Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our little ballerina.

Last year we realized that despite Elise's love for hanging with her buddies on the softball field, it simply wasn't her sport. And sitting in the heat of the summer, paying to be on the team, all so that your daughter can chat with her friends…yeah, we were over it.

But we wanted her to find something to love.  Something that she could work hard at and love working hard at.  I mean, we are hardly the type of family that is uber driven and feel the need to put our kids in every activity under the sun, but we do want them to learn to find things that they love and pursue them.  They may find in a few years that their interests have shifted, but at least they are learning that there are things that they can love so much that they want to work hard at them.

So, after seeing her sister perform in a dance recital last year, Elise decided to give ballet a chance.  And she enjoyed it.  It was hard for her.  She got placed in a class with girls who had been dancing since they were 3 because of schedules and definitely had some catching up to do.  But she worked hard and two weeks ago she danced in her first recital…

And she is hooked.

She loved it.  She was so nervous, but told us that all the nerves disappeared as soon as she was on stage.  She told my mom it was "magical".

And then I found a documentary on ballet that we watched and before it was even over, she was behind the couch "stretching".  She told us that she feels as though "ballet is calling" to her.  Oh, this girl.  How I love her way with words!

Look, I'm not saying that she is going to be a prima ballerina one day, but my girl who can't even read a book cover to cover because she has 6 others that she is reading at the same time, has found something that she loves.  She has goals. And even though she is taking the summer off, she is practicing more now than ever.

And I am so proud of her and so happy for her.  Our little ballerina.

Here's the video of her dress rehearsal…

Monday, May 26, 2014

It's CSA time!!

Well, it's that time of year again!  We are all signed up for our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and anxiously waiting to see what our local farmers will be providing.  I can't tell you enough how much we loved this program last year and how much we recommend it.  It was like Christmas each week as we found out what was "in the bag".  The fruit, the veggies, the breads…even the hot dogs!  Everything was wonderful.

So get your google on, find your local CSA and sign up!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Garden 2014: Part 2

Well, we have begun to enjoy the fruits (or veggies really) of our labor!

Lettuce for our tacos.  Spinach for our smoothies.  There is something so amazing about picking something from your garden and watching it become a meal.

Things are coming up really well so far...

  • Every potato plant came up, as did the onions.
  • The lettuces and spinach all look (and taste) great.
  • I bought all my tomato plants, jalapeƱo, and mint plants (and made sure to not plant them too early this year) and they all seem to be doing well too.
  • The beats and carrots and beans all look a little spotty, so I just put some more seeds in the ground to see if the next batch will do better.
  • The dill and basil are just starting to poke through, so we'll see what happens with them.
  • Oh, and I finished putting all the stones for the walkway in place, so it doesn't look as messy now as in the picture.

Basically, things have started off well and we are really excited about it.  Just such a great time of year.