the happiest baby in the world

i obviously gave up on this blog a long time ago.  it was great when arden was a baby to document her first years and have a creative outlet to stay in touch with the world while i was mostly at home 24/7.  but now, life/work/school/parenting/social calendars/running 2 businesses is just too hectic to include blogging on my ‘to do’ list.  but i had to post this photo of arden at her ballet class a couple of weeks ago.  it was parent observation day, and i was probably the most nervous parent in there.  after a first failed attempt at ballet last spring, and then a hesitant re-start this fall, i was worried arden would simply freeze and sit in the corner sulking the whole time.  but to my surprise, she happily participated in every single minute, and most surprisingly, seemed to love that her cheering section (jason and me and my parents) were STARING at her from only about 15 feet away!  she even did the classic, sweet wave that kids do to their parents in the audience, and it just made me the proudest mama.  so, it looks like ballet is here to stay….for now, at least!



what’s the best cure for spring fever?  an afternoon at the park with fro-yo and my two sweeties.



good monday morning!  i hope everyone had a glorious mother’s day, whether you’re a mom yourself or the child of an admirable one who enriches your life.  i love my mama, and i had a great day yesterday spending time with my family and being very aware of how lucky i am, and arden is, to have family nearby who loves us.  jason started my day off right by cooking us breakfast, and the day kept getting more relaxing from there.  being a mom is everything i’ve dreamed about since i was a young babysitter.  with arden as my daughter and jason as my main squeeze, i know each mother’s day will be better than that last!

i took this video saturday at a crawfish boil that arden and i attended together.  it seems a love for jammin’ has been successfully instilled in my daughter already….we were sitting and enjoying our hot dogs between live band performances when some reggae music started playing on the loudspeaker.  arden quickly starting bopping her head around and tapping her foot.  then, she mustered up the strength to stand up on the very steep hill to practice her dance moves.  i cracked up, not only because of how completely adorable she is, but because it was like looking in a mirror.  just last weekend, i was jammin’ to the bands at the beale street music fest, where i enjoyed a record 5 pronto pups in 3 days.  i have NO shame, although i will clarify that i only made 3 trips to the corn dog stand….but 2 of those times i got a footlong!