Monday, November 16, 2015

E's 8th Birthday Party

E turned eight at the beginning of the month.  We had a friend party for him at the Discovery Space Center which lets you go on a simulated space mission: piloting and navigating your space ship, encountering aliens, communicating with mission control, etc...  It's basically like being on the bridge on Star Trek.  The kids really loved it.

Our house is on the smaller side and I wasn't thrilled about having a pack of 8-year-old boys bouncing around it so the cost seemed very reasonable, especially since I used a $50-off coupon I received on their mailing list.

E's dairy/egg/nut-free cake from City Cakes

The following day we went up to N's parents' house and had dinner and another cake and opened presents from family.  We really like birthdays around here :)

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Halloween 2015: The Agony and the Ecstasy

After a crazy Friday (getting the kids ready for each of their class parties, going to E's school to run the snack station and having half of the other moms helping with the party not show up until the party was halfway through (!), watching E's school costume parade then rushing home to pick up Mimi so my friend who was watching her after preschool could attend HER kids' costume parade, and then taking taking the kids around N's office Halloween party) I was beat.  It didn't really seem right that there was STILL MORE HALLOWEEN stuff to do on Saturday.

But we got the kids in their costumes again (E was General Grievous from Star Wars and Mimi was Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony) and trick-or-treated with some of our neighborhood friends. 

Mimi was thrilled that she and her friend from down the street were twins.
E with neighbor friends. 

E as General Grievous
Mimi as a sassy Rainbow Dash

I hope you had a happy Halloween.  Ours was fun but I'm glad its over.  Good thing there's nothing going on for the next few months, right?  ;)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cayonlands National Park

Here in Utah we get an extra long weekend off of school in October so teachers can attend training. It's called UEA or fall break. Half of Utah takes the opportunity to go to Disneyland and the other half heads down to southern Utah which is what we did.

We rented a cabin in Moab and spent a few days exploring Canyonlands National Park.  The scenery was amazing and it wasn't too crowded.  At times it felt like we had the place to ourselves. 

Hiking to the top of Whale Rock
E using his binoculars at Mesa Arch.  They came with a Junior Ranger backpack we checked out from the visitor center (for free!)
Taking a break on the Aztec Butte hike.
The kids in front of an ancient Aztec grain pantry
E was enamored by the texture of this shrub and requested a photo :)
E climbing around and making me nervous.

It was a great trip.  I think Canyonlands might be underrated as a national park.  We only visited the Island In The Sky district (there are 4 different ones) but it was gorgeous.  I'd say it's on par with the Grand Canyon.  Check it out if you get the chance.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

This Girl

I love having Mimi around.  Part of me wishes I could freeze her at this age.  4-year-olds are such  riots.  I'm trying to soak in all the funny things she says. 

On Monday morning, Mimi came out of her room crying and said she had had a bad dream (this has been happening often lately).  I asked her what happened in her dream and she wailed that "Daddy got too old!" And then she sniffed and added, "And he had a mustache!" 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blackberries at Meemaw's House

I loved growing up in western Washington.  My parents still live there and since we don't get to see them very often I tried to take the kids up every summer to visit. This year my siblings also came so we had a family reunion which was really great.

My parents live on a couple of acres which they've planted with fruit trees, berries, grapes, and a big  garden. The first morning after we got there the kids ran outside in their pjs to pick some blackberries for breakfast. 

When they're older I hope they remember small moments like these.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day of School

kids holding signs on the first day of school

E and Mimi started school last week. E came home happy from the first day of second grade and excitedly told us how his teacher, Mr. Mac, told the kids that they don't have to raise their hand to go get a drink of water OR to go to the bathroom.  The heady privileges of being a second-grader!  :)

Sweet Mimi is attending the same wonderful preschool that she went to last year but now she is going 3 days a week instead of 2.  This year we are carpooling with her best friend Eva and listening to their conversations in the car is turning out to be a real highlight for me.  So adorable!

(Last year's pictures here.)

I'm looking forward to nailing down my schedule and getting into a routine.  We came home from spending a few weeks up in WA with family right before school started so I feel a little bit discombobulated (and behind on laundry, as ever).  But I took a lot of photos while we were out of town and will try to post them soon! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Girl on Fire

Mimi was enthralled with sparklers and had a wonderful time this year on the fourth of July.

We all had a great time shooting off fireworks with friends and neighbors, except for a brief heart-pounding incident.  I lit a firework that was supposed to shoot several flaming balls into the air one after another but on the first shot the firework knocked itself on its side and then swung around shooting the balls out sideways.  One of them shot into our neighbor's open garage and started a small fire, melting a model helicopter that was on a workbench!  We put out the fire and no one got hurt but I felt badly about it.  I'm not sure what happened; I had set the firework on a flat spot.  Overall it was a fun and exciting evening.


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