Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring Ballet "Show Off"

Olivia started taking ballet lessons this year at a new studio and they only have a big recital every other year (so genius!).  This was an "off" year, so instead of a recital, they did a "showcase" one Sunday afternoon on the various skills they've learned over the year.

Olivia's little friend Sarah couldn't be more different than her in terms of performing.  Sarah stole the show with her smile and waves.  Miss O on the other hand took the whole thing very seriously and didn't wave to us once and, per usual, the suppressed smile was the most we got.  I've said it before, but its such a stark contrast to how lovey and attached to us she usually is, that we still marvel at this "serious Olivia".....But of course, we LOVE it! 

Plies at the bar

 Arms out...


Sashay across the floor

Little jumps

And, they ended with some stretching - showing us how ballerinas sit up nice and tall ("ballerinas are never lazy" claims Olivia)

Proud of our tiny dancer.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Every year, Olivia's school does a preschool graduation for the kids that are leaving to go onto Kindergarten.  Since Olivia is in the last class of the school, she got to participate in this year's graduation, even though she is not leaving the school for another year.  (She won't go to "real" Kindergarten until Fall 2017),  It was as sweet, emotional, adorable performance that made me equally excited and devastated about how big she is getting!

The program is in the beautiful cathedral at the church where she goes to preschool.

Things started off with a prayer and the pledge. 

There were several songs/dancing which she was VERY excited about!  She took graduation super seriously - telling me every day what they practiced, what the songs were, the dance moves, etc.

This suppressed smile is the most we got from her for the beginning of the program.

But after she sang the first song, she seemed to settle in and enjoy it.

The last song was clearly her favorite and she had a pretty big smile on the entire time.

With BFF Cate, who my family confused for Olivia nearly the entire program.  But, looking at them here - they do look pretty similar!  Luckily these 2 cuties have one more year together.  Lord help me when we have to separate them.

Then we headed to a little reception in their classroom.

Our other BFF, Emma, IS leaving the school and I'm not sure that reality has quite set in.  We already have several summer activities planned with Miss Emma and luckily she lives very close to us.  And, these 2 will be in middle school together.  So, they will be reunited then!

The "theme" of the program was all about friendships.  I can't even with their little handprints....

She did her typical "frosting only" cake eating 

Lucky girl had all her grandparents + Aunt Naz there

She got an Aurora doll from her sweet Aunts

Her sweet teachers - Ms. Michelle, Ms. Yessica, and the wonderful Ms. Sherri

Love these sweet girls

 We went to a Mexican restaurant after the ceremony and the waiter  said he was going to bring her a "special" drink for her graduation.  When he left she said "Oh.  I bet I know what it is."  We asked what and she replied "Probably a margarita."  WHAAAATTTT????  I guess mommy drinks too many margaritas??

And, the graduate requested "breakfast for dinner" that night, so we treated her to eggs, bacon, pancakes and fruit salad - her favorite!

We are so proud of our girl and we are going to try and invent a machine to slow time over the next year - or at least try our hardest to savor every moment we have before big-girl school begins!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Soccer Shots

Olivia had her end of season soccer "show off" class again where all the parents come watch.  My expectations were not very high because she had previously told me that she liked everything in soccer except where you have to run and kick the ball in the goal.  Soooo.....I was unclear as to what that left for her to like, but I still attended nonetheless.

The first thing the kids did was show off different drills they do to practice various skills (dribbling, shooting, etc).  (Like the previous soccer show and Christmas show, Olivia basically refused to make eye contact with me.  Cate and Emma couldn't stop waving and/or smiling at me.  Not my own daughter though...)


They each got a chance to do a trick (she did "pull back") and then kick a goal

 Then it was time for the game.  I am guessing this is the part she doesn't like.  The coaches randomly choose the "jersey" the kids get - either red or green.  As I'm sure you can imagine, Olivia is horrified and offended there is no option for purple.  She also doesn't like it when she is not with Cate and Emma.  Lucky for her today, she was with Cate.  They played 3 against 3.  Olivia, Cate and Tierney were "Team Barbie" (Yes, I just died a little on the inside.  I asked her if she knew who Barbie was.  She said "a pretty girl" and that one of her friends brought a Barbie coloring book to class.)

Luckily, Team Barbie had limited competition in Team Unicorn-Tiger (two other little girls and one boy).  It was cute to see them all trying so hard and running after the ball.  And the best part for me was that O scored 2 goals to win it for her team.  She was SO proud of herself.  I'm not sure this really signifies any great athletic talent, but we were all cheering as if it was the World Cup.

It was a fun morning and I'm glad she left soccer on a high note!

One other story for the memory book - we were driving to school earlier this week and Olivia asked me "Is it hard to be a mother?"  I was so taken aback by this question that I wasn't sure how to answer.  I stammered for a moment and then replied that in some ways it was very easy to be her mother because I loved her so much and I loved taking care of her.  But then I said that it was hard too because I always worry whether she is safe, healthy and happy and if I am taking good care of her.  She paused for a moment, thinking about what I said.  Then she responded "Well....you're a good driver."  So.....not quite sure how to take that one??  I guess I will take it as a compliment on my driving and try to work on the rest?  Crazy little one.