Saturday, January 28, 2017

Miranda Sings!

Alice is a big fan of Miranda Sings, the You Tube personality. For her birthday this year, Alice asked to go to the Miranda Sings concert in San Antonio. For weeks prior to the concert, Alice would talk about how she was going to get on stage to meet Miranda. As her mom, I tried to prepare her to enjoy the concert even if her dream of meeting her in person did not happen.
We arrived at the Tobin Center (awesome venue by the way). We were in the mid orchestra section, which is pretty much in the middle of the seating for the floor.  Good enough to see, but definitely not front row seating.  During the show Alice yelled and screamed with the audience, danced in the aisle, and sang along with the show.  Several times Miranda asked for volunteers to come up on stage to help out in a skit. Most of the time, Miranda picked someone from the first few rows, but each time she asked for volunteers, Alice would run down the aisle closer to the stage and try to get Miranda's attention.  We thought for sure this tactic would not work, but didn't see the harm in her exuberance.  
The last time Miranda asked for a volunteer, Alice ran up and did her best to get her attention.  To our surprise, Miranda picked 'the girl with the yellow jacket'. Her dad and I looked at each other and I said 'I can't believe that just happened....'
Alice proceeded to be led on stage for a You Tube Challenge called 'Chubby Bunny'.  The basic rules were each contestant (Miranda and Alice) would put a marshmallow in their mouth and say "chubby bunny" until one of them could not talk.  Miranda's marshmallows were the small ones you put in hot chocolate, while the marshmallows she gave Alice were each the size of their fist.  Hilarity ensues when Alice only has one marshmallow in her mouth and can't speak.

At the end, Alice got a hug from her You Tube hero, a bag full of giant marshmallows, and a memory to last a lifetime!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cancun in December

The family spent a week before Christmas in cancun to celebrate the wedding of a friend (and mom had a birthday too). We traveled with another family also attending the wedding, so Alice had a built in friend for the trip.

While in Cancun Alice got to swim with dolphinss, play at a water park and snorkel for the first time. We swam every day in the hotel pools and got some sun while everyone back in Texas enjoyed a cold snap with below freezing temps.

The family returned a few days before Christmas, just in time to prepare for our first Christmas to be spent at home!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Alice's 2016 Election

Well, the long difficult election cycle has concluded with a clear winner.  Here are some notes about how Alice experienced it.

Alice started off really liking Bernie Sanders.  She followed him on YouTube and was enthusiastic.  Then he lost the primary to Hillary.  Alice was not happy, and initially didn't support Hillary.  As the general election debates got started she quickly became a supporter of Hillary.  During the debates, the three of us watched all three from the couch with popcorn.  Alice often kept a running commentary during the debates as she found Donald to be rude and an interrupter of others talking :-)  She enjoyed the debates and supporting her candidate.  We loved Michelle Obama's speeches, especially her first one where she coined "they take the low road, we take the high road".

Alice went to bed on election night worried that Hillary might not win.

I woke her up the day after and gave her the news, "Donald J. Trump will be our next president."  She almost started crying.  But we talked about democracy and how to respond to challenges and those we do not agree with winning a contest, etc.  Also, had to explain why moving to the U.K. or Germany was not the right response :-)  She understood quickly and we easily moved into the rest of the day.

We watched Hillary's speech the day after and her message to young girls hit home at our house.  My daughter listened to her and afterwards said that if there wasn't a woman president by the time she was an adult then she would have to do it herself.  I almost cried (no surprise) with pride.

It was fun watching Alice experience this crazy election.  By the end she could spot hyperbole coming from either side of the contest.  She could identify what she liked and didn't and she picked out policies and behavior that she supported and didn't.  Was really cool.  Glad its over, but it was a cool experience to enjoy with the kiddo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Couple of Recent Pictures

Fairly recent family photo.

Alice likes to climb this tree in "Green" park, which makes me and Cristy nervous.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Updates from 3rd Grade and Life in General

We're a few weeks into 3rd grade, and everything is going quite well.  Alice is enjoying her class mates and teacher.  This is our first year for real grades and she's taking to it well.  Homework everyday, but it is pretty easy.  She, of course, would prefer not to do all this work, but since she has to she is doing her best and making it fun :-)

Outside of school
Alice is really into her tablet: mine-craft and apps where you record audio and video and share them with others.  She's riding her bike much better than ever before.  Cristy and Alice go on bike rides around the neighborhood when they get the chance.  She has many good friends and weekly play-dates or sleep overs.  She likes rock climbing and shows some real talent for it.  Singing and piano still factor in with practice and weekly lessons.

Cristy & Alice about to ride (2016).

The good life
Her favorite place is in her bed with her doggies and her tablet, preferably with cookies and milk on the side table.  If its night time then she also likes her mommy next to her, both of them with their tablets up and going, maybe in mine-craft together (with Dad too (from other room where there is music)) or maybe doing their own thing and talking about what they find; next to Alice's milk is Cristy's wine glass.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

3rd Grade: Day 1

Alice was "nerv-cited" for her first day of third grade.  She had her outfit planned ahead of time.  Her shirt says something approximating only needing love, lattes and free wifi.  Below she is showing her Harry Potter backpack.

Our known milestones for this year are letter grades, and her first male teacher, Mr. Jackson.  3rd Graders are also promoted out of the "front" playground and now take recess on the "back" playground.

This picture by the tree in our front yard is a family tradition now.  We do it every year.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer 2016 Music Recital

Alice's Music School has three recitals a year, they are optional and relaxed, she loves them and participates in every one.  We love going and often her grandparents make it too.  The Meadows made it down for this one.

Alice selected a funny and interesting song for the recital, Dumb ways to die.  Its a great video, and with slightly different origins than her usual selections.  This song is part of an Australian public service announcement campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to promote rail safety (wiki).  She did a great job, was really confident, got laughs from the crowd, and I think everyone had fun.  Cristy and I are really super proud of her.

Alice also performed a duet with another student.  Luckily the other student was singing a song Alice had done for the school talent show, traveling solider by the Dixie Chicks, so she was able help out.  After a couple of late night practice sessions the girls were ready and sang well together.