April 1st thru 30th – 2017

4-1-17 Daddy took her to her morning ice skating lesson. Went to our friends house in the afternoon, so she was able to play with Ivory & Riley.


Smoking Charger 4-2-17

4-2-17 Daddy wanted to go for a bike ride, so I took her into the yoga studio with me. On the way there, I hear screaming from the backseat and I’m ignoring what she’s saying until she says to stop the car. I glance back and see smoke and red coming from the charger to her iPad. Pulled over and unplugged it almost burning my hand. The whole wire was hot…crazy! It could have caught on fire.


Sushi 4-3-17

4-3-17 First day of spring break, so I took her to her favorite sushi restaurant. The picture looks as if there is a halo above her. Lol.
4-4-17 I had yoga teacher training, so I dropped her off at a day camp at a local gym. Picked her up from camp at 4pm, went by the store, home by 4:30pm, sat on the couch with a sandwich to relax at 4:40pm. Oh crap…forgot about her 5pm ice skating lesson that she has EVERY Tuesday. Called her on her Gizmo Pal to get back home, raced out the door with me yelling at her to hurry up. She glares at me and goes slow. Made it there by 5:10pm.
4-5-17 She went to camp all day again while I was at yoga teacher training, had her afternoon ice skating lesson, then started to get a sore throat in the evening.
4-6-17 She’s sick, so stayed home and relaxed with daddy while I finished my 2nd Yoga Teacher Training today and received my RYT200  Certified Yoga Instructor. She was trying to will herself well because Riley’s birthday party is tomorrow. https://www.facebook.com/transzenyoga/
4-7-17 Daddy took off work again today. I decided to let her go to Riley’s party even though she still was a little sick.
4-9-17 She pretty much relaxed all weekend because she still had a sore throat and congestion.
4-10-17 Spring Break is over, but made the call even though I’m ready to get back into a regular routine…letting her take a sick day…still congested with a slight sore throat. In the evening, I started to feel like I was coming down with her cold.


Lunch 4-11-17

4-11-17 She went back to school today…still congested. Messaged her teacher that if she started to feel bad, she could send her home. I had a couple of errands to run and was getting closer to the time to pick her up…still needed to eat lunch, so figured I better eat a huge bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup and whipped cream before I pick her up. Skipped her ice skating lesson after school.

New Dentist

New Dentist 4-12-17

4-12-17 She had a dental appointment at noon with a new dentist. They were so much better than Gentle Dental. They have TV’s mounted on the ceiling, so she was able to watch a movie during her check up. She has to have 2 baby teeth pulled next week due to over crowding. No ice skating again today. I made brussels sprouts for my dinner and she started whining, complaining and being overly dramatic because she says they stink. I told her to go to her room because I couldn’t take her yelling about it. Her dad said something to her upstairs and she called him a “turd”. He got mad and took her Animal Jam away for a month. She was apologizing and said it was a joke. I looked at him like he was being a “turd” and said for a couple of days. After she went to bed, I told dad, she could have it back in the morning.
4-13-17 I was offered a yoga teacher position today teaching 1 day/week, so I was in a good mood when I picked her up from school. She was hungry, as usual, so I asked if she wanted ice cream. After a couple of minutes, she asked why I was in such a good mood. I asked her why she thought that…she said because I offered her ice cream, which I rarely do. We both started laughing.

Easter Gift

Easter Gift from Max 4-14-17


Reading Before School 4-14-17

4-14-17 Before school, she was reading a book instead of watching TV…there are 1st’s for everything! When I picked her up at school, she came out with a cute Peeps that her friend Max gave her for Easter, then we went to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan.

Coloring Eggs

Coloring Eggs 4-15-17

4-15-17 Daddy took her to her morning ice skating lesson and they want shopping for Easter stuff.
4-16-17 Daddy hid easter eggs around the house for her to find in the morning, then she played outside with the neighbor kids in the afternoon.
4-17-17 Dropped her off at Daddy’s work after school, so I could check out a new yoga studio I’m considering teaching at.
4-18-17 Coach Arlene is out of town this week, so no ice skating today and tomorrow.

Spanish Program

Spanish Program 4-21-17


Flamenco! 4-21-17

4-21-17 Ice skating after school with Coach Meegan. She’s starting a new Spanish style program. Then, we went to my gym so I could do a Zumba class, but then I had to take her to the mall as a compromise because she does not like going to the gym child care.

New Bike

New Bike 4-22-17

4-22-17 I had to leave early in the morning and was busy all day. When I got home, daddy had bought her a new bike that cost $300…I think he likes it more than she does! And, she passed Free Skate 5 at her group ice skating lesson this morning.
4-23-17 Daddy took her swimming and the cousins, Zarah & Alyze met them at the pool.
4-24-17 When I picked her up from school, she was almost in tears because she said she had a bad day. She lost her science notebook, didn’t play with anyone at recess (nobody asked and she said she didn’t want to play with anyone anyway), she has to retake her perimeter test and she almost got sick during her Pacer’s in gym class. We went home and just relaxed. I think she’s stressed out about getting her teeth pulled on Wednesday.
4-25-17 When we were coming home from school, there were cops are sitting at both entrances of your neighborhood and they were handcuffing a guy a couple of blocks from our house and I accidentally left the garage door open all day. She said, she wasn’t sure about the neighborhood.


Teeth to be Pulled 4-26-17

Getting Teeth Pulled

Getting Teeth Pulled 4-26-17

4-26-17 Picked her up at 10:45am from school to go to the dentist to get two baby teeth pulled due to overcrowding, so her permanent teeth will move forward. She was very nervous, but her dentist is amazing…she didn’t feel anything.
4-27-17 She keeps asking me what I want for my birthday tomorrow and I have no idea.

New Dress

New Ice Skating Dress 4-28-17

4-28-17 Today is my birthday. Think she’s more excited than I am. She wanted to take the day off from school, but that wasn’t happening. After school, I took her to her ice skating lesson, then we went to Applebee’s for my birthday because she wanted to go there, so I told her I wanted to go there too. When we got home, we tried on her new ice skating dress.

Animal Jam

Animal Jam 4-29-17

4-29-17 Daddy took her to her first Free Skate 6 lesson today. I bribed her to go furniture shopping with me by letting her stop by Toys R Us to get an Animal Jam toy.

Birthday Party

Birthday Party 4-30-17

Birthday Party

Birthday Party 4-30-17

4-30-17 I taught a yoga class and 2 of her friends moms wanted to go, so daddy babysat while we went to class. Then, we went to her friend’s cousins 1st birthday party.

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March 1st thru 31st – 2017

3-1-17 I put the new wall decoration in her room this morning, hoping she’ll read it every day. Ice skating after school with Coach Arlene, then she came with me to the gym so I could take a Zumba class. I bribed her to go with Chicken Katsu, her favorite food!
3-2-17 She showed me a math project she worked the night before because she had some free time…just like her dad. PTA Fundraiser after school at the indoor trampoline park.

Rainbow Day

Rainbow Day 3-3-17

3-3-17 Going out the door for school, she hands me face paint because it’s Rainbow Day, so I painted a quick rainbow on her cheek…of course she tells me as we’re going out the door! After school ice skating with Coach Meegan.

Morgan's Birthday

Morgan’s Birthday party 3-4-17

3-4-17 I was going to take her to a yoga class, but she said, Please don’t make me go to yoga, it’s an hour of quiet. Dropped her off at Morgan’s 9th birthday party. Her, Morgan and Lily went to get a mani/pedi, then had a party at their house. Lily spent the night. I picked her up at 9pm because I had never met Morgan’s parents and she wasn’t allowed to stay over.
3-5-17 I had yoga teacher training all day, so I don’t know what her & daddy did all day.


1st Orthodontist Appt 3-6-17

3-6-17 First orthodontist visit this morning. I thought she would want Invisalign when it’s time to get braces, but she wants the ones with colors. I volunteered at her school for the last 30 minutes.
3-7-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Hair Bun

Hair Bun 3-8-17

3-8-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene again…Arlene put her hair in a cute hair bun because she got to fly on the rope that helps her learn how to jump. When we went to the grocery store, she says, “I know it seems like I’m angling for something, but I just want to see what the Easter treats look like.”

Note to skip school

Note to Skip School 3-9-17

3-9-17 Instead if whining that she didn’t want to go to school, she attempted a different approach with a nice note. If I didn’t have yoga teacher training today, I may have let her take a day off.
3-10-17 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. She tells me that Brussels Sprouts smell worse than my farts. Wasn’t sure if I should laugh or scold her, so I said nothing.
3-11-17 First day of Free Skate 5 started today.

Friends & Cousins

Friends & Cousins 3-12-17

3-12-17 I taught a yoga class to some friends. My friend, Genn dropped Ivory & Riley off so she could come to my class. When I got home, the two cousins were here too, so daddy was watching five little girls.
3-13-17 As I was at the school parking lot zoo dropping off her off, I saw the parking lot police were out. Saw a mom with a scowl on her face taking a picture of a license plate parked in a handicapped spot (apparently, the person was not handicapped). Someone’s going to get in trouble! We’re all just trying our best to get our kids to school on time.
3-14-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
3-15-17 Skipped ice skating because she had to come to a walkthru with me after school for a client.
3-16-17 Picked her up 1/2 early from school because I had an appointment I had to get to, so she came with me. At bedtime, her dad asked her if she knows what she gets when she reads. She asked what…her dad said, “smart!” She says, “I don’t want to be smart.” Dad says, “Ok, you get money!” She says, “You’re smart and you don’t get money!” Dad says, “That’s because mommy gets it all!”
3-17-17 There was an ad from Costco on the table. She  asked if people that weren’t members could shop at Costco. I said you have to enter the store with a member but I don’t think non-members can buy anything (not sure). She says, “Then why does this say ‘members only savings’, this is for everyone that can shop there?!?” ….I don’t know, it’s just advertising, eat your breakfast! She had me paint a 4 leaf clover on her cheek for St. Patrick’s Day. Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then her & daddy went with me to dinner with a client.
3-18-17 Daddy took her to morning Free Skate 5 lesson with Steve. She really likes him as a coach. I stayed home to recuperate from yesterday. The cat decided his water bowl wasn’t couldn’t enough! I went to yoga in the afternoon and when I got home they weren’t home. She had actually picked up her crap in the living room that’s been sitting on the floor for a month! Miracles do exist! They arrived home shortly after and it didn’t last long. Daddy took her to Target to get a new Lego set and she proceeded to put it together on the living room floor.
3-20-17 I volunteered for the last 30 minutes at school.


Giving Her Baby a Hug 3-21-17

3-21-17 Trying to get out of the school parking lot…it’s like a major event! Coach Arlene was sick today, so we went to get FroYo after school. Britney Spears “Toxic” came on so I started dancing. She said, “Mom, stop it! You’re embarrassing me!” When we got home, she helped me practice teaching yoga…she was wired and acting out the poses. She had to give the cat a hug before we got started.
3-22-17 She lost Animal Jam for the day for not listening and talking back in the morning. Coach Arlene was better today, so she had her ice skating lesson after school.
3-23-17 She lost Animal Jam and TV at bedtime for not getting her reading homework in time. She’s been procrastinating for a couple of weeks now to stay up later, so we nixed it tonight.
3-24-17 Donuts with Dad’s at her school this morning. I turned pretty orange from my spray tan last night. Leave it to an 8-year old to be honest. Picked her up from school and she says, “Mom, no offense, but your spray tan doesn’t look so good!” After her ice skating lesson, she went with me to a yoga teacher audition at 24-Hour Fitness. It was a group audition of all different types of fitness instructors, so we each were allocated a certain amount of time. I got a 2 hour workout of Zumba, body pump, cycle, etc. She sat there for 3 hours…most of the time texting her Aunt Jenny, but she made it through…she’s a rock star!

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-25-17

Fiesta Skate

Fiesta Skate 3-25-17

3-25-17 Skipped her Free Skate 5 lesson this morning because she had Practice Ice for Fiesta Skate at 11:30am. She performed an exhibition skate at 4:30pm. Saw her friend from her old school, Simone. Simone is Coach Meegan’s niece. She fell during her spin, which is rare, so she needs to work on building strength on her right leg. But, she got right back up and finished her performance.

3-26-17 In the morning, I told her to go clean her room. She says, “Mom, why are you so lame?” Not sure how to respond to that.


Teaching Origami 3-27-17

3-27-17 Early release at 1pm this week due to parent-teacher conferences. Our conference was at 2:05pm. Lasted about 5 minutes…she’s doing great and getting along with everyone. I was teaching her how to make an Origami crane. I could never home school. She wants me to show her how to do something but then complains that she can do it herself. We would kill each other!
3-28-17 Picked her up at 1pm and she came back to teacher training with me. She played on the iPad for 90 minutes. She posed in a group photo with us doing her Wheel Pose.


Lily & Poppy Playdate 3-29-17

3-29-17 Back to yoga teacher training after school. When we got home, I walked her over to her friend, Poppy’s. Then, her friend Lilly’s dad called and wanted a playdate, so they all ended up back at our house. 3 giggly girls playing upstairs.

Origami Sales

Origami Sales 3-30-17

3-30-17 She and a couple of her school friends have started a business. They are selling items they make. Her 1st sale of Origami cranes at 50 cents each.

Mom Mug

Mom Coffe Mug 3-31-17

3-31-17 Just saw a mom driving thru the school parking lot holding an open coffee mug…just thought it was funny that she had to bring it with her to drop off her kid.

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February 1st thru 28th – 2017

2-1-17 Had to cancel her ice skating lesson after school because a client wanted me to meet her, so she went with me again.

Ice Yoga

Ice Skating Yoga 2-3-17


Day with Friends 2-4-17

2-3-17 Ice skating after school with Coach Meegan. She came up with a new sport, Ice Skating Yoga. After her lesson, I took her to the mall because she told her friend, Holly that she would by her beanie boo with her allowance. I let her buy a small one and told her to quit telling her friends she would buy them stuff!
2-4-17 Her friends, Ivory & Riley spent the day with us. Their dad dropped them off at 7:30am, then she went to her ice skating class at 9:00am, then back home to play all day until 6:30pm. Grateful they are good kids and kept occupied.
2-5-17 At dinner I asked her if she wanted dinner now or wait? She said she would wait. So I tell her I’m going to sit down and have a salad. As soon as I sit down and take a bite, she asks: “Can you make my dinner, I’m hungry?”

Snow Day

Snow Day 2-5-17

Crow Pose

Crow Pose 2-5-17

2-6-17 Snow Day! No school today! She did some yoga in the morning, then played outside with her friend, Poppy.
2-7-17 Received a call that school was starting 2 hours late…Gah! This disrupts my entire day. I had to take her to school and my work appointment from yesterday got rescheduled to 2:30pm, so I had to miss my yoga teacher training. I picked her up at school, took her back to my appointment, then daddy picked her up and took her to her ice skating lesson. She said: We’re not allowed to have snow ball fights at school! Me: That’s because someone could get hurt. Her: That’s no my experience! Me: (silence…I got nothing!). It’s her cousin Zarah’s 6th birthday.
2-8-17 Full day of school! After school ice skating lesson, then we decided to go through Taco Time drive thru on the way home. They always take forever! She says: “Now I know why they call it Taco TIME!” As we’re driving home, the conversation is this…I know why you could have snow ball fights at school when you were a kid…there wasn’t any technology…nothing to do. Did you have cars back in your day?

Health & Fitness Night

Health & Fitness Night 2-9-17

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing 2-9-17

2-9-17 Health & Fitness Night at school. As soon as her friend, Max arrived, they went off and played and visited the booths.
2-10-17 Ice skating lesson after school then dropped her off at her friends, Ivory & Riley because I took daddy to hot yoga for the first time. I don’t think he will be going back anytime soon! He was nauseous by the time we got home and had a headache the next day…probably from dehydration.
2-11-17 Ivory & Riley’s mom dropped them off at our house in the afternoon, so her & I could go to a yoga class while daddy watched all the girls.
2-12-17 Daddy took her swimming and Aunt Cindy, Uncle Dan and cousins Zarah & Alyze met them there. I went to a double yoga class.
2-13-17 Went and got her Valentine cards and candy to give her classmates tomorrow. Glad she’s old enough to do it herself now!
2-14-17 Daddy & I had to help my crazy client move at 5pm, so she spent Valentine’s Day playing on the iPad and talking to her Aunt Jenny.

Kissing Cat

Saying Good Night 2-15-17

2-15-17 Took her to her favorite sushi response after ice skating for a late Valentine’s dinner. This made up for last night. She gave Joi a kiss good night at bedtime.
2-16-17 She had a meltdown because we said “no” to spending the night with a classmate in a couple of weeks because we don’t know her parents. She can go to the birthday party, but no sleepover. According to her, we’re the worst parents ever and have ruined her life…she went to her room until she could child out. When she came out, she informed me that we were the safest and lamest parents ever.

Ice Skating

Getting Ready to Ice Skate 2-17-17

PTA Fundraiser

PTA Fundraiser 2-17-17

2-17-17 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school. She was complaining that Meegan makes her do push ups on the ice sometimes and it embarrasses her…she didn’t have to do any today. On the way out, one of her ice skating friends said “bye”, but the didn’t hear her, so I told her. She said, “That girl has a quiet voice like me.” I’m thinking,  “Alternate facts!” Then, we went to the frozen yogurt place to support her school’s PTA fundraiser.
2-18-17 Daddy took her to her morning lesson, then her friend Poppy came over in the afternoon. Daddy took her for public skate in the evening.
2-19-17 I attended “Never Again: Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today, a presentation and conversation examining Japanese American incarceration during World War II and how it relates to racism today.” I think some friends came over again while she was home with daddy.

Sick Day

Sick Day 2-20-17

Our Cat

Our Cat 2-22-17

2-20-17 No school today due to the holiday. I’m sick, so we stayed in PJ’s until after noon.
2-21-17 I’m sick again, so she’s whining even more today. Coach Arlene is sick too, so no ice skating today.
2-22-17 Back to school.  The cat has a good life! After school ice skating with Coach Arlene.
2-23-17 She asked if she could buy her entire class a candy gram (PTA sells candy grams for $1/each at her school that kids can buy for your friends). She didn’t want anyone to not get one, so I gave her $30 so she could do this plus a few extra friends in other classes.


Shopping at Claire’s 2-24-17

Aidan's Party

Aidan’s Party 2-24-17

Bumper Cars

Drives Like Her Mom! 2-25-17

2-24-17 Ice skating with Coach Meegan, then took her to the mall to get her glasses adjusted, then stopped by Claire’s to get hair chalk…Claire’s always makes her happy.
2-25-17 She passed Free Skate 4 today. Went to Aidan’s 8th birthday party at a family fun center. She had fun with the bumper cars…she drives like her mom!
2-26-17 Daddy took her swimming in the afternoon.
2-27-17 I volunteered for 1/2 hour at school, then she went with me to meet a client. It took an hour to get there because it snowed in the morning and traffic was horrible everywhere. She started getting annoyed halfway there…I don’t blame her!

Party Dress

New Party Dress 2-28-17

Party Dress

New Party Dress 2-28-17

Wall Art

For Her Room 2-28-17

2-28-17 After ice skating, we went to the mall so she could get a new party dress for her friend, Morgan’s birthday party this weekend. I bought her a new wall art that was on sale at the yoga studio this morning…I hope she reads it every day.

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January 1st thru 31st – 2017

1-1-17 Happy New Year! Christmas decorations down.
1-2-17 I let her spend hours on the iPad…think her brain is frying.

Skin Rejuvenation Mask

Skin Rejuvenation Mask 1-3-17

1-3-17 Back to school! Asked her if she wanted to wear her Gizmo Pal 2 to school today.
Her response: Do I have to? Me: No, just don’t leave the school grounds. Her: Why would I do that?!? I’m not that irresponsible and I don’t have a brain infection! Me: SMH. Back to ice skating lessons with Coach Arlene. I bought this skin rejuvenation mask that uses LED lights. When I put it on, the spouse said I should stand in front of the window with a knife….uh, I don’t want CPS coming to our house!

Best Friend

Best Friend at School 1-4-17

1-4-17 I volunteered at her school today. When I walked in her BFF was tickling her…nice to know she’s learning a lot. 🙂 Then she had ice skating with Coach Arlene.
1-5-17 You know you’re getting old when you’re in the car waiting to pick your kid up at school and the dad in the truck next to you has the music so loud EVERYONE can hear it and all you want is 15 mins of peace and quiet!
1-6-17 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then I dropped her off at daddy’s work so I could go to yoga teacher training.
1-8-17 I had yoga teacher training all yesterday and today, so I have no idea what her & daddy did.


Meditation 1-9-17

1-9-17 She asked to meditate after doing her homework, so we went into my office to meditate.
1-10-17 Watching Obama’s speech, she said, “I bet everyone’s going to miss Obama.” I was thinking, “give it a couple of years and that everyone might mean EVERYONE.

Art Reflections

Art Reflections 3rd Place 1-11-17

Art Reflections

Art Reflections 3rd Place 1-11-17

1-11-17 She placed 3rd this year in the Art Reflections Contest at the district level in dance choreography – intermediate level (grades 3-5). She has always won 1st place in the primary level. I asked her if she would have liked to win 1st and she said yes, but she has all year to practice for next year. Good attitude!
1-12-17 It’s one of those mornings…put the cats water bowl on the table for the kid’s breakfast…the cat was looking at me like WTH!

Friday the 13th

1-13-17 Friday the 13th. Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
1-14-17 Daddy took her to her ice skating lesson while I was at yoga teacher training.
1-16-17 No school. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We lounged at home all day.
1-17-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
1-18-17 Dropped the cat off at his cat boarding place after school to get ready to travel to the US National Figure Skating Champion ships tomorrow. The cat puked in the car, of course. Skipped her ice skating lesson, so we had time to pack and relax. Her teacher sent a journal with her to document her trip.

Gracie Gold

Gracie Gold – 5th Place – Sr. Ladies Short 1-19-17

Mirai Nagasu

Mirai Nagasu – 2nd Place – Sr. Ladies Short 1-19-17

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner – 3rd Place – Sr. Ladies Short 1-19-17

Gracie Gold

Gracie Gold 1-19-17

US Nationals

US Nat’l Figure Skating Competition 1-19-17

Sr. Ladies Short Prrogram

Group 3 – Sr. Ladies Short Program 1-19-17

1-19-17 Flew to Kansas City for the US National Figure Skating Championships. Flight landed at 3:30pm, got the rental car, checked into the hotel and proceed to Sprint Center for the Opening Ceremony and Ladies Short Program. So excited when Gracie Gold’s group came onto the ice. She kept thanking me for getting tickets and said it was the best day of her life!
1-20-17 We didn’t attend any ice skating events today. I found a hot yoga class and daddy took her swimming in the hotel pool. We had dinner with an old friend in Johnson County.

Women's March

Women’s March 1-21-17

Women's March

Women’s March 1-21-17

Women's March

Women’s March 1-21-17

Women's March

Women’s March 1-21-17

Women's March

Women’s March 1-21-17


Legoland 1-21-17

Karen Chen

Karen Chen 1st Place – Free Skate 1-21-17

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner 2nd Place – Free Skate 1-21-17

Mariah Bell

Mariah Bell – Free Skate 1-21-17

Gracie Gold

Gracie Gold – Free Skate 1-21-17

1-21-17 Daddy took her to Legoland while I went across the street to Washington Square Park to check out the Women’s March. Saw so many funny signs. Then, we went to The Plaza area to get daddy a jacket, then to Sprint Center to watch the Ladies Free Skate. Her favorite skater, Gracie Gold placed 6th. Her 2nd favorite, Mariah Bell placed 3rd and her 3rd favorite, Ashley Wagner placed 2nd. Karen Chen unexpectedly placed 1st! I think Karen Chen and Marai Nagasu may quickly become favorites too!

Amber Glen

Amber Glen 1-22-17

Bradie Tennell

Bradie Tennell 1-22-17

Mariah Bell

Mariah Bell 1-22-17

Marai Nagasu

Marai Nagasu 1-22-17

Karen Chen

Karen Chen 1-22-17

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner 1-22-17

Marai Nagasu

Marai Nagasu 1-22-17

Maria Nagasu

Marai Nagasu 1-22-17

Karen Chen

Karen Chen 1-22-17

Mariah Bell

Mariah Bell 1-22-17

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner 1-22-17

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner 1-22-17

Nathen Chen

Nathen Chen 1-22-17

Mariah Bell

Mariah Bell 1-22-17

Smuckers Skating Spectacular

Smuckers Skating Spectacular 1-22-17

1-22-17 We went to the Friends of Figure Skating Breakfast, where she met Ashly Wagner, Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu, Mariah Bell, Bradie Tennell and Amber Glen. We had lunch with one of my relatives that lives in Lawrence, KS. That evening we attended the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular.

Best Trip Ever

Best Trip Ever 1-23-17

1-23-17 Up by 4:30am to get ready for our 6:30am flight home. She said this was the best trip ever!
1-24-17 Back to school. Ice skating with Coach Arlene. I gave her my old iPod with all my music on it. She was singing “My Humps” by Fergie…not sure how I feel about that!
1-25-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school. We were watching figure skating on YouTube…there are some things you just can’t un-see, such as this Single Ladies Dance on Ice! Lol!


PTSA Skate Night

PTSA Skate Night 1-26-17

Ice Skate

Ice Skating 1-26-17

Ice Skate

Ice Skating 1-26-17

Ice Skate

Ice Skating 1-26-17

1-26-17 Watching her idols at National Championships in KC motivated her…now she wants to go to the rink on days when she doesn’t have lessons too…so we went to the rink, I predict my life is going to be spent at the rink in the future. I did have fun taking pictures of her, though! After the rink, we proceeded to PTSA roller skate night. Her dad bribed me to go by going to the grocery store if I would take her.
1-27-17 I had to meet a client after school, so we skipped her ice skating lesson and she came with me.


Friends 1-28-17

1-28-17 Daddy took her to her morning lesson, then we went to our friends in the afternoon.


Friends 1-29-17

1-29-17 Her friends mom dropped them off, so their mom could write a paper for school. They played on the Xbox most of the afternoon.
1-30-17 No school today. Teacher service day or something. We lounged at  home all day!
1-31-17 Dropped her off at school, then proceeded to my 2nd yoga teacher training course at a different studio than I practice. Just had enough time to pick her up from school, then had her ice skating lesson.

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December 1st thru 31st, 2016

Writing Project Grade

1st Writing Project Grade 12-1-16

1st Writing Project

1st Writing Project 12-1-16

12-1-16 She received her 1st gift from Aunt Jenny. Jenny told her she could open it when she received it. Very happy to get “Snuggles”. Brought home her 1st writing project from school…she did awesome! Scored 2 points higher than the highest grade available.

Holiday Outfit

Holiday Outfit 12-2-16

12-2-16 Wore her holiday outfit to practice for the upcoming Winter Solstice Ice Skating show. Her 2nd package from Aunt Jenny arrived, so she opened it and received 2 Lego sets.


Legos 12-2-16

12-3-16 Daddy took her to her ice skating lesson in the morning while I went to yoga teacher training. She had to go into work with daddy for a couple of hours, then worked on her new Lego sets most of the day.
12-4-16 I was in yoga teacher training all day, so I have no idea what the did.

Holiday Outfit

Holiday School Outfit 12-5-16

12-5-16 She chose a holiday outfit for school today. Picked her early from school for her annual pediatrician’s appointment. She’s right where she should be, no concerns. Then, we went to the ice rink to practice with the other 2 girls she’s performing with for Friday’s show. In the car, listening to her put her stuffed animal into yoga poses :). She started talking about not wanting to donate for her class food drive because another class had more donations than hers and they wouldn’t win anyway. I got annoyed and lectured her that it wasn’t about the contest, but about giving. Then, she got annoyed with me for lecturing.


Sums it Up 12-6-16

12-6-16 The Christmas ornaments in the photo sums it up. Went by Costco to buy bulk quantities of green beens, mac n’ cheese and cup of noodles for her class food drive. Dropped off the food, then volunteered in her classroom for the last half hour of the day. Proceeded to ice skating practice for the show.


Andagi 12-8-16

12-8-16 While she was in school, I went Christmas shopping. When daddy got home, I went to yoga and he took her to Cookies and Crafts night at her school. After she went to bed, I made Andagi for her class’ cultural food day on Friday.

Lip Gloss

Lip Gloss 12-9-16

Warming Up

Warming Up 12-9-16

12-9-16 School was canceled due to snow; I made Andagi last night for nothing! She was so excited and played outside for a couple of hours. Then, we got ready for her ice skating holiday show. We went early to warm up and she said she was hungry, but couldn’t eat because her lip gloss would come off…I told her to EAT! Her and 2 other girls skated to “Cows Around”. The other 2 girls were the cows and she was sparkle. She got to see her friend from her old school…I took a picture of them together and she said she couldn’t look at it because she missed her too much.

Old Friends

Old Friends 12-9-16

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 12-9-16

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 12-9-16

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 12-9-16

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 12-9-16

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 12-9-16

Free Skate 3

Passed Free Skate 3 12-10-16

Birthday Party

Birthday Party 12-10-16

The Nutracker

The Nutcracker 12-11-16

12-10-16 Daddy took her to her Free Skate 3 lesson while I went to yoga. She sent me a text saying she passed Free Skate 3! We went to a past client’s daughters 1st birthday party in the afternoon.
12-11-16 Attended our yearly tradition of “The Nutcracker” in the afternoon.
12-12-16 Since school was canceled on Friday, the teacher sent out an email stating that the cultural food day would be on Tuesday. Are you kidding me?!? I made Sata Andagi again tonight! I despise cooking!
12-13-16 When I picked her up, she said she was hyper from all the sugar from cultural food day and she would not stop talking!

Pink Bow

Big Pink Bow 12-14-16

12-14-16 Went shopping after school for her friends Christmas gifts; she wanted to get gifts for Alisa, Poppy and Max. And, of course, Mrs. Johnson. She wanted a big pink bow from Claire’s and we went to Nordstrom’s to look for mommy boots to no avail.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House 12-15-16

12-15-16 She wanted to wear her blue jean jacket with her favorite dress today (short sleeved), but I fell asleep before putting it in the dryer last night. You would think the world was ending! She refused to wear her pink jean jacket and said she wouldn’t forgive me. Was storming around the house. Warned that she would lose TV today and take her Christmas gifts back…she calmed down for about 5 minutes. Started back up again. I let it go on for a minute before I had enough and raised my voice! Told her she could wear her pink jacket or black sweater or find something else to wear. She finally put on her pink jacket. She’s 8 years old! They made gingerbread houses at school today…wonder how much candy they ate in the process.

Max's Gift

Max’s Gift 12-16-16

Bulletin Board

Class Bulletin Board 12-16-16

12-16-16 Pajama Day at school. She got gifts for her 3 best friends, Max, Elisa and Poppy. Max gave her a pink stuffed animal. I took a pic of her class bulletin board. Guess which one is hers? “I am Gracie Gold!” My favorite is the top right saying, “I am as lazy as a cat.” She was very excited after school for Christmas Break. Took her to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan, then we finally made it home to relax. I had CNN on and Trump was on when she walked in the room. She says, “Why are you watching that? You don’t even like Trump!” She is wise beyond her years!
12-17-16 Daddy took her to her dental check up. He doesn’t like her new dentist.
12-18-16 She went to her classmate, Natalie’s birthday party and played in a laser maze for the 1st time, she loved it!


Happy to be on Break from School 12-19-16

12-19-16 Winter break has started. She went to my dermatology appointment with me, then took her to sushi for lunch. She was very happy there is no school for a couple of weeks!
12-20-16 She had a playdate with her cousins in the morning. Coach Arlene is back from vacation, so we had her afternoon ice skating lesson.
12-21-16 Out of the blue, she says, “I’m glad I’m human!” Maybe watching too much Elf. Ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene again. She wanted to go to the laser maze place again, but our friends decided to change the date to Friday…the drama queen said it was the worst day ever!
12-22-16 We went shopping at the mall for her BFF’s Christmas presents that we will see on Friday. Her video from Winter Solstice arrived of her performing “Cows Around” with 2 other girls from the rink.


BFF’s 12-23-16

12-23-16 Ice skating with Coach Meegan, then we met her BFF’s, Ivory & Riley at the indoor trampoline place that has the laser maze. They had a blast!
12-24-16 Her & daddy went Christmas shopping and of course, she came home with stuff from Claire’s. Every time she goes shopping with daddy, he buys her stuff from there. She got to open one gift after dinner.


Christmas 12-25-16


Christmas 12-25-16

12-25-16 Christmas day. Very excited to open her gifts. She opened a gift I got her from Claire’s that she has been wanting, but I’ve been telling her no. She was very happy to receive it! When everything was open, she just wanted to play with the bubble wrap. Then, we went for a late steak lunch.
12-26-16 Daddy took her to watch the movie, “Sing”.


Skiing 12-29-16

12-29-16 We went to the slopes for a day of skiing. Her & daddy went skiing, I stayed in the lodge and read on my Kindle. Daddy’s worst fear is that she falls out of the ski lift.
12-30-16 Sunny day. Her and the neighbor kids played in the garage most of the afternoon. One of the neighbor boys knocked on the door because she was crying from getting poked in the eye with a broom. Her glasses were all bent. Daddy adjusted them so she could wear them for the rest of the day and after a few hugs, she was ready to go back out.

Sleeping on Mom

Sleeping on Mom 12-31-16

12-31-16 We let her stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop on TV. She woke me up at 2am because her eye was hurting. It was red, so I think she scratched her cornea. She put an ice pack on it, then fell asleep on top of me. At 3:30am, I still couldn’t get to sleep. Happy New Year!

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November 1st thru 30th

11-1-16 Today I said to her, “Sometimes I’m a little too hard on you like when I get mad when you spill things and I do the same thing”. Her response: “Isn’t there a parenting book for that or something?!?” We proceeded to her ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene. Her friend, Max gave her a piece of his Halloween candy at school today. She was tired from Halloween, so I tried to get her to go to bed early…I managed to get her to go 10 minutes early.
11-2-16 This morning she said she couldn’t wait to see Max at school today and she reciprocated by giving him a couple of pieces of her candy. Ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene again, then home to do her homework. She is doing multiplication in 3rd Grade. I don’t think I learned what she is doing until 7th Grade and I know I didn’t bring homework home until Junior High. She’s talking about equations, etc.
11-3-16 She participated in a pizza party with her teacher today. Student’s that donated $125 or more to their fundraiser received a party with their teachers. Max participated too.
11-4-16 They had a Harvest Party at school today; brought home more sugar and had cupcakes at school…right after Halloween! Went to her ice skating lesson right after school, then she stayed later to practice with 2 other girls for the Winter Solstice show coming up next month.
11-5-16 Daddy took her to her Free Skate 3 lesson while I went to yoga. He took her to watch the “Trolls” movie in the afternoon.
11-6-16 Made her choose 10 pieces of candy from what was left from Halloween candy and the rest is getting trashed. Daddy took her to Barnes and Nobles for some kids event they were having.
11-7-16 I’m currently eating the remaining candy today…BAD MOM!
11-9-16 Dropped her off at school and stayed glued to the media in disbelief until I picked her up from school and took her to ice skating. STILL IN SHOCK! She asked on a scale of 1 to 10, how much do I like Trump…I told her 1, but he won and will be the next President. After hearing kids being mean to each other, I told her if someone else likes Trump, she still needs to be nice to them. Fortunately, she said the election was not mentioned at her school today. She tried to comfort me saying, “It’s ok…4 years will go by fast!” Not fast enough!

Happy Girl

Happy Girl 11-10-16

11-10-16 Unbelievable what is going on in the country today. I am Asian and her dad is Caucasian, I experienced racism when I was a kid growing up in the Midwest. Since we’re in WA state, it’s better here, but I’m glad she looks like her dad! Day 1 in Trump’s America and Michigan middle school students chant ‘Build the wall’I’m glad she’s 8 years old and happy!
11-11-16 Veteran’s Day – No School! Daddy took the day off…I went to hot yoga again to try to recover from the election.

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice 11-12-16

Disney on ice

Disney on Ice 11-12-16

11-12-16 Daddy took her to her morning Free Skate 3 class while I went to yoga teacher training. He took her to Disney on Ice in the afternoon with friends, Ava & Luke and their dad.
11-13-16 Daddy took her swimming. I was in training all day.
11-14-16 Getting her breakfast ready, I discovered she had not completed her 5 page math homework packet. I was at training all weekend and apparently her dad didn’t check. She lost her TV & iPad for the day for not doing her homework and of course, she got upset and was saying she was the worst kid in the world. Ugh! She did get it done in the 30 minutes before we had to leave. After school, she said I should not have been mad because it wasn’t due until Tuesday. I told her she still lost TV because I told her to get her homework done over the weekend. She got mad again. She calmed down fairly quickly and I lectured her about counting to 10 before she blows up when she doesn’t get her way.
11-15-16 Picked her from school and she got sassy with me about something…can’t even remember what it was now, so she lost TV again. After getting in the car, she started yelling that she knew that I wanted to put her in an orphanage and that I never wanted her. So dramatic! I told her I was sorry she felt that way, but it wasn’t true. She was still saying to put her in an orphanage when we got home, so I looked for some online and asked her if she wanted to go there. That seemed to shut her up! She calmed down and we go ready for her ice skating lesson…when we got in the car, she told me I was lucky I didn’t ice skate 4 days per week because it was hard. Then she asked what I thought of Coach Meegan. I told her I liked her and asked what she thought of her. She said she liked her and didn’t want to offend her, but she was tough.

Volunteer 11-16-16

Volunteered at School 11-16-16

11-16-16 I volunteered at her school for 1/2 hour today. Her teacher had me grade Common Core math worksheets…wasn’t sure I was qualified…seriously!

You Tube

You Tube set to Strict 11-17-16

11-17-16 Set the controls on YouTube on the iPad to strict and this still shows up…nice! 2 months ago thought we would be moving to Michigan this summer to help take care of grandma, which was the catalyst for taking yoga teacher training. After the election, we are staying on the West Coast and she has requested that I teach kids, so she can be my assistant.
11-18-16 After school ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan, then she practice with 2 other girls for the performance they will be doing for the Winter Solstice show coming up. She forgot to bring her book she’s supposed to reading at school again today, so she lost TV & iPad time unless it was educational.
11-19-16 Daddy too her to her group ice skating lesson while I went to yoga, then she played with the neighbor girls in the garage most of the afternoon. She wanted to go skating again in the evening, so daddy took her to a public skate session. She practice her spins.

11-21-16 She told me reading was her favorite subject…when did that happen?!? At the beginning of the school year, her teacher sent home a questionnaire asking what she likes and needs to work on, etc. I said it was difficult to get her to read a book. Her teacher must be a miracle worker!
11-22-16 She said one of her classmates told her that her family is moving to Canada in January because of Trump. Had ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.
11-23-16 Early release from school today.


Happy Thanksgiving 11-24-16

Gizmo Pal 2

Gizmo Pal 2 11-25-16

11-24-16 We went out for Thanksgiving this year. Food was great and no cleanup!
11-25-16 The only store we went to today was Verizon Wireless to get her a Gizmo Pal 2. Now I can track where she’s at as long as she’s wearing it and can call her or she can call me. When she’s a teenager, I’ll just get her microchipped! Daddy took her to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan.


Cousins 11-26-16


Cousins 11-26-16

11-26-16 Uncle Dan’s dad passed away last week, so we went to his celebration of life in a brewery…she saw her cousins.
11-27-16 We went Christmas shopping at a mall. Picked out her holiday outfit and got Aunt Jenny’s and Bachan’s gifts. Then, I took her to her favorite sushi restaurant because that was her reward for helping me with yoga teacher training.
11-28-16 Back to school after the holiday weekend. Max wasn’t there today.
11-29-16 Coach Arlene hurt her back, so she didn’t have her lesson today. She went with me on an appt. Max is back!
11-30-16 No ice skating lesson again today. I asked how her day from school was and her response: “Boys can be a little annoying.”

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October 1st thru 31st, 2016


Day with the Cousins 10-1-16

10-1-16 Had to skip her group ice skating lesson this morning since I had yoga teacher training and daddy played gold with a friend. Dropped her off at her Aunt Cindy’s in the morning, then daddy picked her up after golf and the cousins came to our house to spend the night. My friend, Dianna met me at the yoga studio, then we proceeded to the Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla concert. She was asleep by the time I got home.
10-2-16 The cousins were up early in the morning. I had to leave for yoga teacher training for the day. She cleaned her room when I got home, then daddy took her to the driving range to hit some golf balls until 7:30pm. I think the yoga training is making me a calmer person, which is leading to better parenting.
10-3-16 The neighbor kids wanted her to come outside to play, but she decided to stay inside. Guess she needed some down time.

Ice Skating

Before Ice Skating Lesson 10-4-16

10-4-16 Picture Day at school. I forgot until I was in the parking lot picking her up…hope they combed her hair.She is complaining of a stuffy nose and headache. Went to her ice skating lesson then home to relax.

Isle of the Lost

The Isle of the Lost 10-5-16

Head Light

Head Light for Reading in the Dark 10-5-16

10-5-16 Still has a stuffy nose, but feeling better.  Picked her up from school and on our way to her ice skating lesson, she asked if she could order more books from the Scholastic book order. I told her she had to finish reading the last books she ordered before I would buy her more. This caused her to start whining and complaining because she wouldn’t be able to finish the books before the order was due, etc. She continued to get mouthy, so I just told her, “no”! She calmed down and we proceeded to her ice skating lesson. She again asked if she finished the books could she order a new one (she really wants one about rocks). I don’t want to deny her books, so I told her she had to finish the one’s she had, then I would purchase the book even if it wasn’t through school; she asked if she had to finish both…told her I’d think about and finish one and we’d talk about the other. I’m reading “The Heart of Yoga” for yoga teacher training, so I challenged her to a race. If she finished her book first then I’ll purchase 2 new books for her and if I finish my book first, she has to make me dinner. On the way home, she decided to get her math homework out of her backpack and do it on the way home WITHOUT me asking her! She started asking me about algorithms, etc….she’s 8! I said to her, “I think the teacher training is making me a better parent, don’t you think?” Her response: “Eh….” After dinner, she started reading “The Isle of the Lost” and for the first time, we both sat on the couch reading instead of watching TV…it wasn’t even on for background noise. When I tried on my new head light for reading so I wouldn’t have to turn all the lights on, she said, “You look ridiculous!”
10-7-16 She said the entire 3rd class lost Popcorn Friday today because some of the students would not be quiet when they were supposed to be. We went to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan after school, then I dropped her off at daddy’s work so I could go to yoga teacher training. Friday’s are hot power followed by a kriya class.
10-8-16 Daddy took her to her morning group ice skating class while I went to teacher training. Then he took her for a late evening public ice skate; they didn’t get home until 10:30pm.
10-9-16 She is continuing reading her book…she wants to finish before I finish mine and she wants a new one!
10-10-16 After school, she said daddy’s engineering books and my yoga books seemed complicated. I was thinking…what 8 year old talks like this?!? When I got home, she proved that she is, in fact, 8 years old (see video)!

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September 1st thru 30th, 2016

9-1-16 We went to meet Grandma’s attorney to go over some financial stuff and she sat quietly in a corner for the entire meeting. The attorney at the end said how great she was…she had the iPad…hours of entertainment and I’m still ok with it during our trip to Grandma’s. At night, she closed the door to the bedroom and was singing along to some of her favorite songs. Sounded like screaming coming from the door. When she came out for a break, I asked her if she would like voice lessons (she needs them!) and she said “no” adamantly because it would be too embarrassing for her. The girl needs voice lessons!
9-2-16 Went to Grand Rapids to check it out.

Future College

Her Future College 9-3-16

Indoor Water park

Indoor Water park 9-4-16

New Sneakers

New Sneakers 9-4-16

9-3-16 Went to Ann Arbor so I could get a hot yoga class in and visit daddy’s college. This is most likely where she will go since they have a figure skating team at the college.
9-4-16 She called her Aunt Jenny to wish her a happy birthday. Finally took the iPad away today. Went to the indoor water park again. Dropped daddy and grandma off and we went shopping at the outlet malls. Took forever for her to pick out a pair a sneakers she liked and they had to have memory foam. Then, we went to Gymboree to get some new school clothes…she is very picky about what she wears.
9-5-16 Flew home from Grandma’s with no delays! She should be completely brain dead by the time we get home due to the amount of time she spent on the iPad this week. Continue reading

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August 1st thru 31st, 2016


New Canon Photo 8-1-16


BFF’s 8-1-16


BFF’s 8-1-16

8-1-16 She came with me to meet the photographer of one of my listings, then we came home and waited for Ivory and Riley to come over while their mom went to the airport. I tried out my new Canon and glad I made the purchase! When daddy came home, I left for a mom’s night out…we went to watch the movie, “Bad Moms” and it was hilarious!


Lunch Buddy 8-2-16

8-2-16 She came with me to another listing to meet the buyers to walkthrough and see if they wanted to purchase any personal items from my seller. Then, she wanted to go to her favorite teriyaki restaurant for lunch. She had ice skating with Coach Arlene and due to mom, she was 15 minutes late because I got the time mixed up.
8-3-16 She came with me to a client’s house again, then we had ice skating with Arlene again. We went shopping for Daddy’s birthday tomorrow. She chose to get him a coffee mug, chocolate and a card with a cat on it.

Daddy's Gifts

Daddy’s Birthday Gifts 8-4-16

8-4-16 Daddy took the day off work for his birthday and they went to a water slide park with friends, Vadim & Aidan, all day.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating with Coach Meegan 8-5-16

Ice Skating

Ice Skating with Coach Meegan 8-5-16

8-5-16 Ice skating with Coach Meegan in the morning, then we went to the gym so I could get a Zumba class in. Took her skates in for sharpening, proceeded to the grocery store because she wanted to get ingredients needed to make chocolate chip cookie sandwiches for daddy from her new baking book. A couple of the neighbor girls came over to help make cookies. I needed a quick nap, so as soon as I tried to nap in the living room around 3:30pm, then all the neighborhood kids decided to congregate in front of my house. Every 10 seconds…SLAM, SLAM, SLAM goes the garage door in the kitchen as my kid decides she needs to get something. I finally told her in or out and quit slamming the door and she STILL slammed it a few times because she “forgot”! I finally gave up at 5:30pm, then I hear…”Mommy, can the kids play in our backyard?” So, they come trampling through the kitchen to the back yard. 33 days until school starts!
8-6-16 Ice skating in the morning. Went out for a belated birthday dinner for daddy.

Curly Hair

American Girl Curlers 8-7-16

8-7-16 She came downstairs with curly hair this morning…apparently, she put the American Girl Doll curlers in her hair & slept in them…they work!
20160808_Skating168-8-16 She went to yoga with me and the instructor let her play on the iPad while I took class. Sushi for lunch. Took her to the ice rink so she could practice for the competition on Friday. We drive 20 miles to the rink and realized that her skates were at home. Went back home, picked up her skates and went back for a 30 minute practice. In the car, she asked a boarding school was. After I told her, she said that was sad and asked if I would ever send her to one. I said no at first, but then thought it might work in my favor if I told her if she didn’t clean her room, pick up her dirty socks and put her shoes away, I might!

Ice Skating 8-8-16

Ice Skating 8-8-16


Ice Skating 8-8-16

Ice Skating

Ice Skating 8-8-16

Joi & Carly

Beauty & The Lazy Beast 8-9-16

8-9-16 Dropped her off at a playdate at her classmate, Lily’s house in the morning. They went roller skating and played until 3:30pm. Came home to relax and I took a couple of pictures with my new Canon, then ice skating with Coach Arlene after. We got home home at at 6:30pm and by 7pm, the neighbor kids were knocking on the door wanting her to go out and play. I told her to tell them, she needed to stay in tonight. She’s been putting her hair up in the American Girl doll curlers every night and she has come down three times hysterically crying because one fell out. The last one at 10:55pm I had enough. Told her it was just hair! I put it back in and told her to go to bed! She just turned 8…oh the drama of her hair not looking good the next day. She said everyone would laugh at her…really?!? It’s been a long time since I cared if anyone laughed at me…I don’t get it!
8-10-16 She went to the drop in daycare while I went to yoga at noon. Ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene in the afternoon. In between, she got upset when I asked her to get dressed for skating because her nails were still wet and would get messed up. Really?!?


Traveling to Ice Competition 8-11-16


Swimming at the Hotel 8-11-16

8-11-16 She comes downstairs and announces she needs a black dress or skirt to go with her denim jacket. On our way across the state to an ice skating competition. Arrived to the hotel at approximately 5:30pm. Daddy took her swimming and I told them only 30 minutes because she’s not supposed to swim before an ice skating competition.

Morning Practice

Morning Practice 8-12-16

Morning Practice

Morning Practice 8-12-16

Getting ready

Getting Ready 8-12-16

Getting Ready

Getting Ready 8-12-16

Getting Serious

Getting Serious 8-12-16

1st Place

1st Place! 8-12-16

8-12-16 Up early to make it to her 8:45am practice ice at the rink. She fell more than I’ve ever seen during practice ice…I was very nervous about the competition in the afternoon. We went back to the hotel so mommy & daddy could take a nap and she relaxed and watched TV. I had her do a few plank on the forearms with me to get her stomach muscles warmed up. She does well under pressure and I gave her a pep talk to focus during her program. She placed 1st! I felt like Aly Raisman’s mom at the Olympics.
8-13-16 Daddy took her to her group ice skating lesson while I went to yoga. We went to a colleagues party in the afternoon.

Staying Cool

Staying Cool 8-14-16

8-14-16 She spent the day outside playing with neighbors in the water from the hose. Our water bill should be outrageous next month, but it kept them cool on a very hot day. I told her to come in at 6:30pm and she held it together until she got inside, then let us know she was upset that we made her come in early and was yelling that we hated her. I told her to go take a bath. By the time she was finished with her bath, she was back to her sweet self.
8-15-16 Took my car in for body repairs, then she had 1st day of art camp this week. Her friend from school, Kaylin is in the camp also. After camp, she played outside with the neighbor kids all afternoon.
8-16-16 Day 2 of art camp. Afternoon ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene.
8-17-16 Day 3 of art camp, then she camp to work with me in the afternoon. I told her she couldn’t have ice cream on the way home and she starts talking back and getting mad…is this an 8-year-old girl thing because lately her attitude when she doesn’t get what she wants is pretty crappy!

Chalk Pastel Pink Elephants

Chalk Pastel Pink Elephants 8-18-16

Jungle Watercolor

Jungle Watercolor 8-18-16

8-18-16 Final day of art camp. She brought home 4 art pieces from the week. One was an abstract elephant chalk pastel and another was a jungle watercolor. I had dental work when she was at camp, so I was in pain and had to go back to the dental office to get a prescription for pain killers. She played with a couple of neighborhood friends in the evening and at 8:30pm daddy told her it was time to go in. She became angry when she came inside, yelling that we didn’t like her and why were we faking it. Told her to go take a bath and after bath, she was happy again. I told her, she needs to stop talking back and yelling at us and warned her that she would start losing privileges if she doesn’t…my problem is I forget and don’t follow through or am just too tired to deal with it sometimes. I better start following through or I’ll be sorry when she’s 12!
8-19-16 Morning ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan, then she played outside most of the afternoon.


Yoga 8-20-16

8-20-16 Free Skate 3 class this morning, then we went to yoga. She played outside with the neighbors with the hose in the afternoon since it was so hot today.
8-21-16 Daddy took her indoor swimming since the weather was cold and cloudy.
8-22-16 Playdate with her friend from her old school, Isla at the trampoline park.

Nail Polish

Orange Nail Polish 8-23-16

8-23-16 Her orange nail polish managed to get all over our new white carpet. I yelled…she got upset, said I hated her and slammed her bedroom door, then about 30 minutes later, she said she loved me and was sorry. I try to remember it’s just stuff and not get pissed, but seriously, it was hard to get out!
8-24-16 I woke up officially sick, so we stayed in our pajamas and did nothing today.
8-26-16 Morning ice skating with Coach Meegan, then she wanted to stay inside until it was time to go to her friend, Lily’s birthday party.
8-27-16 Daddy took her to her Free Skate 3 lesson this morning while I taught a class. He bought her a skateboard today…waiting for a broken bone to happen!

Sound Asleep in Car

Sound Asleep & Done! 8-29-16

8-29-16 Flying to Grandma’s in Michigan. Due to thunderstorms, we circled above Chicago O’Hare for over an hour because the airport was currently closed…I just wanted a parachute!! Finally landed over 90 mins late, missed the connection to Flint, Mi. Rebooked to a Detroit, the flight was supposed to leave at 8:15pm, but they didn’t have a crew, so delayed to 9:15pm. Landed in Detroit, our bags are in Flint. Flint baggage department closes at 10:30pm. It’s after midnight by the time we rent a car. I’m very grumpy and I think the kid was done! We arrive at our destination 2 hours later.

Cradle (Bat) Yoga 8-30-16

Cradle (Bat) Yoga 8-30-16

8-30-16 4:20pm EST and the significant other just brought my bag! Haven’t showered and am totally grunged out. Online it says there is a hot yoga class 2o miles away, so I figure I’ll shower after class. I arrive at the studio, the instructor said she’s going do to another type of yoga, called cradle yoga and use some wacky cloth hanging from the ceiling during class. I felt as if I was a bat. It was not hot and she had smelly stuff and gongs at the end. I was hanging upside down from a cloth such as the lady in the picture! The kid has been playing on the iPad nonstop and I’m ok with this at this point!

Bird Shadow

Bird Shadow 8-31-16

Water Park

Indoor Water Park 8-31-16

8-31-16 Daddy wanted to take her to an indoor waterslide park, so Grandma & I went along to watch. On the way, she said, “Look mom, it’s a bird!” She made a shadow bird on her leg. They had a fitness room at the park, so I got to work out. The craziness is starting to settle down and Grandma seems happy she made it. She’s still nonstop on the iPad and I’m still ok with it!

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July 1st thru 31st, 2016


Cousins 7-1-16

Brownie Mess

Brownie Mess 7-1-16


Jamberry Nails 7-1-16

7-1-16 She went to the gym with me in the morning…not willingly…7-year old says she’s bored at their childcare. The cousins came over and she managed to get the chocolate milk upstairs without my knowledge. Then the neighbors came over and played for a few hours. At one point, they decided to play hide and go seek and were running from the garage through the kitchen to the backyard, then upstairs…I tried to ignore them. I attempted to make brownies and when I checked on them, they cam flying off the oven rack…confirmed that I should just stay out of the kitchen! The cousins left, then I had some friends over and one is a Jamberry consultant, so she did her nails and we decided to have a Jamberry party on her actual birthday later in the month.
7-2-16 She went biking with daddy while mommy worked.


Scratches from Garage Door 7-3-16


Scratches from Garage Door 7-3-16

7-3-16 She came along to my 2 hour open house withe me while daddy went on a long bike ride. Then we went by a flooring store to get samples so I can replace the kitchen and dining room. On the way home, I told her I wanted to go to Home Depot to look at some more, but when we got there daddy wasn’t there yet. I told her she would have to come with me and she got sassy and was complaining of not wanting to go. I open the hatch to my SUV and took the samples in side and left the hatch up. She stormed in behind me and closed the garage door (being a pill) on my open hatch. When I went back to the garage and realized the garage door was closed, I was pissed! I yelled at her for scratching up my car…she starts saying I don’t like her, etc. When I told her to get her shoes on to go, she did without any hassles, she knew I was going to lose it if she said one word about not going. When we got back home, daddy was there…dropped her off and went to yoga! When I got home, she was trying to act as if nothing happened and was being sweet and talking about 4th of July. She actually asked me if she could stay up late…the answer was, “NO”!

4th of July

4th of July 7-4-16

4th of July

4th of July 7-4-16

7-4-16 Went to our friends, Ivory & Riley’s house for 4th of July. I let her do sparklers with the other kids, but it always makes me nervous that a spark is going to set her close on fire.
7-5-16 Daddy took the day off work and I had to work, so he took her to her ice skating lesson. When I got home, she had a new make up set.
7-6-16 Her 8-year old friend from the neighborhood came over, then she had a dental appointment, then I had to work, so I dropped her off at her babysitter, Avalon’s house. She loves her, so was very excited to see her.
7-7-16 She’s been playing with a could of the neighborhood girls lately, one is 8 and the other 10. Sometimes, she’ll go to the 10-year old’s house when there is a group (including boys) playing outside, then she will say they are going inside, but can only have so many kids come in. Then, the next day, she’ll come over to ask if she can play. Not sure if some catty girl stuff is starting.

Fell Asleep

Fell Asleep in Car 7-8-16

7-8-16 Took my car in to get an estimate for the garage door incident. Over $1,000, but I have a $500 deductible. The girl was being weird again when she went to play with them, so she came home; she was tired anyway since daddy let her stay up until 11pm last night. She claims they are nice. Then, we had an ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. On the way, she fell asleep in the car, so she must have been tired!
7-9-16 I had to work all day, so daddy took her to a carnival with rides and games. She was happy that she is finally over 42 inches so she was allowed on some big rides. When they got home, she wanted to go over to the neighbors. At 8:05pm, I went out to tell her to come in and she got sassy with me…in fact, she’s been getting sassy a lot lately. I get mad and give her warnings, etc. and she says ok, but the next day, she’ll do it again. Not sure if I’m going to have to start using Love & Logic.

Neighbor Friends

Neighborhood Friends 7-10-16

BFF's Birthday

BFF’s Birthday 7-10-16

7-10-16 She played with the neighborhood kids all day…about 6pm, she came in crying because they decided they wanted to play a different game, but she didn’t want to, so they left to go play the different game anyway. She said she was upset because she wanted to continue playing with them. I told her that sometimes she has to do what others want if she wants to continue playing. Today was her BFF, Ivory’s 8th birthday, so she drew her a note for her. We’re taking her out tomorrow.

58 Days

58 Days Til Sept 7th 7-11-16

7-11-16 I had to be at the car dealership at 9am for a recall repair and this is the morning where she can’t find her glasses. She keeps asking me where they are and I keep telling her to look for them in her room because she takes them off before she goes to sleep. She can’t find them, so I tell her to clean her room and organize it to find them. She starts whining and crying. I have to get out the door, so I find her old pair from 2 years ago and tell her to wear them. She complains that they don’t fit her anymore…they do, I just needed to adjust the ears. We’re waiting for my car and I’m trying to get answer work emails on my phone and she interrupts me every 10 seconds because she needs something. I’m starting to twitch! I take her with me show a home since my clients has 4 kids, so she said it was fine. Then, I took her to the gym with me and she complains about that. 58 days until Sept. 7th (1st day of school!)
7-12-16 Had kid yoga at the same time as my hot yoga class, so I took her and she complained about going, so I told her she could go or go to drop off daycare…she chose yoga. We went to my chiropractor appointment then ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene. My MacBook Pro wouldn’t boot; I finally got it working.

Teriyaki 7-13-16

Best Teriyaki Restaurant 7-13-16

7-13-16 My MacBook died again today; spent the morning trying to get it to boot. Finally made an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar. She went with me to a couple of flooring stores so I could pick out our new floors for the kitchen and dining room. She’s complaining that she wants to do something fun…I told her that she just needs to do life with me today. We tried a new teriyaki restaurant and it was hit with her…said they had the best chicken katsu ever!  Met daddy at our attorney’s office to get our wills finally signed.

Apple Appt 7-14-16

Waiting for My Apple Appointment 7-14-16

7-14-16 Dropped her off at her babysitter, Avalon’s in the morning while I showed some homes. Picked her up and went to my chiropractor, went by another flooring store and finally decided on a laminate wood floor. Went to my appointment at Apple just to be told that since I have an older model they are not allowed to open it up because they don’t have the parts to fix it anyway. He told me what was probably wrong and how to fix it. I decided it would be better to take it to Simply Mac and let them fix it.

Taking Selfies

Taking Selfies 7-15-16

7-15-16 Ice skating with Coach Meegan in the morning, then came home and waited for the flooring installer to measure our floors. Then, she went with me on a walkthrough for a rental client from Virginia that I found a rental home for. From there, we went to Simply Mac so they could diagnose my computer…it’s in one of the outdoor malls right next to See’s Candy, so she kept asking if we could get some chocolate…I gave in. Found out, not only is there an issue with the hard drive, but the fan, battery and disk drive have issues. Decided instead of repairing it, I bought a refurbished Macbook Pro and they were able to save my hard drive. Met her BFF’s for dinner. They decided they needed to take a few selfies.

New Shoes

New Shoes with Heels 7-16-16

7-16-16 Daddy left to do his 2 day bike ride (STP). We went to yoga, the headed home to relax. She decided to start cleaning house…mopping floors, cleaning the counters and tables. Then, she wanted to go to the mall to find a fancy dress for her birthday, so we went and she picked out some heels to go with her new dress…I almost didn’t let her get them, but I didn’t have the energy to argue with her.


Traffic Jam 7-17-16

Finish Line

STP Finish Line 7-17-16

7-17-16 We drove to Portland to pick up daddy after he participated in the STP bike ride with his friend, Chris…I’m thinking if you want to go to Portland, just drive! At one point, there was a traffic jam and we both had to pee, we were running to the bathroom when traffic finally started moving again. We made it about 20 minutes before he crossed the finish line. She was very excited! On the way back, we hit 2 slowdowns and 1 accident, so our 3 hour trip turned into 4.5 hours.
7-18-16 We slept in, then she had day 1 of art camp. Her friend from school, Kaylin is in the camp this week too, so very excited to see her. Daddy picked her up while I was working and she sent me a text that she lost her loose tooth finally. I told her to save it for the tooth fairly. At bedtime, she started interrogating daddy if the tooth fairy was real and if it was me that was leaving the money. He said he didn’t know, then when I went upstairs, she told me that she knew it was me. I asked her how she knew and she said she just did. I asked her if she still wanted the tooth fairy to bring her money and she said she didn’t care. That didn’t last long…she turns 8 on July 28th!

Kaylin Drawing

Drawing From Kaylin 7-19-16

7-19-16 Kaylin made her cute drawing at art camp, then she came with me to a clients house. When I was picking her up, I told one of Kaylin’s mom that she realized I was the tooth fairy. Kaylin’s mom said the tooth fairy was real in their house, so I played along and told her the tooth fairy was real and the last time she came to our house, she was busy, so she just gave me the money to give to her. She was excited that she was real. I felt as if I should just tell her I’m fibbing, but then she said she was going to send a letter to her!

Note to Tooth Fairy

Note to Tooth Fairy 7-20-16

7-20-16 Picked her up from art camp, then took her with me run some errands. When we got home, she wrote the letter to the tooth fairy with the hopes that she would write her back. Great! Now I need to play along and pretend to be the tooth fairy and send her a letter. I should just tell her it’s all fantasy!

My Babies

My Babies 7-21-16

7-21-16 I looked up at the top of the stairs in the morning and saw my 2 babies. My friend, Genn (Ivory & Riley’s mom) picked her up at art camp today because I had to work. Daddy picked her up on the way home.
7-22-16 Ice skating with Coach Meegan in the morning, then we went to Party City to get party decorations for her birthday on the 28th. It was raining, so we relaxed at home in the afternoon.
7-23-16 Daddy took her to her group Free Skate 3 class.


Sleepover 7-24-16


Sleepover 7-24-16

7-24-16 Daddy took her swimming, then when I got home from work, we went to her friends, Ivory & Riley, so she could spend the night. This was her 1st sleepover outside of family. She packed her bedding, 3 stuffed animals and a suitcase full of stuff and took her bike.
7-25-16 I had to work, so she went to the lake with Ivory & Riley to ride bikes. Half way around the lake, I received a phone call from my friend, Genn saying she had a headache and was crying. When I talked to her, she said she wanted to go home. I left my walkthrough go pick her an bring her back to work with me. I think she was just overwhelmed from spending the night, then going with them the next day. After my walkthrough, we went home to relax.

Fingernail Polish Bottle Art

Fingernail Polish Bottle Art 7-26-16

7-26-16 She finished her fingernail polish bottle project that she has been working on for 3 days and wanted me to take a picture of it. I took her to the gym with me and she had fun in the child care, for once, then we picked out her birthday cake. She questioned me about the tooth fairy again, so I told her she wasn’t real and it was me. I asked her if she was upset; she said she wasn’t and didn’t care. She asked why parents do it.


I Can Fly! 7-27-16

7-27-16 Went to ice her ice skating practice with Coach Arlene in the afternoon. Arlene put her on the harness that helps with jumps. She thinks it’s so fun! Daddy had an early hockey game and I needed a yoga class, so I dropped her off at the drop in child care, much to her opposition, so I could go to a class. When I picked her up, she said it was kind of fun and there was a game that she liked there. She is very excited for her 8th birthday tomorrow.


Jamberry Nail Party 7-28-16

Birthday Party

8th Birthday Party 7-28-16

American Girl

2nd American Girl 7-28-16

Sno Cone Machine

Sno Cone Machine 7-28-16

7-28-16 She turns 8 today! She went on a new home walkthru with me in the morning, then we stopped by the Dollar Store to get some balloons, the grocery store to get her pink princess cake and home to get ready for her Jamberry nail party. 7 girls came and they got Jamberry nails, cake and pizza. Her aunt got her another American Girl doll! We got her the sno cone machine she wanted.
7-29-16 Ice skating lesson in the morning with Coach Meegan, then she went on another walkthru with me in the afternoon.


Cupcakes 7-30-16

Ice Skating Friends

Ice Skating Friends 7-30-16

Ice Skating party

Ice Skating Party 7-30-16

7-30-16 Daddy took her to her group ice skating lesson, then she had her ice skating birthday party at the rink. 17 kids and a few adults showed up. We had cupcakes and pizza again and everyone had a great time! My friend Genn with her kids, Ivory & Riley were there, so we dropped the kids off with daddy after the party, so Genn & I could go to a hot yoga class.
7-31-16 I took her to yoga with me so she could attend the kids class, then we relaxed at home the rest of the day. She wanted to go outside at 7:45pm, so I let her go ride her bike while I sat in the garage. The 4-year old neighbor girl came by, then her mom came to tell her dinner was ready. It was past 8pm and she wanted to go back out after the neighbor finished dinner. Her dad told her to come in and she threw a mini-fit. It’s difficult to set limits when the 4-year old can stay up until 10pm and her mom let’s her run around the neighborhood unattended.

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