…And she’s eight!

June 20th, 2017

An official update, but for now: A shout-out to Avery, who just turned eight! (And here she is celebrating with her treat of choice: not cake, but donuts.)

-M

Happy Father’s Day

June 18th, 2017

Sending happy wishes to all those dads out there… We celebrated the day one day early by heading to nearby Great America – a tradition dating back to when Avery was one!

-M

Bye, bye second and fourth grade

June 16th, 2017

Yesterday was the last day of school for the girls, and it’s official: Zoe’s time at Brandeis is more than half over (gulp). She’s officially a fifth-grader, with Avery – just days away from a birthday – moving to third. We said our good-byes on campus Wed. afternoon… (And they look older than in September, no?)

-M

Friends…

June 15th, 2017

Love these pics of the girls and their friends – both taken earlier this week.

-M

Close to the finish line…

June 14th, 2017

We may have been in vacation mode after our trip, but things have been far from mellow. There’s been a lot going on, including an end-of-year chorus/band performance by Zoe, an early in-class birthday celebration for Avery, and the finishing of various school projects (such as Zoe’s bridge-building project and Avery’s biome poster, below). I’m ready for a break, and I know the girls are, too: Lately they’ve both been sleeping in past 7, a real rarity (and treat).

-M

My girls…

June 11th, 2017

One last post from Mexico (I swear): What might be my new favorite pic of the girls.

-M

Hola, Mexico – part III

June 9th, 2017

Two highlights of our recent trip to Cabo were a visit to Flora Farms, a ten-acre valley farm and restaurant about 45 minutes from where we stayed (and where the kids ran around the gorgeous grounds and, after dinner, enjoyed homemade ice cream), and a parasailing trip for Q and Zoe. Avery and I stayed on the ground (or, more accurately, at the pool), but, from the looks of their GoPro pics, the other two had a great time up in the sky!

-M

Hola, Mexico – part II

June 7th, 2017

Some more photos now from Mexico, including some of our boat ride to visit Cabo’s famous arch and a lot from the beach and (beautiful) hotel grounds. And the last photo, in particular, makes me so happy – walking to the beach with my girls, we didn’t have a care in the world…

-M

Hola, Mexico!

June 5th, 2017

BK (as in, before kids), Q and I went to Mexico quite a bit. We haven’t visited since Zoe was born, but last month – in need of a little get-away – we decided to book a quick trip to Cabo. We flew out last Wed. and had a sun-drenched four days down there… More pics soon, but here’s one of my favorites.

-M

Avery’s little buddies

June 3rd, 2017

The girls go to PM care at school twice a week, and almost every afternoon at pick-up Avery is playing with a small group of girls. (And she’s usually having so much fun that she’s not so happy when she sees me!) A recent pic…

-M

A-Z Arcade

June 1st, 2017

The girls love spending their weekend and days off playing school or shop or, most recently, arcade. One weekend not long ago they put together an elaborate Chuck E. Cheese-type space, complete with outdoor games, tokens (to play), tickets (when people win) and a prize area where people can spend their tickets. They called it the A-Z Arcade.

-M

Playground fun

May 30th, 2017

Last Friday the girls’ school held its first-ever track and field day at a nearby park. Parents were invited, but by the time I got there, the second-graders were done with their various activities (relay races, tug o’ war, basketball drills, etc.) and were fooling around on the playground. (Zoe’s class, meanwhile, was just finishing up.) Watching the dozen or so 7- and 8-year-old schoolmates was highly entertaining!

-M

Berry picking

May 28th, 2017

After camping last weekend we took our time going up the coast, stopping at an educational farm and a you-pick berry field. I’ve always wanted to go berry picking with the girls, so watching them walk through the fields and gather the fruit was a real treat. And even sweeter: the strawberry pie (with homemade crust!) that Q and the girls made after we got home (while I napped).

-M

Camping

May 26th, 2017

For the third year in a row, we joined Avery’s class for a weekend camping trip. The campground is on the coast about 45 minutes south of San Francisco – but it feels a world away. And since the only things on our agenda were to hang out with friends, soak in the scenery and eat, it was a perfectly relaxing get-away.

-M

“In college, do you practice kissing?”

May 24th, 2017

A recent LOL moment with Avery (and, believe me, there are many these days): Out of the blue one night, she asked if a “mouth kiss” is how married people kiss. When I said yes, her eyes got big and she told me, “I’m not ready for that!” And, then, after a pause: “In college, do you practice kissing for marriage?”

-M