Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dance Year 12-13

(Family photo after the last of her 4 spring recitals.)

Along with starting kindergarten last fall, T also started taking 4 dance classes. This was up from two classes the year prior. I was really struggling with letting her take so many classes along with starting a Chinese immersion kindergarten program. The main reason for the two additional classes was she got into the tap performance program and it requires two tap classes along with one ballet class per week. She wanted to stay in musical theater since she didn't want to leave her dance teacher and friends. In the end we agreed that if she couldn't keep up with her school works or she becomes too tired, we'll have to drop something. There were definitely some rough patches along the school year. After about 2-3 months, T was just not picking up tap as well as the other 6 girls. She felt like the teacher was picking on her and cried whenever it was time to go to class. It was hard for me to find the balance between encouraging her to not give up so easily and acting like a crazy dance mom. I did end up offering to take her out of the tap program if it was making her that unhappy. She surprised me by not taking the easy way out. She knew she had to work a bit harder and she did that. I think by the end of the year, she gained so much more confidence going through that and learned that hard work does pay off. That was really all C and I wanted her to get out of dance school. I'm pretty sure we don't have it in us to be crazy dance parents, despite the fact that she'll be taking 5 classes in September! (That will be another post and I really don't want to think about that yet.) Now, dance year in review through pictures.

Dragon Boat festival on Treasure Island performing Lion King (Sept 2012)

Halloween performance at school, Thriller (Oct 2012)

Holiday Chorus at the school's annual Nutcracker show at Palace of Fine Arts (Dec 2012)

Three Holiday Recitals on the same day (Dec 2013)

Backstage buddies
Two encore performances of Lion King (Jan 2013)

Performance at Serramonte Mall (March 2013)

Showstopper competition San Mateo - Tap "Daddy's Money" 5-6 years old Division, Platinum First Place, 10th overall (April 2013)

Into the Woods cast pictures (May 2013)

Spotlight Dance Cup 2013 Competition San Jose - Tap "Daddy's Money" Diamond overall winner (1st place) in the 11 and under, small group, Future Gem division

Spring Recital:
Ballet "Miss Hannah's Flowers"

Tap "Daddy's Money"

Musical Theater "Annie"

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Year 1: Kindergarten

As usual, I'm late on my blog posts. I really should keep up with things here a bit better, my memory is just not as good now that I'm older. (Of course, that would imply it was ever good before!) Now that summer will be over in less than a month and we're looking into preparing for the upcoming year in first grade. It's fitting to look back at T's first year at elementary school. (Thanks to other parents that took pictures at events that we missed too.)

First day of school. She and a girl she met at a kindergarten play date a week before. Z ends up to be one of her best friends.
new friend
room 101

Autumn's Festival



 Holiday Show (They sang Holidays songs in Chinese and English.)
Gingerbread house

GLO Olympic.

Class Auction project

Field Trips

Field Day

Kindergarten Promotion

Last Day of School

That's a short photo summary of the T's kindergarten year. It went by so fast. The whole year just went by in a blink of an eye. We've tried to be at most of the events during the year, but I'll be lying if I said that I didn't regret not being there more. I'm so grateful that other parents took pictures and shared them, definitely not the same but at least I get a glimpse of the events that we missed.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kindergarten class auction project


The school that T attends has a big dinner/auction/fundraiser in April every year. We were not able to go and I wanted to help in some ways. So I volunteered to take pictures for whatever project her class ended up doing. Her teacher's idea was to decorate a table with pictures of the kids. I stopped by on their garden day and took pictures. It turned out great and all the kids were very cooperative. From what we're told, the table was sold for $500 and that night alone, over $100k was raised for the school. A bunch of overachievers I tell you...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Miss T is 6 years old!


I know everybody with kids will say it at some point, but seriously, how in the world did she get to be six already??? The more she becomes a little girl, the more I missed her as a little baby. (Notice I said I missed "her" as a little baby, does not mean at all that I wanted another one!)

Her birthday fell on a Wednesday this year. She asked me to make her cookies to share with her classmates. I was going to just buy some, since she didn't ask until two days prior. Her response? "Mommy, you make the best cookies and they don't have all the icky chemicals." Well, I guess I should be proud that she actually listened.  So of course, I made her pink (food coloring is chemical, but only like 2 drops) heart sugar cookies the night before. We had enough for both her kindergarten class and her tap class that day. But by the time I pick her up from school, she was running a fever and felt miserable. Poor thing did not like being sick on her birthday. Opening the presents at home did managed to cheer her up and gave her a short burst of energy though.

We set her party on Saturday after her birthday at Gymtowne in South San Francisco. Luckily, she was feeling much better by then. Her theme is Hello Kitty again. Maybe I encouraged her a bit after I found a bunch of really nice Hello Kitty watches as favors on eBay (only $3 each!) It's also pretty easy to grab stuff. I even found these decorations for the cupcakes that I didn't have to worry about doing from scratch (which I'm sure would not look as nice.)


I made a small cake at the last minute as I realized that there are more than 24 people and the candle will not fit on a cupcake. I was literally finishing all the cakes on Saturday morning. Good thing the party didn't start until 4. (At least I didn't make this cake again...)


They had a little over an hour to play in three different areas. I think all the kids had a good time. Her preschool friends have been there a few times already, but all her friends from kindergarten were experiencing it for the first time.


There were quite a bit of kids...

Happy Birthday Miss T. I do wish you'll consider maybe staying at 6 again next year?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Books read in 2012

    It's the start of a new year and time to restart my book lists for 2013. Here's a recap of all the ones I've read in 2012 (I think I might have missed a few...) I wish I have time to read a bit more (as always). If I have to pick my favorite last year, it would probably be One Day. I also got started on the whole "In Death" series by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Robert) that I'm totally hooked on but taking my time with. There were a lot of trashy romance in there as well (thanks to public library for offering them on ebooks). I think I will attempt to read better books this year, but it's totally relaxing to read something trashy and just fun without thinking about it too much.

  • Rapture in Death - J.D. Robb
  • Immortal in Death - J.D. Robb
  • Frozen Heat - Richard Castle
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
  • Simply Sensual - Carly Philips
  • Glory in Death - J.D. Robb
  • A Week in the Snow - Gwen Masters
  • Ruhlman's Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook - Michael Ruhlman
  • That's Amore!: Meet the Parents\I Do, Don't I?\There Goes the Groom - Leslie Kelly, Tori Carrington, Janelle Denison
  • Anything for You - Sarah Mayberry
  • Naked in Death - J.D. Robb
  • Heat Rises (Nikki Heat) - Richard Castle
  • Weekend with Mr. Darcy - Victoria Connelly
  • Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes - Elizabeth Bard
  • Freakonomics - Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner
  • All Over You - Sarah Mayberry
  • The Laughing Corpse (Annita Blake, Vampire Hunter 2) - Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1) - Charlaine Harris
  • Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 1) - Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake A Novel - Aimee Bender
  • Happy Ever After - Nora Roberts
  • Savor the Moment - Nora Roberts
  • One Day - David Nicholls
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
     2013 is off to a good start with two books finished already. I guess I do need to take vacations more often.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Halloween 2012


What better time to talk about Halloween when it's a week from Christmas??? ;) I actually just realized that I never got pictures of T in her actual Halloween outfit this year. (She was Padme.) I'll have to work on getting those before the year is up. Back to some quick notes on Halloween... We went down to Half Moon Bay in Oct. to visit a pumpkin patch. It was a relatively short visit, but we managed to get a nice amount to fill up the fire place at home.

T had a Halloween performance at dance school this year as well. She still opted to not work in the haunted house. The darkness still scares her a bit. She did have the idea to dress up as a creepy doll. Here's the first makeup run.

Halloween 2012
A friend told me that she looked like a clown there. Which I guess is creepy too...

Her final look on the day of the performance.
Alright, maybe I'm having too much fun with makeup on her.

The most awesome part? Their performance was Thriller!
(Yes I do have video, at least the part that she was in it. It's on the other computer somewhere...)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent Calendar


T's favorite toy is Lego. She could be in her room and play with Lego for hours. She got her dad's Star Wars sets, Toy Story sets, and the Friends sets all mixed together in a happy little universe. When we saw that there's a Lego Friends advent calendar, we decided to surprise her with it. We've never done the advent calendar thing with her, so this getting a new toy everyday until Christmas was a completely new experience.

She's so excited to open the first one.

Chris explaining to her how it works. She already tried to ask if she could open more than one a day. =)

It's fun to still find something new for her to experience. Although, does this mean she'll expect this every year now?