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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!!


[Matt] Kira (KEER-ah) Veronica Povich was born on Thursday, January 29 2015 at 3.29 PM PST, at the Ontario Medical Center in Ontario, CA. She was born one week before her due date, weighed 10 lbs, 9.7 oz (no joke) and measured 22″ in length.

Her size was not the result of any medical issue or complication, nor was she overdue. Kerean had a healthy, picture-perfect (pun intended) pregnancy and textbook caesarian delivery (because of Kira’s size, a no other delivery option was available). Big sister Maia and Aunt Lydia visited Kira in the hospital the day after she was born, and Mommy and baby were released and came home the day after that. As I write this, Kira is not quite 3 days old (and Maia is 3 and a half years old). Kira is upstairs with her Mommy and Maia, Lydia, and I are downstairs watching The Incredibles. I am feeling that I have a family of superheroes myself!

Here are my favorite pictures from the hospital, from when Kira was weighed and measured at <1/2 hour old to Maia and Lydia’s visit the following day. I think these speak for themselves.

[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] My birthday this year was one to remember. We went away on a nice family weekend together by the beach, which was relaxing and a lot of fun. We played and hung out on Huntington Beach, Maia and Matt enjoyed the “water park” at the hotel, and we capped things off with delicious food.

Going home and baking my birthday cake with Maia was really a highlight that perfectly wrapped up my birthday celebration for 2014.

Baking with Maia weint something like this:

“Can I taste it?”
“When can I taste it?”
“When can I eat it all up?”
“Is it done baking yet?”
“This is so yummy Mommy!”

The recipe is my go-to vegan cake recipe I bake every year for Maia’s birthday.

She started out icing the cake but quickly got more interested in eating it than spreading it on the cake as you can see from most of the photos that follow:
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The end product but something was missing...

The end product but something was missing…

Maia insisted on decorating it with dinosaurs.

Ah, yes, dinosaurs!

[Kerean] I am more than half way through my second pregnancy and it still feels so unreal. I am not sure why because my belly is huge and the baby is like a little ninja kicking and chopping about in there. It’s pretty real alright…though unreal at the same time!

We blogged so much about Maia and our anticipation of her arrival, it’s about time we start showing our outward excitement for our new baby. What better way than through the Baby Povich blog, which we might need to rename soon.

We can’t wait to meet our new addition and neither can Maia! It’s been the most wonderful time sharing this experience with Maia so far.

“Mommy, this how I am going to feed my baby sister.”

Maia at the Claremont library feeding a dolly...

Maia at the Claremont library feeding a dolly…

[Kerean] I think I really impressed Maia (and myself) this year making her a dinosaur cake that actually looked like one! Her dad didn’t do a shabby job on the cupcakes either though he got some help with decorating. The cake turned out so well it gets it’s own blog post!





Here is the recipe for the cake. At the very end is the online source where I found it three years ago. It’s the recipe I bake every year for Maia’s birthday and I am always told how delicious and moist it is. It’s easy to bake and it’s so good you would never know it’s vegan!

If you go to the link there is a recipe for chocolate syrup to drizzle over the cake, which I have tried before. I layered the cake with strawberries and then drizzled the syrup. It was wonderful but this year I wanted to do frosting instead. A dinosaur cake requires it!

Vegan chocolate cake recipe:


1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar


2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp Non-dairy margarine or spread (I use Earth Balance Original)
2 tbsp plain soy milk vanilla extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(Use whatever frosting coloring you desire. I choose leaf green and found it at Michael’s.)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In an 8X8 square pan/dish, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork, making sure it is really blended together. Add the water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar, and again, mix together so that it’s really blended together. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.


Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a rack completely (2 hours).

Source: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-BEST-chococlate-cake-ever…that-happens-to-be/

Here is the template to make your dinosaur cake: http://www.bettycrocker.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Cake-Templates/Rex-Cake.pdf

There is also a how to video on Betty Crocker’s website on how to use the template.


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