Monthly Archives: June 2014


Annie’s taking a musical theater class this week.  She spends half of the day dancing and half of the day singing  and acting.  For her end of the week performance, she signed up to be a student director.  “MOM, I don’t really like people telling me how to act. I want to be the one in control.”

Oh dear.  I think we’ve created a DIVA.

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Ice Cream

We were east of the mountains this past weekend.  Our tradition is to go get Elke’s Ice Cream after dinner on saturday nights…and most days during the week, if we’re there for any extended period of time.  In this case, it happened to be before dinner, but after a basket of shared fries.

Hey, it was saturday afternoon and we were at a beer tasting. We were simply trying to support the local economy. No judgement.

Annie asked if she could order ice cream.  Real, dairy full ice cream.  Usually she’s stuck with a snow cone.  It’s so not the same.

I said, “It’s your body.  You just have to be prepared to handle the consequences” (It gives her reflux)


She was pretty proud of herself and no reflux to date.  WHAT????

And Then There’s This Girl

She had double duty in music/recital concerts. Last night piano and tonight the spring concert, where she was very excited to play the xylophone during one of the 3rd grade songs.

It was a little blustery.


As you know, this girl makes me laugh.  On the ride home from the piano recital she tells me (out of the blue) that Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell are her favorite actors.   Please know that she’s ONLY seen them in kid movies.  AND…that she can’t wait until she’s 18 so she can watch Anchorman. Oh dear.

Annie hates taking sandwiches in her school lunch.  I’ve always thought it was because she doesn’t like the gluten free bread.  I learned this week that I wasn’t making the right sandwich.  Monday night she had a bite of my grilled sandwich with Applegate turkey, thinly sliced red onion, Just Mayo (eggless mayo), sliced tomato and basil leaves. Turns out THAT’S the sandwich she wants in her lunch.

This girl hates taking showers, so when she came down this morning and told me that she was going to hop in the shower…well, I nearly fell over.  I was bending down to feed the cat. I looked up with such astonishment that she said “MOM, YOUR FACE!!! Yay, Annie finally learns the importance of hygiene.

On the way home from the orthodontist today (gracie got an expander and they told her to talk a lot to help manage the saliva that is produced when you first get an expander), they requested Love Is An Open Door so Gracie could sing along. Gracie was the girl part and as she was singing, Annie heckled her the entire time because Gracie was singing so funny from the expander.  I don’t know where she gets it.

She’s so sad that school is almost out.  She loves her teacher and her friends and she loves to learn.  This girl’s got a gigantic heart and and even bigger funny bone.

This Girl

Oh, she has grown so much this year.

She has done things this year that she would have never done before.  I credit Middle School and having to learn to navigate her way through the busy day, multiple teachers, new friends and lots and lots of homework.  She’s really taken me by surprise. She’s also made me really, really proud.

Tonight was her piano recital.  The last one didn’t go so well-that’s putting it lightly.  We decided to set her up for success by picking a beautiful song that was a bit shorter and she just seemed to be able to play well.

She got a little nervous once we got there and she tried to practice on the piano that the performance place provided.  There were tears.  Lots and Lots of tears.  At performance time, she played and made one tiny mistake that I wouldn’t have known she had made if it wasn’t for the look on her face when she did it.  Then, when it was over, there were more tears about her mistake.

After, listening to several others after her (who were more skilled) make mistakes, she looked at me with wide eyes and said “everybody makes mistakes. I am NOT upset anymore”

Yes, Gracie. Yes, they do.  It’s about how they (and you) deal with it and move on.

We stopped at a park on the way and had approximately 10 minutes to fire off some shots before we hopped in the car.






There are life lessons everywhere, aren’t there?