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Eden's end of year performance was taken from Swan Lake. We took Damari with us and grabbed some food with Canaan and Damari while Eden was backstage. We sat thru the piano players of all levels and then I watched with total pride as my daughter danced across the stage. Of course it was nowhere near perfect but I am so, so proud of her perserverance, determination, responsibility and hard work to keep going back to practice twice a week. Physically she is growing in grace and flexibility but bal...

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Eden lost her first tooth on March 5th. She'd gone to the nurse complaining about her teeth hurting, which the nurse solved with some kind of cream. When I got home and she told me that I looked in her mouth and could already see the tooth cutting through. It had been wiggly for awhile and she hadn't noticed. She let me pull it out with my finger that night. Her second tooth came out just about a week later, which I pulled out as well, although with more blood and drama.    Add new com...

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Eden had her first ballet recital with her new teacher, Daymara. They did a song from The Little Mermaid and had rainbow colors. Bryan, EBB, and Damari came with our family to cheer her on and shen felt super proud and special. Though the kids didn't know the coreography as well as at her last studio, I noted how much more graceful Eden's movements are getting.       Add new comment...

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Birthday day involved a happy birthday song wakeup and pink french toast with sprinkles. We also gave her a birthday present that morning: her very first bike. She had just learned to ride a few weeks ago on her friend's bike so she was thrilled to have her own. She loved the carrying basket and also the giant bow which she insisted on keeping on the bike. She spent time in the yard with Olivia, our neighbor's dog that she loves. That afternoon we just enjoyed each other and took the kids to the...

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In between my trip to the Galapagos and our end of semester Beach Debrief we squeezed in Eden's birthday party. I'm learning to keep it super simple at that time of year because not only do we have all the holiday craziness that any family has, but add on all of the end of semester trips and activities and a birthday and well, there isn't a lot of time for extras! Fortunately kids are so delighted with little things. I bought US candy last summer in anticipation of a candy birthday theme and Ede...

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Eden completed her first year of ballet by performing in Sleeping Beauty. We were so proud of how hard she worked all year, showing persistence and commitment that surprised us. Truth be told is that ballet twice a week is not all fun and games. They do the same stretches and routines each and every practice. They are expected not to talk but to concentrate and work hard the whole time. I didn't exactly think Eden would last, but she absolutely did. Her hard work paid off with a performance. Hon...

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  A million expressions. Here are two during ice cream with her bestie. Add new comment...

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A kitty party ... but NOT Hello Kitty Mommy.  That was the request.     She waited a few weeks to celebrate so that her cousins could be in town for the bash! She's been lucky to have a set of cousins with her for two years running now. For me, this has been a year of chosing simplicity in these types of events as I have less margin to plan and prep with my current job. But one thing I've learned is that my kids feel celebrated and special with even the simplest of days and I want...

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At five you are showing lots of your fun, spunky, silly personality. While you aren't as outgoing in a crowd or around new people as your brother is, when you are comfortable you are a character. Your facial expressions and your eye rolls constantly cause us to crack up around the dinner table. You are thriving academically. You are a leader in your class academically and socially ... and maybe a wee bit bossy. You have a best friend named Romina and you have seamlessly integrated into your clas...

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