Sunday, May 19, 2013

Round Two at the Dance Recital - Team Version

A year ago Thing 1 had just tried out for a competitive dance team. A year ago I was both excited and apprehensive to re-enter the competitive dance team circuit. I would have more in common with the older dancers' parents, who I knew from Eldest Daughter's team years, yet I would be hanging out with the younger dancers' parents.

As I type this, Thing 1 is performing her last recital number for the season and we're waiting to see which team(s) she will be on next year. I'm apprehensive this time but not dreading the email. This season has been fun for both of us. She made some new friends, studied under some incredibly talented teachers such as Momo Lebeau, performed at Disney's California Adventure, and learned that no matter how well your team performs, sometimes you just don't win. She also learned that even when you're tired and fighting a bug the show must go on. The picture above is in the team dressing room at the recital.

This child takes dance very seriously. We've spent lots of time discussing and then shopping for gifts for her elder dance buddy. Our extended family and friends have seen her at competitions and performances this year. She can even do her own hair and makeup.

Here we go again.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Meeting Fred's Relatives

On Mother's Day I dragged the kids into the city to the Asian Art Museum to see the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit. Dave did not have to be dragged. This outing will be forever remembered as Meeting Fred's Relatives. Fred is the life-sized replica Terracotta Warrior that greets guests in our foyer at home.

It was a beautiful day in the city and we spent an hour elbowing our way through the three very crowded exhibit spaces looking at the Warriors and their accompanying artifacts: spears, coins, helmets and suits of armor. For those of you looking for the Cliff Notes version, China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE) built himself a vast underground tomb city guarded by a life-sized terracotta army of warriors, infantrymen, horses, chariots and all their weaponry. This tomb was accidentally discovered by Chinese farmers in 1974 and is estimated to include more than 7,000 figures and 10,000 weapons. It's fascinating. Really. It's a long trip not on my short list to get to the Chinese burial complex so I was happy to see the touring exhibit.

After the exhibit we spent a few hours eating our way through San Francisco. First stop: Civic Center Farmer's Market. Cherries are in season. Second stop: Ferry Plaza. We ate Mijito and a subset of us had Ciao Bella gelato. I just can't get excited about gelato until peaches and strawberries are in peak season. We browsed the people selling crafts in the Justin Herman Plaza outside the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero and Thing 2 played in the Vaillancourt Fountain, the very same fountain I played in as a child.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The book fair.

Here and now, at the end of my youngest children's 5th grade year, I did a major purge of The Pinks bookshelves.

I also ran a total of how much we supported our elementary school during our decade-long stay. Two book fairs a year. Times three children. Six years per child. Factor in books purchased for the individual classrooms and school library.

Niecelets: do you read your favorite auntie's blog? If so, head's up: there are some good reads coming your way.

Future grandchildren: I hope you like to read. Grandma Leslie will have the best collection of children's books for you. You show up and I will bake you chocolate chip cookies to eat with them.

The rest were just posted to freecycle.

Thing 2 is reading her way through my childhood set of Little House on the Prairie books now, ones that my mom saved. This makes me happy. We can't figure out why my brother's name is penned in them. In my mom's perfect script. Go figure.