Little Ballerina

Lucy has never been a ballet kind of girl. She’s super active, and gymnastics has been more her cup of tea for an extracurricular activity.

But, in May, we went to her cousin’s ballet recital, and Lucy was enamored. I think she really liked the modern dance routines more, but she has wanted to go on stage and perform ever since. So, last month she did a week-long ballet camp at the studio where her BFF from Sabbath School takes class. And, she LOVED it!



They went for an hour each day, and on Friday, they did a little “recital” in the studio for all the parents and grandparents.


They even tried to do the splits! I have to say, Lucy did WAY better than I could ever do!


Lucy seriously had the time of her life, and she even said that she enjoyed dance class more than gymnastics! So, we signed her up for the fall class, in which she’ll do ballet and tap. I’m excited, and Lucy cannot WAIT until her recital!


And, yes, I know her ballet slippers aren’t really ballet shoes. I found them at Target and thought they’d be similar to ballet shoes. Boy, was I wrong. She looked like she was wearing an old lady’s house slippers! Luckily, she’s 3 and adorable and can get away with anything.

Drug Stores Nix Rolling Stone

rolling stoneYou’re not going to find the newest issue on the shelves of your local drug stores.

CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens have said they will not stock the issue, which features a large photo of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. The feature story on Tsarnaev looks into “how a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.”

Many people are up in arms about the magazine’s move. This morning, I saw someone post about it on Facebook who refused to name the magazine because she was so sick over the cover story. Some say it’s idolizing some who may have committed a heinous crime on American soil (you’ll note me using the terms “may have” or “suspected” as at this time he has been charged but not convicted). Do I think the magazine is idolizing him? No. This is the same picture that other media outlets have run. Maybe people think it’s OK for them to run it because they’re more “legitimate” news sources than Rolling Stone?

CVS posted the following statement on its Facebook page:

CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.

In a note at the beginning of the online version of the article, Rolling Stone’s editors show their sympathy for those affected by the bombing.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.

I may be in the minority on this, but I don’t have a problem with the article. Rolling Stone isn’t just a music magazine – it runs journalistic pieces. And, as a journalist, I can tell you that this is one of the best written in-depth articles I’ve read in a while. It takes a good look at Tsarnaev, a boy who was called a good kid with “no cracks at all”, and how he became a “monster”.

Should it have been the magazine’s cover story? I’m not sure. I’m not a regular Rolling Stone reader, so I don’t know how they treated cases like this in the past (though  I was told suspected criminals like this never made the cover), but I do think it’s a story that needs to be covered. It’s news.

What do you think? Do you side with Rolling Stone or the stores who won’t carry its new issue?

What’s Cooking Wednesday: Spicy Pretzels

Today’s recipe is a great dish to take with you to a party or to serve as an appetizer. My husband LOVES spicy food, so he was dying to try out an idea he got from someone at work. We bought a bag of pretzel rods and he got to work!

After breaking the pretzel rods into pieces, soak them for 20-30 minutes in hot sauce.

When they have soaked, strain them and then pat them with paper towels to get off all the excess. That is the key to making sure your pretzels aren’t mushy. Then,  bake them at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, turning them halfway through.

The end result: SPICY pretzels! My brother and his girlfriend came over yesterday and, before I could warn them, popped a pretzel in their mouths. It tastes normal at first. Then, the spice hits. Yum! Note: These are best when served with ranch dressing.

What’s Cooking Wednesday: Tabbouleh

I haven’t always been a fan of tabbouleh, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a taste for it, and it’s really something I like to eat. It’s  pretty healthy for you as the wheat that makes up the bulk of the dish only has 50 calories per half cup. So, it’s something I can eat a ton of and not feel guilty.

Yesterday, I tried my hand at making my own, and it turned out great! I have a feeling it won’t last long. Even my skeptical husband, who asked me why I was buying bird seed when I put the bulgar wheat in my cart, liked it. This will definitely become a staple in our house. The recipe I used called for parsley, but I forgot to buy some and, really, I think it tastes just fine without it.

2 cups bulgar wheat
2 cups boiling water
3 green onions (three stalks from the bunch) diced finely
1 box grape tomatoes cut in half
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt

1. Put bulgar wheat in a bowl and pour boiling water over it. Let sit until water is absorbed (about 1 hour).
2. When bulgar is ready, combine it with all the other ingredients. Stir together and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.

I end up usually putting garlic salt in my individual bowl of tabbouleh to give it a bit more flavor, but I don’t like to add it to the main bowl in case others don’t want it on theirs.

If you make this, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

The One in Which there was MOLD in my CAR

Apparently, it is monsoon season here in the South. Seriously. It rained 4 days straight since we returned from our vacay last Tuesday (today is our first dry day). And, I have no idea how long it rained here while we were gone.

Which wouldn’t be a big deal and all if, you know, the top of my back window hadn’t come unsealed from the soft top, creating a nice little opening. And, openings in cars and rain don’t mix AT ALL. We discovered the issue right before we left and weren’t able to get it fixed before we left town. We weren’t expecting non-stop rain, so we thought it would be OK until we got back. Boy, were we wrong.

So, today, when Lucy and I headed out to get our $0.55 pancakes at IHOP, I realized there’s no way in the world we can use my car because it is COVERED IN MOLD. Seriously. Back seat, car seat, console, seat belt, front seat. So.freaking.gross.

We took it to a detail shop today, and they quoted a ridiculous amount – a minimum of around $1,000 – to get it to the point where I could drive Lucy in it again. Thankfully, other places quoted us a much lower (but still makes me want to cry) cost. So, hopefully, we’ll take it in to be cleaned later this week.

Bright side: my car will be spotless. Downside: Oh, so much money.

One day, we’ll look back on this as a funny story. Right??

Tea with the Girls

We’re on vacay right now. And by vacay, I mean we’re pet sitting for my parents and grandma while they’re in California.

But, it’s still vacay. We take care of the animals in the morning and at night, and the rest of the day we’re free to do touristy things in Chattanooga, which is a really cool tourist city. I seriously love this town.

Last Friday, my sister-in-law made a reservation for she and I, Lucy, her two sisters and her niece at the local tea house. It’s actually in the historic courthouse where Joe and I got married so, of course, we had to take some pictures before he left us for our girl time. I did some collages to compare our wedding pictures almost 7 years ago with the current pictures. So much fun!

wedding comparison 1

wedding comparison 2

And, for fun, we took a picture of Lucy in front of the mirror where I had some of my bridal portraits taken. That will totally be her getting married in, like 50 years when we allow it!

wedding comparison 3

Fun, right?? I love looking at these collages!

When Joe left, we had tea! This place was great. We had ginger peach tea, which was AWESOME, and the food was fabulous! I had a veggie croissant, and I’ve been craving it ever since!

The girls had PB&J cut in the shape of butterflies, and the staff put their pink lemonade in little teapots so they could act like they were having tea like us! It was adorable. Lucy was OBSESSED. She might have had two pots of lemonade. Lol. Also: I don’t know why my phone pictures are so long. It annoys me.





Fun, right?? I seriously cannot wait to take Lucy back!