Dance Xplosion

Esme thoroughly enjoyed her first dance competition in Concord, NH. Her team performed so well and were absolutely adorable. For those who understand dance scoring, (ie not me) they received an Extreme Gold metal and a First place trophy. They also took 4th overall. So, I think that’s good 🙂 The girls were just really happy to be there with the older girls and they loved performing. As you can see, Esme was wiped out and slept the whole way home!


This one keeps sharpening her crafting teeth on ever more varied projects. Today’s offering is a small menagerie of small creatures sculpted from Sculpey clay. All designed and made from pictures in her mind.

Please note that the dolphin is in its own swimming pool, water included.

You Have Died of Dysentery

We got this card version of Oregon Trail as a Christmas gift. Esme and I finally broke it in today, later joined by two friends. Our first journey was cut short by our oxen dying. Our second game saw two players die of dysentery, but the remaining two rallied and pushed forward, making it to the Willamette Valley. It was definitely fun, but our friend Jay and I had an interesting job explaining Typhoid, Dysentery, Measles and Cholera to our two 6yos and an 8yo!