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Finish Strong

For families with kids in recitals, it's easy to be motivated to show up at classes the last weeks before the performance. We know just how important those final sessions are to feel totally comfortable in the dances. But for people like us, who go to...

Starting week seven

Today starts the seventh week of our bathroom project. And that doesn't count all the preliminary work of finding someone and choosing everything we'd put in there. It's the seventh week of: sharing one bathroom for the 5 of us all day Josh working in the...

Bathroom: update 2

Project day 29 (counting weekends because that's how long we've been looking at plastic sheeting instead of a bathroom). He finished tiling and grouting (? is that a word?) the shower. It was a bigger project than any of us anticipated: subway tiles are...

Difficult Lessons

Something I've always been weak in: humility. Something I got a big crash-course in this week: humility. This week the directors of our dance studio were gone on a much-needed vacation. I've been living vicariously through their trip thanks to Instagram....

Bathrooms: a warning

Dear Charla-in-2019, I know at this point the memories of the great Bathroom Renovation of 2018 will be a blur. You're remembering just how much fun it was pinning all the bathroom images and finding just the right look for your redesign. How delightful it...

Bathroom Renovation: Part 1

Sooooo.... We're getting a new bathroom. It's not really what I wanted right now. We thought it was a nice bathroom (minus the hideous very-1998 border that DEFINITELY was on its way out). The green countertops were very 1998 too, but at least they were in...

Organizing Life

We're busy. Whether we work outside the home or not, just the fact that we're raising dancers means our lives take on a rhythm unique to the dance world. I may have an exaggerated schedule, because in addition to dance classes, I'm also working at the...

When they’re not dancing

My son is a constant ball of energy. If he isn't dancing, he's riding his bike, playing tag, or surfing (if we're fortunate enough to make it to the beach). My daughters, on the other hand, aren't nearly so active off the dance floor. My eldest only takes...

Research projects

My kids are either dysylexic or dysgraphic (or both). Because of that, I don't require much written work from them, instead leaning on other ways to make sure they're learning. We keep it light, because the biggest thing I want them to take from their...

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