When she was just a toddler Five of Hearts and Five String bonded over ballet. Not necessarily dancing ballet, but in watching ballet and learning about the history of this style of dance. Before she could read to herself they would snuggle up together and read through a Child’s Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance. After learning about each ballet they would watch a recording of it on DVD. In this way they quickly became Ballet Buddies.
For her 5th birthday they made a special trip to see the Boston Ballet perform the Nutcracker. It was a very special outing, but as our travel lifestyle began in earnest their love of seeing live ballet took a backseat to plane tickets and other adventures. So, it was with great joy this past Sunday that Fives of Hearts and Five String ventured into the city to see ALICE (in wonderland) performed by the Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Being fans of the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland they were both excited to see how it would be adapted for ballet. Five of Hearts was especially excited to view the costumes as she has been taking a costume design class throughout the winter. When the show was over they were both impressed by the dancing and dazzled by the costumes. However, most of all they were just glad to be out together enjoying a common enthusiasm as father and daughter.
Five of Hearts turned 10 on Christmas Day! As her parents it has been without contest the best decade of our lives. We have felt so privileged to watch our little Christmas baby grow, learn, and create while bringing compassion and joy to the lives of those around her. Every year our family feels so fortunate to be infused with her enthusiasm for the Holiday Season. Our decorations shine brighter, our cookies taste sweeter, and our carols sound spectacular thanks to her vast holiday spirit.
Last year Five of Hearts celebrated her birthday with a very refined tea party the day after Christmas. This year she was feeling a bit bonkers and decided to have a Mad Hatter Tea Party, which we all agree is much more fun! To start the day we created five very zany hats to help us get into character.
It didn’t take long to get into the spirit of the party and soon the hysterical laughter and insane jokes were flying around the room. Luckily that was all that went flying and we managed to keep from flinging tea cups at the walls and each other in imitation of the beloved March Hare.
Throughout the party we feasted on hot cocoa, vegan fondue with an assortment of lovely treats to dip, and for the grand finale a coconut cream pie. Five of Hearts was delighted to find that she liked the newest movie remake of Alice Through the Looking Glass and we were all happy to relax by the fire and cuddle up with our favorite 10 year-old.