Sophie’s Studio Dance Recital

Sophie's always loved dancing, specifically ballet. She attends a 1.5 hour ballet class weekly. To show off their moves, the little dancers put on a studio recital once a year, in addition to The Nutcracker and a spring performance. Sophie's recital was on Sunday May 21st this year. She gracefully danced alongside 5 other girls,…

Sophie’s 50’s Concert

  Sophie and a few of her friends found a spot at the front of the school auditorium stage, and  twisted and turned to the tune The Peppermint Twist, in their cute poodle skirts and Keds last Thursday night. The 3rd grade 50's concert was more than any parent could handle.   After the show, these cute kids…

Middle School & Third Grade

The girls went back to school about 3 weeks ago. Sara started middle school, and Sophie 3rd grade. Of course Sara was all nerves the first day, and rightfully so,  with a new environment, new classmates, lots of teachers, 4 minutes to get from class to class, and figuring out when to run to her…

Sophie’s 7th Birthday

Saturday December 6th we celebrated Sophie's 7th birthday. She decided on a "jump" theme. We rented a big jump house. The inside of the house was not only equipped with a jumping area but a basketball hoop, big slide, and bumpers to crash into. Guests started arriving at 11 am, and then the jumping began. Sara spent…

First Day Back

Today Sara started 4th grade and Sophie started 1st grade. I start the 3rd semester of nursing school tomorrow. It's hard moving back into a strict schedule after a relaxing and lazy summer, but we will become accustomed to it after a week or so, I hope.The weekend was divine. It was a weekend of…

What Makes Me Smile!

Sara's braids make me smile. I think of Snoop Dogg when I see her walking around in stiff braids like this. My friend and Starbuck's barista Dana makes me smile. I enjoy her daily messages. Orville, they don't top yours! I never leave my SH Starbuck's without some sort of love letter. Sophie and her friend…

Art and Jazz

The weekend included Art and Jazz: * Safety Harbor Third Friday Night- Every 3rd Friday, Main Street is closed to traffic and downtown buzzes with street vendors, live music at the gazebo, neighbors, friends, family, dogs, food, fun & beer.  We try to attend every 3rd Friday downtown. This year has been extra special since Sophie…

She’s Me!

This afternoon Sophie and I bonded while watching a wound dressing change video tutorial. She's me. She will definitely be a nurse someday. As soon as I pressed play on the computer to activate the tutorial, she stood watching intently, asking pertinent questions along the way (critical thinking is important). Then after a minute, she…

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

This weekend we blared Irish tunes on Pandora and opened the windows in the front room because most of our weekend was spent in the front yard. Now that I'm working, I love being home on the weekends. I wouldn't care if we never left our little paradise. On Saturday, Doug hung a swing in the…

Face

  Grabber, my grandmother, has nicknamed Sophie “Face”. She loves Sophie’s face.........her big brown eyes, chubby cheeks, little smile that showcases her gapped baby teeth. I kinda like that nickname too. Sophie on the other hand, does not like being called face. Whenever Grabber calls her this she politely (and sometime not so politely) corrects…

Doug Time, Sick Girls and Getting Ready for Vacation

Friday was wonderful. After dropping the girls with my parents around 12:30, I headed back to the house to meet Doug. We went for a Starbuck’s treat, test drove a mini cooper for the fun of it, had a glass of wine, appetizer and cigar (well Doug had the cigar) at The Grape and walked…

Sara

This Week’s Celebrations

We had several different occasions to celebrate this week. Tuesday night we celebrated my mom’s birthday. She loves nothing more than being with her family on her special day (or any day really), especially her grandkids. It’s always great being with family and having an excuse to eat cookie cake and ice cream.        …

Sophie turns 3

Sophie Turns 3

Dear Sophia, Last Sunday the 5th of December we celebrated your 3rd birthday with family and friends. The theme was Sophie’s Ice Cream parlor. We started the party playing outside because the weather was perfect. The guest list included Mia, Papa, Aunt Emmy, Uncle Frank, Frankie, Aunt Crystal, Uncle Jake, Molly, Aunt Kristen, Uncle Sai,…