Soccer buddies

October 25th, 2014

Another Saturday, another soccer game. Here Avery is with one of her best buddies/teammates.

-M

Scratch

October 24th, 2014

Computer programming is part of the curriculum in second grade, and Zoe’s class recently started using an iPad app to learn introductory skills. Zoe also takes an after-class programming class involving the app, called Scratch, and she loves it! Perhaps a career in coding is in her future – ?

-M

Overheard

October 23rd, 2014

The girls worked on some Halloween crafts after school one day. From the other room I heard the following exchange.

A: “Oh, yours is so good!”
Z: “Thanks. I really like your creativity.”

Nice to hear them support one another!

-M

Hmmmm… pumpkin

October 21st, 2014

This is the kind of thing that might horrify Zoe when she’s older, but it’s too good not to share. (Oh, and I swear she’s not on the Libby’s payroll.)

-M

Gingerbread house

October 19th, 2014

The girls have had a lot of days off school this month - which has meant more time for us to take little trips and do fun stuff at home. One of our recent projects? This Halloween-themed gingerbread house.

-M

Foam!

October 17th, 2014

Before trick-or-treating with the Peanuts gang last weekend, the girls played around in a just-for-Halloween-time foam pit at the park. I wasn’t that excited about them going in (guess which parent first said it was okay?) but they had so much fun that it well-worth the wet and soapy clothes.

-M

Trick or treating at Great America

October 15th, 2014

Another October must-do: early trick-or-treating at Great America. The girls got all dressed up for a trip there last Saturday.

-M

Girls day at the patch

October 13th, 2014

Last year, when my parents were visiting, the three of us took Avery to a pumpkin patch not far from our house. (There are two good ones in the city, and they both happen to be very close to us.) Avery had fun, but I remember thinking she would have more fun – especially in the hay tunnel, since it’s too big for adults - with her sister. So when the girls had a day off school on Friday, I know where I had to take them!

-M

New (temporary) member of the family

October 11th, 2014

Zoe’s class has a pet turtle, Yertle, and her teacher needed someone to take him home and turtle-sit for a long weekend. The girls were very excited when we volunteered and even more excited when we brought him home late Wed.; ever since they’ve been talking with him, showing him toys, and even reading to him.

-M

Hard being a mama

October 10th, 2014

Just as I closed the door to her bedroom the other night, Avery called to me and asked for water. When I brought a cup to her she looked up at me and asked, “Mama, is it hard being a mama sometimes? Because people ask you to do things when you’re walking the other way?” It is hard sometimes, I told her, but not for that reason. And, looking at her sweet face and wide eyes, I said there was nothing hard about that moment.

-M

Top of the world

October 9th, 2014

The weather has been gorgeous here lately (October is our summer), and the girls and I took advantage of an early school-dismissal one day last week by visiting a hidden San Francisco gem. I had been hearing for years about a gorgeous hand-tiled staircase tucked away in the Sunset neighborhood, and I was happy to find – and climb – it with the girls that afternoon. It was beautiful (we all agreed that the top of the stairs, featuring a bright yellow and orange sun, was our favorite), and standing at the top gave us a clear view of the ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and rest of the city.

-M

Overheard…

October 8th, 2014

I wasn’t feeling well during the girls’ bedtime one night last week, and I asked Zoe if she would tuck her sister in and read her a book. She happily agreed to this, as well as to another request from Avery – and as Zoe headed to the kitchen to fetch a glass of water I heard Avery call from her room, “You are the sweetest sister in the world!”

-M

Drawing with friends

October 7th, 2014

Part of the reason I like going into school, versus dropping off, is to see the girls in action (and occasionally take some photos). Avery looked so settled and happy at the drawing table one morning last week that I had to take a quick pic.

-M

A happy pick-up

October 6th, 2014

The new school year continues to go well – and perhaps even too well, with the girls feeling so comfortable and independent that they’ve been insisting that we drop them off, versus walk them into school, most mornings. (“Oh my gosh, they’re embarrassed by you?” one mom exclaimed when she heard me tell this story at a party the other night. Not embarrassed, I told her – they just find it fun to walk in on their own.)

Though the drop-off lane is a real time-saver in the morning, I like going into the classroom and chatting with the teachers. And I admit to starting to worry that the girls were growing up too fast and not needing/wanting me around as much anymore… But, then, at pick-up the other day Avery squealed “Mama!”, raced across the playground, and literally jumped into my arms when she saw me. It was the sweetest, biggest hug I’ve ever gotten at school – it was as if we hadn’t seen one another in weeks. I guess she does still like it when I’m around.

-M

Pouty Pumpkin

October 5th, 2014

Despite being excited to look for pumpkins – and having an overall good time -  in Half Moon Bay last weekend, Avery was not in the photo-taking mood during much of the morning. The second pic below (which I also shared on Facebook) is a real classic!

-M