Thursday, May 21, 2015

fifteen years!

Our kids are so lucky.  Kev and I got married in 2000 so it will forever be easy for them to remember how long we have been married.  No mental math...."Jud is x years old, so they have been married for hmmmm....".

Last week, Kev and I had our 15th anniversary.  Kev was in NYC on the big day and his return was met with a long list of kid activities so there was no formal celebration.  But, that is ok.  Somehow, we don't feel short changed.  For this feeling alone, I feel very lucky.  

Even after 15 years with me, the man still does not swear.  Not one word.  Watch, tomorrow he'll be cursing up a storm but, honestly, I don't know how he does it.  Always good to have a little mystery in a relationship, I hear.

Yay to 15 years of you taking the kids on the scary rides!!  Thanks, Kev. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

spring break 2015

I had thought we would take a pass on a spring break holiday this year.  There was/is crazy stuff going on with Kev's work and we thought that it would be best to stay close to home and not spend a lot of money.  Well, as the school break in April approached, I realized that I wasn't going to be able to stay put.  I hadn't left Seattle since the first weekend in September and when I did it was to Vancouver and cold rain.  The sun and the open road was calling but where to?  

We did consider going back to Hawaii but the reality is that the kids don't really care about beautiful beaches (well, Mags does...sorry, honey).  Give them some heat and a pool and they are good. Spending big money on flights to get them some heat and a pool didn't seem smart.  I just wanted to be away and to feel the heat on my skin.  California.  Upside was we could see some friends while we were down there.

We didn't think we were up for a huge car trip this time around so we were headed to San Fran (a mere 12 hours).  However, a few days before leaving, we realized that the heat wave they were having in San Fran was quickly coming to an end and we were headed to rain.  Arg.  Cancelled hotels lickety-split and rebooked further south.  Disney (what's an 18 hour drive when there are princesses at the end?).  The kids were very excited.  We drove.  It was great (gas is cheap - woohoo!!).

Our Marriott Residence Inn in Anaheim was a good call.  Amazing buffet breakfast to get our days started off right.  We bought shuttle passes to Disney but many mornings we chose to walk (I loved this start to our days...just the seven of us, the sun rising, a day of fun ahead, exercise...).

Some people are not keen on Disney but, for a family like ours, it really seems to work.  There is something for everyone.  We travel as a pack, Kev and I get to be with all of the kids, we carry them, push them, hold hands with them, talk and laugh, plan out our next moves....and then there are the fun rides and treats along the way.  

We ate out a lot but still a waaaayyy cheaper trip than Hawaii (and I got out of the kitchen for a bit - more woohoo!!).

A little more Disney (G wasn't too interested in meeting characters)...

After a couple of Disney days, we saw that the rain was coming so we picked up stakes and headed on to Palm Springs.  I got my heat.

After two very hot sunny pool days, the kids had had enough (not sure whose kids these are sometimes??).   We rented bikes and toured Palm Springs.  Some parts of the ride were great, some not so much.  We have done Palm Springs but, unless I am recovering from something, I don't think we need to go back (but thanks for the heat Palm Springs...not to be ungracious).

Bridget and Franny were real troopers on our long ride (B is still not that confident on a bike and Franny was in the carrier for the 2 hours we were out...she was amazing).  Actually, all of the kids were troopers as no one was all that keen to indulge Mommy with this bike ride.

On our way home, we did one last day at Disney and then got to see the Reids in San Fran.  Loved getting to see these guys and get in a good visit before we pushed on home.  I love that these girls can pick up like no time has passed. 

A good trip but need to check out new places, new sites....Come on world, let me atcha!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

poetry month

I am not sure when April became poetry month but, since moving here, we have learned that this is so.  Bridget, like Gabe and Eve before her, is really into poetry these days and has been working on a little poetry assignment in her grade 2 class.  Yesterday, she had to pick out a poem and then draw a corresponding picture.  She was researching options while I was getting breakfast ready and packing lunches.  She took a liking to this little poem by Dr. Seuss (can you even call it a poem?).  Anyhow, we printed it off and she drew a picture of herself to go with it (because there is no B who is B'er than she :).

What was super neat (yes, I just wrote super neat and I like how that sounds), was that later that night, Kev wrote us all an email with this attachment...

The weirdest coincidence...Kev had no idea about Bridget's assignment since he was up in Vancouver.  Anyhow, I thought that was really neat (or super neat!).  

When does "Youer than you" need to be a little less obvious?  When should you start towing the line a bit?  Does claiming the play structure for your own princess castle and forbidding other innocent children from climbing on it push the boundaries?  God knows I want her to be herself but maybe we have to work a bit on softening that self around the edges.

We recently attended one of Eve's lacrosse games and, during warm up, Franny, Lauren (Eve's best bud) and I hit the nearby park.  Franny struck up a quick friendship with a little boy who became "superhero" and she became "princess".  She had lots of fun but wore herself out trying to defend her castle (while ignoring my instructions to let other kids play...exhausting).

Evie is loving lacrosse (as is B who just started last week).  There is a parent who has taken some great photos and I found couple of these on my phone....

Short post but trying to be true to myself and myself is tired.  G'night. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

the winter that never happened...

Some stuff we have been up to instead of skiing at our local hill this past winter (because there was no snow!)....

Eve got to cheer during the half time of a Harlem Globetrotters game.  She has decided that cheering is not for her (though she looked adorable with the huge bow they gave her).

Playing, dancing and dressing up with friends and sisters...

(Franny wants to wear this old costume of Eve's everyday)

Lots of walks, using training wheels, playing at parks, jumping on the trampoline...

(This is how I watch Gabe's baseball tryout..."hey girls, let's go watch Gabe...NO!")

Eve started playing lacrosse (Mags decided to not play this year).  Her first jamboree (lacrosse tournament) was over a weekend when Kev was at Whistler with G and Mags.  It rained the entire day.  Eve had a blast.  The little girls were wonderful and kept themselves busy in the rental car while it poured outside.  I ran back and forth between lacrosse field and parking lot.  A long day with two ferry rides involved.  Oy!

Gabe had a tough basketball season.  He worked so hard but they didn't place the way he had hoped. We are so proud of how hard he works...not lazy out on the court.  His baseball season has just started and they have won the first two games (crossing our fingers...).  This is how I got to see most of his games...Franny preferred to hang out on the balcony where there is fitness equipment....

(That dress has been worn to too many venues.  Definitely have gotten our money's worth out of it.)

Obsessed as I am with the kids' reading, I have bribed them with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge if they each read a certain number of books before their April break.  Mags opted out as she has no interest in going back to GWL.  I am ok with that since she fires through books.  The others are making their way and having a good time of it.  I am just waiting for those words "Gee, Mom, I love reading!!"...I know it's coming...

Mags played indoor soccer and is now back to outdoor soccer... 

Franny keeping busy while Mags plays indoor soccer...

It got a little weird...

Kev, Mags and G hit the road in the search for some snow.  They headed up to Whistler and had a great time.  They found some snow and some sun.  

Franny is still loving her little preschool.  Here is her first ever school photo.  I think it turned out great....and check out the class photo....

Well, there has been lots of other stuff but we just don't seem to take pics the way we used to.  One thing I would like to post are some of the photos Maggie has from the bat/bar mitzvahs she's been going to this year.  It is a whole new scene for those of us raised Catholic.  She has been having a great time dressing up for all of these parties.  

We have missed being able to ski but I have to admit that I enjoy this mild weather.  I am known as a wimpy Canadian around these parts.  I'm ok with that...