Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Whew! It seems like lots of thing have been happening lately, so I'll try to give a brief update of everything we have going:

This weekend La Nina danced at her first dance convention and competition. La Nina enjoyed seven dance classes over two days. And I have to say, the instructors really knew how to engage their young students. The music was Hannah Montana, HSM 1 & 2, Jonas get the idea.  Every dance move was about being a 'rock star.'  For the first time in her life, dance made her sweaty, something she really detests. I was worried she'd quit dancing as the first bead formed on her forehead, but she kept going. Of course, she complained long and loud about the drips after the class ended, but I would expect nothing less from my princess.  

Her dance team competed in a category for five to nine-year-olds. I don't know if they were the youngest team, but they were definitely the shortest of the twenty five tap teams in her division. This competition was far more about paying dues and getting experience than winning. While the girls didn't place, she and her buddies received a very favorable ranking. And all us parents were very proud.

Anyway, she had lots of fun and spends most of her waking hours twirling around the house teaching Maggie new dances, so the weekend was a success in her books.


Speaking of books, remember a while back I posted about La Nina's quest to read 100 books? Well, she met her goal on Friday and won a lovely stuffed peguin she named Pepito. The teacher amended the rules a couple of weeks ago so the only books that count are books read by the kids to their parents. (Books are very loosely defined.) The rule change slowed her down some, but it didn't derail her efforts. She was on a mission to be the first girl in the class to read 100 books. Fortunately, she made it. And yes, to all the concerned grandparents: the books she read were Spanish as well as English. It's very cute to listen to her read English with a Spanish accent. The next prize is offered at 300 books, and she's very hopeful to complete that number before anyone else. As her teacher has figured out, if you want to motivate La Nina...make her compete. She'll find a way to win.


This last milestone is mine. I completed the first draft of my book about ten days ago. I've been in a state of shock for the last week, but began work on my second draft this morning. Anyway, my 90,000 word first draft is printed, backed-up, and will soon be stowed in my safe deposit box. Still a long road ahead, but it's nice to complete a goal..


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