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THE NUTCRACKER

the girls are both talking ballet classes this year. ava’s taken classes in the past and decided to switch over to sports. by the time we got up to seattle and settled in, the sports teams were full so she decided to try out ballet again. this is elles first year of a traditional ballet class. they both really enjoy it and i love watching them learn all the techniques. i thought the nutcracker would be a great opportunity for us to share a girls night along with something they are interested in. the performance was so beautifully put together. the ballerinas were amazing. the props blew my mind. i can’t wait to go again next year. i think we might bring the boys along too if jack seems content enough to sit through it.

 

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the pnb is a prestigious ballet school here in seattle. when we first got here i thought about signing the girls up there not knowing much about it other than that it was close to the house and they taught ballet all the way up through a professional level. well they said ava would have to audition, ha! i don’t think thats happening. she could barely remember 1st and 2nd position. i told the girls if they really love ballet and work hard they can try out next year. we found a class even closer to the house thats been great.

 

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again i realize my iPhone doesn’t take great pics. but this tree was so beautiful and massive. i had to snap a shot.

 

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we got a few photos in front of some of the props they had out. there were so many beautiful ones. they girls kept running up to the next one checking them out and wanting me to take a picture. my favorite was this one of them peaking out from under her dress.

 

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you’re not supposed to take pics while the show is going so i snapped this quick one of us in our seats before the show started. my girls! i had such a great night with them. we went to the 7pm showing and elle fell asleep at the very end. maybe a 5pm would be better next year. if you haven’t been i highly recommend going. we had the best time.

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PARKS IN SEATTLE

the parks in seattle are amazing. probably because if you’re lucky enough to have a yard its tiny. we took the kids over to discovery park the other night while ava had a church activity to attend. if you park by the visitors center you can walk the trail over to the tennis + basketball courts and the playground. the zip line ended up being a total hit with henri + elle while jack loved the big yellow swing. we had the whole place to ourselves and the kids had a blast!

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jack was having terrible social anxiety. he would scream and cry every time a stranger walked by. he’d yell “mooooooomma, person..person.” crying the whole way to me. initially it broke my heart then i started wondering if i need to take him to a doctor or someone that can help us get through it. luckily he seems to be over it and doing much better. i think it was too many changes all at once. i was talking pictures of him when someone walked by and he freaked. i got a few shots of him before scooping him up. this is real life and i don’t want to forget these moments. the good and the bad.

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here he is, happy again. the person had walked by and he was back to his normal self. how quickly kids forget!

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ELLE TURNS 5

elle was a hard baby. she had acid reflux + torticollis + she threw up all the time.  she would stay up all night and scream.  she hated eating.  she had different therapies for all her different issues.  she never left my hip.  when i was pregnant with jack i would joke he better be easy because i’d been through it all with elle.  we all know how that turned out.  she was an easy baby in comparison to jack but extremely difficult compared to your average baby.  i was with her so much, she would never let someone babysit her, that she became my best buddy and still is.  we have very similar personalities and we get along so well.  she’s happy all the time, loving, silly, kind and genuinely a good person.  she wants the best for everyone.  she lets things roll off her back.  elle is an old soul.  i asked her what she wants to do for her birthday and she said “I want to go in grandma marie and grandpa jacks car and get candy.”  jack and marie are our neighbors behind us.  we’ve adopted them as grandparents and they treat my kids so good.  elle’s just that easy, candy with the neighbors.  no fuss.  i hope we always have a close relationship.  i hope she always knows how much i love her and how much fun + laughter she brings into our family.  love you so bad elle.

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LIFE ACCORDING TO MY IPHONE

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got these new illesteva sunglasses.  i absolutely love them.

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initially the chickens made her really nervous.  now i see her out there holding them, petting them.  its really sweet.

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our neighbor gave us goose eggs to paint for easter.  if you haven’t seen one in person they’re huge and heavy.  the kids had a lot of fun drawing on them.  they ate them too and said they were good.  i’ll take their word for it.

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jack loves watching kinder egg videos on youtube.  its becoming and obsession.

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cheering ava on at tennis.  he just yells hi ava the whole time.  its really cute.

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it was all fun and games letting jack crash into them with the baby doll stroller until henri got it good.  that’ll teach ya!

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ironically we didn’t have church on easter we watched it on tv.  so this was our week before easter church picture.  minus new easter outfits.

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he’s finally starting to pretend play.  i love watching his imagination grow.

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i love this swing in the yard.  so does jack.

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elle’s date night at zin burger.

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catching up on missed homework from being in mexico.  neither one of us was very thrilled.

 

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we had cousins in town for easter.  jack and amelie on the piano.

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elle doing ami’s makeup.

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ava, always the animal lover.

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date night with ava, i love that she still loves little girl things.  i know these days are numbered so ill take as many as i can get.

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would you believe me if i told you we are finally celebrating henri’s birthday.  only 4 months later.  christmas day is just a hard day to have a birthday.  anyone else with a christmas birthday out there have any advice for me?  im struggling.

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PARK

i took jack to the park for the first time and actually let him play. unless you count the one time we were on vacation and i let him swing then disinfected him.  that time doesn’t really count so yeah this was his first time.  and guess what… he loved it!!  i loved watching him play.  we went to the park in our old neighborhood and no one else was there.  score!  i love that park.  we have so many good memories there.  now we are all sick with the worst head cold ever and we’re trying to recover.  guess that’s the side effects of the germ infested park.

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Oh Elle I don’t even know where to begin with you.  You are my best girlfriend, I’m lucky to get to spend my days with you.  You make me laugh harder than anyone I know.  You can’t wait to be a big girl.  You want to wear makeup and get your ears pierced.  You can use an entire tube of lipstick in one sitting.  You wear a dress everyday and wish you could wear a bikini instead.  You want a “boobie holder.”  You have no filter.  You also talk louder than anyone ever should with your high voice and I can’t get enough.  You make friends with everyone, especially grown ups.  You’re best buddy is our neighbor Jack who’s in his 70’s.  You are so so sweet and kind.  You are sensitive.  You want everyone to be happy.  You really are a grown up trapped in a tiny body.  You have your dad wrapped around your finger and I’m pretty sure he’s never said the word “no” to you.  You memorize songs, I can tell when you’re doing it by the look on your face.  You are so smart and love drawing.  I hope you never ever change.  I love you so bad Ellie B.

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