April 1st thru April 30th – 2019

4-1-19 1st day of Spring Break! She needs to work on her biography report this week.
4-2-19 Skating with Coach Arlene in the afternoon. She practice for an hour before her lesson.

Neighbors 4-3-19

Pho 4-3-19

New Move 4-4-19

4-3-19 She went to my yoga class with and hung out at the studio while I taught, then the neighbors congregated at our house – Spring Break. Went to the rink an hour before her ballet class, so she could practice. Went out for Pho for dinner.
4-4-19 Played with the neighbors, then went to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. Meegan has her working on a new upright spin. She practiced for an hour after, then daddy picked her up at the gym where I was teaching and took her back to the rink for Power Skating class.

Cake Pop 4-5-19

4-5-19 She came to the yoga studio while I taught an 8am and 930am class. One of the members brought her a cake pop from Starbucks. Played with the neighbor girls until she had her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan.
4-6-19 Daddy took her to Production class…her favorite class! Played with neighbor Veronika in the afternoon.

Acro Yoga 4-7-19

4-7-19 We went to a Warm Hatha class in the morning. She lost a tooth today and was bleeding everywhere. Daddy took her to the mall because he will be out of town visiting his mom all week. From what I hear, he let her have a Blizzard, and he also bought her a new Lego set. Of course, she cried when he left for the airport. She just said 1 in 10 girls have an eating disorder…Gracie Gold is one of them…OMG…going to have to navigate the tween/teen years?!?
4-8-19 Daddy it out of town this week. Went to off-ice jumps class after school.
4-9-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene with 1/2 hour practice.

National Siblings Day 4-10-19

Preliminary Moves in the Field 4-11-19

4-10-19 National Siblings Day. She considers Joi the cat her sibling. 1 hour ice skating practice before ballet.
4-11-19 She passed Preliminary-Moves In the Field! She will test for Pre-Preliminary-Freestyle in May and hopefully Preliminary-Freestyle soon after. After testing went to another rink for her Power class…wish this rink had a warm room…my nose and feet are cold!

Daddy’s Home 4-12-19

Cirque de Soleil Krystal 4-13-19

Cirque de Soleil Krystal 4-13-19

4-12-19 Daybreak with Dad at school…Dad’s out of town, so I filled in. Lesson with Coach Meegan after school after 1/2 hour practice. Daddy came home in the evening.
4-13-19 Cirque De Soleil Krystal – 1st time they performed a show on ice. Ran into her friend, Haley and other ice skating friends from her skating club. After watching the crazy moves the performers did, she said, “I’ll just do Disney on Ice”.

Riley’s Birthday 4-14-19

Riley’s Birthday 4-14-19

Riley’s Birthday 4-14-19

4-14-19 Went to her friend Riley’s birthday party at the roller rink, then went to her house for a playdate.
4-15-19 Off ice jumps class after practicing on ice for an hour.

Bring Your Parent to Music 4-16-19

Bring Your Parent to Music 4-16-19

Joi 4-18-19

4-16-19 Bring Your Parent to Music Day at school. They played ukulele’s. After school, skating practice for an hour before her lesson with Coach Arlene.
4-17-19 Ice skating practice before her ballet class.
4-18-19 She was worried because I took Joi to vet today because his eyes are continuously dilated. We determined he could still see, but will take him to an ophthalmologist next month. After his appointment, I went directly to her school to get in the pickup line…you have to get there 45 minutes to get a spot at the front of the line. I parked the car and I couldn’t determine where the sewage smell was coming from until I realized Joi had pooped in his carrier and he had loose stools. I had to run home, clean it up and give him a bath and barely made it back to pick her up right when the bell rang. Her class went to watch “The Diary of Anne Frank” today. She thought it was sad and said the killing of Jewish people was stupid and hopes all that were involved doing it are dead and none live in our state! Proceeded to her skating lesson with Coach Meegan, then she had Power class.
4-19-19 Lesson with Coach Meegan after school.
4-20-19 The neighborhood had an Easter egg hunt for the kids in the morning, then she played with her neighbor friends until 8pm.
4-21-19 Easter. Daddy bought her some candy and we relaxed most of the day.

High Ponytail 4-22-19

4-22-19 Skating practice before her Off Ice Jumps class with Coach Arlene. She likes her hair in a high ponytail when she skates.
4-23-19 Skating practice, then lesson with Coach Arlene. Arlene had a cancellation, so we were able to go earlier, therefore, we made it to a Warm Hatha class together.
4-24-19 Skating practice, then ballet.
4-25-19 Lesson with Coach Meegan after school. She skipped Power class, so she could go to Movie Night at school with daddy. The watched “Wreck-It Ralph” and her friend, Max sat together like they do every year.
4-26-19 Skating practice before her lesson with Coach Meegan.

Neighbors 4-27-19

Handstand 4-28-19

Mom’s Birthday 4-28-19

4-27-19 Production skate in the morning. When I arrived home in the afternoon from teaching yoga, the neighbors were playing in our garage. I started to take a picture and they were saying, “Not another picture!” Lol.
4-28-19 My birthday! Daddy wanted to go on a long bike ride with his friend all day. Her & I went to Warm Hatha in the morning, then the instructor wanted to do some Acro-Yoga poses with her. After yoga we went and got Pho for lunch. When daddy got home, we had red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. She just wanted to buy me a can of the cream cheese frosting because that’s my favorite part.
4-29-19 Skating practice before her Off Ice Jumps class with Coach Arlene.
4-30-19 Skating practice, then lesson with Coach Arlene. PTA Roller Skate Night after. I was going to take her, but started to get sick, so daddy took her.

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March 1st thru March 31st – 2019

3-1-19 Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
3-2-19 Production class. I made her start working on her homework that is due on Thursday. Told her to get it done before the weekend is over…reluctantly she started on it with a few moans and whines.

Phillip Mills

Phillip Mills 3-3-19

3-3-19 She got to take a workshop today with Phillip Mills – World and Olympic figure skating choreographer.
3-4-19 She had to hand over her phone until her homework was done, then could play games and xBox.
3-5-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
3-7-19 Woke up and it’s snowing again! Thank gawd, they didn’t cancel school again; the temperature was too high for it to accumulate. Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school.
3-8-19 Daddy took her to school because I had to teach a couple of yoga classes in the morning. Ice skating with Coach Meegan.

Pillow Fight

Pillow Fight 3-9-19

3-9-19 No production class this morning since the rink was having a home show. We went to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in the evening. Decided to go to a theater that had reclining seats with pillows and served dinner to your seats. Her and daddy decided to have a pillow fight in the fancy theater.
3-10-19 Daylight Savings Time…everyone is off today.

Family Night

5th Grade Family Night 3-11-19

3-11-19 5th Grade Family Night at her middle school. They had an open house, so we could tour the school and view the classrooms, etc.
3-12-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
3-13-19 Went to the rink before school, She was having difficulty landing her Axel this morning…she says, “I’m not leaving until I land it!” Good gawd, can we just go?!? I told her we would practice after school again, so I could get her to leave the rink!

3-14-19 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then Power class.

Cougar Movers

Cougar Movers 3-15-19

Dress

New Dress 3-15-19

3-15-19 Participated in Cougar Movers at the school this morning…we ran 1.25 miles before school. Picked her up early from school, so we could drive 90 minutes to pick up her custom made race car dress since her new program is skating to “The Race” by Yello. Made it back in time for Coach Meegan’s lesson. She wore it to practice.
3-16-19 Production skate in the morning. Played with the neighbors in the afternoon.

Neighbors

Neighbors 3-17-19

3-17-19 Daddy went bike riding, so she went with me to my class in the morning, then we went to a healthy restaurant from lunch. She actually liked the turkey sandwich. Then, the neighbors came over and they played outside since it was a nice day.
3-18-19 Asked her how her day went after school…she said, “Awful, it’s Monday!” Think she must have learned that from her dad or heard it from other adults. Lol.
3-19-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
3-20-19 Ice skating practice before school. I dropped her off at Daddy’s work early, so he could take her to ballet at the ice rink since I had microneedling earlier in day and my face look pretty beat up.
3-21-19 Ice skating with Coach Meegan and Power class.

Cougar Movers

Cougar Movers 3-22-19

Friends

Skating Friends 3-22-19

Mulan

Mulan 3-22-19

3-22-19 Participated in Cougar Movers again before school. Our old neighbor, Jojo, joined us today. Early release from school today. The teens behind us starting blasting hip hop music again with their windows open, so I lost my mind and blasted classical music back at them…they got the message…after 2 classical songs, they turned the music off. She thinks I’ve gone crazy and I told her to never act like her mom! After ice skating with Coach Meegan, we went to watch my friend’s daughter from our old school. Her daughter was starring in the middle school play, “Mulan”.

Neighbors

Awesome Neighbors 3-23-19

Handstand

Handstand 3-24-19

Skating

Ice Skating 3-24-19

3-23-19 Production class in the morning, then a typical afternoon playing with the neighbor girls.
3-24-19 She went with me and participated in a Warm Hatha class in the morning. After class she practiced her handstands. I took her to the ice rink to practice in the afternoon.
3-25-19 Early release from school this week due to conferences.
3-26-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
3-27-19 Had her parent teacher conference right after school. For her 1st year in the highly capable program, she’s keeping up and is at standard. She told the teacher, she misses getting 4’s (above standard) this year. Her teacher suggested she take Advanced English and Advanced Math (7th/8th grade) next year in middle school, so we signed the form. All I was thinking was now I get to listen to her whine how hard it is again next year!

Cat, Birthday

Joi’s Birthday 3-28-19

3-28-19 Realized today that it was Joi the Cat’s birthday month…he’s 16 years old! She gave him a salmon treat for his birthday. Ice skating with Coach Meegan. One of her skating friends just told her that she almost landed an axel today, so she gave her a hug. I hope she stays supportive towards her ice skating peers instead of taking out a knee!
3-29-19 She wore her performance dress to her lesson since Saturday is her exhibition skate. The pictures don’t do the dress justice! We went early, so she could get 30 minutes of practice time before her lesson.

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-30-19

3-30-19 Fiesta Skate 2019. She performed an exhibition instead of competing since this is her 1st event of the year and the 1st time she is doing an axel in her program, so her coach decided to do an exhibition to get rid of jitters. During warm up, she face planted hard on the ice, so her coach told her to do a waltz jump instead of the axel, so she wouldn’t be afraid and nervous. Her new program is to “The Race” by Yello. Prior to her performance, she drew race car flags on her face…I told her it looked good, but from far away you couldn’t tell what it was, so it looked like dirt on her face. Wasn’t for sure if I should have let her leave it, but she didn’t seem to mind to take it off. She wanted to stay and support her ice skating friends competing thus afternoon, so spent my afternoon at the ice rink instead of a hot yoga studio. Went and ate Pho for lunch with her skating friend, Alice.

Grace

Grace 3-31-19

3-31-19 We went to a Warm Hatha class in the morning. Went to get Pho again and went to watch her friend, Grace, dance in her recital. Amazing dancer!

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February 1st thru February 28th – 2019

Kiss

KISS 2-1-19

2-1-19 Car Conversation – ME: I’m going to watch this band play in concert tomorrow as I sing along in the car.
HER: Am I adopted?

Kiss

KISS Concert 2-2-19

Cleaning

Cleaning 2-2-19

2-2-19 I told her to clean the house and she actually listened. Daddy took her to Production class. Her friends, Ivory & Riley came over for a playdate while the moms went to the KISS concert.
2-3-19 Her and daddy went to the cousins in the morning. At bedtime, she starts having a meltdown because she forgot to some homework about a pretend Egyptian family tree. I told her to start working on it and she starts yelling at me that she didn’t have time to do. Daddy walked in and took over to help her because I was not in the mood to deal with her yelling at me.

Snowman

Bob the Snowman 2-4-19

Snow Day

Snow Day 2-4-19

Snow Day

Snow Day 2-4-19

2-4-19 She had a fit last night and it’s a snow day anyway. No school due to snow and ice! Daddy took the day off because I don’t think he could have made it up his hill to work anyway. I went to the the yoga studio to teach my 6am class and quickly realized that no one would show up due to the icy roads; cars were jackknifing and spinning out. I made it to the studio, then came home and couldn’t make it into the garage due to ice. Had to put cat litter on the driveway to make it in. Her friends, Ivory & Riley came over since their parents had to go to work. They neighborhood kids played in the snow in the afternoon; they made Bob the Snowman and will give him a proper burial when he melts by burying his carrot nose.

Dress

Dress Design 2-5-19

2-5-19 Another no school snow day, so we drove 60 miles to get her dress designed and fitted for her new ice skating program. The freeways were clear, it’s the residential streets that are a mess. She will be performing to “The Race” by Yello, so her dress is a race car themed dress. She played with the neighbors when we got home and they made “Bob the Snowman”. They are going to give him a proper burial when he’s gone by burying his nose. We were invited to a talent agency to audition her for modeling and commercial work. After their marketing pitch, they sent us home with a brochure stating they wanted us to spend $3-5k in acting and modeling lessons…she wants to model, but this is a SCAM…not paying any $$$!!! Told her we were too busy with her ice skating anyway to add this on; she was mad because I wouldn’t call back and pay for the lessons.

Yoga

Hanging at the Yoga Studio 2-6-19

Profile Pic

Profile 2-6-19

2-6-19 Two-hour late start for school, so she went with me to the yoga studio while I taught my class. Ballet after school. She really doesn’t like ballet, so I’m going to withdraw her from classes. Took a profile pic to submit for modeling, but I don’t think we are going to do it.
2-7-19 Tw0-hour late start for school again today. I called her in sick because I would have had to pull her out at noon anyway since she had her 1st Moves in the Field test for the Pre-Preliminary level in figure skating at 1pm. She passed! 7 more levels to Senior Ladies. Had her afternoon lesson with Coach Meegan, then Power class. Dropped her off and went to teach my 7:30pm yoga class. Stopped at the store on the way home and the bread and milk aisles were cleaned out! People are panicking due to the 2nd round of snow that’s supposed to start tomorrow. Pacific NW is not equipped to handle snow.
2-8-19 Snow started around 1pm. I left my yoga class and everyone was leaving worked, so it took twice as long to get home. She went sledding with the neighbor girls after school.

Snow Day

Another Snow Day 2-9-19

2-9-10 THE ENTIRE AREA IS CLOSED DUE TO SNOW! The kids are having fun in the snow, though.
2-10-19 Started snowing again in the afternoon! News is advising to not drive. We were watching CNN and she said, “Obama was president most of her life (she’s 10); I remember when he was president; I thought he would be president forever…” I wish he still was, honey!

Snow Day

More Snow Days 2-11-19

Snow Day

More Snow Days 2-11-19

2-11-19 And, school is canceled again! Glad she has neighborhood friends to hang out with during the Snowpocalypse! Our house is the hangout spot…the girls decided to make banana bread. School already sent out the robo call at 3:30pm; school is canceled AGAIN tomorrow!

Snow

Stir Crazy 2-12-19

2-12-19 No school! Everyone is starting to go stir crazy! The freeways and main roads are clear; it’s the residential streets that are a complete mess. We live in a flat neighborhood and since I grew up in the Midwest, the snow doesn’t make me panic. We made it to her ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene. When we were at the rink, the school messaged, no school tomorrow!

Snow Day

Snow Day AGAIN! 2-13-19

2-13-19 NO SCHOOL AGAIN! She went to my morning yoga class while I taught, then came home and the neighbor kids were waiting for us. I sent them upstairs to get some peace and quiet and could still hear them upstairs. Fed them and they decided to stay downstairs and play on the xBox…lucky me!!! Just glad they are good kids!

Plank on Ice

Plank on Ice 2-14-19

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day 2-14-19

2-14-19 Finally back to school on Valentine’s Day. She wore the LOVE sweatshirt I got her. Skating with Coach Meegan and Power class after school They did relay races and push ups on ice in her Power class.

Joi the Cat

She Loves Joi! 2-15-19

Figure Skating

Figure Skating Club Banquet 2-16-19

Eyes

Big Eyes 2-18-19

2-15-19 She’s always holding Joi the cat…he’s almost as big as she is. Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
2-16-19 Daddy took her to Production class, then we went to the figure skating club awards banquet in the evening.
2-17-19 Daddy to her to the rink to practice.
2-18-19 Winter Break. She went to my noon class with me while I taught. Went to lunch after and she showed off her big eyes!
2-19-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene. Last day of Winter Break…I had to teach a late yoga class. Her dad was mad because she told him at 8:15pm, she forgot she had homework to do. Apparently, he made her feel bad, took away all her electronics and she was still up at 10:30pm when I arrived home. I asked her why she didn’t get it done and she got more upset and set she wanted to kill herself…holy hell, she’s 10 years old! Then, I found out it, her homework wasn’t even due until Thursday, then I got mad at her dad for making her feel so bad. Told her not to worry about it and we would get it done the next day. She’s such a perfectionist and when she doesn’t get something right, she beats herself up!
2-20-19 Showed up at the rink before school for figure skating practice and the lady who is supposed to open the rink didn’t show up, so we went home and worked on her homework. Her dad apologized to her after school for getting so upset and she was back to her happy self.
2-21-19 Ice skating with Coach Meegan & Power class.
2-22-19 Ice skating with Coach Meegan.

Production Class

Production Performance 2-23-19

2-23-19 Production Team performed for the Learn to Skate kids.
2-24-19 Daddy took her ice skating.
2-25-19 Went to 5th grade camp info. night at the school in the evening. She wants me to be a chaperone because she doesn’t want to be away from me for 2 nights. I am NOT a camper!

Dancer Pose

Dancer Pose 2-26-19

2-26-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene, then she went to a Warm Hatha class with me. She’s so flexible!
2-27-19 She asked me to help with her math homework. THE PROBLEM: “Jada and Lin are comparing inches and feet. Jada says the constant of proportionality is 12. Lin says it is 1/2. Do you agree with either one of them? Explain your reasoning.” Told her to wait until daddy comes home because I don’t have a clue what the constant of proportionality is! 🤔Googled it.
THE ANSWER:
Let I denote inches and F denote feet.
It is given that
I =k F or F=m I
So, I/F=k or m=F/I
As  we know 1 feet = 12 inches constant  of proportionality i.e k=1/12
In case 2, constant of proportionality=12/1=12
Why can’t they just ask how many inches in a foot?!? I sent a text with the problem to daddy and he knew the answer right away…engineers!

Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness Night 2-28-19

Tree Pose

Tree Pose 2-28-19

Cougar Costume

Max in a Cougar Costume 2-28-19

2-28-19 Attended Health & Fitness Night at her school. One of the studios I teach at had a booth. Her and the studio owner snapped a shot behind the booth and she showed off her yoga skills with her friend, Max. Max was dressed up in the school mascot’s Cougar disguise.

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January 1st thru January 31st – 2019

1-1-19 Happy New Year! She played with the neighborhood kids all day. They came in and played Minecraft on Xbox.

Friends

Friends & Neighbors 1-2-19

1-2-19 My car is in service all day, so I’m stuck at home. Her friends, Ivory & Riley came over at noon for a playdate, then all the neighborhood kids came over, so I ordered pizza. As soon as daddy came home, I took his car to a yoga class.
1-3-19 Daddy came home during lunch to give me a ride to pick up my car from service. Her & I found a sushi restaurant on the way home, then she played with the neighborhood kids. She wanted to spend the night at the neighbors, but daddy told her she could stay until 10:30pm. We don’t like her spending the night at other kid’s homes unless it’s her friends, Ivory & Riley.

Yoga

1st Non-Kid Yoga Class 1-4-19

Smile

Trying Not to Smile 1-4-19

sushi

Sushi 1-6-19

1-4-19 Took her to her first non-kid Warm Hatha yoga class. She practiced beside me and did great. Ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. I took a picture and she was attempting not to smile.
1-6-19 We went to Blue C Sushi, her favorite restaurant for dinner.
1-7-19 Blue C Sushi closed all their locations immediately today. Glad we made on their last day open. Dental appointment after school…all looks good!
1-8-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Art Reflections

1st Place Dance – Art Reflections 1-9-19

Ice Skating

Dedicated AM Skaters 1-11-19

1-9-19 Ice skating before school. PTSA Art Reflections Celebration after school. She placed 1st in the Dance category in the school district, so will be advancing to state.
1-10-19 Ice skating with Coach Meegan and then 30 minutes of Power Skating class.
1-11-19 Ice skating before school. Lesson with Coach Meegan after school.
1-12-19 Production skate class, then played with the neighbors most of the day.
1-14-19 She took the bus home from school and getting back into the normal routine.
1-15-19 I bought Stars on Ice tickets for the Spring show. Ice skating with Coach Arlene. She landed her Axel without the harness or help!

Ice Skating

Proud She Can Land her Axel 1-16-19

Contacts

1st Time Wearing Contacts 1-18-19

1-16-19 Morning skating before school. She is very proud that she can land her Axel and keeps practicing so she can get consistent. Ballet after school.
1-17-19 Lesson with Coach Meegan, then Power skate class.
1-18-19 She was sore from Power class yesterday and said she was even sore in inappropriate places. Lol. She got contacts today! Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
1-19-19 Production skate class.
1-20-19 She’s bugging me to have a her friends over for a playdate and complaining she’s bored. I told her to do her off-ice training and she starts mouthing off to me. I told her to go to a timeout and she laughed at me (she’s 10). I made her sit on the stairs in a timeout. She told me the cat could raise her better and hated it when I was home. Ignore! Patriots beat the Chiefs.
1-21-19 No school today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
1-22-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Geography Bee

Geography Bee 1-23-19

1-23-19 Her 5th Grade highly capable class participated in the National Geography Bee. She was disappointed she didn’t make it to the finals…told her she needs to study more if it was important to her. Made her an ice skating meme from A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
1-24-19 Morning ice skating before school. Then she had her lesson with Coach Meegan followed by Power class after school. She was tired by the end of the night.
1-25-19 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school. Watched 13-year old Alysa Liu win the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals! My kid said she hoped I didn’t expect her to do that! Told her not at 13, but maybe 16…Lol!

Companion Dog

Companion Dog 1-26-19

Ice Skating

Ice Skating with Haley 1-27-19

Lunch

Lunch 1-28-19

1-26-19 Daddy took her to her Production class, then we went to a hockey game in the evening. They had Canine Companions at the rink; she met a very friendly dog that I wanted to take home.
1-27-19 I took her and her friend, Haley skating in the evening.
1-28-19 No school again for teacher work day. She went to my noon yoga class with me and went out for lunch. I made her put her phone down and have an actual conversation with me. Went to the eye doctor for a follow up to make sure her contacts are working and ordered contacts for the year.
1-29-19 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Headshot

Headshot 1-30-19

Dress

Race Car Dress 1-31-19

1-30-19 Skating before school. Took a headshot photo to submit to a talent agency, since she wants to model. Ballet after school.
1-31-19 The agency I sent her photos to called to set up an audition. Ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan and Power class. Coach Meegan wants this dress made for her next program themed, “The Race”.

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December 1st thru December 31st – 2018

Production Team 12-1-18

Production Team 12-1-18

After the holiday show 12-1-18

Holiday Show 12-1-18

12-1-18 Her new Skating Club’s Holiday Performance in the afternoon with the Production Team.

Dress for Holiday Show 12-3-18

It’s Just the Beginning! 12-2-18

New Skates 12-2-18

12-2-18 Her new Jackson ice skates are FINALLY in. I have a feeling it’s just the beginning of buying new skates as he gets more advanced.

Art Reflections 12-3-18

12-3-18 Tried on her new dress for her skating show next week at her old skating club. I have been preparing 235 pieces of artwork for the PTA Art Reflections competition since I took on the position of the Art Reflections Chair for the entire school district since my kid asked me to take it over. I may home school next year just to get out of doing this! All the art needs to be labeled, logged in, organized by category, division, etc and hung by Friday for judging.
12-5-18 Woke her up at 6am to ice skate before school….then, OMG! She walks through the door after school and starts whining and yelling because she has an A/R test tomorrow that she forgot about and I’m seriously trying to ignore her because I have way too much other stuff going attempting to get the Art Reflections art pieces ready to be judged by Friday for the entire school district. Trying to remain calm and walk her through it. Decided to skip ballet tonight so she could get ready to test tomorrow.
12-6-18 Skating after school with Coach Meegan, then stayed for Group Power class.

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Art Reflections

12-7-18 Skating with Coach Meegan after school. I spent the morning hanging the Visual Arts and Photography entries.
12-8-19 Daddy took her skating in the evening.

Ballet Recital 12-9-18

Ballet Recital 12-9-18

12-9-18 Ballet recital. So glad her new studio is much more relaxed than last year’s! She missed dress rehearsal last week due to her A/R test and they were happy to let her participate. Her old studio would not have allowed her to. She was front and center and several of the other dancers watched her to see what to do.

12-10-18 Daddy picked her up from school since I had to be present for the Art Reflections judging in the afternoon.
12-11-18 Skating with Coach Arlene after school.

Before School Skating 12-12-18

Cookies & Crafts Night 12-13-18

Cookies & Crafts Night 12-13-18

Cookies & Crafts Night 12-13-18

New Ornament 12-13-18

12-12-18 She’s up at 6am to go the rink…as I’m driving there, I’m thinking to myself, “Don’t Think Just Do! ” Once we get there, she tells me I have bags under my eyes.
12-13-18 I went to a Love & Logic seminar today, then took her to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. Proceeded to Cookies & Crafts night at her school. Her friend, Max was there and her Kindergarten mentee, Parker. Aunt Jenny sent her a new Ice Skating ornament.

Joi is Huge! 12-14-18

Xmas Card Pic 12-14-18

Performance Ready 12-14-18

Before Show 12-14-18

Power is Out at Rink 12-14-18

12-14-18 Took photos for our Xmas cards since she was all dressed up. Winter Solstice performance with her prior skate club. She’s performing with Alice and Julia. The show was about 3/4 of the way through and the power went out in the rink due to a wind storm. They had to cancel the remainder of the show. She was quite upset because she really wanted to skate.
12-15-18 Played with the neighbors outside all afternoon. She requested a sleepover at our house with Ivory and Riley, I declined. Too busy and too tired. Daddy took her to the library to check out some non-fiction books. She has to have a total of 10 ready by Friday to meet her A/R goal.
12-16-18 Birthday party at for the neighbors, Jojo and Kai.
12-17-18 Told her to her off ice skating after school; you’d thought I had asked her to climb a mountain!
12-18-18 In the car to ice skating, she said that the kids in the highly capable program are weird. I asked what she meant, she said they asked her how babies were made today in class. I haven’t had that discussion with her yet, but apparently all the kids in her highly capable class are highly educated and know. She said the kids are different than her other friends; they talk about different things, and that the HC kids said they are considered nerds sometimes. Continued on to her ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene and I’m thinking why do the HC parents have to have this conversation already?!? I’ve been trying to avoid it

A Girl and Her Cat 12-19-18

Shopping 12-19-18

12-19-18 She had her annual eye doctor appointment after school. Decided to order contacts to try them out. Then, we went shopping for Christmas presents for her friends. She had to give Joi a bunch of hugs when we got home…she loves the cat!
12-20-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school. She can do an Axel. Meegan wasn’t doing anything…just holding the rope.

Winter Solstice with Haley 12-21-18

After Winter Solstice 12-21-18

12-21-18 Make up Winter Solstice performance for the skaters that didn’t get to perform last Friday due to the power outage. Her ice skating friend from her new skating club, Haley went with us to watch. At dinner they were attempting to explain to me how they can play games together on two different devices.

12-22-18 Daddy took her skating in the evening.

Enhance Christmas 12-23-18

Enhance Christmas 12-23-18

Enhance Christmas 12-23-18

12-23-18 Went to Enhance Christmas downtown. There was an ice skating rink and a Christmas light maze.
12-24-18 Daddy bought her Minecraft for the Xbox so the neighborhood kids came over most of the day to play. Her friend, Max stopped by so they could exchange gifts.

Max’s Gift 12-25-18

Christmas 12-25-18

Kiss & Cry Bag 12-25-18

New Zuca 12-25-18

Christmas 12-25-18

Christmas 12-25-18

Neighbors 12-25-18

Christmas 12-25-18

Cousins 12-25-18

Kid’s Dinner 12-25-18

12-25-18 Christmas! She got everything she wanted…a Hoverboard, new Zuca bag, Kiss & Cry bag, lots of Justice clothes and gifts from the neighborhood kids and her skating friend Haley gave her a bath balm maker. Went to brunch at Aunt Cindy’s in the morning and played with the cousins. Went out for Christmas dinner in the afternoon.
12-26-18 Daddy’s off work this week and she has been playing with the neighborhood kids as much as possible.
12-27-18 Daddy took her to her afternoon ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan so I could teach an extra yoga class in the afternoon.
12-28-18 Lesson with Coach Meegan. Meegan had her do off ice training since the rink was crowded due to the holidays. She landed an off ice Axel, although I didn’t see it since daddy took her.
12-29-18 Playing with neighbors all day.
12-30-18 Spent too much time playing video games, then daddy took her to the ice rink in the afternoon.

Neighbors 12-31-18

12-31-18 Neighbors came over to play Minecraft again. Let her stay up late and watched movies.

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November 1st thru November 30th – 2018

Edge Class

Edge Class 11-1-18

11-1-18 Mom fail! I turned my alarm and went back to sleep, so she was 10 minutes late to school today. Whenever I have to ask her more than 3 times to do something, my voice becomes very stern, then she starts whining that I’m mad at her! I remind her every day to pick her jacket off the floor, put her socks in the hamper, unpack her backpack, pick up her things left all over the living room, etc. Then, she gets mad because I’m asking her to do it because she already knows she’s supposed to do it! Then, why do I have to ask her every day?!? She had her ice skating lesson after school with Coach Meegan, then stayed for an Edge class. I asked her to start choreographing her own Christmas program and kept saying she couldn’t. I told her to at least start making notes and coming up with ideas and received more resistance. Threatened to take her phone away and that got her started. She called on my way to yoga class to ask for some advice and the conversation always ends with, “I love you mommy.”

School Pic

School Pic 11-2-18

11-2-18 Brought her 5th Grade school picture home…really cute! Ice skating with Coach Meegan. Took a family photo…mom & dad were in plank and she wanted to do frog pose on dad.
11-3-18 Daddy took her to her production ice skating class in the morning.
11-5-18 Early release from school all week, so she went to the rink to practice ice skating in the afternoon. I decided to practice some handstands.
11-6-18 She brought home her Highly Capable 5th Grade Math and I looked at it and couldn’t do it. I’m definitely not smarter than a 5th Grader!
11-7-18 Ballet after school.

Before School 11-8-18

After School 11-8-18

11-8-18 She wanted to go skating before school, so I woke up at 5am to get ready and woke her up at 6am to go. She jumped right out of bed. She’s the only person I would get up that early for to take her to a COLD ice rink just so she could skate before school! Then, she went skating again after school.
11-9-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan in the afternoon.
11-10-18 Disney on Ice in the afternoon. Think this may be the last year we will go…she enjoyed watching the skaters, but I read Raja Yoga on my Kindle app most of the time…not interested in Disney.
11-11-18 Joi is turning into a crotchety old cat. Dropped him off at the vet at 945am for a checkup and vaccine. Received a call at noon that he’s stressed out, hissing and batting at them and won’t let them give the vaccine, so they had me pick him up, sent home a sedative to give when we try again on Wednesday. She comforted when I brought him home.
11-12-18 Veteran’s Day observation…no school. She played with the neighborhood kids all day. Said it was a really fun day! Dad took her skating in the in the evening.

Joi Hugs 11-13-19

11-13-18 She thought she lost her jacket she wore to the neighborhood park yesterday and was whining and almost in tears. I told her to go look in the park. It wasn’t there. I was busy working on something, so I told her to keep looking for it. She kept whining because she thought I was mad. I wasn’t mad, but the whining was starting to make me twitch. I finally asked her which jacket it was and realized I had put it in the washing machine. Gave her a hug and told her she’s too hard on herself. Joi the cat always makes her feel better.
11-14-18 She woke up at 6am to go skating before school…dedication! Ballet after school.

Power Class 11-15-18

Neon Day 11-16-18

11-15-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then she stayed for Power Ice Skating Class…fast drills…they were jumping on the ice and none of them fell! They proceeded to  do push-ups and sit-ups on the ice.
11-16-18 Neon Day at school. Went skating before school. After school, the neighbor kid lost his garage door opener, so they couldn’t get into their home and both parents were at work. I let them come over and they went to the ice rink with us for her lesson with Coach Meegan because their mom wasn’t going to be home until later. Daddy met us there and gave them a ride home, so I could make it to a yoga class. When I got home, they were still at our house eating pizza and playing Uno. After they left, her and Daddy exercised in the garage.
11-17-18 Production ice skating class in the morning, then she played with the neighborhood kids most of the day.

Drawing Book 11-18-18

Tent Project 11-18-18

Cookies 11-19-18

11-18-18 She went to her classmate, Allina’s house to work on a partner project…not sure what they are doing, but she made a sketch of a tent. Found a drawing book she made sitting on the table…she might be getting back into art.
11-19-18 She met me in the school cafeteria after school since I was there with the Art Reflections Visual Arts and Photography entries getting the pieces judged. I wanted a chocolate cookie, so we stopped and got a couple on the way home…when mom wants a cookie, she gets one too! She didn’t sound too happy about a math test tomorrow and says that school is boring.
11-20-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.

Morning Ice Skating 11-21-18

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 11-22-18

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 11-22-18

11-21-18 Ice skating before school. Can you say cranky this morning? Because she was falling on her sit spin. Ballet after school.
11-22-18 Thanksgiving. Went to Aunt Cindy’s and spent time with her cousins.

Pho

Pho 11-23-18

Thanksgiving

After Thanksgiving 11-23-18

11-23-18 Daddy took her ice skating with the cousins. She threw this piece at me she made at school, and said, “Oh yeah, I was supposed to give this to you on Thanksgiving and forgot.” I like how it says, THEY get up at 6am?!? Actually, MOM’s alarm goes off at 5am and wakes Carly up at 6am and MOM takes her to the ice skating rink! Purchased Cirque du Soleil Crystal tickets today. She had Pho for the 1st time and liked it!
11-24-18 Went to the rink to practice the Christmas program with the Production class in the morning. The neighbor kid came over in the evening and asked if she wanted to help them decorate their tree, so she went to help and we will put ours up tomorrow.

Charlie Brown Tree

Charlie Brown Tree 11-25-18

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree 11-25-18

11-25-18 I told her we could go get a larger artificial Christmas tree since ours is only 4.5 feet. She started having smart ass remarks or distractions whenever I would ask her to do something, so I told her I wasn’t sure if we would get a new tree. She started crying dramatically…”sorry, what can I do so we can go?!?” Decided to download a meditation app for kids instead of making empty threats. Made her go to her room and meditate for 10 minutes. From this point on, whenever she starts getting an attitude or yells at me, I’m going to make her go meditate for a few minutes. We managed to get the tree and she decorated it. She wouldn’t let me get the Charlie Brown tree I wanted. Lol.

Art Docent Project 11-16-18

11-26-18 She didn’t want to go to school in the morning. She said she just didn’t want to be around people today and wanted to stay home and read all day. She didn’t know why, she just didn’t feel like it. I made her go and told her she could go to the counselor’s office and call me if she needed to today. A few minutes after I dropped her off, I received a text, “I hate school!” She was fine after school and brought home her art docent project.
11-27-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene. After her lesson, we ran the stairs in the rink.
11-28-18 As I sat in the freakin’ cold ice rink at 7am, my kid told me I have bags under my eyes. Working on her illusion spin…still waiting on her new skates a month later since her order got messed up! After school, she had ballet.

 

Glasses

No Glasses 11-29-18

Presents

11-30-18 Presents

11-29-18 No glasses. She thinks she looks better with her glasses. At her next optometrist appointment in December, we’re going to discuss getting  her contacts. Lesson with Coach Arlene, then Power class. Daddy took her to PTA Skate Night since I had to teach a yoga class.
11-30-18 Daddy picked her up at school, then took her skating, so I could receive all the art for the Art Reflections contest since I had a moment of insanity and agreed to be the entire school districts Reflections chairperson this year. I wrapped some of her presents and put them under the tree; the cat immediately thought they were his!

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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

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Relentless Text 8-22-18

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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).
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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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