The one benefit of being an “adult” is that you get to purchase most of the things you want or need. That being said, this poses a big challenge to find a meaningful, thoughtful gift for your spouse, close friends or family after a couple of years. We have resorted to essentials such as socks and a swap of various gift cards – pretty pathetic but what do you get for someone who already has everything? I’m sure a trip down south would be well received especially in the cold winter months but definitely not in the budget! (more…)
Summer seemed to fly by this year and we’re sad to see the nice weather starting to turn. Looking back at Ella’s summer camps this year I’m happy to report it wasn’t babysitting at all – it was definitely worth it! The cost for the camps was quite reasonable and about the same as I would have paid for a week’s worth of babysitting. I feel she got so much more from having tried them.
Highlights of what she took away from each of the camps:
- Cheer Camp – she learned how to do a cartwheel and the splits! Putting on a show after a one week camp was pretty impressive as well (video below). She looked up to the older kids and learned how to work and coordinate an end result within a team. Being an only child, I always worry about her need to be the only focus and she seemed to do just fine sharing the spotlight and working cooperatively without conflict. It’s funny how something so simple can help build this skill set. She’s not into sports so I will have to find more ways for her to participate in team activities for sure.
It’s been a ride this past year with starting piano lessons. Looking back, there were struggles and breakthroughs. I often go back to whether starting her in piano at 4yrs old was the right decision. Reflecting back despite the challenges I still feel it was a good choice. She’s learned to focus a little more (a huge hurdle at 4yrs as I’m sure you know) and that with some hard work and perseverance, the end result and recognition (remember she’s a Leo!) was all worth it. (more…)