On a random Thursday

January 13th, 2017

There’s a cut-out in the staircase of the girls’ school that I never really noticed before – but at pick-up this week, Avery ran to the spot and suggested I take her photo. Good idea!

-M

“Everyone’s business”

January 11th, 2017

Avery’s going through a particularly fun and spirited stage – she’s silly and sassy (but in a good way – usually) and always saying stuff that makes us laugh. She also likes to give me a hard time (again, usually in a good way), and when we were discussing a friend issue the other day she stopped me and said, “Mommy, you worry too much!” And a few days later, when I was asking her and Zoe for details on their day, Avery asked in faux-exasperated tone, “Mommy, is it your job to know everyone’s business?” (Uh, yeh, it kind of is.)

-M

 

Zoe’s first band concert

January 9th, 2017

The day before winter break, there was an all-school assembly at the girls’ school, and Zoe got to perform with both the band (for the first time) and chorus. Below, an action shot of Zoe (in purple) and her trumpet.

-M

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What we’ve been up to

January 8th, 2017

I haven’t posted much lately, but here’s a quick update: After Hawaii, we had a week of nice, mellow family time. We hit some bookstores and other favorite spots, went to see “Moana” (and began listening to one of the songs from its soundtrack, “You’re Welcome,” a lot), had people over to watch football, went to a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party, and just relaxed. Oh, and the girls discovered (the very silly) “Fuller House” on Netflix and now have a new favorite show.

School resumed last Tuesday (the girls were super excited to see their friends), I returned to work the following day – and we’re all back to our regular routine, while trying to stay dry. As I type, the girls are in the playroom, where they’ve been all day, happily playing Barbies, LEGO Friends and other games together. No complaints here…

-M

Overheard…

January 6th, 2017

During a recent game, Zoe asked her sister what her favorite place was. “My home,” Avery replied. “It’s nice and cozy and warm…”

-M

 

Here today, gone to Maui – part IV

January 2nd, 2017

Our last batch of photos from Maui come from our last day, when we went exploring on our side of the island and found the most beautiful beach (which we had all to ourselves) – and spotted a rainbow. It was the perfect ending to a perfect, whirlwind trip.

-M

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Happy Hanukkah

December 31st, 2016

It’s the last night of Hanukkah, and I couldn’t let the holiday pass without a photo of, and greetings from, the girls. And while we’re at it: Happy New Year, too!

-M

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Here today, gone to Maui – part III

December 30th, 2016

During our last trip to Maui, we attempted to take the famous Road to Hana – but Zoe (then just under two years old) cried from the backseat throughout. Our trip went much smoother this time around; we didn’t make it the entire way, but what we did see (and eat!) was pretty terrific.

-M

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Here today, gone to Maui – part II

December 29th, 2016

Our first few days in Maui were spent exploring our hotel grounds, hitting the beach, snorkeling, and lounging by the pool. Oh, and we even had a play date with good friends, who were staying on another part of the island…

-M

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Here today, gone to Maui

December 28th, 2016

Another long hiatus for me and the blog – because after we returned from Madison we pulled together a (very) last-minute trip to Hawaii. This year we went to Maui, where we last visited when Zoe was a baby, and it was just as sunny, beautiful and fun as I was hoping. I have lots of photos to share; for now, here are the first ones I took when we got to our hotel last Tuesday.

-M

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Snowy Wisconsin, part II

December 18th, 2016

More photos from our trip to Madison, which included cooking making with Grandma, hanging out with Cousins Tanner and Brock, having fun with Sandy, and celebrating Grandma’s 75th birthday.

-M

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Snowy Wisconsin

December 17th, 2016

As readers may have guessed by the last photo, we were in Wisconsin for most of last week. Unlike our past December visits it was not only extremely cold but also extremely snowy – and a real highlight for the girls was playing in all the white stuff.

-M

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Baby, it’s cold outside

December 13th, 2016

Looks a lot different than San Francisco! (More photos soon…)

-M

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“It was the best day of my life”

December 9th, 2016

Avery was in a great mood when she got home from school on Wednesday, telling me and Q that it had been the best day of her life! The reason? “None of us had lice (MB’s note: they had a check at school that morning); we had choice time, which is normally just on Friday; and we made the house with our mentors. Plus we watched the LEGO Movie during PM care!”

I love what it takes to make a 7-year-old so happy.

-M

 

Hanukkah house

December 8th, 2016

At school yesterday, Avery worked with her student-mentor to build and decorate Hanukkah-themed candy houses (made not of gingerbread but graham crackers). She was pretty proud – not to mention eager to eat it.

-M

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