Trail adventurer

On Saturday, B and the boys headed out for a trail walk, but A ended up getting sick and they had to turn around. J was BEYOND disappointed, so B took him out for a special trail walk the next day. I couldn’t get over the outfit he picked out…the binoculars took the cake. Trail Adventures Trail Adventures Trail Adventures Trail Adventures Trail Adventures Trail AdventuresThey were gone for almost two hours and apparently J didn’t want to leave even then! This boy loves the outdoors!

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Kindergarten: Mission Accomplished

Kindergarten for AHow is it that A’s first year of elementary school is completed? It seems like only a few minutes ago it was August and he was headed off to his first day of Kindergarten! Now we have a kiddo ready for 1st grade. I looked at B at some point this weekend and said “How is it that we have a six year old and a three year old?” You really do have moments that you think, how did we get to this point so fast?

A had a stellar year and much of it was due to his terrific Kindergarten teacher. I laughed when he wrote in his little memory book from school that the best classroom skill he had learned this year was “not talking when the teacher is talking”. Hilarious! And true! He began the year being able to read just a bit and ended the year reading way beyond his grade level. He is now moving into the realm of reading true chapter books, and we officially cannot spell out anything to each other because he knows what we have spelt. HA! No more asking “Are we doing I-C-E C-R-E-A-M for D-E-S-S-E-R-T?” without A knowing what we’ve said!

He still loves art, music, but I think his favorite extracurricular activity at school had to be P.E. As someone who never cared much for P.E. growing up, it’s funny to hear him talk about playing all the typical P.E. games and how much fun they are. He also seems to take after B quite a bit with his ability to catch on to math skills quickly. There were a few times this year that I was unsure of exactly what his math skill sheets were asking, but he gets it!

He’s a funny, charming, independent kid. Working as a room mom this year I was able to see him many times in his element, and was always a proud Mama when I spotted him doing what he was supposed to and helping others. And it also made me laugh to see him being silly with his friends and that many of the things he talks about at home are the things he and his friends are discussing at school (like Minecraft! HA!).

We are infinitely proud of you, A! We cannot wait to see everything you accomplish as you enter the first grade this fall!

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Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesWide open spaces.

Make-up done in 3, 2, 1.

A unique birthday party that would put my hieroglyphic stamps to good use. Oh you don’t have hieroglyphic stamps? That’s a shame.

How is a calculator considered extinct? I mean, seriously? Even if it’s on your phone it’s still a calculator.

Probably better than our method of throwing corks in a mason jar.

Tiny chocolate cakes because when a cake is tiny there are less calories.

Exploring the vast greatness that is Yosemite National Park.

Side-swept bangs are my fave. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have them.

Jamie Foxx’s spot on musical impressions made my day.

Right now we have a summer fun board, but in the fall it’s going to be a menu board.

Clever spring sets.

And finally, I’ll take fifteen minutes of peace over fame any day. Although don’t quote me on that. I haven’t had fame, so it may be some sort of awesomeness. As long as it’s not the “I was on The Bachelorette that season that they made me stand next to another girl and then sent me home” fame. Cause that’d be awkward.

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J’s first year of pre-K

First Year of Pre-KI cannot believe J has completed his first year of pre-K! He has grown so much over the past year (both literally and figuratively, ha!). I noticed in this picture that his hair is a more golden blonde now, when did that happen?? Maybe it’s just the lighting.

J loves playing play-doh at school, going to music, and playing on the playground with his friends. He loves painting and creating crafts, although he prefers to do his own creations versus being given a guide. I think he especially enjoyed show and share, because picking out an item was a highlight of him getting ready for school on his school days.

Next year he is going to be in the big leagues, going to school each morning! I can’t believe we are ready for that next step, but I know that he is ready. I can’t wait to see all of the things he learns!

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Fresh gardening Fresh gardeningAfter six and a half years of living in our house, four of the plants in our front garden bed had suffered from the poor soil of the original garden bed and at least three very harsh winters. After looking at a garden bed full of dead leaves and sparsely leafed plants for a year, I had enough. I dug up two of the four plants (B helped me dig up the other two, as I discussed in a previous post), and we filled them in with a common boxwood, two Japanese boxwoods, and my Mother’s Day gift from the boys: a Japanese maple. It was a lot of work, and I still detest the weird fluffs in the front, but it is definitely improved. Seven bags of mulch later and it looked fresh, new, and most importantly, alive! HA!

*On a side note, I know that right now everything looks small, but the Japanese boxwoods grow to between 3-6 feet in diameter and the maple will eventually be upwards of five plus feet tall. I have a really hard time buying plants and not thinking beyond their purchase size, but B has helped me to get better at that!

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Bike washing Bike Washing Bike WashingJ takes washing his bike very seriously.

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Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesWhen they pick out the same shirt so they can match and then they hug each other instead of trying to wrestle.

The perfect pink lipstick for summer.

Lemon lavender hand pies…I can add this to my list of “desserts B can eat and would also meet the qualifications of desserts our game night friends would enjoy”.

A great piece on the pros of traveling with your kids.

Summer shopping look…the gold cuffs were my favorite.

All the lovely and colorful parts of San Francisco.

My summer shoe…and at the price you could pick two!

One of my favorite party idea blogs now has it’s own shop! My current favorite is the honeycomb ice cream cones….I kind of want to do an ice cream sundae party for J just around those!

Chicken & Potatoes, Fish & Potatoes. Two different meals, connected not only by their use of potatoes, but also that they are delicious and simple.

Cecily Brown’s abstract garden paintings are bright, colorful, and inspiring of more art in the afternoon projects.

Capturing catchlights.

And finally, kitchen skills to master as a home chef.

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A typical day…

Where J colored in the morning:

Coloring Where J watered the lemon tree:

Lemon tree Where we got the car washed:

Car WashWhere J found new Star Wars books at the library:

Library BooksWhere A waited for swim lessons to start, looking like a teenager:

Waiting for swim lessonsWhere J played the iPad poolside:

Ipad PlayingWhere A started learning to swim laps:

Swimming Laps

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Beachy Things

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Four years later…

Four years ago our tree in our front yard was hit by lightening or high winds and essentially split in half and fell…

original treeWe were going to dig it up, but A cried and cried and said “I love the stump tree” and so we left it…stump tree stump tree 2Four years later it’s taller than half the trees in our court.

Stump treeI suppose we can’t call it a stump tree any longer!

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