Saturday, August 31, 2013


A few days ago it dawned on me that Labour Day Weekend was upon us... the end of summer already?!?  Where the hell did summer go?  So, I decided to send out a last minute invite for a BBQ at our place.  We had about 30 people show up... not too shabby for a last minute shindig.

 Molly showing off her new tights:
 The kids LOVED the hot tub!

 Painting station:
 Manning the grill... you'd think Chai was begging, but I'm pretty sure she was itching to chase iPhone reflections or laser pointer.

 Julia, kicking back...
 Mo giving his little ladies a ride...

Friday, August 30, 2013

End of week two

On Monday morning Molly did not want me to leave and actually followed me back out of the classroom.  She wanted to know when I was going to start working in the classroom and what was taking so long.  It only lasted a few minutes and once she sat down for her first class meeting (aka circle time) she started chatting up a friend and I slipped out.  Teacher Katie told me she went up to Molly after their meeting was over and she was completely over any nervousness she might have had about me leaving. There was another morning she wanted me to stay because she thought I was snack parent again, but otherwise she's been loving her school.  It's so nice to be part of a school where I can be in the classroom, but also be a part of community with so many other involved families.

Mermaid costume

Someone loves her new mermaid costume... I'm just hoping it stays relatively nice until Halloween.

Play Dough

Second batch of home made play dough and I think I'm getting the hang of it.

PLAY DOUGH -- Cooked

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
pigment (if desired)

Mix ingredients. Cook and stir until mixture comes away from the side of the pan and forms a stiff ball. Cool slightly and knead a few minutes. Store in a plastic bag or covered container.

Discovery 2 Grand Opening Ceremony

They held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Molly's school today.  So much work has been done to get the doors open by the first day of school it was nice to take a moment and reflect on all that has happened.  I can honestly say I am happy we waited a year to start Kindergarten as we were able to get into this school and be part of its first year.

 Cutting the ribbon:
 The Founder's Circle:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Music in the Park

Molly and I did a lap around the park and spied this massive chair (6 cup holders!).  She insisted we come back and take a picture.

Outfit of the day

Note the new kitten shoes...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Such a good daughter...

This morning Molly woke up and came into our room while I was in the shower.  She crawled into bed with daddy for a bit.  However, when she heard the water turn off she said to N, "Oh I gotta go get dressed because someone who is awake AND dressed is going to make mommy really proud."

That's my girl!

Birthday wish list

We stopped by the Disney Store and Molly insisted on taking pictures of some of the things she might like to get for her birthday.  Subtle.

Monday, August 26, 2013


I arrived a few minutes early to pick Molly up and spied the tail end of their "P.E." session outside.

It's Kindergarten... they were essentially playing chase.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Maya!

We went to Blackberry Farm today to celebrate Maya's birthday.  N didn't attend the past two years (recovering from hip surgery and fishing with his dad) so it was his turn to get into the pool with Molly.  Good thing she insisted on this course of events too.  They had a blast!

 Going for a ride on daddy, underwater...

Off to enjoy more underwater adventures...

Molly had to swim across the deep end without help to get the wrist band for the water slide. She stops a few times, but couldn't touch the bottom without her head being underwater. So it looks like she's standing, but she is actually treading water.

Very proud of herself for earning the wristband to go on the water slide... she's been working on this all summer.


Happy 11th Anniversary

On Friday night we went out to The Wine Cellar for dinner and then saw the movie Elysium.

The traditional gift for the 11th wedding anniversary was steel.  I got N some stainless steel chopsticks:

And a stainless steel insulated carafe for his coffee:

I told N I would just love a card by Sunday (our actual anniversary).  When he ran out to the store he also picked me up a little something... wrapped here in aluminum foil:

 Look, it's steel and a steal:

Past anniversary gifts:

1st - Traditional Paper, Gift certificate to Watercourse Way
2nd - Traditional Cotton (robe) and Modern China (coffee mug)
3rd - Traditional Leather (Magazine rack) and Modern Glass (wine glasses)
4th - Traditional Fruit and Modern Appliances (camping ice cream maker to go with fruit)
5th - Traditional Wood (new bedroom set was agreed to, took me five and a half years to actually get)
6th - Traditional Iron (cast iron kitchen utensil holder) and Modern Sugar (filled holder with N's favorite candy)
7th - Traditional Copper and Modern Desk Sets ??? (yeah, we went out to dinner)
8th - Traditional Bronze (new leather wallet with bronze accent button, yes a stretch)
9th - Traditional Pottery and Modern Leather (another WTF year so we just went out for a nice dinner)
10th - Does it matter?  We went to Kauai!