Archive for April, 2014

Ella’s Musical Theatre Class rehearsing “When I Grow Up”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

A glimpse into Ella’s musical theatre class.

fun, learning, loving

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Here are some picture of Ella over the past few weeks.  I also forgot to write about an important milestone!  On April 18, Ella got retainers.  She has top and bottoms – the top comes out when she brushes her teeth and the bottom stays in.  She has been incredible adapting to them.  She only had some discomfort in the beginning.  She’s doing a great job speaking through the plastic and metal in her mouth.  We may be hallucinating, but we think that her teeth are already becoming straighter (if that’s a word).

110.jpg Day one with the retainers.

210.jpg310.jpg42.jpg51.jpg62.jpg72.jpg82.jpg Colette sends us pictures of Ella in the classroom from time to time and it really makes our days so much brighter.  We love getting these shots in the middle of a hectic day.  There’s nothing better than being able to see Ella in action in her classroom.

92.jpg102.jpg On Friday night, we went to the ballgame with the Kim/Arena clan.  We all had so much fun.  Notice the beautiful rainbow behind Ella and Juliet.

112.jpg122.jpg We took Ella, Emmi and Stella to see Frozen at the Castro Theatre on Sunday.  It was a fantastic sing along!

132.jpg A handstand and a headstand.

142.jpg Looks like Ella has had enough of my picture taking!

152.jpg162.jpg172.jpg We received these great shots from Colette today.  The Octopus class was making sandwiches for people who are experiencing homelessness.  Ella loved it.

An amazing 4 days back east!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

We were in NY/NJ for Passover last week.  We flew in on Friday, went to Bronwen’s bat mitzvah on Saturday, saw AJ perform on Saturday night, saw Aladdin on Broadway on Sunday and then had 2 seders at grandma and papa’s on Monday and Tuesday.  The whole family was there and it was so wonderful to be able to spend time together.  Here are some pictures from the amazing weekend and a few others…

19.jpg Rigth before we left for NY, Ella found these Peeps.  We still have lots of them!

21.jpg Mommy and mama at our first baseball game of the season together!

31.jpg It’s a beautiful day for a Bat Mitzvah.

41.jpg5.jpg61.jpg Celebrating with Bronwen.

71.jpg Together at AJ’s gig.

81.jpg Ella had this amazing expression on her face while watching AJ perform.  What a beautiful night.

91.jpg101.jpg111.jpg121.jpg131.jpg We all had so much fun at Aladdin.  Thank you grandma and papa!

151.jpg One more Aladdin shot – Ella gave a little donation to Broadway Cares.

161.jpg Sweet shot of cousins Georgia, Isabella, India and Ella at Bronwen’s Bat Mitzvah.

171.jpg We had a short but great visit with Brickelle, Brooklyn, Akilah and Brooke while we were in NY.  Great to see SF friends on the east coast.

181.jpg Sweet Panda in the grass.

211.jpg22.jpg23.jpg24.jpg25.jpg26.jpg27.jpg28.jpg29.jpg Action packed hour at Overpeck Park.

30.jpg311.jpg32.jpg33.jpg34.jpg35.jpg36.jpg Cousins searching for the Afikomen – Isabella found it!

141.jpg Beautiful Afikomen cover that Ella made.

191.jpgElla and Emma put on a creative and wonderful show for us.

37.jpg Love.

38.jpg39.jpg The most beautiful true love is right here!

20.jpg Sister selfie.

Reading, soccer, an observation journal and the rocky shore!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

This post will be filled with photos and captions.  We are all on overdrive.  I am especially on overdrive.  I am in the process of finishing my credential program and it is a huge endeavor.  Good news is that it will all be over soon!

1.jpgSweet Ella reading to Panda (and me).

2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg6.jpg7.jpg Ella is playing goalie and putting her time in on the field.  I really don’t know very much about soccer so I’m not going to pretend that I know what position she plays or anything.

The next set of pictures are of Ella’s observation journal from her latest amazing learning unit on Tide Pools and the Rocky Shore.  Ella studied the sea cucumber…

8.jpg9.jpg10.jpg11.jpg12.jpg13.jpg14.jpg15.jpg16.jpg Pretty amazing stuff!

17.jpgElla with the amazing project that the Octopus class worked on.  Such detail and hard work put into this masterpiece!

18.jpg Panoramic shot of the whole thing.