Thursday, April 24, 2014

What? 2013 Recital!

I have to confess that I started this blog to document our homeschool journey and to document our lives in general. Based on what I found in my drafts I am not doing a less than stellar job! I never posted recital pics from last year. I had a draft but I never got around to doing it so I thought since her 2014 recital is less than a month away and she has already received her costumes for this year I would post my good intentions from last year!

Sydney performed in her dance recital for the 7th year in a row. I am amazed how much better the girls are each year. It has been so much fun to watch them grow up. Each year there are those who don't return and some new faces. Middle school seems to be the age where dancers lose interest, opt for cheer leading, don't have time for dance or decide to try dance for the first time! This year she was amazing! Of course, she doesn't think she was but I love watching her dance.

In the beginning we did professional photos as a studio but that stopped about 3 years ago.  We are not allowed to photograph the actual recital but we can take pictures during dress rehearsal. It is very dark in the auditorium and I always get my camera set just right and then set it down and mess up the settings.  I have two points here 1). I need a photography class 2). My pictures didn't turn out well. I brought a flash light thinking that may help but it didn't!

Jazz - "Keep the Party Jumpin " as you can see a little fuzzy!

Lyrical - "Good Mother" a little better…


 Hip Hop - "Girls Talkin' 'Bout" again…fuzzy. How cute would this have been?

 Ad in the official FWPAC program…

As you can see this is not from last year…it's from 2007 and it melts my heart 
every time I see it…sniff! My baby's first recital.

There will be more dance pics coming soon. Mayfest is in a couple of weeks!

Friday, February 14, 2014

A few words about my sister.

 My sweet sister Cindy and sweet Sydney at the Gaylord Texan in 2012!

I recently read a post by Pioneer Woman comparing her 2 daughters and how different they were. This made me think about my sister Cindy and I.  We are barely 2 years apart and are as different as night and day. We shared a bedroom for 16 years...from the day she was born until I turned 18 and moved away to college.  We look nothing alike.  I am brunette with brown hair and eyes and I am 5'2ish. Cindy, my sister is blond to the bone,  5'6" with one blue eye and one brown eye. We love each other to death but don't see eye to eye on some things.  I am conservative, she more liberal and more open minded. I used to get so frustrated and think why is she so different? We have the same parents (although there were times I may or may not have told her we didn't), had many of the same friends, went to the same church, high school etc.  She played soft ball and ran track.  I was in drama and homemaking.  Crazy stuff.   I am certain though that God has a special purpose for each of us and for each other. She is my rock and my best friend and we are inseparable (not literally because we are in different cities but we are connected in a way many sisters aren't). Cindy is the first one to be by my side (with mom and Rick), to pray, cry, celebrate life with me and laugh until we cry or pee!  Cindy has an unbelievable sweetness and gentleness about her and I love her more than I can even say.

Now she has RA and I don't know how to help her other than pray...a lot. Thank you God for my sweet little sister...always hold her close and protect her and please heal her.  Amen.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Back To Life Back To Reality And The "S" word!

Tomorrow is "Back to Reality Day" in our house! 

Sydney's reality?
My reality? 
We resume school, Dr. appointments and dance. It means we have to get up early, get dressed, eat breakfast and hit the books!  Since I am the teacher, it means today I have to dig out school books and transform the playroom back into the schoolhouse. It means I have to dig out Math, Spelling, English, Vocabulary, History, Science and Reading materials and figure out where we left off and how best to proceed for the rest of the year.
Books leaving my house... last summer purge!
I dream of school room looking like this by morning...

Being able to homeschool our daughter is the best gift anyone gave our family but it's not always easy.  I wrote about my reasons for homeschooling here.  We are in the middle of middle school and we are over halfway through this journey. I have days where I am a complete mess and I wonder if she is getting all she needs to have to get her through life.

Onto the "S"word...the entire world seems to be concerned whether or not homeschooled children are "socialized".  In our rather large circle of homeschool moms we giggle at that word and call it the "S" word!  We know this as code for "those people are crazy and their kids don't have anyway to make friends".  The truth is, most of us have children who are happy, balanced and are able to interact with children much younger and much older and can have a decent conversation with an adult as well...this will serve them well in the "real world".  Besides, who decided it was healthy to put that many children in close quarters was insane. Oh! I forgot, our government decided for us and we know by how they handle the postal service, DPS and tax offices how smart and efficient they are so yes!  Let's trust them with our children...not! Please do not assume this means I don't like teachers because I think most people who go into the teaching profession love children and want to help them become all they can be.  Sadly, I can only think of 3 teachers (Drama, Homemaking and Geometry) in high school that had a positive impact on my life and none in college.  I'm pretty sure that being a government employee got in the way of their passions for teaching.

Can you pick out the homeschooled girl?  It's all of them!
The moral of this story today's rambling? If my daughter isn't prepared for life, college, trade school or being an administrative assistant in a few years... I can't blame the government! I have seen successes and failures in every educational venue and we can only do what is best for our own children and our own family.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Maybe I Should Update My Blog!

This has been a busy, busy season for our family.  Here are a few highlights from the past few months. Sydney and I went to the mall to see Frozen last week and week took the opportunity to take Christmas pictures since it had turned nasty her in our area. Here are a few of my favorites. She changes so much each year.  Now she is a teenager with braces. She isn't thrilled about the braces in her pics but this is a season of her life and it needs to be documented. 

This is from the first day of school...7th grade! The years are passing by so fast...way too fast!

We had a special breakfast for the first day of school... Belgian waffles, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and homemade chocolate syrup. Amazing!

This pic is from our summer vacation in Fun Valley, CO.  This is the back of our cabin on the river. That night we had Frito pie...yum. It's the only time we eat that kind of food in the summer.

In August, we had a baby shower for Annie who was expecting Levi in early September. 
This is her second boy.

Here is Levi a couple of hours after he was born being introduced to big brother Michael.

Levi is all dressed for Halloween! He was my date to the Fall Festival at our church and he was very popular! This outfit was worn by Sydney and also Michael! It was the first baby clothes I ever bought for Sydney before I even knew she was a she. I got it and a Christmas sleeper in February at Dillard's 75% off sale! I think I paid $6.00 for each one. This is a big deal because I love bargains but I really don't look for them...not a good shopper at all!

We have been iced in here in Fort Worth since Thursday or Friday and today was my first day out. I've enjoyed staying in but I think Sydney was getting restless.

I really need to work on a new blog header since the one I have is from Christmas of 2009 or 2010, I'm not even sure!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Summer 2013 According to my Phone!

Here is a recap of our summer via my phone! 

 Summer was kicked off with FWPAC recital at Will Rogers! Sorry about the quality 
but sometimes it happens...

 One of several trips to Starbucks.

 Fort Worth Cats game with the Annunziato family...

 1st of several trips to Six Flags this summer...

 Worries over our vacation destination...way too close to the action...
the wind changed and Fun Valley was not touched!

 A new friend...Boomer! He's grouchy and a talker...we often call him Simon's cat! If you don't know who that is you should google "Simon's cat" 

 Dog sitting for Herby and Teddy!

 Movie Tavern night with Jana and Marina...

 Tweaked the front hall which has been empty since we remodeled...

Many, many Jam Camp rehearsals...

 Jam Camp screen...

 I have a teenager now! Slumber party fun = big mess! She is so blessed to have the sweetest friends!

 Vacation means questionable breakfast choices in our cabin...

 After an early summer lightning fire which burned 110,000 plus acres you could 
feel the relief and gratitude in the area!

 Day trip to Creede, CO means lunch at the Firehouse...

Going to Creede must include our annual visit to the Creede Mining Museum 
and feeding the ground squirrels and!

 It did this every day for a few hours and the highest temp we saw was maybe 75 degrees. One morning there was frost...happy, happy, happy!

 There were lots of campfires, hot dogs and s'mores at our cabin...

Sydney and Gracie dancing in the rec room! When you have no phone service or wifi, you play!

 Sydney and her friend Bryn on the paddle boats...

 This always freaks me out!

 Boomer likes to sleep holding onto his foot sometimes...

Not included were pictures of Sydney's birthday, Michael's birthday and Annie's shower. Baby Levi will be making an appearance in the next few weeks. Dance started on Monday and our Wednesday night church activities start tomorrow and of course, school begins next week for us!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

So Far This Spring!

We have been busy this spring! Time is flying by so fast and it's hard to believe that summer will be here before we know it!  Today was a hot and steamy reminder.

Last weekend Sydney and I went to the big Home School Book Fair in Arlington. We went on Saturday and it was crazy crowded but we had a great time. It's a nice reminder for those days when I feel lonely that I am in good company! We ran into friends we made in Colorado last summer who drove in from Amarillo. They weren't homeschooling until January of this year so we had no idea.

Sydney danced at Mayfest again this year (that's why she is wearing red lipstick). I have a new awesome camera bag and was so excited to try it out but I left my sd card in my computer and was unable to take decent pictures while she was dancing but got a few of the fair with my phone. The dance pics I took with my phone were too far away and to much glare. This lovely statue of Mark Twain is located in Trinity Park on the banks of the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth. The river is the benefactor of this event.

Spring break fun at the park with the Lain boys and their cousin Shelby.

 Sydney got her braces. She will get the top ones this summer...not so happy!

 Last month we visited the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for the Titanic exhibit and Titanica show at the Omni Theatre. It was so good!  Here is my little fashionista by the water fountain.

After the museum we went to Central Market for gelato...yum! She likes soy chocolate (yuck) and blood orange (half and half). I like lemon cookie good!

 A special trip to Krispy Kreme...the shop in Fort Worth is closed so we drove to Arlington after nearly a year of promising!

At Krispy Kreme with Emma!

We baked and iced cookies for Easter.

...and St. Patrick's day cookies!

Foot Works Performing Arts Center 80s party with Emma.

Before party pics at Emma's house...

Today her dance studio Foot Works Performing Arts Center had an end of the year party...a Luau! This is Noel the cat getting into the mood for the party...he had a little help! I think he looks good, don't you?