Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Birthday Slumber Party

We planned the slumber party ages ago, but around noon before the 5PM arrival, G decided that it ought to have a Harry Potter theme.  Oh gosh... and I thought I was going to spend the afternoon vacuuming and dusting!  But her energy and great ideas are hard to resist and we pulled off some great ideas:

A cute owl veggie plate
"Butter beer" ice cream sandwiches.  This was a bit of caramel, ice cream, and chess piece shortbread.  We also made butter beer, always a favorite.

Pretzels with cheese and tiny scallion strips that made them look like brooms
The best part?  A happy birthday girl surrounded for over 24 hours by sister and cousin play time.  Hurrah!

This was special because the girls pooled the gift cards they had been saving from choir (they get them as incentives/awards) to splurge on ice cream for their cousins and themselves.  Happy choice!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Just found out that we are a Poke-Stop; my nephew brought it up on his game and, yep, that's our house.  Very weird and not a little bit invasive...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Watermelon growth

Love our little watermelon, now about two-thirds the size of a tennis ball.  I've never gotten one to grow before, so this feels to exotic and exciting...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ice Cream in the City

We had a busy morning, then a fun afternoon playing in the City with friends.  Dinner at a vegan restaurant wasn't to the kids' tastes, but I thought it was wonderful to try new flavors.  Then we walked by this cool ice cream truck and had to stop:

1950s truck, with background music to match

The back was converted into an ice cream shop; fun and yum!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School

K is taking her first online class, though a gifted online forum that reaches students worldwide. The other students seem to all be from the US, though, probably because the class is on trials in the US legal system.  She's excited about the topic, which is great. The class is targeted for kids up to12th grade, so I have some trepidation about the workload, but we'll see how it goes.

More classes start next week and in the first weeks of September....

Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dear G!

This kid! Celebrating her is a given, easy to do every day. She's so many things: bright and adventurous and sweet and cuddly and athletic and tough. She's a natural leader - I saw it when she was just a toddler, micromanaging me until I would comply with her requests and I see it now on her sports teams, as she cheers for her teammates, even while participating herself. She's a person with great ideas, a self-starter who at the ripe age of nine has multiple active businesses. She's loyal and kind, determined and an independent thinker, not loathe to challenge anyone whom she disagrees with. She's delightfully, insanely stubborn AND persistent, depending on the context. She's got a deep well of compassion, often pushing beyond her own preferences to reach out to those who are struggling, strong even in the face of others' nasty grumpiness.

I thank God for her every day and am so blessed to get to be her mom. Happy Birthday, my lovely and wonderful girl!