Friday, May 26, 2017

{This Moment} A Visit From The Tooth Fairy

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same leave a link to your moment in the comments section for all to find and see. Wishing you a lovely holiday weekend. xo 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Today's Main Lesson Book Page

One of the last entries that will be in Grace's grade four main lesson book. And quite possibly one of her best pages yet! Only a few more days of morning lessons this week before we call them done for the summer. xo

Monday, May 22, 2017

Celebrating Ten Years

Yesterday we attended the 10th anniversary celebration for Drumlin Farm Community Preschool! You may remember that Emma was a member of the Crickets class during the 2011-2012 school year. It was so lovely to be invited back to celebrate a decade of this amazing program. 
A little folk dancing to start the celebration! 
 The song they are dancing to in this picture is one from Bulgaria. 
 After the dancing it was time for some speeches and the big reveal of the new school logo. 
Waiting for the hayride to arrive. 
 It was lovely to see this sign again. 
On the days that the kids were at the nature center this sign always greeted us when we arrived. 
 Emma (the only Cricket alumna) with some of the current members of the Crickets class. 
 Sporting her new shirt. 
 Rina and Screech Owl Number 4. Rina was one of Emma's teachers when she was a Cricket. It was lovely to see her again! 
It was so wonderful to be back! The only way that yesterday could have been any better would have been if some of the children that Emma was in Crickets with were able to be there too. Other than that it truly was a stellar day! Drumlin Farm Community Preschool was such a blessing to all of us, and it was lovely to see that it had grown so much yet remained the same in the years since we were there. I am so glad that Emma got to experience life as a Cricket. The days spent outside (in all types of weather) and the things she learned then have stayed with her (and with all of us) in the years since. Being there yesterday was just like coming home. It was wonderful to see Emma remember so much about her days there. As we walked along, from place to place, she would reminisce about the many adventures she and the other Crickets had together. Ten years from now and ten after that and ten after that I know she will continue to look back on that year at DFCP with such joy. We hope that this wonderful school continues for many more decades to come, and that they continue to hold gatherings every decade too. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to plan this wonderful event. Much like her year as a Cricket, it is a day we shall never forget. xo

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Home Tweet Home

 On Wednesday Dave said to me: "Who put hay in the bird feeder on the porch?" 
To which I replied: "Hay?"
We peeked and discovered that inside the feeder was a newly built nest!
Yesterday, I decided to see if there was any new additions to the empty nest and was thrilled to discover three speckled eggs! 
House Finch eggs, according to my friend Lynn. 
If you look closely you can see her tail sticking out. 
When she noticed me she flew to the tree. She's the bright spot on the branch toward the top. It's hard to see her in the tree though, so it might take some time to spot her.

We are so very excited that she chose this spot to build her nest. "What a good place to build a nest!" said Emma. "She's super safe in there mama! And she won't get rained on if it rains!"

We learned that it will be twelve to fourteen days before the eggs hatch. Since we're not exactly sure when the eggs were laid (due to being away) we figure we'll keep an ear out for baby birds anywhere after June 1st. I doubt she'll let us get close enough to photograph them once they arrive, but if we're able to I'll be sure to share those pictures too! xo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Grand Marshall Grandma

Wednesday night we journied down to New Jersey so that we could attend the Bergen Community College graduation ceremony on Thursday where Dave's mom was serving as Grand Marshall.
After all, an honor like that doesn't come around every day, and we didn't want to miss the chance to be there to celebrate an incredible woman and an incredible career.
It was really fabulous to have VIP access to the "behind the scenes" parts of commencement. It was so neat to get to go on stage and see where she would be sitting, as well as the incredible view that all on the platform would have during the ceremony. 
The girls were super impressed to see all the boxes of rolled up degrees. 
And, of course, they were fascinated by all the robes and hoods and hats of the faculty. 
Dave's mom (Dr. Joan Tscherne to those who know her from school) gave the welcome. We all got a kick out of seeing her on the Jumbotron at Giant's Stadium! 
University of Hartford representin'! 
This was the girls first time attending a graduation ceremony. They had lots of questions in the days leading up to it ("Mama, how many have you been in? And how many have you gone to? And what do all the colors mean?") and we spent lots of time talking about our graduations. We also shared with them that the day would be very long as well as very hot. 
And while it was indeed hot, the discovery of frozen custard topped water ice was a welcome (and delicious!) treat! 
What a truly incredible day! It was so wonderful to be there to witness such a special day for Dave's mom. And while it was fabulous to see her at that podium and on the Jumbotron, the best part, in my opinion, was seeing her with her colleagues before the ceremony and after. The respect they all have for her is very apparent, as is how very missed she will be next year when she's retired. It was absolutely lovely to get to meet so many people that we have heard so much about, and it was just as neat to see them be so excited to meet us, too. This was especially true when they met Grace and Emma, who they have clearly heard so very much about over the years! 
 Some post-commencement cooling off in the hotel pool. Very necessary on such a hot day. 
Congratulations Joan! We are so thrilled to have been able to be there with you on Thursday, and we have no doubt that your retirement will be just fabulous! xo

Friday, May 19, 2017

{This Moment} Pretty Ballerinas

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo (or in this case two) -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of beautiful memories! xo

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Emma's Recital Costumes


Musical Theater. 

The costumes have arrived and the countdown to the recital is on! xo

Monday, May 15, 2017

At The Gala

Saturday night we all got dressed up to attend the dance team gala! We had heard this was quite the fabulous evening, but we had no idea truly how fabulous until we arrived! First up, making sure we got a picture of the minis together before the night got away from us. 
After dinner, it was time for the awards portion of the evening. Lauri, Cindy and Michael each took turns talking about each member of the teams that they coach. Each girl was given a special award that spoke directly to what her coach saw in her over the course of this past year. Grace's award was the beautiful ballerina award. "This dancer was very appropriately named. She is very grateful and a beautiful dancer and because of that I gave the "Beautiful Ballerina" award to Grace Tscherne!" 
Along with the award, each girl was also given a framed copy of the team picture, 
as well as a trophy. 
The minis were super excited to give Miss Lauri their thank-you gift.
All forty-three members of the 2016-2017 Center Stage Dance Team. 
After everyone had raided the amazing dessert table, each team performed their comp dances for the crowd. First up: the minis!  And though I know we'll see them all dance these dances again at the recital next month, there was something wonderful about watching each group get on that dance floor Saturday night. 
The gala was definitely the perfect way to end our first year as a dance team family! It was so wonderful to be able to come together and honor the hard work and dedication of each dancer, as well as their incredible coaches. The friendships that we all made, and the confidence and skills that Grace gained over the course of this year, truly are the cherries on top of the sundae that is the CSDS dance team program!

Thank you, Lauri, for encouraging Grace to try out for the dance team (almost) one year ago. Watching her grow as a dancer, and in confidence in so many other areas too, has been such a gift! Thank you for all that you did for each member of the mini team. Our only regret is that the year flew by way too fast! xo