My crazy kindergarteners

May 21st, 2015

Another field trip for the kindergarteners (they’re really packing them in at the end of the year!), and I chaperoned again. This time we went to a science and wildlife center called CuriOdyssey, and the six kids in my group had as much running around and being silly as they did looking at the animals…


Going to Disneyland

May 20th, 2015

We took Zoe to Disneyland for her fifth birthday, and we always intended to take Avery there for hers. We’re a little late, but we’ve been planning – in secret – a trip for the end of this month for awhile now. Yesterday morning, exactly one month before Avery turns six and in honor of the Browdy-household holiday, Sisters Day, we told the girls – and their reaction (especially Zoe’s) was underwhelming. I had visions of them squealing and screaming in excitement (much like they reacted to our putting bunkbeds in their room), and I was disappointed that this didn’t happen. But later in the day Zoe’s teacher e-mailed me out of the blue and wrote, “Zoe is SOOOOO excited about this trip! She told me about Disneyland and the whole ‘sisters day.’ Fun, fun, fun!!!!” And that evening Avery also grabbed me and thanked me for planning the trip. I think they’re getting excited…


Fun Run

May 18th, 2015

The girl’s school held its annual Fun Run on Sunday; students and their parents were invited to run the one-mile course either once, twice or three times. I was super proud when Zoe, who loves running and whose PE coach has praised her for her strength in this area in the past, ran a total of three miles. And even Avery, though not pictured here, wound up doing a lap. She had earlier said she just wanted to be a cheerleader, but when her friend grabbed her hand and asked Avery to join her, they were off…


Snuggling and reading

May 17th, 2015

At one point yesterday the girls also took time to snuggle up together and read. (I’ll elaborate in another post, but Avery is doing really well with he reading. Here, Zoe was helping her by reading sentences and having her sister repeat them.) When I saw how intertwined the girls were (I mean that literally – check out their legs), I had to grab my camera.


Lazy Saturday

May 16th, 2015

Q is out of town for the day, and I gave the girls a few choices of what we might all do together. Their decision? To stay home and do crafts (we decorated a tote with duct tape) and play with Play-Doh. The next few weeks, with various end-of-year activities, are going to be so busy that I welcomed the down time!


Career Day

May 14th, 2015

As part of a unit on careers, parents were invited to come into Zoe’s class and talk about about what they do. It was my turn to present today, and Zoe looked very proud as I talked about my job and my love for writing – which dates back to when I was a kid. And she made me laugh later when we were chatting about the other presentations and she told me, “By far and away the best one was-” (and here, I puffed up my chest in pride) “Dana’s parents.” But then she reassured me, “But you were good, too!”


Pure joy

May 13th, 2015

As mentioned below, the girls loved this new playground we discovered. And I loved watching the looks on their faces – especially Avery’s – as they ran around. They were just so happy, and Avery, in fact, was so overwhelmed with joy that at one point she ran to me, threw her arms around me and said, “Thank you, Mommy, for taking us here. This is the best place I’ve ever been!”


Mother’s Day weekend

May 11th, 2015

When Zoe was little, we spent at least one Mother’s Day in Walnut Creek, a sunny suburb just across the Bay Bridge. We headed back there this weekend, and the highlight was our Saturday discovery of Heather Farm Park – which features a gorgeous botanical garden, a lovely pond, and a huge, recently renovated playground. We’ll be back for sure!


Happy Mother’s Day

May 10th, 2015

Someone is excited about the date on the calendar. Happy Mother’s Day to all those moms out there!


Sassy girls

May 9th, 2015

I asked the girls to pose for a photo the other day, and look what we wound up with.


Reminders of yesteryear

May 7th, 2015

Though they’re getting to be such big girls, Zoe and Avery still do things that remind me of their younger days. Zoe, for example, has been asking me for years to sing her the lullaby I made up when she was a baby (opening line: “Good night, Grandma and Grandpa/Good night, Safta and PopPop”) – and she sometimes even asks me to hold and bounce her while I sing it. (She’s all arms and legs in my lap now, but I try my best.)  And Avery recently started reminiscing about and asking for a book about belly buttons (“bee-bos”) that we used to read all the time. I had packed it away, along with her other board books, shortly before she started kindergarten, but I happily brought it up from the garage this week!


Another Giants fan

May 6th, 2015

A few weeks ago, Q took Zoe to a Giants game – and Sunday was Avery’s turn!


Another boy friend for Zoe

May 4th, 2015

Avery isn’t the only Browdy girl to have recently entertained a good boy friend: Not long ago, Zoe hosted a classmate to whom she’s become quite close. He’s Israeli and just learning English, but they have no trouble communicating!


Future husband?

May 2nd, 2015

Avery had a playdate with one of her good friends (who she recently started calling her boyfriend) today. I had to laugh when I heard him ask her (again), “Can I marry you?” Avery’s response: “Okay. You’ve already asked me twice already.”


“More than anything in the world”

May 1st, 2015

“You know what I love more than anything in the world – even you, Mommy?” Avery asked me on the way home from school yesterday. I was curious to hear her answer, which was… Mrs. Hawley (her teacher). As I told a mom-friend later, I didn’t mind hearing this at all. I just love that she loves school so much.