July 1st thru July 31st – 2017

Swim Lessons

1st Day of Swim Lessons 7-1-17

7-1-17 First day of summer swim lesson.
7-2-17 Aunt Jenny, Uncle Jason and Bachan arrived from Texas! She’s so excited! Aunt Jenny brought her a huge makeup set…I’m not thrilled about this. They took her to the park. Uncle Jason couldn’t figure out the water fountain, so she played a trick on him.

You Have to Eat

You Have to F*cking Eat 7-3-17

7-3-17 Went to one of the local malls and of course, her Aunt Jenny bought her 6 choker necklaces. I found a book to buy her for her birthday to help her eat her vegetables. Then we went back to their hotel to swim.

July 4th

July 4th 7-4-17

July 4th

July 4th 7-4-17

7-4-17 I let her wear her new makeup for 4th of July…a little too much eye shadow. She asked me to help her put eyeliner on and I told her no way…she’s too young. She started crying, which is unusual for her. I asked her why she was crying and she said because she missed Poppy. Aunt Jenny stopped by in the afternoon and brought her more stuff she doesn’t need, then they went back to their hotel and we went to our friends (Ivory & Riley) for 4th of July, like we do every year.

Having Fun

Having Fun with Aunt Jenny 7-5-17

7-5-17 Despacito came on the radio…she told me to change the channel. I said, “I like this song!” She responds, “Justin Bieber? Wow! (in a condescending unbelievable tone). Went to Aunt Jenny’s hotel, then we went downtown to sightsee, came back to the hotel so she could swim and I left her there while I went to teach my yoga class. When I got back, her aunt had bought her more stuff…Animal Jam toys, play earrings, etc. Ugh! She had fun, though!


Lunch with Aunt Jenny 7-6-27

7-6-17 I had to teach a yoga class in the morning, so her dad dropped her off at her Aunt & Uncle’s hotel and she spent the day with them. They took her to lunch and she met one of her Uncle’s friends 2-year old daughter. Apparently, they had a blast together, then they went swimming at the hotel pool and I picked her up after teaching my evening class.


Festival 7-7-17

Japan Gardens

Japanese Gardens 7-8-17

7-7-17 She had ice skating with Coach Meegan in the afternoon, then we went to a local festival so she could play the games and ride a few rides.
7-8-17 She had her Free Skate 6 class in the morning, then swimming lesson at noon. Then we met the relatives and went to a Japanese Festival then proceeded to the Japanese Gardens.

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing 7-9-17


Cried All the Way Home 7-10-17

7-9-17 Met the relatives in the afternoon, then went to another local festival, then the relatives came back to stay at our house since they are leaving tomorrow.
7-10-17 Dropped the relatives to the airport in the afternoon and she cried the entire way home (about an hour) because her Aunt Jenny was gone. Daddy got home and they made slime.


Kids Yoga 7-12-17


Pink Slime 7-11-17

7-11-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene in the afternoon. Then she made pink slime.
7-12-17 Playdate with her friend, Lilly today. Dropped her off at 11:30am and I went to a yoga class. Picked her up at about 3pm and she started saying things like, “I was having fun until you came in a snarky tone, etc.” I let her know it didn’t make her sound cool in front of her friends when she talks to me in a disrespectful manner . Took her with me to my 4pm kids yoga class. While waiting for the other kids to arrive, she drew a picture of a local yoga studio’s logo…thinking she should get paid to advertise for them. When we got home, she showed me what she wanted for her birthday…a new bed and redecorate her room…why can’t the kid just want a new shirt or something?!? New Bed for Her Birthday!


The Cat 7-13-17


The Cat 7-13-17

7-13-17 She had to get up at 6:30am to come with me to my yoga class I was teaching. I walked into her room and her and the cat were having a moment. Then she started working on her cursive, so he joined her. He loves her!

Wiped Out

Wiped Out after Yoga Classes 7-14-17

7-14-17 I had to teach 3 classes…7am, 9:15am and 12pm. She was wiped out after sitting through 3 classes…I’m lucky she’s a good kid! Then, she had her ice skating with Coach Meegan at 3:15pm.
7-15-17 Daddy took her to her morning ice skating lesson and I took her to her noon swimming lesson.
7-16-17 We went to a family team BBQ at one of the studios I teach at.
7-17-17 First day of morning Science camp. Her friend from school, Kaitlyn is enrolled in the camp also.
7-18-17 I decided we would walk to Subway for lunch before camp and locked us out of the house…daddy had to come home from work and let us in. Second day of camp; had to pull her out an hour early because she had to come with me to my yoga class I was teaching.


Neighbor Friend 7-19-17

Ice Skating

Ice Skating Practice 7-20-17

7-19-17 Third day of camp. After camp, we went to my kids yoga class I was teaching. Then our neighbor Kai Kai came over.
7-20-17 Ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan after science camp. She’s getting ready for her competition next week.
7-21-17 She had to come with me to the 7am class I was teaching, then stayed for the 9:15am. She’s a trooper…she get’s to play on the iPad, so I don’t think she minds too much. Last day of camp, then ice skating with Coach Meegan. She was tired by the end of the day.
7-22-17 She had swim lessons at noon, then she played outside with the neighborhood kids.
7-23-17 We went out for dinner at a nice Indian restaurant. She asked what the occasion was…I said because I flat ironed my hair and actually changed out of yoga clothes.


Lilly & The Neighbor Girls 7-24-17

Sun Drawing

Sun Drawing 7-24-17

7-24-17 First day of morning Art camp. The instructor is her friend, Lilly’s mom. Her mom is an art teacher at a local high school. When I picked her up, they asked if they could spend the night with each other. We decided to have Lilly stay at our house, so she came over around 1:30pm and stayed the entire day and played with a couple of neighbor girls. By the time daddy came home, they were getting tired and both wanting to do different things. I had to leave to teach a 7:30pm yoga class. I get a text 20 minutes after I left from daddy to come home. She had hit her friend with a fly swatter and her friend took off on her roller blades. Apparently, daddy became really angry when she wouldn’t put the fly swatter away and made her feel extremely bad, so she scratched her arm. Of course, I can’t just leave my class and come home, so I called her before my class started and found out it was an accident, she didn’t mean to hit her friend that hard. Daddy was overreacting. So, I had to remind daddy who the adult was and told him to bring them both inside to watch a movie until I came home. I spoke to her about not harming herself when she feels bad about herself. I’m trying not to freak out before my class. Hopefully, this is an isolated incident.

Rocket Painting

Rocket Painting 7-25-17

Vintage Camera

Vintage Camera 7-26-17


Lilly’s Playhouse 7-26-17


Jellyfish 7-27-17


Lightbulb 7-27-17


Owl 7-27-17

Flashlight Art

Flashlight Art 7-27-17

7-25-17 Second day of Art Camp in the morning, then she stayed and played with Lilly for an hour after. She brought home a Rocket painting.
7-26-17 Third day of Art Camp.  I picked her up and then her and Lilly wanted to spend the night, so Lilly came to our house for awhile to play, then dropped them off at Lilly’s house for a sleepover. They slept in Lilly’s playhouse in the backyard.

Art Camp

Art Camp 7-27-17

Art Camp

Art Camp 7-27-17

7-27-17 Picked her up at Lilly’s after art camp, then we came home to relax.  She brought home several pieces today. The owl was her favorite. She had an ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan to practice for her competition tomorrow. When I asked her to go to bed, she kept trying to get a few more minutes, I gave her 15 minutes, but when that was up, she tried for more, so I said no. Then, she started getting angry and saying she’s having fun until I make her do something and it’s her birthday tomorrow…blah, blah blah. I told her to pick up her play doh, so she kicked it, so I bagged it up and told her I’m not sure what I was going to do with it. I think she’s nervous for her competition tomorrow. She brushed her teeth, gave me a hug and went to bed.

9th Birthday

9th Birthday 7-28-17


2nd Place

Summer Sizzler 7-28-17


Neighborhood Party 7-28-17

Soda Shop

Soda Shop Maker 7-28-17

7-28-17 She turns 9 years old today and had a ice skating competition in the afternoon. She fell on one of her jumps, so she placed 2nd. When we got home, we invited the neighborhood kids over for a Pinata party. I gave her the soda shop maker that she wanted even though I’m against her drinking soda.

Bday Party

9th Birthday Party 7-29-17

Bday Party

9th Birthday Party 7-29-17

Bday Party

Bday Party 7-29-17

Bday Party

9th Birthday party

Tree Pose

Tree Pose 7-31-17

7-29-17 She had her morning Free Skate 6 lesson this morning, then had her 9th birthday party at the rink.
7-30-17 Day of relaxation.
7-31-17 I taught a morning yoga class, so she came with me to hang out at the studio.

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June 1st thru June 30th – 2017

6-1-17 Trump backed out of The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris). are
6-2-17 I canceled her afternoon ice skating lesson today so I could attend Street Yoga Training. It started at 5:30pm at the other end of the city. I was trying to take a shortcut during rush hour, pulled into a parking lot and was backing out to turn around and hit a railing that was close to the entrance I was backing out of. I’m not sure how people deal with rush hour every day! Daddy sent a text saying to cancel one of her lessons with Coach Arlene because he got irritated when he took her to the rink to practice and after 15 minutes, she was done and wasn’t sure what she was supposed to be practicing. He doesn’t want to pay for it if she’s not going to take it seriously. So, I canceled one of her lessons, but haven’t told her yet.
6-3-17 I had Street Yoga Training all day today. When I got home, her friend, Poppy was at our house and she ended up spending the night. I let them stay up past 11pm.
6-4-17 Dropped Poppy off at 7:30am on my way to teach a yoga class before Street Yoga Training.
6-5-17 After school I told her that we canceled one of her lessons with Coach Arlene and she became really upset. After explaining to her why, I told her that if she practiced more this summer, we would revisit it in September.
6-6-17 The neighbor kids came at 7am today and I dropped them off at school. She had her weekly lesson with Coach Arlene today and her coach agreed that she should take it a little more seriously if she wants to continue.

Hugging Cat

Hugging her Kitty 6-7-17


My Yoga Assistant 6-7-17

6-7-17 The neighbor kids came again at 7am…the brother pushed his little sister off thew couch and she was fake crying and screaming…I couldn’t drop them off at school fast enough! Before school, my kid was hugging the kitty “good morning”. After school, we went to a kid’s yoga class at a gym I teach out because I’ll be taking over the class for the rest of June. I had to prod her to go because she doesn’t like yoga as much as I do. I told her she would be my assistant during the classes I teach and help the younger kids.
6-8-17 Daddy dropped her off at school since I have to leave early on Thursday’s to teach a yoga class.
6-9-17 Getting ready for school, she tells me she’s having an issue about Halloween because she usually knows what she wants to be by now, but doesn’t know yet. I told her when the Halloween stores open, we can go shopping and decide then.
She said ok…but no more of that princess stuff, yuk! Maybe a black cat with eyeliner and mascara dressed all in black. I’m thinking…should I be scared…when did this happen?!? I received a call at 1:15pm from the school telling me that my kid was in the office because they were released at 1pm today…I didn’t have a clue. I was heading home from the store, so was right at the corner of her school. Then, we had afternoon ice skating with Coach Meegan and proceeded to Target to get her friend, Anna, a birthday gift for her party tomorrow. She started being a pill in the store and became argumentative because I bought Anna a soda maker and she wanted one. My relentless daughter kept pissing and moaning about it. I’m already exhausted and she’s just sucking the last bit of life out of me…she’s only 8! We get home, I make dinner and have her try one green bean…just one! She gets dramatic and starts yelling and gagging and runs to the trash can to spit it out. Then, she starts complaining that she’s bored. Her dad needs to get home because I am done for the day! He gets home and starts complaining about his job. The kid went outside.

Anna's Birthday

Anna’s Birthday 6-10-17

6-10-17 Daddy took her to her ice skating lesson in the morning, then I dropped her off at her friend Anna’s birthday party while I went to a yoga class. I had a yoga event in the evening. When I arrived home there was a new Lego set all over the living room floor.
6-11-17 I decided it was time to organize her Lego’s because I can’t take them being thrown in a cardbox box in her room and her sets are put together all over the floor of her room. I went to Storables and found some containers that work and proceeded to sped at least 2 hours organizing her pieces and taking apart all but 3 sets. At bedtime when she went to look for something, she could’t find an important piece and was accusing me of throwing it away. I was calm, at first, reassuring her that everything was there and I had not thrown anything away. She proceeded to escalate and start screaming and crying because she couldn’t find it. I tried to ignore her because I’m not engaging when she’s acting like this. I finally lost it and yelled at her to quit whining and start her 20 minutes of night reading. She got quiet really quickly and after about 5 minutes, I asked if she was reading. She said she wasn’t, but she knew I was going to be mad when she told me something. I said I probably would be, but what? She said she found the piece she was looking for because I hadn’t taken that set apart, it was still sitting in her room. OMG! She asked for a hug. I gave her one and told her to get to her room to read, then she started whining that she wanted to sit with me in the living room to read…ABSOLUTELY NOT! Go to your room and read! Then, I was told I was the worst mother ever. I sure hope this stage passes!
6-12-17 I volunteered in her classroom for the last time this year!

Ice Skating

Ice Skating 6-13-17

Ice Skating

Ice Skating 6-13-17

Ice Skating

Ice Skating 6-13-17

Ice Skating

Ice Skating 6-13-17

Ice Skating

Ice Skating 6-13-17

Ice Skating

Ice Skating 6-13-17

6-13-17 She didn’t want to go on the field trip to the zoo today, so she stayed home and I took her to the ice rink and the mall. Then, she had her ice skating lesson with Coach Arlene.

I Love Mom

I Love Mom 6-14-17

6-14-17 Taught my first kids yoga class. I envisioned all the kids engaged and participating in this wonderful story I came up with last night doing yoga poses. 6 and up were good. 4 and 5 year olds…not so much. I told my kid, she was my assistant, so she kept getting up and trying to get the younger kids back to their mats…I kept telling her to just stay on her mat. She was playing with some baking soda concoction and she made sure to take a picture of what she wrote in it.
6-15-17 Field Day at school, so they played all day.

Ice Skate Drawing

Ice Skate Drawing 6-16-17

6-16-17 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school. Then, she had to run some errands with me. Over 2 hours in the car with her and the only song we agreed upon was “We Are Young” by Fun.I went through her backpack and found a cool ice skate she drawing.
6-17-17 I was in a workshop all day, so she was with daddy all day…not sure what they did.
6-18-17 Father’s Day. Took daddy to lunch.
6-20-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.

Sun Circles

Sun Circles 6-21-17

Sun circles

Sun Circles 6-21-17

6-21-17 Little Sun Circles in Kids Yoga today. The 9-year old wanted to play a game so I let her lead it…I could probably just let her teach the entire class and she would do better than I would! I told my kid that she needed to stay on her mat and show a good example for the younger kids.

Lilly's Bdat

Lilly’s Birthday 6-22-17

3rd Grade6-22-17 Last day of school! They were released at 1pm, then she went to her friend, Lilly’s birthday party.


1st Day of Summer Vacation 6-23-17

6-23-17 Day 1 of Summer break…kid is on the couch with electronics…adult is ready for a nap at 9:30am. We were in the car and she said when she was in the car with daddy the day before, they saw a couple of driver’s in a parking lot getting into an argument and one blocked the other car from leaving. She said they had anger issues…lol.

Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Festival 6-24-17

Strawberry Festival 6-24-17

Strawberry Festival 6-24-17

6-24-17 She went to Poppy’s house to give her a matching bookmark so they could both have the same one before Poppy moved. We went to the Strawberry Festival in the afternoon.
6-25-17 Her best friend from school and the neighborhood, Poppy, moved to South Carolina today.

Missing Poppy

Missing Poppy 6-26-17

6-26-17 She is sad that Poppy left and when we drive by her house on the way home, she says she doesn’t like that house anymore. She said she is never going to play outside again because Poppy is no longer in the neighborhood. She stayed inside and painted.
6-27-17 First day of ice skating camp. Neon Day.

Hawaiian Day

Hawaiian Day 6-28-17

Most Creative

Most Creative 6-28-17

6-28-17 I had to teach an early class, so we left at 7:30am and she played on the iPad while I taught before ice skating camp. It was Hawaiian Day…she finally fits into the moo moo that Bachan made for her years ago. She was voted “Most Creative” today. I was at the store in the evening and I get a text…“She swallowed her gum, will she be ok?” I should of responded that we needed to go to ER and to get it surgically removed.

Crazy Hair Day

Crazy Hair & Pajama Day 6-29-17

6-29-17 Pajama & Crazy Hair Day at camp; the best we could do is put a red streak in her hair. When we got home, she didn’t want to go outside because Poppy isn’t here. I had to kick her out of the house and go play instead of sitting on the couch playing on the iPad.

Assembling Table

Assembling the Table 6-30-17


Selfie 6-30-17

6-30-17 The camp splits up into several different groups depending on the kid’s skills. She’s always in the highest skilled group because some kids attend the camp, but have never skated before. She was on the yellow team, so each team wore their team colors today and each team performed a program at the end of the day for the parents. Our friends, Matt, Genn, Ivory & Riley joined the fitness club that I teach hot yoga at and they have and indoor and outdoor pool, so now the kids can hang out at the pool this summer. I kept telling her dad to put together my new sofa end table that has been sitting on the floor for 3 weeks. She says, “If you want it put together, then why don’t you just do it yourself?” She opened it and said the instructions were easy, so she put it together. 


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May 1st thru 31st – 2017

5-1-17 Volunteered for the last half hour of school today.
5-2-17 Daddy picked her up at school and took her to her ice skating lesson because I had orientation for the gym I’m going to start teaching yoga at.
5-3-17 As soon as I picked her up, she started whining about being hungry, etc. and I couldn’t get a word in, so I raised my voice at her…a dad looked at me like I was the wicked witch. Once we got in the car, I just didn’t say a word so I could chill out…I usually ask her how her day was, etc. After a few minutes, she tells me that she got 100% on AR test. I felt slightly guilty for having no patience. Proceeded to ice skating with Coach Arlene and I stopped to get her a snack, so guess I’m not that wicked. Lol.
5-4-17 Picked her up from school and she started talking to me with acronyms…”Mom, BTW there’s this mom thing at school…” I had to think about what she was saying.

Old Friends

Old Friends 5-5-17

5-5-17 After her ice skating lesson, she went to her friend from her old school, Rebecca’s house to celebrate Rebecca’s birthday. Anna was also there…she misses her old friends. I dropped her off for 3 hours while I went shopping.
5-6-17 Daddy took her to her Free Skate 6 class.
5-8-17 Volunteered at school today.
5-9-17 Ice skating after school with Coach Arlene.
5-10-17 Ice skating after school with Coach Arlene.
5-11-17 Daddy took her to school this morning and will be every Thursday since I have to teach a yoga class in the mornings. When I picked he up from school, she said she & her friend, Poppy broke up but didn’t know exactly why. Poppy told her at recess that she was moving in June and she asked her why or something, then Poppy because upset and was crying on the playground. After recess, Poppy wouldn’t talk to her, but was talking to everyone else. After about 30 minutes at home, the doorbell rang and it was Poppy…apparently, they made up and all is good again.

Breakfast with Mom's

Breakfast with Mom’s 5-12-17

The cat

The Cat 5-13-17

5-12-17 Breakfast with Mom’s at school for Mother’s Day…so many kids running around!
5-13-17 Daddy took her to her morning Free Skate 6 class, then she was complaining of a sore throat, so we stayed home the rest of the day. I fell asleep on the couch, then the cat decided to climb on me and so she snapped a photo.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day 5-14-17

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day 5-14-17

Mother's Day Yoga

Mother’s Day Yoga 5-14-17


Spicey 5-14-17

5-14-17 Mother’s Day. I made her go to yoga with me today, then we had sushi for lunch. Then we went outside and had a visitor in our bushes.





Aquarium 5-16-17


Aquarium 5-16-17


Aquarium 5-16-17

5-16-17 I was a chaperone for her 3rd grade class to the aquarium. The only reason I go on these trips is because I know how chaotic it is and I want to keep an eye on my own kid. She likes it when I go on the trips too. Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.


Poor Kitty 5-17-17


Daddy’s Mess 5-18-17

5-17-17 Poor 14-year old kitty had to go to vet and was trying to find a hiding place. He has a urinary tract infection. Had 4 accidents outside the litter box in the past 3 months…was about ready to banish him to the garage! And an infection in a tooth, so has to get dental work next week. Ice skating after school.
5-18-17 Daddy took her to school so I could teach my morning yoga class.
5-19-17 Coach Meegan is out of town so she didn’t have ice skating after school, which I was happy since I was going out with friends at 6pm and needed to get ready!
5-20-17 Stars on Ice! She met Gracie Gold for the first time! She was so excited!

Gracie Gold

Gracie Gold 5-20-17

Karen Chen

Karen Chen 5-20-17

Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon 5-20-17

Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Madison Chock & Evan Bates 5-2-17

Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue

Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue 5-20-17

Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Meryl Davis & Charlie White 5-20-17

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner 5-20-17

Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen 5-20-17

Stars on Ice

Stars On Ice 5-20-17


Friends 5-21-17

5-21-17 Met our friends for lunch, then asked Ivory & Riley if they wanted to come to our house. Riley at first said she didn’t. She’s the little sister and sometimes gets excluded, so I told my kid that if they came over, she had to include her and asked if she had ever been excluded and how did that make her feel. My kid responds, “Yeah, I’ve been excluded, but I get over it in 5 minutes.” She’s definitely my kid!
5-22-17 The neighbor kids came over at 7am and I took them all to school at 9am.
5-23-17  Watched the neighbor kids again this morning before school…one kid is calm and quiet…three kids are crazy…kicked them out to the backyard because they decided to play war…my head was exploding! Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school.
5-24-17 The neighbor’s mom dropped her kids off again at 7am unexpectedly. I dropped them off at school for breakfast at 8:45am to get rid of all them earlier.
5-25-17 Daddy took her to school this morning since I teach yoga on Thursday mornings. Was just thinking about how much she is SO my kid! A couple days ago picking her up from school, she was just sitting on the ledge reading a book with kids running all around and chaos. Another day, I told her not to exclude another kid and asked if she had ever been excluded & how did it feel…she said, “yeah, but I got over it 5 minutes.” I’m not looking forward to the teenage years when I was a little, stubborn *sshole!

Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day 5-26-17

Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day 5-26-17

5-26-17 Dropped the cat off at the vet for dental cleaning at 7:30am, then we decided to take a mental health day. I let her skip school and we went to a local lake with her scooter and went around the 2.5 mile loop. Had sushi for lunch, then fro-yo for desert.
5-27-17 Holiday weekend. Daddy took her to the park to play frisbee.
5-28-17 Daddy took her swimming, then she played outside with the neighbor kids. She left her bike at a neighbor’s house, so daddy took it away for a couple of days trying to teach her to take care of her things. Of course, she told him she didn’t like him anymore. e
5-29-17 We told her to come in from playing at 7:30pm and she stormed up to the house stating we ruined all her fun. I told her that was our jobs.
5-30-17 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
5-31-17 Car conversations on the way to her ice skating lesson:
Me: What did you do in school today?
Her: We burned chemicals.
Me: What did you learn from burning chemicals?
Her: To not touch the bottom of the tin foil.
Me: But what did you learn from burning the chemicals?
Her: Science.
Me: But why were you burning the chemicals?
Her: I don’t know.
Me: So you learned nothing?
Her: (silence)

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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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