The end.

First day of K, last Day of 5th.

First day/last day.

After the dance – last time leaving school (as a student) FOREVER.

Peace out, Cotswold

Fifth Grade Graduation

This is happening.

I can’t believe she is DONE with 5th grade.

Getting her diploma (certificate?)…

5th grade graduate!

Post-ceremony. She won an award for being Knowledgeable, plus she was rewarded for Math Olympiad and for her standardized test scores (mkay?). Manh Soi was very proud.

Graduate! With the Knowledgable award for fifth grade. #mombrag

With her fabulous teacher.

Graduation is over!

After the ceremony, we went to lunch, then a pool party with friends.

Right in the Middle

Ursula and I went to a fabulous Mother-Daughter Conference this weekend. More info/registering for summer conference here:

Mostly, I just wanted to share our adorable pic:


As you can see, I still totally have an inch on her. This week, anyway.


Waffles, Wolves & Wort

Fun day trip to Asheville this weekend (U had something the night before, so we couldn’t stay up there).

We started with brunch at Corner Kitchen. The OpenTable app rocks my world – it was VERY nice to bypass a giant line because I’d grabbed a reservation. Dan and U had waffles (I had eggs – delicious but boring.)


Then we headed to our main destination – the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

Ursula, wolves, bog turtle.

U and I had visited back in July. At the time, she donated money to adopt a wolf. This weekend was an event called “Wild Parents Day”. There was an hour presentation that only Dan attended (she could only bring one guest). From what I heard, a toad peed on someone, people ate gingersnaps and they made food for animals.

The second hour was much more exciting. We got to walk around the exhibits and deliver “enrichment” to the adopted animals. Everyone got a bag or box to open, filled with snacks. The wolves had wool, chicken, Cheerios and (I think) nuts. They were nervous at first but got into it.

Feeding wolves!


When I was checking out brunch places, I realized that one of Dan’s favorite breweries (Highland) is practically next door, so we stopped by for some (root) beer…

Frosty root beer

…and a tour. With beer goggles.

Beer goggles!


We spent spring break doing all sorts of exciting things.

Like getting braces.

This just happened.

And getting teeth pulled 3 days later…

Braces, day 4. Two teeth extracted today.

Right now, she only has the 6 brackets you can see. She still needs 4.5 teeth to come in (one is partially in, hence the .5) – 2 of those were the teeth that we had pulled last week. So, tooth-wise she wouldn’t be quite ready, but she’s growing (quickly) so “we” are working on her bite.

Four weeks after these brackets, she’s getting bottom brackets and a Herbst appliance, which is best described as internal headgear. The will be on for close to a year (11 months is the projection), then she’ll get more brackets on her back teeth. She could have waited and done nothing til the Herbst comes in, but decided she wanted to get a few brackets to get used braces before having a mouthful.

So far, she is a very diligent dental patient who is brushing, swishing and water-pic-ing like mad.