Monday, March 28, 2011

Cirque du Soleil's Dralion

On Saturday, Zak and I had a date night to see Cirque du Soliel's Dralion. Zak bought me the tickets for my Valentine's Day present. The show was amazing, we had very good tickets, and Wendy graciously babysat for us so we didn't have to shell out another $100 bucks for a sitter.

The entire time I was sitting there I couldn't help but to think how much Maddie would absolutely love this show. I felt pretty guilty for not including her. a guilty working mother would, I bought her tickets to attend the next night. She loved it, and I scored FRONT ROW CENTER seats from Craig's List.

I'm worried she may now run away and join the circus.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just a regular night

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Parent/Teacher Conference

I went to Maddie's normally scheduled parent teacher conference today. As expected, she's a rock star (literally?).
As you may recall, Maddie is in a Bilingual/Dual Language Kindergarten program in our school district. She's already bilingual....6 months. It took her 6 months to have the skills to understand a Spanish speaker and read in Spanish. By the end of the school year, she'll be considered "fluent" (as she needs to improve her ability to speak in Spanish).
In the non-academic news, she talks a lot and is bossy. (Tell me something I don't know!) Madison also day dreams in class. The teacher said she used to think that Maddie wasn't paying attention, but now realizes that Maddie is listening (and can answer questions about that topic) but probably sees something that glitters nearby.
I think she's bored, so she talks to her friends.
Let's play a blog game! Let's count the number of times one of Maddie's teachers tells me she's super smart, but really bossy and chatty by the time she's 18 (or bans me from talking about her on my blog--whichever comes first).

For Zak

Zak, this is so you can remember today. I love you and am so proud to be your partner.

"If you aren't yet at the point of clarity, then make that your first goal. It's a big waste of time to go through life being unclear about what you want. Most people wallow way too long in the state of "I don't know what to do." They wait for some external force to provide them with clarity, never realizing that clarity is self-created. The universe is waiting on you, not the other way around, and it's going to keep waiting until you finally make up your mind. Waiting for clarity is like being a sculptor staring at a piece of marble, waiting for the statue within to cast off the unneeded pieces. Do not wait for clarity to spontaneously materialize—grab a chisel and get busy!"

-Steve Pavlina

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

We're out to dinner at an Italian restaurant. The place is empty. Is there a rule that we can't eat Italian on St Patty's day?
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Sunday, March 06, 2011


Zak and I were watching videos of The Girls from YouTube last night on our TV right after he discovered we can STREAM the Internet from the comfort of our home though our wi-fi enabled DVD player. (Sorta like WebTV, but way less 1998 and more 2011). I'm so thankful that I preserved some memories on this blog and uploaded the best family videos on YouTube. Why? Because I've TOTALLY forgotten most of these events. Many strangers send me emails on how "boring" and "lame" my kids are, as if my point was to entertain the Internets which Crazy Kid Tricks. The real reason I do it is because I do too many drugs and can't remember a thing since childbirth.

While we were watching videos (like a 6 month old Brooke gagging on pureed peas), I was reminded that I haven't uploaded anything new in a long time. I immediately thought of this series of 4 videos in which Maddie becomes a Yogi and Brooke is her student, and knew it was a perfect way to document them at age six and four.

Behold Video #1: Cross Legged "Reach for the Stars" pose

Video #2 Baddha Konasana

Video #3 Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

Video #4 Counting Tree Superdoopersavansa

I'm sure some fancy yoga person will discover these videos and use them to teach her fancy yoga students the proper posture and name for Vrksasana. That will be awesome, so let me know in comments if you do.

My only regret with this post is the fact that my videos have terrible lighting due to the back lit blinds. The best part of each video is Maddie's instructions so, you'll need to make sure your volume is up.

P.S. This post is for Aunt Terra who is studying to be a yoga teacher (you should see her sculpted arms and rock solid yoga butt!). Go Sister Go!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Does this look like the face of a girl who just got 3 shots?

Brooke had her 4 year "well baby" visit today. She was tested for hearing and vision (passed), measured and weighed (33 lbs and 38.75 inches tall). Confirmed to be silly, sassy, smart and sweet.

Brooke was well prepared that she'd get shots at her visit. She got three vaccinations and didn't cry or yell. She just gave a stink eye to the offending nurse, asked for a reward sticker.

Brooke had tubes put in her ears when she was a toddler, and one was still in the canal. The doctor scooped that waxy tube out and showed it to Brooke. I'm hoping this will make her a better listener now.
They also wanted to test her urine, so Brooke did her first ever "pee in a cup" on demand trick. (I was the lucky one to catch her liquid gold). She was surprised and said, "why in the world would someone want to look at my pee in that cup?"

The doctor predicts based on Brooke's history on the growth chart that she'll be 5'3" as an adult. (Sorry 'bout that! I'll take the blame).

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