Ballerina’s and the photo bomber

September 26, 2012

Mae went to a play date at one of her best friend’s house. They were classmates last year, but this year her friend is in French immersion (they speak French all day! – not my thing). Still, they see each other in the schoolyard every day and remain great friends. They both are Type A personalities, so play dates can be a little challenging at times – especially when it comes to sharing, or agreeing on what to do next. Thankfully, this play date when smoothly – and everyone was happy.

I went to pick Mae up when it was time, and found she had changed out of her clothes and into a ballerina outfit – and her friend had one to match. It too me a minute to realize what was going on — it’s always about the dress-up for girls – never fails. Mae has a box FULL of different costumes, and her friends love coming over to play dress-up. It’s no different when Mae goes to her friends’ house’s.

Anyway — before I went to pick her up, I thought I should take a camera with me – but I somehow forgot — so, I had to use my iPhone to take this image — I’m glad I at least had my iPhone — and — just as I was about to take the photo of just the two of them, the little sister jumped right in — which, I think, makes the photo. (she’s holding a toy, which she says is very FRAGILE — her word of the week).

Oh — and even though Mae’s legs look chubby — they really aren’t – it’s just that her friend is like Twiggy (full of energy – and NEVER seems to stop moving! Unlike Mae, who likes LOVES her chill time…).


June 20, 2012

I volunteer at Mae’s school once a week. I’m very fortunate I can take the time and it’s a great opportunity for me to see what’s she’s up to and how she’s doing in school. I love it so much that I’m going to volunteer for two days next year.

I not only get the chance to see Mae in academic action, but I get to see how she interacts with her friends. The best I can tell, she’s loved by all her classmates – and she, no doubt, loves them, too. I’ve been there all year long. Not only have I volunteered once a week, but I’ve been on every field trip — so the kids know me. They’re use to me being around.

So – today, I was putting together some packets to send home with the kids – just minding my own business, but I could hear various discussions going on. One particular conversation caught my attention — it was Mae talking with several boys. The boys were all showing off for Mae. Each one of them went on about what THEIR dad could do. Lift a house. Ride a motorcycle. Run a marathon. Swim a mile. On and on…

Mae listened to each one of them very closely. She’s always engaged in conversation, she just makes you feel special. Then, when everyone was through, Mae said, “Well… My dad…” — I’m listening very closely at this point – I’m on the edge of my seat — “Well… My dad — hurt his back and can’t do anything”…

I’m deflated.

Today’s Play Date Crew

June 18, 2012

I hadn’t planned on having a play date at our house today, but when Mae bounced out of school she said she wanted to have her friend over. I also promised to walk another little girl home because her mom sprained her ankle playing tennis. So – long story, I ended up having all three of them over to our house. I made the usual Mac -n- Cheese, served ice-cold lemonade along with fresh raspberries. Not too bad for a last minute daytime soiree.

The girls all had a great time together – I just wish I had a microphone hidden somewhere on the lunch table. The discussions are HILARIOUS! Oh the things they say…