Anna June made it to school, barely on time, this morning. We're having kind of a rough day, but everything is fine. Here are some recent pictures and updates.
Monday was MLK Day, and we were off school and work. AJ made a list of things she wanted to do, and we did most of them: walk the dog, dust the furniture (she dusted some in my room and hers), clean the windows (she cleaned the window in her room), rake leaves, watch TV, play games (we played Sorry Sliders, one of her Christmas gifts), go to the park, etc.
Here she is at the park. I've probably talked about it before, but the diversity of our neighborhood strikes me sometimes. I thought going to Crestwood Park on that particular sunny Martin Luther King Day was quite appropriate. When we went, there were lots of people there of lots of different races. Everyone was peacefully doing there own thing. Kids were playing - some black kids and Arab kids played soccer against each other in an impromptu game while their moms chatted with their friends. I spoke to another Avondale parent about the wonderful kindergarten teachers while AJ and her little boy did various things to impress each other on the playground. There were big and small dogs, and big and small people. Different snacks were being eaten, different languages were being spoken. We still have a long way to go, but at that moment, athletes were training and parents were taking pictures, and we were all welcome to be there together. To me, that was better than a service project or a prayer breakfast. We were all enjoying the afternoon, in peace.
That night, I made a creamy tortellini soup from my new cookbook. I enjoyed it, and it was easy!
On Tuesday, Ben picked AJ up after school and they visited the brand new Steel City Jump Park, located in The Edge movie theater. They jumped for an hour and had a fantastic time. It was the one thing on her list from the day before that didn't get done. She would love to go back soon.
Wednesday through Friday passed pretty quickly, with a school meeting and other miscellaneous happenings. My grandmother left the hospital and went to a different rehab facility to recuperate. Various relatives have been in town to help and to visit.
On Saturday, after running some errands, we went to a baby shower for my friend Shelley. It was an excellent party, filled with homemade Indian food among other delicious things. AJ had fun playing with her friends Mallory and Anna.
Saturday was the day AJ had been waiting for patiently - she had Lily over for a play date that evening. The girls mostly played with dolls, pretending that they were going to the beach. We had AJ's chosen menu: cheese quesadillas, rice, and carrots, with strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Alvin and the Chipmunks, making sure to get up and dance excitedly during
every song. Lily's mom arrived just as the movie ended.
Yesterday was a day of visiting family, in person and by telephone. AJ and I made a chocolate cake to contribute to mom's dinner, only to be outdone by Rusty and Beth's excellent pound cake.
Today, first grade is celebrating the 100th day of school. Each student had to bring in 100 of something that would fit in a gallon-size Ziploc bag. AJ chose jellybeans, and she got them counted out on Saturday.
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