Okay, so it technically wasn't her FIRST "Nutcracker," but I've decided that last year's "Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker" didn't really count. So yesterday Ellie and I went to her first real, grown-up, not abridged or adulterated, ballet. And she did great. She enjoyed the first act more than the second, but who can blame her? The first act is all party and plot, while the second is just dance for dance's sake. Even I get frustrated with the second act. (Ellie's comment when the Sugar Plum Fairy made her third entrance: "Please don't tell me she's going to dance AGAIN." Everyone's a critic.)
The anniversary of Sandy Hook....the news from Pakistan today about the school massacre... I don't normally talk "serious stuff" on this blog...it's all just family photos and amusing anecdotes. But tonight, I struggle to maintain holiday enthusiasm amid near constant reminders of how tenuous it all is. So I find joy in Gabe's relief at FINALLY getting a light-up, remote-control race car, and watching Ellie meticulously apply enough layers of glitter nail polish to preserve her fingertips through eternity. I'll make cookies and latkes and make it all as perfect for my little family as I can, and I'll share cute pictures and silly kid stories like the the little Dutch boy holding back the dam. May you all find peace and joy this season, and may the world come to its senses.
Brian's Aunt Jan posted this to Facebook today. It's from our visit in September, I think? It's all of us, plus Brian's grandmother Doris, and his cousin Dan. Could Ellie be wearing any more pink? She's obsessed.
Ellie is VERY excited about any opportunity to make Velveetta Cheese Dip, so yesterday we had a couple people over, made latkes and cookies, and dipped much more than a reasonable amount of Tostitos in melted cheesy goodness. Maintaining Holiday Enthusiasm!
This smiley little girl had her four month doctors visit this week. She's 22-1/2" tall and 13 pounds. The puts her in the 5th percentile for height and the 50th for weight. The doctor called her a butterball. I've never been more proud. I've also never been more exhausted. About two weeks ago she stopped sleeping. I'm hoping for a Christmas/Hannukah Miracle.
The holidays are here! The holidays are here! I get so giddy at this time of year. There's just so much to look forward to: latkes, sugar cookies, apple cider, friends, family, the smell of the christmas tree. Is it bad I listed latkes and cookies before friends and family? I just love it all. This weekend we decorated gingerbread houses with the neighbors. Let the holidays commence! And here's to trying to maintain this level of enthusiasm through New Years.
Elle was super excited to go to work with Bri in the city on Wednesday. She now thinks "working" involves eating donuts, cupcakes, and Pirates Booty while running around an office collecting dollar bills from kind strangers. Sounds about right, yeah Brian?
Gabe's feeling better, but not quite good enough to go back to school today. Since he did nothing but watch TV yesterday I figured I ought to step up my game today. Blanket Fort! Complete with twinkly lights. All before I finished my morning coffee! Can I go back to bed now? I've accomplished enough for the day, right?
Hot damn. When you live near Sleepy Hollow, Halloween isn't a day...it's a season. There was the ragamuffin parade, the grown up parade, the kindergarten parade, and then FINALLY actually Halloween. I'm exhausted. Bring on Thanksgiving.
Elle at the neighbors. They take Halloween very seriously.
See what I mean?
At the pumpkin patch. I came dangerously close to failing on the pumpkin front. Anyone looking for a christmas tree? Home Depot's your place.
One of Gabe's many, many costumes.
Ellie's kindergarten class at the school parade.
Scraping the "spider webs" out of the pumpkin.
Queen Elsa descending the library steps.
Andrew and his margarita.
Waiting for the show to start.
The actual costume I made Gabe that he wore for approximately six minutes.