Friday, May 5, 2017

High Five for Cinco de Mayo (5.5.17)

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you have plans to enjoy tacos and tequila in honor of the Mexican Army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. (Yes, I had to look that up.)

1. Last Friday the temperatures climbed into the 90s for the first time this year, which means we headed out for something cold and sweet as soon as the kids got home from school. Will and Hallie never remember this tradition, which makes it especially fun for me - I love to surprise them with little treats, especially ones that don't cost a penny because Spoons celebrates good report cards with free cups of frozen yogurt and toppings.

2. Last Friday evening Tom and Hallie attended their fifth annual Daddy Daughter Dance with lots of their daddy and daughter friends. Meanwhile, Will and I went on our annual Mother Son Date to a destination that forces me to step outside my comfort zone. (In years past we've visited the racetrack, gone to superhero action movies, played laser tag, and played video games both at home and at the arcade.) This year Will chose an excursion to Jumping World, where we bounced, flipped, dunked, dodged, and worked on our Ninja Warrior skills. I didn't end up in the ER, which I consider a huge win given that the last time I joined my kids for an intense physical activity - parent participation week at dance - I severely pulled both my hamstring and IT band. (An unexpected outcome, given my daily work-out regime...)
These two... Just. Stop. Growing. Please.
3. On Saturday we survived a trip to the gym, two playdates, an out-of-town soccer game, Mini Company Auditions, the Strutters Dance Showcase, and a sleepover. I have no doubt your April and May calendars look just as jam-packed as ours; if we pass each other on the sidewalk or at the gym or in the hallway at school, let's high five as a way of saying, "we've got this!", ok?

4. Speaking of dancing, Hallie made it into Mini Company next year! She smiled and laughed and cheered and her mama breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Their reaction when they received the news.
Hallie also danced in the Strutters Showcase on Saturday night, an activity that over the last three years has become one of her spring favorites.

And on yet another related note, I found this photo - of the same three girls as in the pic above but taken more than half their lives ago - while cleaning out a file cabinet on Sunday afternoon. Seriously kiddos, this growing up business has got to stop...

5. Happiness Highlights:
Will and Hallie found the homemade Native American
costumes they wore in their 4yo preschool Thanksgiving
programs. I then had to find photos of how they looked
wearing these outfits the first time around...
4yo Will
4yo Hallie
We will soon have a cello player in the house!
If I fits, I sits.
Tux made himself at home in this bowl less than a minute after I
set it on the rug to clean its spot on the shelf. He's quick, that one.
Somehow sweet Calvin climbed into the cart all
by himself while the grown-ups weren't looking.

Happy Friday, Chasing Roots!

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