Best Ballerina

Natalie’s recital was today! She was the best tap-dancing fire fighter, ballet-twirling snowflake and flipping waitress – and the cook was pretty cute too. I have limited in action pics but here is the post party!

Despite what the pics above may suggest, Elliott was a dream brother for most of the 2.5 hours! He was very proud to pick out flowers for Natalie (pink and glittery purple). He was excited to see every performance and even was missing her by the intermission. He was ready to greet her afterwards: 

Here’s some more I got from a friend!

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Natalie had her dance rehearsal tonight – only one adult allowed to go. Natalie chose Alison because dance, hair, costumes, etc are her specialty.

As such Elliott had a rare opportunity to hang with Grandma and me on his own. We scootered to the park. Who knew yoga was such good practice for Twister?!?

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Best Play Ever

Natalie has been preparing for her Kinder performance since January. The big night was tonight!!! It’s based on Where the Wild Things Are but the kids added a lot of their own. Natalie was a sister triplet. I don’t remember that in the original book! All kids were working on projecting their voices so us adults weren’t even allowed to whisper during the performance. Natalie was a super-projector – so much so that she got a couple chuckles afterwards. (Luckily she didn’t pick up on it). That’s my girl! Stellar student – and actress apparently!

I kept her brother occupied with peanuts and dried fruit. (He did seem to like it a lot – he kept whispering or calling out during the performance!). It will be significantly harder on Sat when she has a 3-hr dance receital!!

Cast party followed. We baked cookies – a hit of course. Theo (Alison’s boyfriend) came to see Nat but stayed for the cookies. (Or Alison!). Some kids had juice, cookies, cupcakes and brownies on their plates. I wonder if they still haven’t gone to bed yet, post sugar high. 

So lucky to have the best kindergarten teacher ever!  Mrs B really has found her calling. 

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Elliott the Dad

Elliott is the Dad to his two RoRos and Leopard. They are brothers. 

Favorite RoRo is the luckiest. He gets to go the most places like to the park in Boston and eat ice cream. The other RoRo is adeptly named “Other RoRo”. It is easy to distinguish the two of them. Favorite is lighter because he is older (nat’s gift to Elliott at birth). And he has a flat bigger corner from rubbing and sucking. Other RoRo was a back up in case the first go lost but they don’t look enough alike for that to pass to Elliott. 


Me. Elliott are Your loveys brothers or cousins or friends?

Elliott. Brothers of course

Me. If Leopard is A brother too why does he look so different?

Elliott. He is a Leopard of course. 

Me. Who do you look more like: RoRos or Leopard?

Elliott.  (Without hesitation) Well RoRos but I don’t have four ears. Well actually I do have four ears. Two are invisible. 

Me. Are they right here? (Then I stuck my fingers in his nostrils – he obviously loved it! And we played that for awhile longer)

Love what is in his mind!!

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Post Dinner Playtime

Usually after dinner we have 15-30 min to play before it’s time to get ready for bed. It offend takes a few times before the kids will agree. Natalie often suggests drawing, Clue, or an imaginative game. Elliott suggests ninja, superheroes, tag, etc. last night they finally agreed on “Store” (Natalie’s suggestion but Elliott could make it his own). 

Natalie’s store was “Chloe’s Botique” where you get banana split tea and cupcakes upon entry. I got my hair washed, combed, dyed, and colored – as well as a skin treatment. A for only ten dimes! Jordan got his eyebrows plucked. 

On the other hand, Elliott’s store was a ninja training camp – in the sewers. When we asked the cost of attending, he said:

No coins. No dollars. No cash. Nothing!   

(When he saw Natalie’s coins later he regretted offering his services for free). 

Jordan went to Elliott’s store first and had to shower (in the tent) before going to the boutique. 
I love playing with them!!!(random pics below)

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Fav Vaca Spot

In a kids exercise class, kids had to answer: what’s your fav place to go on vacation? Elliott said Green Bay. (The teacher has no idea what he said). Natalie said Martha’s Vineyard.   Other kids said hotels, Florida, cookies and Disney. I think our kids may have changed to Disney if they had thought of it! I think mine might be Acadia in Maine. Or just a really nice hotel with fun family activities! 

Ps so cute. Elliott still just looks up to Nat so much. She is participating in everything and he always looks to see what she is doing. 

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Coach in training

Today, Nat and E had sports camp and played baseball for the first time.  They came home loving it, and Natalie asked if she could play and if I would be her coach

I said, “if the timing works out, for sure!  But I wasn’t all that great at baseball.”

I then found this post it note.  It says, “to Daddy.  You will be a great coach no matter what.  Love, Natalie.”  With a picture of me throwing her a ball to hit.

Hard to argue with that.

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Melt my heart

Me: “I just love you so much bud”

Elliott: “There’s no better Mom than you”

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Sugar Shack

Last year we missed maple syrup season so we weren’t going to let it happen this year. One drawback: we didn’t actually get to eat pancakes at the Sugar Shack because of a 90 min wait and it was already noon! Rookie mistake. We binged on donut samples and brought syrup to take home.  The samples fresh from the tree were too watery!

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Loving Mrs. B

Natalie had the most amazing parent-teacher conference.  Seriously, it must only be downhill from here.  She is blessed with an amazingly caring and conscientious teacher Mrs. Brydges.  Here’s the hug from the conference:

Mrs. B

Mrs. Brydges and Natalie walked us through her school portfolio, which showed how her pictures, letters, numbers, writing, etc. improved since the beginning of the school year!  She said Natalie obviously shows a talent and interest in writing, but has done so good with numbers.  Earlier in the year, she would get stuck on the teens and now she can write and count up to 100!  She was one of the few students to know all word wall words (there’s about a new one every week).  She also is a good listener and is branching out to make new friends.  She is kind about letting others join in on her play.  We are so proud of her!

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