“Of course she’ll know”

September 2nd, 2014

On a walk the other day, Avery – who routinely stops to look at/smell any colorful flower or flowery looking weed – asked me how dandelions sprout, since people don’t plant them. I answered honestly that I wasn’t sure, so she suggested we ask Grandma. “Do you think she’ll know?” I asked, to which Avery replied: “Of course she’ll know – she’s your mom.”


Second grade shuffle, part II

September 1st, 2014

And here she is, with Zachary. (Their desks are even next to each other.)


Second grade shuffle

August 31st, 2014

In Zoe’s video from before school started, she made reference to the fact that she wasn’t in her best friend Zachary’s class. Indeed, when we received the class rosters a few days before school began, Zoe and Zachary were listed as being in different classes. (They have been in every class, dating back to preschool, for the last five years – so it’s kind of a big deal.) Zoe was initially disappointed – not only about not being with Zachary, but also about not getting the teacher she was hoping for, Mrs. Klein - but she quickly bounced back. She started getting excited about the other teacher (she especially liked that her first name was Penny – the name of a character on one of Zoe’s favorite TV shows) and about being in class with some other close friends.

Through an unusual set of circumstances, though, Zoe wound up being with Zachary after all: The head of school called us last Monday and told us that a clerical mistake had been made, and Zoe’s name was left off Mrs. Klein’s roster! He asked Zoe to report to Mrs. Klein’s class on Tuesday, which is what she did…

Zoe had a great first week of second grade, and I was pretty proud of how she handled the class switch. Some kids (including probably Avery) might have been less adaptable and not thrilled to be told that they were in class, and then another. Zoe, though, rolled with it all, and it feels like she’s right where she was supposed to be.


Even more on kindergarten

August 30th, 2014

A picture of Avery in front of her classroom, as well as her first official drawing as a kindergartener (a birthday cake in honor of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah).



More on kindergarten

August 29th, 2014

It’s been a big week for the girls – especially Avery. It started out a bit rocky, when she took me by surprise by not wanting to enter the classroom during her one-hour orientation on Monday. She didn’t cry but wouldn’t let go of me for a good 20 minutes, and she later told me, “I just acted that way because it’s a new classroom and a new school. I won’t act like that tomorrow.” Indeed, she kept her word – and every other drop-off has gone smoothly. And though she complained yesterday that kindergarten was “boring” (“All we do is sit on the rug, and the teachers just teach us stuff,” she griped), it’s been reported to us that she’s all smiles in the classroom and on the playground.


First day of school

August 26th, 2014

As I wrote on Facebook this morning, we’re a preschooler-free household! Today was the first day of school, and after a few photos at home, our (very excited) 2nd grader grabbed the hand of the kindergartener – and they were off…


On the eve of kindergarten (and 2nd grade)

August 25th, 2014

Avery provided some thoughts on kindergarten not long ago, but she elaborates – and answers some of the same questions that I asked Zoe just before she started kindergarten – in the video below. Zoe also takes time to talk about second grade in her own video.


A sweet welcome

August 25th, 2014

Just like her sister before her, Avery attended her new school’s ice-cream social yesterday and a one-hour orientation for new students this morning. After all the anticipation, the wait is over: She’s a kindergartener!


Last day(!) of summer vacation

August 24th, 2014

Friday was the girls’ last day of summer vacation together. (Zoe doesn’t start school until Tuesday, but Avery has kindergarten orientation on Monday morning.) On our “Mommy Camp” itinerary were stops at an outdoor café, where we noshed on bagels and sweets; the zoo, a place we haven’t visited in awhile; and the library. It was a pretty terrific day.


A mom’s thoughts on being away from the kids

August 23rd, 2014

Before earlier this month, the longest I’ve been away from the girls was a few nights. While excited to get away with Q and get a taste of our pre-kids life, I fretted beforehand that it would be difficult to be away from the girls. But it wasn’t. Yeh, I missed them – but every morning (and sometimes more frequently) we would get pictures and updates from Safta, so I could go about my day knowing the girls were safe and happy. And while Q and I often saw things on our trip that reminded us of the kids or made us say, “Zoe and Avery would love that,” it just made us resolve to come back to the Big Island with them someday!

Oh, and our reunion with the girls was really sweet. Though Zoe was relatively mellow about seeing us, Avery squealed and literally jumped in my arms after we walked in the door. It was the best hug I’ve gotten in a long, long time.


Summer trip to Phoenix

August 22nd, 2014

Speaking of the sun, the four of us just got back from a little vacation to Arizona (a summer tradition). It started last Saturday, when Q and I met up with the girls in Las Vegas to celebrate Cousin Isaac’s 2nd birthday; the next morning we made the 4+-hour drive to Phoenix (stopping for some beef jerky on the way). We met up with some friends, and the four kids had a blast swimming, playing in the hotel’s faux beach, and exploring. We had a long drive home, but the girls were troupers – and they’re already looking forward to our next Phoenix trip.


Sisters in the sun

August 21st, 2014

I really like this sunny photo of the girls – especially since it was taken on my birthday. (I had taken them that afternoon to one of their favorite spots to run around, and they nicely agreed to stop for a pic.)


“That never happens to me”

August 20th, 2014

A sweet Avery story: The other night, after she was settled into bed, I went in to check on her and say one last “good night.”  (I hadn’t been very patient when putting her to bed, and I felt bad.) Avery’s eyes got big when she saw me walk in. “You want to come say ‘hi’ to me?” she asked excitedly. “That never happens to me!”


“Are you scared?”

August 18th, 2014

One day before their recent trip, the girls watched Snow White together, and when a scary part (having to do with the witch and apple) came on, I heard Zoe ask Avery, “Are you scared? If so, we can hold hands.” I looked over a few minutes later and saw that Zoe had grabbed her sister’s hand; I think she was the one who was scared.


Kid-free Hawaii

August 16th, 2014

I know we usually post pictures of the girls, but I can’t resist sharing some of the photos from our vacation in Hawaii. We went to the Big Island – a place we hadn’t visited before – and it was, in a word, spectacular.