so, we had our special back to school fancy dinner (inspired by nie nie). it was so much fun and madeira has never been happier. she kept saying “i really love this dinner, but i especially love my crown”. the whole day was delightful with madeira and i doing preparations-making the crown, deciding what to eat, setting the table, grocery shopping and cooking. on the menu was maryland crab cakes, mixed greens with heirloom tomatoes (lettuce and tomatoes came from a friend’s garden) with drizzled walnut oil and balsamic and garlic and parmesan cous cous. dessert was soy ice cream, raspberries and drizzled chocolate sauce. dinner discussion centered on the theme for the year which is “be kind and respectful”. madeira’s example of being kind was all about sharing a slinky. . .she just spent a few days with her cousins and the slinky was VERY POPULAR. respectful was a tougher one for her (see saucy photo above). after dinner madeira modeled her first day of school outfit (thank you target for your oh so adorable clothes!) what a sweet nite.