Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring!

I know it doesn’t feel quite spring-like yet, but we have had some nice days and the kids didn’t need any convincing to get out and play!  Unfortunately, Ellie has been sick for over a week (we just found out she has pneumonia) so she missed out on most of the warm weather fun, but she’ll be back in action in no time!

Riley was having a great time splashing around in all the puddles.  I absolutely love this picture of her:

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It’s just so “Riley”.  The outfits she puts together on a daily basis are something else.  Sweatpants with a tutu.  Casual and fancy all at once.

And the same day I was able to capture a pretty accurate picture of Austin as well:

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He’s always concentrating and thinking about something.  He created a whole scene/story with his animals and action figures.  It was quite something.

I hope we get some more warm weather again soon for us all to enjoy again!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kindergarten Registration

I think I have created a monster.  This past school year has been pretty fun for Riley and I.  It’s so much easier to go places and do things when you only have one child with you.  Here’s what we’ve been up to the last month or so:

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We have Alia over every Wednesday before preschool.  These two have really come to be great friends and spend a good portion of their day giggling.  Probably every other week I make them a fort to hang out in.  This probably wasn’t my best effort but you get the idea!

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Riley has always been fond of playing with the fake food in our house.  We’ve had our fair share of tea parties that always include my teddy bear, Bud, and whatever stuffed animal she is attached to at the moment.

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We’re lucky enough to have an ice rink within walking distance of our house.  This winter has been too cold most days for playing outside but Riley and I have found a couple times to sneak over there for an hour or so.

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On those crazy cold days we’ve been diving into some of our “oldie but goodie” toys.  On this particular day we put together every puzzle we have in our house (there is only about 8).

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And, we don’t always stay home.  We’ve frequented the library, Grandma and Grandpa have taken us out for a good number of lunches, and we do our own lunch dates too, and in the above picture we headed to another regular place…the mall.  Old Navy was handing out balloons and then we tried a new ice cream place (which was free because their credit card machine was broken – Bonus!)  I’m pretty sure she also picked out two new shirts.

My point is, we have a lot of fun.  The problem is that this is the look I get when I say it’s time to go to school:

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It kind of breaks my heart.  Next year is definitely going to be weird without my little mini-me following me around.

This past week Rob and I took her to Kindergarten Registration.  She was excited to see some girls she knows but overall thought it was “boring”.  She perked up when we went to McDonald’s for dinner:

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Getting spoiled and going out to eat is more her style!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Oliver!

I know it’s been too long since I’ve updated this, but “Oliver” has kind of consumed all our extra time.  I’m sure most of you heard that Ellie tried out for a community theater production of “Oliver” in December and she was very excited to find out she was selected to be part of the Workhouse Gang.  There was only suppose to be about 25 or so of these workhouse kids in the show, but when over 60 kids tried out the directors decided to almost double the number and selected 42 to join the group.  Having never been in theater I wasn’t quite sure what we were getting involved with but we were willing to try it out.

The rehearsals started in early January and at first she only went once a week to learn her songs.  The Workhouse Gang is only in the first scene of the show, and then they go back on stage for the curtain call at the end.  So, only about 7 minutes of fame for Ellie.  By the end of January the practices were more frequent.  Usually one for singing, and one for choreography. By February, the practices were sometimes 3 times per week and by the end of February the practices were from 6pm to 10pm….on school nights.  The majority of the Workhouse Gang was about 10 years old.  Ellie and two other girls were the youngest members at 6 years old.  We were pretty  nervous her migraines would come out in full force but through the whole process she only got one. 

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Her performances started last week.  They have 8 shows. Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and then a matinee on Sundays.  Today wraps up the final show!  Ellie has absolutely loved every second of this experience!  And, as a parent it has been fun to see her so engaged in an activity.  I’m not sure our kids have ever been involved in anything yet that they truly love going to so that was a nice change of pace for us!

I think Ellie preferred when Rob would take her to practice because she was more likely to get a snack from Burger King afterwards!

 

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Here’s a shot of Ellie during the last dress rehearsal.  She would really get into this part of the song and sometimes forget to do the next move of the choreography:

 

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After the kids did their one scene they had to hang out in the “green room” for about 2 hours until the curtain call.  They were expected to be quiet (though some kids were far better at this than others).  Ellie did a lot of reading and playing on her iPad.

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Sometimes it was more fun to read perched up on a folded lunch table!

The Murphy’s, both sets of grandparents, and the rest of our family all went to see the show.  She even had some special visitors from school.  Her classmate, Cole, and his family as well as her teacher Ms. Masters came to see her.

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It has been a great experience for Ellie.  She already has her eye on a summer production of the Little Mermaid.  But that show is an all youth cast so I’m pretty sure 10pm won’t be on that schedule!