Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Some Fav's from 2010

In just a few hours a brand we will all be celebrating a brand New Year.  I really can not comprehend how quickly time marches on and as I gaze at my sweet toddler I can't help but realize how fast the past few years have gone by.

I remember how I couldn't wait for her to talk, though now I listen to her tiny voice chattering on and on and that is just within this past year.  She's so independent and refuses my help, in fact she told me to "go and sit down so I can make friends" this summer in the pool.  Gasp!  I didn't realize nosy Mom's could hinder toddler friendships this early.  She also informed me and everyone she meets that she has a "boyfriend, named B who likes dinasaurs" and proceeded to place his photo next to hers in the living room wall.  She greets people in the market by asking their name and admiring nail polish or jewelry and can easily carry on a decent phone conversation.  Yep, just couldn't wait to hear her putting words together and now she "pretend" reads and is starting to sound out words.  I have no clue if this is age appropriate for toddlers and can't take credit as I surely do not speak spanish in the house and Kira is often found counting and addressing her dolls in spanish!  Guess I owe Nick Jr. for that.  I now wonder what effect Looney Tunes had on me LOL (I shouldn't even answer that)!

Anyway, my thoughts are on the coming year as I now try not to rush through life.  This past year was my 35th High School Renunion and again I sighed, cried and laughed at the memories and wondered where did those years go.  I suppose we keep so busy, it's natural to not gage time in years.  Now I cuddle with Kira during bedtime, holding her ever so tightly and realize every day how she breathes fresh air into my world and how much I appreciate my daughter for the little girl she is becoming.

2010 has been an interesting year, in politics, world affairs and in our home!  Since I haven't written much during the past year I plan to keep this blog up to the best of my ability.

So to my Dear Family and Friends I wish you all the very best in 2011, mostly harmony, good health and the ability to continue to nurture and continue to create the happy memories we will eventually look back upon.

Have a safe and wonderful New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tiny Dancer

A few months back we were in a store and Kira was playing with a jewelry box with a little ballerina twirling atop it.  She asked me what it was and I tried to explain.  So for the coming weeks she expressed in her words, "I want to be a ballereen".  So what's a Momma to do, why of course start ballet classes! Not sure if she was enjoying this new venture, I asked if I could photograph the girls as they practiced for the upcoming Holiday show.  What impressed me was how much fun Kira was having, spinning, twirling and inter-acting with the other children.  It was so cute to watch them I couldn't help but smile the entire time.

The day of the show I made sure that Kira received official "stage pampering", you know the updew, facial makeup, sparkles, mani/pedi and matching lipstick and body sparkles.  It was fun putting on her makeup, she even enjoyed mascara.

Then the dancers were called to line up and head to the stage down the hall.  I grabbed my gear, ran to the theatre just in time to see them perform.  AND THERE SHE WAS, my little Sugar Plum, STAGE RIGHT...just standing there looking for me, the entire performance!  Well at least she didn't run off the stage (they had stage catchers just in case)!  She proudly and gracefully bowed to the audience as everyone clapped and promptly fell asleep in the car on the way home.

Ok, first, you pay careful attention to the dance teacher,

Then you think "should I eat my pb and j or get in front of a huge crowd and cry:))

Then again this is a pretty Ballereen Dress

So she carefully observes the other dancers, takes her friends hand, and then...she dances!

in perfect form, at home!

That's my girl, I so love you.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome to my new and improved blog makeover!

I am so happy with my new blog and want to send a huge shout out to Rita of Coffee Shop Designs for creating our new refreshing and inspiring look. I wanted something elegant yet simple and would showcase my reason for blogging, my Spicy tot, Kira Isabella.

Writing has always been an outlet of expression for many kinds of emotions and/or for teaching methods. So I am sure I will back on the road expressing what I feel is important as well as bragging with some great photographs of my daughter.

I have missed documenting so many of the good things this year, I guess I have a lot to catch up on. For now, I'll share our Holiday portrait that many of you will be receiving soon. Well though I love photographing children, my girl will do just about anything to stray away from the camera. She has grown into a little girl this past year, a very mature little girl I must say. She wears her heart on her sleeve, is about as stubborn as any tot should be and when I capture one of her "famous" funny faces as she calls them, she truly melts my heart. I simply love her surprise kisses and those tiny dimples:))
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