Saturday, August 27, 2016


Thank you St. Raymonds and Coach Shelly for a fun "Volleypalooza" day.  G had never played volleyball before her first practice this week and in one day now has seven games under her belt (or should I say under her knee pads?  :-)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Grab Your Guns!

A friend took these... she brought the girls to a "Nerf Battle" with a bunch of other kids.  The sunglasses add a glamorous element, but they are for eye protection.  The afternoon was apparently a LOT of fun and both were bursting to tell me about it when I got home from work.

They were also both highly amused by the organizational rules.  The pointy things that look like guns?  Definitely not guns... they were told to call them "launchers."  And the pointy things that come out of them?  Definitely not bullets - these are "darts."  And you don't "shoot" people, you "hit" or "tag" them.  It only looks like shooting.  I don't know the reason for the rules, but the girls found them pretty silly and amusing.  For myself, I had to run to a store to get them equipped for battle as we previously had neither "guns" nor "launchers" in the house and was surprised to hear myself composing sentences that I never thought would come out of my mouth, like "girls, it's time to go.  Grab your guns!"

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 so 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!