Among the things I love about being a parent is seeing our parents enjoy the girls. Experiences often provide the most happiness and so it was no surprise that dance class has created a special bond between Sophia and my dad. It is almost comical that a Colonel would love taking a four year old to dance class and it is the very fact that makes the whole experience so special.

Sophia is a ball of excitement on Sunday mornings knowing that Deda will arrive shortly and the two of them will head off to class. They hold hands, him almost having to lean over to reach her, Sophia carries a ballet-themed bag with her ballet flats, and they talk about what she did in class.

P1Eliza meanwhile has become interested in this special activity Sophia shares with Deda and now runs to the door trying to get her shoes on so that she might go there too. Alas, she’s too young for dance, but not for playing tea-time with her sister.


Life Moments

There is nothing like a birthday to remind you that time does fly. We celebrated a spectacular milestone with family this weekend marking Evan’s and my nephew Alex’s 12th birthday. Where did the time go? When did he get so big? When will I have to look up to see his sweet face and kind eyes? Too soon, I fear.

We had had an eventful week complete with a cold, and ear infection, grumpy kids, and a few business trips to D.C., so I was relieved that all Alex wanted was for me to make my chocolate balls. P2Sweeter than the balls themselves is my awesome helper who donned her serious baking apron to help pour bittersweet chocolate over perfectly shaped spheres of chocolate goodness. For anyone who needs a few extra details, the balls are a double chocolate cake base with vanilla buttercream frosting dipped in bittersweet chocolate. Sophia loved being able to make something that Alex loves and was just as excited to sign her name on his birthday card on her own. This was the first time she signed her name. Ever.


Aside from dance classes and birthday parties, we are excited about seeing the girls play together more and more. Eliza loves PlayDoh and is enjoying cutting and stamping shapes into her rolled out dough. There may also be quite a bit of dancing and music at our house these days to keep the cold & rainy fall doldrums away. See for yourself.