Out of the fog and into the sun for the Fourth

July 5th, 2015

We woke up bright and early yesterday to head out of the city and up to a Fourth of July celebration in Sonoma. We have friends who live there part time and were nice enough to save us a prime spot on the parade route – and for two hours we all sat and waved, watched, and caught candy under a bright blue sky… We’ll be back!



Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th, 2015

A blast from the past… (Two summers ago in Madison.)


Pep talk from Zoe

July 2nd, 2015

I love the Fourth of July, and I love San Francisco – just not at the same time. Anyone familiar with the city knows that summer is our gloomiest (read: foggiest) time of the year, and early July is not the ideal time for grill-outs, parades and clear nights. We usually go out of town, but with a trip (to Wisconsin) looming, we’re staying home this year…

After a long, gray day, and fog literally swirling in front of our house, I was feeling grumpy, and in great need of real summer weather, this afternoon. On a little walk to the library, I explained my feelings of unhappiness to Zoe, who (in true Zoe form) tried to make me feel better. “It’s okay, Mommy,” she said. “Let’s think about things that make you happy, not focus on the weather. Like… the fact that it’s July. And there are two holidays: the Fourth and your birthday. That makes you really lucky, right?” She went on to list other things she likes about the month about July and I did indeed think about how lucky I was – but not for the reason she said!



June 30th, 2015

Guess which camp the girls are going to this week?


“You know what present I got when I was born?”

June 29th, 2015

On the subject of presents: A few days after her birthday, Avery said out of the blue, “You know what present I got when I was born? I got my family, and I’ll have it for the rest of my life…” Saw it with me: awwwww…


OMG – a Calico Critters case!

June 28th, 2015

Ah, to be six (and this happy!) again. Avery opened up one of her birthday presents last week and to say she was excited about its contents would be an understatement.


San Francisco inspiration

June 27th, 2015

Speaking of Camp Galileo, last week’s theme was San Francisco – and the girls did several themed science and art projects. Among their creations: a suspension bridge and a Victorian house (Zoe) and a rolling cable car and – not pictured below – a mini BART subway car (Avery).


Back to Galileo

June 26th, 2015

Last week, the girls’ first official week of summer was mellow (for Zoe) and sweet (for Avery) – but this week was high-energy! The girls were at Galileo, the camp where Zoe has spent the last two summers. The camp is science- and art-focused but there’s also tons of outside time – and the girls, and their good friend, Sophie, have come home hot, sweaty and happy every day.


Little actresses

June 25th, 2015

The girls may be a bit older and have moved on to other interests (e.g. Harry Potter for Zoe), but “Frozen” remains close to their hearts. They were goofing around, acting out one of the movie scenes, last night, and I grabbed my phone for a quick video.


A sunny, splashy Father’s Day

June 23rd, 2015

I hope all the dads out there had a nice Father’s Day! We celebrating by going to the water park at Great America – Q’s choice (and our tradition since 2010).



June 22nd, 2015

I asked the girls the other day that if they could be superheroes, which powers would they want. Avery responded that she would like the power “to make rainbows everyday.” And Zoe said, “Every time I walked post someone who was sad, they would turn happy.” That speaks volumes about the personalities of our girls!


Birthday dance recital

June 20th, 2015

Avery woke up very excited yesterday – not just because she was turning six but because she was giving a performance later that day. She was only at her Cinderella-themed dance camp for three days this week (she was sick on Monday), but she learned enough to put on a cute show. And, to her great happiness, she even got to celebrate with a birthday cake after.


She’s six!

June 19th, 2015

How fast did she get to here:

from here!


Celebrating six (again)

June 18th, 2015

Avery and two of her closest friends recently had a joint birthday party at Pump it Up – here are a few pics from the celebration.



Office mate

June 17th, 2015

Zoe requested that she had a week this summer where she just reads, hangs out, and goes to work with me – so we made that happen this week. While her sister was off at a Cinderella-themed dance camp, Zoe served as a mini office mate for me (again). I enjoy my job, but it’s a lot more fun when she’s around!