See you soon!

July 5th, 2016

I’m doing something I haven’t done in our (almost) ten years of blogging: taking a little break. I’ll be back in a few weeks with lots of stories and pics…

-M

Happy 4th!

July 4th, 2016

For the second year in a row, we went to Sonoma to celebrate 4th of July. We met up with friends and got a front-row view of the annual parade before heading to a nearby pool party. No fireworks for us this year (the girls and I have an early plane to catch tomorrow), but it was a fun holiday just the same! (And we always love escaping San Francisco’s foggy skies this time of year.)

-M

girls on 4th of July

Avery on 4th of July

girls watching 4th of July parade

girls and friends on 4th

Zoe’s camp pledge

July 3rd, 2016

For the last day of zoo camp, Zoe and her team made conservation pledges. “I pledge to tell others about what I learn and let them teach other people,” Zoe wrote in hers.

As for the girls’ time there, it was a success. “We don’t bring tons of stuff home in bags” (like other camps), Zoe told me one night. “But we come home with something better: knowledge.”

-M

Zoe at zoo camp

Sisters

June 30th, 2016

Love this recent pic of the girls (courtesy of Q)…

-M

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New animal friends

June 29th, 2016

It’s off to zoo camp for the girls this week, and among the animals they got to meet were Zebede the bearded dragon (Zoe) and Gunner the blue-tongued skink (Avery). I hadn’t heard of a skink before, but it turns out they hail from Indonesia.

-M

Zoe at zoo camp

Avery at zoo camp

Zoe’s rover

June 27th, 2016

Well – we’re got our first official week of summer behind us! The girls went to Camp Galileo last week (this was Zoe’s fourth year there), where the theme was space exploration. Avery made planets and aliens in art and a functional rocket ship in science; Zoe sewed an alien in art and built a rover in science, which she displays below.

-M

Overheard…

June 26th, 2016

The girls don’t fight a lot, but they do bicker from time to time – and Q and I have encouraged them to talk through things (versus running to us) when they’re upset. I had to chuckle this morning, then, when I heard Avery yell at her sister after a Lego-inspired argument, “We tried to work it out! And now I’m stomping away!”

-M

Birthday fun, part III

June 24th, 2016

For Avery’s actual birthday (and Fathers Day), we headed to Great America – site of Avery’s first birthday! Lots of rides, lots of sun… And a birthday hug from Linus.

-M

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Avery and Daddy on ride

Zoe, Daddy and Avery on ride

Birthday fun, part II

June 22nd, 2016

When Zoe turned seven we made a trip to the American Girl store and let her pick out her a doll, which she named Penelope. On Saturday, it was Avery’s turn – and it was girlie-overload as we browsed around the store, got the dolls’ hair and nail done, and dined with the newest member of our family (Chloe).

-M

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Birthday fun

June 21st, 2016

Avery has the habit of celebrating her birthday multiple times – or, perhaps more accurately, we’ve set the precedent for her to do so. This year her celebrating kicked off with a Friday evening art-themed birthday party with a few friends.

-M

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Seven!

June 19th, 2016

Seven years ago, on a sunny Friday morning, Q and I drove to the hospital; a few hours later, Zoe’s “present” made her appearance. Happy Birthday, my sweet Avery. (And to all the dads out there: Happy Fathers Day! Two special days in one…)

-M

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School’s out!

June 17th, 2016

It’s official (at least according to the school calendar): Summer is here! The girls had a half-day of school, during which they “graduated” to the next grade, and – per tradition – I took them to do something fun afterwards. We spent some time at a nearby park and then headed to a local library, where I read a national park ranger was giving a presentation; there, the girls learned all about local wildlife, did some animal-related crafts, and then put on a little play. A great way to start our break…

-M

sisters hugging

girls at library

 

The contents of Zoe’s heart

June 15th, 2016

For a recent class project, Zoe drew a “map” of her heart. She shared it with me last night and I grabbed the camera to capture it; someday it will be fun to look back and remember what was important to a 9-year-old.

-M

First grade pool party

June 15th, 2016

Speaking of the end of the school year, the last major event in first grade happened on Sunday, when we went to Avery’s teacher’s house for a pool party. Mrs. E thinks of everything – there’s an ice cream truck, a pinata, an awards ceremony for each of the kids and (of course) swimming – and it’s something the kids (and their parents) will remember for years! We were lucky enough to do it twice

-M

girls and Mrs. E

Avery and Mila swimming

Avery, Mila and Liza

“Are you sure?”

June 14th, 2016

I’ve written here about – and you’ve seen photos of – all our end-of-school-year activities. Fun for the kids, and usually fun for the parents: yes. But with each activity comes a (sometimes long) to-do list, and that can lead to stress and exhaustion. For a long time I thought I was the only one feeling overwhelmed by this time of year – but then I came across this (hilarious) piece, where the mom-author asks:

Are you sure that I can’t fill out and/or sign another field trip form-fundraising form-class placement form-book order form-class party form-popsicle request-overdue library books notice-missing library books notice-school district feedback form-one month of half-filled-out reading logs?

Are you sure that I can’t chaperone one or all eleven of the field trips between now and the last day of school? Don’t worry, I no longer have time to hold down a job. By the way, remember all that time between January and April? What happened there?

Are you sure that there isn’t some sort of spring concert-adorable play-other emotionally manipulative school event to go to now or every night until the last day of school? You know, something where maybe one of the boys can wear a too-big tie or the tallest girl in class can shyly stoop down in the back row? Maybe it could be a third grade dance or a fifth grade graduation? That sort of thing.

And on and on it goes. So, yeh, I guess I’m not the only one.

-M