upset and so is she. At least she knows better than to mouth back when I asked her to go read and brush her teeth tonight.
7-9-18 I let her play on the iPad while I took a much needed yoga class. She asked if she would be able to ever take the iPad outside again…I told her I didn’t know. She asked if I was mad at her. I said I wasn’t mad at HER, just mad because it costs $200 to replace the screen. Whenever, I told her to read or practice math on Khan, she would as when daddy was coming home…apparently, daddy is more fun and much nicer than I am!

Gym

At the gym after mom’s yoga class 7-10-18

BFF's

BFF’s 7-10-18

Birthday

Ivory’s Birthday 7-10-18

7-10-18 She had to go to child care while I taught my morning yoga class, then went to the pool for 4 hours to celebrate her best friend, Ivory’s 10th birthday. Ivory received an iPhone 8. The kid has a better phone than I do…I have a 6s! Now, I’m just waiting to start her nagging at me to get a phone for her birthday on 7/28. Told her to land her Axel by then and she’ll get her phone, but she’s getting my 6s and I will upgrade.

Playdate

Playdate 7-11-18

Twister

Twister 7-11-18

7-11-18 Her friends, Ivory & Riley spent the day at our house since their babysitter is out of town. About 2pm, I heard the ice cream truck driving by…Noooooo! They decided to play Twister…kept hearing the comments of “this hurts” and “I feel a pain”. They’re young, they will recover.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop/Jazz 7-12-18

Hip Hop

1st Day of Hip Hop/Jazz 7-12-18

Spins Class

Spins Class 7-13-18

Playdate

Playdate 7-13-18

7-12-18 First day of Hip Hop/Jazz…decided to try something new this summer. Ice skating with Coach Meegan in the afternoon. She worked on her Pancake Spin.
7-13-18 Summer Skating School – decided to take Spins class before her lesson with Coach Meegan. The skating director asked if I would teach classes during the summer to the young skaters and teens once per week. Another playdate with Ivory and Riley.
7-14-18 Daddy took her to Free Skate 6, then she played outside all day with the neighborhood kids. She was offered a tuna sandwich for dinner and declined, so her dad told her to make her own. She turned on the stove and made soup…it’s nice that she’s becoming more independent.

Yoga

Yoga 7-15-18

Ms. Myers

Ms. Myers 7-15-18

7-15-18 Another Musically video appeared on my phone from iCloud…this one was funny! I taught a yoga class on the community stage at the local festival, so she came on stage and did the 30 minute class. She ran into her 4th grade student teacher, Ms. Meyers, which was the best part of the festival for her.

 

Off Ice Traiing

Off Ice Training 7-16-18

7-16-18 She went to off-ice training in the morning, then we drove to another rink for Coach Arlene’s lesson, but she forgot to tell us she was out of town.

Lunch

Lunch Date 7-17-18

Joi

Joi 7-17-18

7-17-18 Joi the cat kept meowing at her to come pet him…when she tried to stop, he started meowing again. She had to go the childcare at the gym while I taught my class, which she claims is torture for her, so I took her to sushi for lunch.

Ballet

Ballet 7-18-18

7-18-18 She played on the iPad at the hot studio while I taught my Yoga Sculpt class. In the afternoon she had a make up dance class, so she took ballet…she didn’t seem very thrilled to be there.
7-19-18 Hip Hop/Jazz class, then skating with Coach Meegan. She worked on several spins, her Biellmann and Axel…still working on landing it.

Axel

Working on Axel 7-20-18

7-20-18 Coach Meegan put her on the harness to help her with her Axel. Only 8 days to her birthday…if she lands it, she will get her phone.

Joi

Joi 7-21-18

Starbucks

New Starbucks 7-21-18

7-21-18 Joi the cat acts like a dog sometimes; he follows her around everywhere. Daddy went biking, so she came to the yoga studio with me in the afternoon. She noticed a new Starbucks going up along the street we pass several times every day…thanks Starbucks!
7-22-18 She was trying to teach me how to use the Musically app…”geez Mom, are you from the 50’s?!?” Daddy took her to the book store to get some Math textbooks, then she played with the neighborhood kids all evening.
7-23-18 She wanted bagels a few days ago, so we have been eating them this week…I’m retaining water and my body feels inflamed. I informed her today that starting in August, we will be changing our diet to Vegan and Gluten Free for 30 days to see if it makes a difference in how we feel…I may let her go vegetarian since she likes eggs and chocolate milk. She’s not too thrilled about it, but told her we would make our meals together and encourage each other. Her aunt has arrived in the area from Texas.

Shopping

Accessories Aunt Jenny Bought 7-24-18

Adidas

New Adidas 7-24-18

Screen Protector

Screen Protector 7-24-18

7-24-18 Aunt Jenny met us for lunch then took her shopping at the outlet mall. She managed to get a few things that she would have never received if I had been with them. Her aunt let her try Dragon’s Breath candy, which freaked me out a bit. She came home with a pair of Adidas that are much nicer than any sneakers I have! Lol. I’m glad I didn’t lose my sh*t when she brought in the iPad a couple of weeks ago, hysterical because she thought she cracked the screen. I started looking at it closely and she cracked the screen protector, not the actual screen…guess that protector wasn’t such a bad idea!

Joi

Joi 7-25-18

Joi

Joi 7-25-18

Justice

“C” Light from Justice 7-25-18

HYE

Waiting for Mom to Finish Teaching 7-25-18

7-25-18 She was hysterically laughing because I spilled green juice on our couch. When I took the cushion off to clean, Joi the cat thought I took it off just for him. Daddy had a hockey game, so she went to my evening yoga class with the bribe of going to Justice before class. She wants to redecorate her room, so we started with a “C” light that represents her name.
7-26-18 The look on Carly’s face when Beavis & Butthead’s version of Cher’s “I Got You Babe” started playing from my playlist in the car….priceless! Went to her Hip Hop/Jazz class, then ice skating with Coach Meegan.

Yoga

Ice Skaters Doing Yoga 7-27-18

Stretch

Straddle Stretch 7-27-18

Axel

Working on Axel 7-27-18

7-27-18 Spins class then lesson with Coach Meegan…still working on her Axel. She attended my yoga class along with the other ice skaters after her class. As I was guiding them in the Extended Big Toe Pose, a couple of the skaters decided to intensify! Went to Costco to get refreshments for her birthday party tomorrow, then to Dollar Store to get gift bags.

10th Brithday

She is 10 Today! 7-28-18

10th Birthday

10th Birthday 7-28-18

10th Birthday

10th Birthday 7-28-18

10th Birthday

10th Birthday 7-28-18

10th Birthday

10th Birthday 7-28-18

10th Birthday 7-28-18

10th Birthday 7-28-18

10th Birthday

10th Birthday 7-28-18

After Party

After Party 7-28-18

7-28-18 She turns 10 today! Went to her morning ice skating lesson, then to another ice rink for her birthday party. Same cupcakes as last year with ice skates as toppers. Every year I say we’re not going to have a big party, but it always ends up with 12+ kids. Aunt Jenny came to her party. Ivory and Riley and some of the neighborhood kids came over for an “after party”.
7-29-18 Day after party…just glad it’s over! Aunt Jenny and Jason took her to the mall to meet with their friends and play with their friend’s daughter, Mi.
7-30-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Playdate

Playdate with Mi 7-31-18

7-31-18 Spent the day with Aunt Jenny and Jason and they went to their friend’s house and she played with little Mi all day. I got home around 1:30pm and the neighborhood girls knocked on the door twice in 90 minutes…trying to enjoy peace and quiet…if they come by again, I’m getting the super soaker out! At dinner, I made her eat a bite of broccoli…her response, “It’s hard to consume.” Lol!

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May 1st thru May 31st – 2018

5-1-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene. Running late and I’m asking her to hurry and get her skates on and she tells me I’m impatient and she can’t be rushed. I’m restraining yelling at her.
5-2-18 Went to my kids yoga class, then she played with the neighborhood kids since it was sunny out. She was being sweet tonight, which is a first in a couple of weeks…hopefully, this will last a few days!
5-3-18 She woke up with a sore throat, so I let her stay home from school today and skip her ice skating lesson.

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica 5-4-18

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica 5-4-18

5-4-18 Back to school. I taught the art docent lesson for her class on Michelangeo. The art project was drawing St. Peter’s Basilica. Her writing assignment is due on Monday and she talked her teacher into not making her stay in for study hall today as long as she finished it over the weekend. She arrived home and after about 45 minutes realized she left all her information for her assignment at school, proceeded to throw a fit and told me I sucked because I wouldn’t take her to school to see if her teacher was still there. I told her she would have to stay in for recess on Monday to finish it and she continued to throw a fit, so she ended up in her room. She has ice skating with Coach Meegan at 5pm and can’t wait until that is over so I can pass her off to dad and I can go to a yoga class!

princess cake

Princess Cake 5-5-18

5-5-18 I had to teach all day today and left at 7:30am with her skates in my car, so she missed her morning lesson. Apparently, her and the neighbors made a princess cake today.
5-6-18 I taught all day and when I arrived home in the afternoon, she was having fun with her friends in the garage.

Splits

Splits 5-7-18

5-7-18 Ballet in the early evening and she wanted to show me she’s getting better at her splits.
5-8-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
5-9-18 Kids yoga.
5-10-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then she started talking about the cell phone again…had to shut her down! Attended the Highly Capable open house info. session tonight for new students going into the program. Glad she is starting in the 5th grade…will just have to get her thru 5th grade math this summer, since she will be doing 6th grade academics next year. It sounds as if it will be similar to Montessori school, which is perfect for her. Working independently and lots of projects…just like her Montessori preschool. 😀 A parent actually asked how to balance putting pressure vs. letting his kid be a kid. The classes get divided into 2nd/3rd, 3rd/4th & 5th grades, possibly 4th/5th. Many concerned parents wondering how they divide the 3rd & 4th graders, socialization, etc.

New dress

New Dress 5-11-18

5-11-18 Morning breakfast with mom at school for Mother’s Day. Ice skating with Coach Meegan; she wore her new ice skating dress. Then, her friends, Ivory and Riley, came over to play while the mom’s went to a yoga class.
5-12-18 As she’s getting ready to leave for her ice skating lesson with daddy, she asked where I put the iPad. I said, “I don’t know.” Under her breath, she says, “Wow, that’s a bad memory.” 
5-13-18 Mother’s Day.

Mothers Day Gift

Mother’s Day Gift 5-14-18

5-14-18 Bad mom…she gave this to me a necklace she made yesterday while I was attempting to nap on the couch. Didn’t even really look at it and told her to put it the counter. I better wear it every day this week! Ballet in the early evening.
5-15-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.
5-16-18 Went to my kids yoga class. The kids were running around wild, then I put a song on by Snatam Kaur and they immediately calmed down and went to their mats without redirecting 100x. Stopped at McDonald’s for McTeacher night, where all the teachers at her school work the counter and drive-thru for a PTA fundraiser. It was a complete zoo…we got the order to go!

Upside Down

Upside Down 5-17-18

5-17-18 After school, we stopped by the community park to hang upside down. Ice skating with Coach Meegan.

Stars On Ice

Stars On Ice – watching Jason Brown 5-19-18

Ice Skating Mom 5-18-18

5-18-18  Ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. I found this meme which sums us up at the rink.
5-19-18 I went to Wanderlust most of the day, then we went to Stars on Ice in the evening. We had meet and greet tickets, but she became extremely tired and didn’t feel good by the end of the show, so we gave our tickets to a couple of very excited girls since she has already met most of the skaters twice.
5-20-18 She worked on her Night of the Notables project for a little while and spent the afternoon playing with neighbors.

Ice Cream Truck

Ice Cream Truck at 5:10pm 5-21-18

Warrior Two

Warrior Two 5-21-18

Warrior two

Warrior Two 5-21-18

5-21-18 Starting SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment) tests at school this week. She’s participating in a yoga challenge in one of my studios I teach at. Her and the neighbor kids showing their Warrior Two pose. Then, the ice cream truck came through our neighborhood and I wanted to bring out the super soaker…it’s 5:10pm…right before dinner! Then, she had ballet in the evening.

Airplane Pose

Airplane Pose 5-22-18

Airplane Pose

Airplane Pose 5-22-18

Crescent Lunge

Crescent Lunge 5-23-18

5-22-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene, then she played with the neighborhood kids. Today’s pose was Airplane.
5-23-18 She was eating a cookie when I picked her up from school. Apparently, the teacher is giving the class tons of snacks throughout the day at every break during their tests…why do they have to give so much junk food?!? Went to my kids yoga class and she showed her Crescent Lunge pose.

Exhausted

Exhausted 5-24-18

5-24-18 I had to teach a yoga class in the morning, so daddy took her and the neighbor kids to school. When I picked her up, she was eating a brownie! On her way to her ice skating lesson, she fell asleep (she hasn’t done that in a couple of years). After skating she said she got a cramp in her side after she started skating…told her it was from all the junk she ate at school. She wasn’t even hungry after due to all the snacking.
5-25-18 Rainbow Day at school. She wore a fancy colorful dress. Ice skating with Coach Meegan. Another school shooting; this time in an Indiana middle school. We have already decided that she will do online public high school…do we need to do it in middle school too?!?

Dinner

Dinner 5-27-18

5-27-18 On our way to dinner. Get a call from the neighbor that our front door was left open on our way to dinner, she starts crying because she was worried about the cat getting out, Dad dropped the f-bomb, went back home to check on the cat…we finally made it to dinner.
5-28-18 Memorial Day. No school. Spent the day playing with her neighborhood friends.
5-29-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene. Getting ready to compete on Sunday.

Cougar Pride

Cougar Pride Award 5-30-18

5-30-18 She was so happy she received the Cougar Pride award yesterday! She has been going to her elementary school since 2nd grade and has never received it…every month, she would be so disappointed because she felt everyone else had received one except her. Kept telling her she didn’t need the recognition because she does good things every day, but phew! Proceeded to my kids yoga class.
5-31-18 No ice skating today due since Coach Meegan is at Ice Fest today. Played with the neighbor kids after school. Not only do they play together all the time, they now FaceTime each other when they have to come inside.

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April 1st thru April 30th – 2018

Easter

Easter Basket 4-1-18

Poppy

Poppy 4-1-18

Making Slime

Making Slime 4-1-18

4-1-18 We let her skip her ice skating lesson so she could attend the neighborhood Easter egg hunt. Daddy bought her lots of sugar! Her best friend from last year, Poppy is in town for Spring Break…she is so excited!

Neighbors

Neighbors 4-2-18

Ballet

Ballet 4-2-18

4-2-18 The neighborhood kids decided our garage was the hang out location. Not sure how kids can be so loud! Is Spring Break over yet? Monday evening ballet.
4-3-18 She had to go to the gym’s child care while I taught my yoga class…she was not happy, but she survived. Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Camel Pose

Camel Pose 4-4-18

4-4-18 Daddy took the day off since I had to teach all morning. She came to my kids yoga class in the afternoon and when we arrived home, the neighborhood kids were hovering outside our garage door waiting for us. They aren’t even wait until we get home to come knocking on our door.
4-5-18 Playdate with Lilly and Poppy all day until she had to leave for her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan.

Senior Discount

Senior Discount 4-6-18

Axel

Practicing Axel 4-6-18

4-6-18 Last day of Spring Break. Went to Fred Meyer, then lounged at home until her ice skating lesson. On the say there, she says, “Mom, can you drive calmer, I’m getting a headache.” I thought I was…took the backroads to Kirkland to avoid interstate. Guess I’m a pretty aggressive driver. On the way home, she informed me that in 6 years I will be able to get the senior discount at Fred Meyer…she saw a sign in the store earlier. Thanks kid! Ice skating with Coach Meegan in the afternoon; she’s working on her Axel.

Joi

Joi 4-9-18

Princess Cake

Princess Cake 4-7-18

4/7/18 Daddy was going to take her to her morning ice skating lesson, but I took off with her skates in my car before they woke up, so she didn’t get to go. When I arrived home from my yoga workshop, I had gained 3 neighborhood kids.
4/8/18 Last day of Spring Break!
4/9/18 Back to school! She took a close up photo of our kitty this morning. She loves Joi!
4/10/18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.

Kids Yoga

Kids Yoga 4-11-18

4/11/18 Went to my kids yoga class.
4/12/18 Pick her up from school and the conversation went like this:
Me: How was your day?
Her: Good.
Me: What did you learn today?
Her: Math.
Me: Anything new?
Her: New things in math.
Me: 🙄

We proceeded to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. Working on her program today for her competition in May…she chose her own music – ‘Forgettable’ (ft. Olivia)’ by Project 46.

4/13/18 Measured her for her new ice skating dress for her competition in May. Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
4/14/18 Daddy took her to her morning ice skating lesson.
4/15/18 Daddy took her swimming while I was teaching.
4/16/18 Ballet in the evening.
4/17/18 She has been constantly bugging me about getting a cell phone for a few months now. I finally toll her that once she lands her Axel, I will get her a phone. At her ice skating lesson, I’ve never seen her work so hard on a move!
4/18/18 Went to my kids yoga class. I have to reign her in when she starts bossing the younger kids.
4/19/18 Daddy took her to the trampoline place for the PTA fundraiser. Nobody she knew was there, so they ate dinner and she came home and played with the neighborhood kids.

WA State Project

WA State Project 4-20-18

4/20/18 She brought home this fun Washington state project the 4th graders made from homemade clay (playdough-ish). Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
4/21/18 I taught yoga in the morning and afternoon. When I arrived home around 4:30pm tired and cranky, all the neighborhood kids were in my living room creating a mess. Daddy made them leave as soon as I was home because I whispered under my breath to him to get them out of my house!
4/23/18 I had art docent training for this month’s 4th grade art class. She took the bus home and had ballet in the early evening.
4/24/18 Guess one of the parents in the school pick up line is attempting to be cool by blasting some hip hop music with the windows down. 🙄 Should crank up some Snatam Kaur! Ice skating with Coach Arlene and she talked incessantly about what kind of phone she wants. I finally had to shut her down before I lost my mind. Apparently, I’m a mean mom and she wishes she had a mom that isn’t mean.
4/25/18 Kids yoga after school and she was upset because another classmate received the Cougar Pride award from her class this month and she has never received it.
4/26/18 I have always said I would never force religion on her. I would give her the knowledge then she makes the decision. She asked why we don’t go to church and we should go. Now I have to get off my arse and find an evening service that I can tolerate since I teach yoga on Sunday mornings. Small world…decided to get a haircut last minute and the salon had an opening…chatting with the stylist the entire time and find out his daughter is in the same class as mine!
4/27/18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan…still working on her axel. And still talking about getting a cell phone!

Birthday Cake

My Birthday Cake 4-28-18

4/28/18 It’s my birthday today. Some of the neighborhood kids made me a cake…guess they aren’t all that bad! Lol.
4/29/18 Played with the neighborhood kids most of the day.
4/30/18 She’s still bugging me about getting a phone…keeps asking what kind of phone she is going to get. Told her to stop talking about it. Had ballet in the early evening.

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March 1st thru March 31st – 2018

3-1-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school.
3-2-18 She was chosen to be “Cougar of the Week” in her class. She makes a poster sharing about herself, then will share it to the class next week. Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school again.

Skiing

Skiing with Daddy 3-3-18

3-3-18 Daddy took her skiing…I was concerned because she started to get a sore throat last night. She really wanted to go, so I didn’t object. By evening, she was feeling sick with a headache and slight fever, but she said she had fun.
3-4-18 She’s sick today with a sore throat and headache. When the neighbor’s knocked on the door to see if she could play, I said, “no!” I was told I was the worst mother ever!
3-5-18 Home sick from school. Spent most of the day on the iPad. Skipped ballet.

Sick Day

Sick Day 3-6-18

3-6-18 Went to school. At 10:20am, I was on my way to teach my yoga class and the school called. She has a crying with a headache and wanted to come home. Messaged her dad to pick her up and bring her home. I arrived home at noon, so he could go back to work. Told her to get off the iPad and do something else, so she decided to paint.
3-7-18 Back to school and regular routine. Went to my kids yoga class after school.

Movie Night

Movie Night 3-8-18

Axel

Practicing her Axel 3-9-18

Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe 3-9-18

3-8-18 Ice skating lesson was canceled since the rink was closed. PTA Movie Night after school. They watched Despicable Me 3. She hung out with her friend, Max while I sat in a corner and read a book.

3-9-18 I volunteered at the school as the Art Docent for her class today. Lesson was on Georgia O’Keefe. All the girls just wanted to paint flowers and the boys bones. Only a couple painted both in their watercolor paintings. Ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. She practiced her Axel on the harness.
3-10-18 I taught yoga all day, so he was at home with daddy. She played with the neighborhood kids and cousins, Zarah and Alize came over in the afternoon.
3-11-18 Daddy went bike riding, so she came to my instructor meeting with me at one of the yoga studios I teach at. After, we went to Red Robin for dinner. I ordered my Diet Coke, as usual…she says,You eat healthy and do yoga, so why do you drink so much Diet Coke?” 
3-12-18 Had my last Diet Coke in the morning…lasted the rest of the day just drinking water and Perrier. She had ballet in the evening.
3-13-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.

Biellmann

Biellmann 3-14-18

BFF's

BFF’s 3-14-18

3-14-18 After my kids yoga class, she played outside with the neighborhood kids. I let her take a few pictures outside with the iPad. They took some of her in her Biellman. Then, her friends, Ivory and Riley came over while the moms went to a hot yoga class.

Shirt

Butterfly Shirt 3-15-18

Morning Cat Hugs

Morning Hugs 3-15-18

3-15-18 Snuggle time with the cat, Joi in the morning. After school, she was whining and almost in tears because she checked on her A/R goal and still needs 21 points by next Friday. (About 4 points per book, depending on the book she reads). Told her she won’t get the iPad back until next Friday and she needs to bring at least 3 books home over the weekend and spend her free time reading to attempt to make her goal or she can ask her teacher to lower her goal. She wasn’t happy with either choice. She wanted me to talk to the teacher and I said I would not because she waited until the last minute to check her points and she spends too much free time on the iPad playing games. This all took place in the car on the way to her ice skating lesson. By the time we arrived, she had calmed down and decided to attempt to make her goal. She wanted me to take a picture of the shirt she was wearing for her Aunt Jenny. Jenny gave her this shirt that is black and white until it’s in the sun, then changes colors.
3-16-18 Apparently, I’m a mean mom! Making her stay in and read on this sunny day she still needs 17 points by next Friday (about 3-4 books…took one test today and received 4 points). Told her not to wait so long next quarter to check how many points she needs…trying to teach her about deadlines. If you wait until the last minute, you have to cram it in and you don’t get to go out and have fun…oh, and the iPad is gone until next Friday. Yep, I’m a mean mom! Had ice skating with Coach Meegan later in the afternoon.
3-17-18 She went with me to my 2pm yoga class that I taught so daddy could go for a bike ride. She is banned from the iPad, so she read her books working toward her A/R goal. I let her play outside with the neighborhood kids for an hour when we arrived home, then she came in to read more.
3-18-18 Still reading in the morning, then I let her go out for an hour before lunch. Came in to read for another hour, then daddy let her go outside for about 2 hours to play before coming back inside. When I arrived home from my yoga class, a letter from her school district had arrived. She scored high enough to participate in the Highly Capable Program at her school. Daddy was hesitant about letting her participate, but I want her to and so does she, so next year she will be doing work one grade above her level. Still don’t know how we ended up with a highly capable kid! Lol.
3-19-18 Ballet this evening.
3-20-18 She made her A/R goal 2 days early! Amazing what she can accomplish when she isn’t playing games on the iPad. Told her I’d let her dye her hair tips purple if she made her goal. Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.
3-21-18 Went to my kid’s yoga class.
3-22-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
3-23-18 Finished teaching my yoga class at 1pm about 35 minutes from home. Listened to my voice mail at 1:18pm…it was her school telling me that they were released at 1p today…called her dad at work to pick her up since he was 20 minutes from her school. Ice skating with Coach Meegan. Getting ready for her competition tomorrow.

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate - 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate - 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate - 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate - 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate - 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate - 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate - 1st Place 3-24-18

Fiesta Skate – 1st Place 3-24-18

3-24-18 Fiesta Skate today. She competed at the Free Skate 5 level and placed 1st!

3-25-18 Played with the neighborhood kids all day.

Student Teacher

Ms. Myers 3-26-18

3-26-18 Teacher conference today…she’s doing great, as usual. The student teacher, Ms. Myer’s last day will be Friday, so she wanted a picture with her.  Ballet in the early evening.
3-27-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Purple Hair

Purple Hair 3-28-18

3-28-18 Early release from school this week due to conferences. She took the bus home today for the first time since I wouldn’t be done teaching soon enough to pick her up from school. As soon as we arrive home, the neighborhood kids start knocking on our door. Our garage has become the designated hang out place. The are so loud! After my kid’s yoga class, she had her hair appointment to dye her ends purple. She was soooooo excited! Sat in her chair for 2.5 hours grinning the entire time.
3-29-18 I had cosmetic laser treatment on my face this morning due to some sun damage. I looked like a burn victim, so called the school and had her take the bus home again today. She loves riding the bus! Ice skating with Coach Meegan…walked her into the rink, then hid in my car (due to my face) until she was finished.
3-30-18 Had her take the bus home again today and canceled her ice skating lesson because my face is swollen today and starting to blister. The neighborhood kids are back in our garage, as usual.
3-31-18 The kids are in our garage again and loud! Let her walk to the Dollar Store with a group of kids to get slime supplies, the oldest in the group is 11. Made sure she had her Gizmo Pal 2 on, so I could track her. She talked me into letting her skip her ice skating lesson tomorrow, so she could attend the neighborhood Easter egg hunt.

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February 1st thru February 28th – 2018

2-1-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school. Working on her new program. Meegan said this will most likely be her last competition at the basic skills level, then she will move up to non test and possibly regionals this summer.
2-2-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan again.

Playdate

Playdate with Lilly 2-3-18

2-3-18 Daddy took her to her ice skating lessons this morning. Free Skate 6 and on-ice jumps. Playdate with Lilly all afternoon. They made cupcakes and slime.
2-5-18 Ballet in the evening.
2-6-18 She said her classmate, Grace asked her if she was a dwarf today because she’s so tiny. She’s perfectly proportionate, just small. She’s 9 and looks as if she’s 7 and only weighs 49 lbs. I’m just glad that she has self-confidence (at least she appears to), and she doesn’t seem upset by it. Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.

New Glasses

New Glasses 2-7-18

Fitness Night

Health & Fitness Night 2-8-18

Fitness Night

Health & Fitness Night 2-8-18

2-7-18 Cousin Zarah’s birthday today, so she left a voice message for her. Went to my kid’s yoga class, then picked up her new glasses.
2-8-18 She said her friend, Addy stuck up for her today. Apparently, some 5th graders were talking about her and laughing because she is so petite. Addy told the to stop. She said that made her feel good and I told her she was just right and everyone comes in different sizes. Ice skating with Coach Meegan, then we went to Health & Fitness night at her school. She played with her friend, Max most of the night. At home, she’s online doing her iReady homework and she gets one too many answers wrong, and I hear her say, “How am I supposed to know this shit?!?” She sounds like me…not my proudest mom moment.

Teacher Comments

Teacher Comments 2-9-18

2-9-18 She brought home her report card today. So proud of the comments her teacher provided. The kid is such a better person than her parents! Lol! Dropped her off at daddy’s work after school, so he could take her to her ice skating lesson since I had to meet a client.
2-10-18 Daddy took her to her morning ice skating lessons, then dropped her off at Aunt Cindy’s because it’s Cousin Zarah’s 7th birthday. They went to a gymnastics place, then had birthday dinner at their house. I had to teach classes in the afternoon, so I skipped and took a break.
2-12-18 Daddy took her to school this morning since I had a morning class. The PTA is selling candy grams again for $1 this week. Students or parents can buy candy (Laffy Taffy) for their friends, kids and teachers. She bought one for everyone in her class. When I picked her up, she said she was the only one that didn’t receive one…I reminded her that’s because she bought all her classmates one. She said it didn’t bother her, but I think it did. I usually buy a few for her when they sell them. She asked if I would buy her some. She had ballet in the evening and daddy bought her soda since he felt bad for her. They started their secret pal gift exchange today through Valentine’s Day. She received 2 bottles of purple nail polish.

Valentine's Box

Valentine’s Box 2-13-18

Valentine's Box

Valentine’s Box 2-13-18

2-13-18 She took her Valentine’s box that her class was required to make for their cards. I stopped by the school at lunch and bought her 5 candy grams. Her friend, Max’s mom was there and said Max had bought her one today, so at least she’ll receive one from him. I went shopping for her secret pal, teachers and Max’s Valentine’s gifts after teaching my evening yoga class. Target was sold out of everything, so had to go to Fred Meyer…didn’t get home until 11pm. Daddy helped her make cupcakes because she wanted to take them to her classroom party tomorrow.

Gift

Gift from Max 2-14-18

Hershey Kiss Pose

Hershey Kiss Pose 2-14-18

2-14-18 I volunteered at the school today and she received 3 more candy grams from me and Max gave her 2 and another friend gave her one. Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school. Classroom Valentine’s Day party…they made slime and had ice cream sundaes. Went to my kid’s yoga class after school. They did a partner pose and we called it Hershey Kiss pose. She received a cute clip on bear from Max and she gave him some Star Wars toys.
2-15-18 “Dress like food” day tomorrow…she tells me after school she wants to be a strawberry. I was thinking a fried egg would be easy (white fabric, cut into a shape of an egg, cut a hole in the middle to go over her head, glue on a yellow circle). But, noooooo, that’s not cute, she wants to be a strawberry! So, after ice skating at 5pm, we go to Target, Burlington, Old Navy, Sears, Fred Meyer looking for a plain red t-shirt or dress…nothing! After yoga, I run to another mall and find a pineapple shirt at Macy’s 15 minutes before they close…I’m done! She can be a pineapple! Decide to stop at another Target on the way home just to check and find a red t-shirt in the BOY’S section…she refuses to wear it because it’s a boy’s shirt! Good! Because I am not cutting the seeds and gluing them on at this point!!! Red t-shirt and fabric glue getting returned tomorrow!

Dress Like Food

Dress Like Food Day 2-16-18

Neighbors

Neighbors Making Slime 2-17-18

2-16-18 Dress Like Food day today. She’s the cutest pineapple ever! Ice skating in the afternoon with Coach Meegan.
2-17-18 Daddy took her to her morning ice skating lesson, then the neighborhood kids congregated at our house to play and make slime. Why is our house ALWAYS the house they hang out at?!?
2-18-18 I taught yoga classes all afternoon, so not sure what her and daddy did all day.
2-19-18 No school today. She went to Mid Winter Camp all day, then had ballet.
2-20-18 No school again. Went to camp again for half the day. I picked her up early, then she had ice skating with Coach Arlene.
2-21-18 Back to school, then to my kid’s yoga class.

Chinese ARt

4th Grade Chinese Art 2-22-18

Chinese Art

Chinese Art 2-22-18

2-22-18 Volunteered in her class today. Taught the art docent class on Chinese art. Some of the students are great artists. Her teacher said their math specialist is running a challenge, high level thinking math group once per week for a select group of students and she has been selected to participate…she has her daddy’s engineer brain…he’s the only person I know that likes Common Core math. Had ice skating with Coach Meegan after school. After her competition in March, she will start working on her axel.
2-23-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
2-24-18 Daddy took her to her group ice skating lesson.

Minecraft

xBox Minecraft 2-25-18

2-25-18 Daddy bought her Minecraft for her xBox, so the neighbors came over all afternoon to play. Apparently, they didn’t tell their mom where they were because I received a text asking if I’d seen them because she couldn’t find them.
2-26-18 Ballet in the evening.

Roller Skating

PTA Roller Skating Night 2-27-18

After Ice Skating

After Ice Skating 2-27-18

2-27-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene, then daddy took her to PTA Roller Skating night since I had to teach yoga.

Kid's Yoga

Kid’s Yoga Class 2-28-18

2-28-18 Went to my kid’s yoga class after school. 11 kids showed up…they are extremely energetic!

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January 1st thru January 31st – 2018

1-1-18 Happy New Year! We lounged on the couch most of the day.
1-2-18 Back to school…happy to get back in the routine. Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.

Art Reflections

1st Place at District –
Dance – National PTS Art Reflections 1-31-18

1-3-18 She went to my kid’s yoga class after school and she displayed some poses. Then, we went to the PTSA National Art Reflections Contest reception for her school district. She won 1st Place in Dance Choreography with her “Spanish Ice Dance”, so she will be advancing to the State level. She was very excited and proud that she won…couldn’t wait to tell her teacher and Coach Meegan!

1-4-18 Lesson with Coach Meegan after school. She was so proud to tell her she won 1st place. We watched the ladies U.S. National Figure Skating Championships on TV.
1-5-18 She had ice skating after school with Coach Meegan.
1-7-18 Daddy took her ice skating in the afternoon while I taught my yoga class.

Sick

Sick Day 1-8-18

1-8-18 She woke up with a sore throat and headache, so I let her stay home from school. She went with me to her school at 2:20pm for the Art Docent Training for this month’s class. On the way home, her best friend from last year that moved to South Carolina FaceTimed her, so they talked for about 2 hours.
1-9-18 Woke up with a sore throat, so staying home from school today.
1-10-18 She is sick again today. I picked up her school work this morning to do at home. Attempting to help her with her writing assignment because she’s complaining it would take her 24 hours to finish…she argues with everything I try to explain! Stubborn!
1-11-18 Back to school, then we went to her ice skating lesson, but she didn’t feel good, so only stayed 15 minutes.
1-12-18 Skipped her ice skating lesson after school since she still has a headache.

Birthday Party

Ava’s Birthday Party 1-13-18

1-13-18 Went to her friend, Ava’s 10th birthday party at a pool.
1-14-18 She stayed home with daddy while I taught yoga all day. She is really into pop music this year. 9 seems so young, but I remember liking “Hot Child in the City” when I was a kid. I had just turned 10 when it came out. But, I had to go to the store and buy the vinyl 45’s and play it on a record player and change the record after every song instead of downloading it to a device into a playlist.
1-15-18 No school today due to Martin Luther King’s Jr. holiday. She went to ballet in the evening.
1-16-18 Coach Arlene sick today, so no ice skating after school.
1-17-18 She came to my kid’s yoga class, as usual.
1-18-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then stopped by Costco to get her new glasses since her current frames are broken. Costco is the least expensive and we have to pay out of pocket since she only get’s frames every 2 years. Her prescription is so strong in one eye that Costco can’t make the lenses, so we bought the frames and will have her optometrist make the lenses.
1-19-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school.
1-20-18 Taking her Highly Capable Test today. I don’t care if she passes, just proud that she wanted to try.
1-21-17 She went to my new kid’s yoga class with me. She didn’t want to participate and was being a slight pill during class, so I told her it would be best if she didn’t come anymore. I asked her why she acted the way she did during class, she said, “Because you’re my Mom!” We were sitting in the living room watching TV in the evening and the cat climbed on my new pillow sitting on the floor and proceed to pee on it! He’s going to vet again tomorrow! She started to get cry and get upset because she’s afraid our cat is really sick and will die because he’s 14 years old.

Recital Dress

Ballet Recital Dress 1-22-18

Going to the vet

Going to the Vet 1-22-18

1-22-17 She said she went to the counselor’s office today. She started crying during class because she was worried about Joi the cat, so her teacher asked her if she wanted to talk to the counselor. She said they talked about Joi and played a game before she went back to class. She had ballet in the evening. We ordered her $65 dollar recital dress that she will wear one time!
1-23-17 Picked up Joi at the vet, then went to ballet class. I had to teach a yoga class, so Joi rode home with her and daddy…daddy had to stop and buy a tarp before he would let him in the car. Joi peed in the carrier in daddy’s car.
1-24-17 Kids’ yoga class after school.

Music Day

Music Day 1-25-18

Injury Day

Injury Day 1-26-18

Ice Skates

Putting on Own Skate 1-26-18

1-25-17 It was “Bring your parent to music day at school.”

Art Docent

Art Docent Class 1-26-18

1-26-17 Injury day at school; she gave herself a black eye with eye shadow. It looked real! It’s and odd theme, there was some controversy amongst some adults. I also led the Art Docent class on Ansel Adams today and the class developed a picture they drew on film paper under a light. After school, ice skating with Coach Meegan, she just started putting her own skates on and she’s so independent, she wouldn’t let me help her tie them tighter.
1-27-17 She had her Free Skate 6 ice skating lesson, then an one ice jumps class. Proceeded to swimming.

Tubing

Tubing 1-28-18

Tubing

Tubing 1-28-18

1-28-17 Daddy took her and her friends, Ivory and Riley tubing all by himself. Think the girls had fun…daddy was stressed out by the end of the day. Lol.

Slime

Pink Slime 1-29-18

1-29-17 No school today. Daddy took the day off and took her to watch Paddington 2. She also made pink slime. Had ballet in the evening.
1-30-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.
1-31-17 Science Day at school. She brought home small bones, they ended up in the trash. Went to my kid’s yoga class after school. We got or tickets to Stars on Ice coming in May…she insisted on going to the Meet & Greet again this year.

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