Friday, June 20, 2014

school's out for summer...

but class is still in session...


(Franny doesn't understand that the kids are now home for 2 months but she will sure be happy about it.  I love watching her try to keep up....)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

nine is fine

You turned 9 last week, G-Man.  You were a quite excited for your birthday and I don't think you were disappointed....


Nothing like a gift card for the local Game Stop store to make you happy.  I know that we don't have nearly as many video games as your friends but just look at how happy you are when you finally do get to choose a new game...


Around here, the birthday child gets to pretty well eat and do what they want throughout their special day (although skipping school is not an option).  I think you ate 4 bowls of Lucky Charms for breakfast (something we never buy but knew you'd love).


Your sisters were excited for you on your day and showed you their love in different ways.  Birthdays are just fun even when it's not your own.




You continue to be a handsome dude like your dad and are the second tallest in your class even though you are the second youngest (but still not taller than Eve :).



You have had a good year in Mrs. Sandstrom's class.  There were a few rocky moments in the Fall but you are learning and growing and sure got your act together.


You like biking to school, playing baseball, basketball, reading graphic novels, watching YouTube videos about your favorite games and, of course, playing these video games. You are quite content on your own at home but you do crave time with your pals (who you meet online to play these games...different times).....



We love you, Gaber!  Hope it's a great year!! xo



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

keep on moving...don't stop...

A quick look at recent events out here....

Eve had team photos taken for her volleyball team.  For some reason, all the parents pulled out their phones to take a photo of the photographer taking the photo.  I found this so weird.  Didn't we all just give him a check so we could get this very photo done professionally?  Anyhow, I felt like a bad parent so I whipped out my phone and clicked along.  Bizarre.  


Eve couldn't stay for the entire game that followed the photo shoot because we had to get to Bridget's dance recital.  B was so excited/nervous but she really did well.  Mags, Eve and I cheered her on while Kev held down the fort at home with G and Franny.  Hopefully, someday soon, we will be able to include the rest of the gang in these outings.  Not sure who will be able to sit through this sort of thing soonest - Gabe or Franny (or Kev :).



After the recital, the girls and I headed to Maggie's basketball tournament.  Eve and B are not huge basketball fans but they did well through the two games (with a little help from the concession stand...good bye cash on hand).

We got home to dinner ready by Kev. However, before we sat down, I ran Maggie to join her friends in the sun at a local swim club.  How she had the energy is beyond me but the social life of a tween seems to be tireless.

G and Franny had had a good day with their dad...biking, playing in the pool and getting frozen yogurt.  


The following day, Eve and I took Mags to her final lacrosse jamboree.  We hung out in the sun but didn't take any photos.  Pretty peaceful day.  Lacrosse and track are over...things are winding down on that front.

After the jamboree, Kev and I wanted to get some time together so we took the kids to the beach for an hour before I had to race off again with the girls so see Eve's recital.  She was awesome dancing to Walk Like An Egyptian.



Dance is done for another year as well.   We really liked this new dance school and the girls plan on continuing to dance recreationally next year (not competitively...big family decision this past weekend...).

Great year but trying to simplify for next year.  This can be tough when your kids are so good at so many things but we are hoping to teach them balance, to look at the big picture, to keep perspective and to think about their true goals....I think Franny agrees with our approach and is fortunately still content to help me water flowers...


Go away, paparazzi!!!  Enough already!!


Two weeks of school left - woo hoo!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

a diamond in the rough...


We have a room in our cozy but dated house that was designed to be a living room/dining room.  It has a large picture window that extends across the front of the house.  On this window is a very dated curtain from the late 60s that still works just fine and pulls back really well to light up that front room.  Good thing too as there is a lot of playing that goes on in that living room/dining room at the front of our house.

It is a very common scene these days to see that room strewn with school-type items, with a plastic kitchen and its plastic food and, very often, with most of my heels that have not seen my feet in years.  So many different make-believe worlds (sometimes, including musicals and dance numbers) have come alive in this L-shaped room and I think it is awesome.  It is in this room that big sisters have joined with little sisters to dream, create and play (with some good friends as well).  It might not be the fittest room but it sure is getting the biggest work out.  



Friday, May 23, 2014

one lucky little girl...


Franny is one lucky little girl.  She has big sisters who let her join them in everything they do.  AND, she is not always cooperative.  It can be tough being two when you think you are 10.

She is working on her pedi skills...




Sunday, May 18, 2014

14 years ago...


This past week, Kev and I celebrated 14 years of marriage.  Fourteen years ago, did I think we'd be living in Seattle with 5 kids?...not a chance.  At the time, I don't think I could have picked Seattle out on the map (to be totally honest) and 4 was my number...not 5 (something we discussed on a drive to the cottage only after 2 weeks of dating).  We knew early on that we were meant for each other and, despite the ups and downs of everyday life, we still know it was the right decision...the best decision we could have ever made. 




Friday, May 9, 2014

where we are at these days....

Can it be May already?  It is hard to believe that another school year is soon to be over and we will be on the plane back east again for some cottage time and good catch ups with family and friends.  I think the time will continue to fly here as the weather gets nicer and the days get longer.  I love these long, bright days - who wouldn't?

What have we been up to??  Well....

Gabe has started playing baseball again.  This is his second season and he is having fun as he continues to improve which is fun and exciting to watch.  He hits that ball hard and runs the bases multiple times each game.  This year he even has an extra batting practice...the big leagues, I tell ya.

Here he is as catcher....


Here he is with his buddy, Bo....


And, of course, at bat....





Not to be outdone by Gabe, Evie has been busy with a team of her own.  She has taken up volleyball and is really enjoying her weekly practice and game.  I have to admit that I was nervous to see the first game but they did really well and continue to improve.  



Eve is still doing her jazz class and will soon be in a recital.  Bridget is in a combined jazz/ballet class and will be in a different recital than Eve.  Their current dance school is so organized...such a treat...

Here is B doing her thang...


Our other little dancer has one more class before calling it quits for the year.  I tried to get some video but it was a challenge....


And then, our Mags...she continues to juggle 3 sports and loving every minute of it.  She had her first middle school track meet yesterday after school.  She stood in the cold rain for 3 hours but thought it was awesome.  Wait till she gets to do that in the sun!  Franny and I went up to the school to watch her run her 100 m dash and her 4x100 but there was no firm schedule and Maggie sent us home. I had planned on getting some pics but no such luck.  She texted 3 hours later with news that she had placed 2nd and 3rd and would we please come get her....ummm, ok.  She is off this weekend for an away basketball tournament...in charge of a whack of money to feed herself through the weekend....she is growing up and there is nothing we seem to be able to do about it.

The growing up part does make it a bit easier for me to get away now and then and that is just what I did last weekend.  Linda, Kris and I met up in Sonoma...just a quick 2 hour trip south for me.  We had the most fabulous weekend of wine tasting, eating, visiting, sunning, biking and laughing. I have been thinking back to it all week with happy memories.

This is the first winery our driver took us to for a little morning bubbly....aaahhh....I'm going back for sure!




Very lucky Kev can hold down the fort so I can get away.  I definitely came back feeling rejuvenated.  But that's all I've got now.  Fransters will soon wake and I think she will be in need of a pedicure as you can see....(feet photos continue to appear on my phone...need to document those "Flops" as she refers to her sandals:)...


Happy Mother's Day weekend! xo