Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Big Girl Milestones

While I tread unsuredly through my new roles of wife and mom, as I get advice on establishing my own nuclear family, I repeatedly hear how important two things are: (1) structured family dinnertime and (2) creating traditions.

In searching for opportunities to create traditions, I remembered how my own mom (like many) used to always insist on getting that first day of school picture. Well, I thought of that a couple weeks ago when Sophie started Joy School (a little neighborhood co-op pre-preschool). Not officially "school" per se, but still an excuse to start the tradition myself. I exitedly envisioned all the photos I will gather over the years, of Sophie on our front steps grinning with a shiny new lunchpail, each fall a couple inches taller. Here's what I got...


Why do I feel like this isn't the last time she'll get the best of me?! Now into week 3 of Joy School, she loves interacting with the five other kids in her class (her "fwends") and working on the little crafty projects. When I showed up to retrieve her after "school" that first day, she was completely naked. Full-on birthday suit. I don't even know why. But the other kids thought it was great, so hey...

Another Girl Milestone: Sophie started DANCE! She's taking from Miss Julie, a woman who has a "dance house" built in her backyard with a little hardwood floor and tall mirrors and lots of boas and sparkly things. She and eight other itty bitty two year olds twirl around in their ballet slippers and tap tap tap in what Sophie calls her "noisy shoes." Here's a not so great pic of Sophie with Miss Julie on the first day, when they learned to move like balloons... yes, she's wearing leg-warmers. Judge me if you must. I couldn't resist.

Details on our NYC getaway coming soon...

3 comments:

Joni Marie Marshall said...

I love the leg warmers!! She's so cute!!! And PS, my ultrasound screamed GIRL =)

Tammy said...

Okay Al, you know how most kids are cute, Sophie is not one of those kids, she is seriously beautiful! I love joy school too, Nate had a ball and it seriously helped prep him for pre-k.

Marianne & Clayton said...

Whatever, the only judgment would have been if you left the leg-warmers off.