A few weeks ago Elena took part in her school play. The kids performed Peter Pan and Elena played Tiger Lily.
The kids did an excellent job and we thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I had hoped to include a video in this post. In what will probably be the final nail in our video camera's coffin, we can't get the freakin' video onto our computer. I'm over the fancy-schmancy video camera that we can't seem to operate and I'm ready to buy a Flip. It may not be fancy, but at least we'll have some footage of our kids to torture them with later in life.
Here's Elena in a scene with Smee. (The kid who plays Smee is a character himself. He's in upper elementary and he's quite the guitar player. He has his own band called Free Steak. I love that kid.) He tied her to the rock, and Elena got some good laughs by scooting the rock away from Smee whenever he would turn his back.
It's moments like these when I realize how big she's getting. She's up on stage, reciting lines that she's memorized on her own. I remember when she used to use the ledge in front of our fireplace as a stage, dressed in nothing but a fluffy cloth diaper. These kind of moments also allow me to really appreciate the age differences in my kids. For the most part, I love her bigness. She's easy and fun and amazing. I love that she knows things that I don't know, that she's beginning to have this other life that doesn't include me. And when I start to feel melancholy about her growing up, it gives me pause to think about Eli and savor him in all his toddler glory.
If only I could get this stuff on video, so I'll remember it when I'm all old and discombobulated.
Update: Wretched video camera is listed on eBay!!! Any recomendations on user-friendly video cameras that let you upload videos straight to your computer? Anyone have a Flip and want to share their thoughts?