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Maia in costume before her very first dress rehearsal.

[Matt] This coming Sunday, May 31 Maia will perform in her first-ever dance recital. She has been taking a dance and exercise class called Petite Feet every Friday at her preschool this year, and she loves it. It is never difficult to get Maia to school on Fridays, just mention “it’s Petite Feet day” and she’s ready to run out the door.

This recital is as big a deal as can be for an event featuring two- to five-year-olds. There will be a couple dozen groups from a different preschools, a total of 200 or so little kids! (So it could be a complete train wreck.) They are selling tickets and everything. We had to buy Maia a specific, not-cheap costume. There was a dress rehearsal last Tuesday, and since it was at 5 PM and a 20-min drive in the wrong direction from Kerean’s 40-min drive home from work, I got to take her.

I have to say her costume is cute. (See the photo? Guess who did her hair? THIS guy!) After seeing some of the, shall we say, more Hallowe’en-like costumes worn by most of the other groups, Maia will get some mileage out of hers after the performance is over and she can wear it to play dance in. And those are real, tiny black ballet shoes, her very own.

Since we won’t be allowed to record the actual performance, “to avoid distracting our little performers” (and not at all to motivate us to shell out 40 bucks for the professional video recording of said performance—did I mention these were two- to five-year-olds, the majority from other schools hence WE DON’T KNOW THOSE KIDS?) I did what all the other parents were doing and recorded Maia’s group during dress rehearsal with my iPhone. The video is below, and it speaks for itself. Oh, in case you can’t tell, Maia is second from the right. And by the way, after watching half of the groups rehearse, I can say Maia’s was the largest and one of the two most entertaining groups I saw! Way to go, Puddy!!

[Kerean] Scenes from a relaxing and delicious Thanksgiving with Gram and Zeydeh. To top it off, we ate dinner on the patio in perfect weather. To top it off even more, Maia broadened her food repertoire by trying and liking asparagus.

Baked brie with preserves and prosciutto

Baked brie with preserves and prosciutto

Turkey on the grill after an overnight brine in apple cider, herbs and seasonings. It was moist and very delicious!

Turkey on the grill after an overnight brine in apple cider, herbs and seasonings. It was moist and very delicious!

Maia sampling the vegan frosting for her favorite vegan chocolate cake.

Maia sampling the vegan frosting for her favorite vegan chocolate cake.

Maia and Daddy decorates Maia's special cake.

Maia and Daddy decorate Maia’s special cake.

Maia tried asparagus and liked it...

Maia tried asparagus and liked it…

The gang sitting down to dinner.

The gang sitting down to dinner. Outside!!!

Gram and Zeydeh

Gram and Zeydeh

[Kerean] Maia got to pick her first mandarin from the teenie weenie tree we planted in our backyard earlier this year.

This one Mommny?

This one Mommny?

Mommy, this one?

Mommy, this one?

(laughter) "I fell on my butt." Picking a mandarin took more strength than Maia thought...

(laughter) “I fell on my butt.” Picking a mandarin took more strength than Maia thought…

"Here it is!"

“Here it is!”

Time to taste it. They are very juicy.

Time to taste it. They are very juicy.

[Kerean] Our intelligent, beautiful, generous, fun-loving, funny, brave, kind and assertive girl has added so much joy to our lives the last three years. We can’t believe she is three years old already!

Here she is enjoying a piece of her birthday cake at her party.
cake

These pictures that follow are post birthday pictures of her while we hung out together in Santa Monica.
Maia in Santa Monica

At the Beach

Santa Monica

[Kerean] On Easter morning (after enjoying some traditional Jamaican Easter bun and cheese) we went on a short family hike. Maia got to be carried in her hiking pack for the first time in a long while and boy was she excited to be put in it! She has never really minded being carried in her hiking pack, but now, she thinks it is fun and excitingly offers to climb in. Her feet dangle so much lower and her head now hits the roof of her sun shade. She is visibly much bigger since her last time in it.

Seeing her Dad carry her this Sunday reminded me of our amazing trip to Italy when Maia had just turned one. Here is one of my favorite photos of her and her Dad on that trip (click pic. for larger view):

Maia and Dad on a climb up Mt. Elmo on the Italian-Austrian border.

Maia and Dad on a climb up Mt. Elmo on the Italian-Austrian border.

Here they are on our hike this past Sunday. This is on one of many great trails just up the street from us:

Easter Sunday Hike

After our hike, we had yummy treats at the ice-cream shop where Maia got one of her usual flavors of sorbet – lemon. They were all out of the strawberry and piña colada, which she also love.

Back at home, we colored and decorated eggs. Maia’s response to this activity: “I really LOVE this game!”

Decorating Easter Eggs with Dad.

Decorating Easter Eggs with Dad.

She had a great weekend!

[Kerean] It was a beautiful day today in Southern California. It was the kind of day that invited you outside for a stroll. I took Maia with me and we ended up walking 3 miles (her in her stroller for half of it). We met a few new “friends” and stopped at the park along the way.

I didn’t think of it before now but I should have taken a photo of just how dirty she got by the time we got back home. Maia had a really fun day today.

She spun around

She spun around.

She ran and skipped

She ran and skipped.

And found a hammer and a rock.

Playing with the hammer and rock a few minutes...

Generally she enjoyed herself exploring and being outside.

[Kerean] This past weekend, I had the kind of time with Maia that I will always remember…

We spent part of it at Redondo Beach where Maia and I played together, shared a lovely lunch and snuggled under a blanket when the sun disappeared behind the clouds.

She then discovered the seagulls…or, the seagulls discovered her. She had cheerios.

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach

Maia at the beach


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