Bamboo Sprouts



Rehearsal photos by Linda Crayton.

Our Sophie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I think she had eight dances in the show this year and she was pleased as punch! She has grown a lot in ballet and this was her first year on pointe and she added modern dance to her class schedule as well. In addition, she volunteers with the class one level behind her and she adores those students and is very committed to her “job” and learned all of their dances as well.


At the end of the final show, they present awards to a couple of students. In a million years, Sophie was not expecting an award!! And I knew nothing of it either, but by some miracle Rick was working the set so was behind the scenes and I arrived back stage, in the wings, just in time to see it happen. They first announced another student and I loved that I saw Sophie jump for joy at her friend’s name being called and she was genuinely so happy for her. That made it extra amazing when they next recognized Sophie and called her name. The look on her face!! I wish I could save it forever, as she was just so stunned. Genuinely, honestly, shocked and stunned. It was beautiful and sweet.

Sophie is a girl who gives from the bottom of her heart and who is comfortable in the back ground, just doing her thing, but I love when the people in her life see her beauty, so this meant the world to her and to me too. We are so proud of her. Not just for being a beautiful, dedicated ballerina, but mostly for being a wonderful, thoughtful, giving person. xo






Fire pit dinner while my Mom was visiting last week. 🙂


She was here to watch Sophie perform in her ballet show and then we packed up the peeps and they went back to Colorado with her! It is oddly quiet around here right now…


Heading to summer vacation in Colorado.



The chickens are big and funny these days.


And a little noisy since one of our hens turned out to be a rooster! Luckily, we had a hunch about this, so we gave her two names when she was a chickychick. So may I introduce Toothless the Black Jersey Giant Rooster. Aka, the new alarm clock. The running joke now is if I serve chicken, the kids say they better check to see if Toothless is still in the coop. They fear for his life since he is not what we planned for!


Busking before the show. 🙂


First violin show at Folk Life Festival in Seattle.

Bella has only been taking violin lessons for about a year, so I am amazed at how well she can play! She practices most days and has a wonderful teacher and two great classmates. They were invited to play with a bigger island group and that was such a special opportunity for her.