Saturday, December 10, 2011
Lucy danced her little heart out in her recital. She smiled. She knew all the steps. She bowed and blew a kiss. She's grown up so much since last year's performance. Last year she frowned and didn't do any steps. Yay, Lucy! You're a super Santa star.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Double digits. Elliot had a great birthday! We began the celebration in California over the weekend. We had a joint party with his cousin Sam, who turns 6 on Thursday. We ate ice cream and opened presents. The missionaries sent a Phillies jersey all the way from NYC. He hasn't taken it off since.
We continued the festivities tonight with dinner at the Pizza Factory with Grandma and Patch. Elliot ate half the pizza. Is that a sign of things to come? He scored with gift cards, cash and Chargers bedding.
Elliot is by far my favorite first born. He couldn't be sweeter or smarter. We love you!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Elliot is no longer a "little" kid. He had me carve WX into his pumpkin instead of a spooky face. He went trick or treating with friends. I dropped him off at 5:30 and was told he'd be home at ten. He dismissed his monster bag as lame. Opting for the much cooler pillow case.
This year we had a baseball player, a zombie rockstar and an angel. We headed out to trick or treat with Joshy after a yummy spaghetti dinner. Along the way we picked up the Nelsons, Sonntags and Hogans. The kids ran from house to house for two solid hours. Their bags got so heavy I carried them while they went to the door.
They made out like bandits in the candy department. The Great Pumpkin trade-in is going to be epic.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Lucy headed off to our last first day of preschool. She was very excited and a little bit nervous. She has two new teachers because Ms. Mary had a baby. She walked nonchalantly down the sidewalk, because, "Mom, it's not a big deal." She no longer brings an object to share that starts with the letter of the day. Second years bring a WORD that behind with the letter of the day. Fancy. After much deliberation she settled on apple. In case you can't tell, she's pretty much a kindergartner. Just ask her.
Preschool is also 3 whole hours! What's a person to do with no one to take care of for so long. I'm sure I'll find a way to fill my time!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I chipped in by taking Lucy to the bathroom so the Dodgers could score in the 8th and get the final out in the 9th. Seriously.
Even though they're bankrupt, we were treated to an awesome fireworks show after the game. Go Dodgers.
Patrick was on his a-game regarding fast passes. His scientific system is sweet! The kids thought it was weird if they had to stand in line for more than ten minutes.
We ate yummy food. We laughed. We walked and walked and walked. At the end of each night the kids passed out only to wake early and do it all again.
Aufedersein Disneyland. We miss you already.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
All-stars is Charlie's first experience playing real baseball. No more pitching machines or holding the ball up to stop the runners. He did great. He hit a single on his first at bat. He played second base, catcher and pitcher. In the second game he hit a triple!
Both boys lost both games. But they're so stoked to be playing all-stars they shook it off pretty quick. Or they were too tired to make a fuss. My money's on the latter.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I am sorry to have maligned you all these years. I thought you were boring. I thought you were gross with all the spitting and adjusting. How was I to know the middle one would take to you so?
Are you happy to hear you've won me over? Charlie hit 2 doubles and a single last night. I cheered. He helped with every out in the first inning. I smiled. I heard the run down of games last night on sports center and knew what they were jabbering on about. I'm excited for 3 solid hours of baseball at the park tonight.
So goodbye soccer. I'll miss you. Just not as bad as I thought.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
First off, sorry for the sideways video. Not so technically savvy am I.
Justin and Elliot, mostly the former, spent the weekend working on a sweet derby car. They consulted an expert, our home teacher Brother Swinton. He offered some sage advice and they were off. Sort of. Once the sawing became tedious and was yielding no results, Justin was ready to be done with the whole experience. So they headed around the block to the seek Bradd's wisdom and proper tools. It's amazing what the right tools will do for morale. They were off again. After much sawing, sanding, 2 paint jobs and lots of duct tape #3 was ready to race.
We were convinced it was going to be a long night and prepared Elliot for the worst. He heard lots of, "It's about the experience of building something with your dad." Or "It's just fun to participate." After all, this car was literally duct taped together. Justin split it several times trying to install the wheels and weights.
As I running to the church from the park, where Charlie had just hit a triple, I got my first text from Bradd that Elliot had won his heat. What the?! After I arrived, he won his second and third. This continued until he won the whole thing. Seriously. Hysterical. That car was almost thrown away several times because it's builder was so over it.
#3 also won the "sportiest looking" award. Which, lets face it, might mean more to the both of them than anything else. We have to give a big shout out to Bradd who put graphite in the wheels before the race. Pretty sure that was the game winning move. I don't even know what graphite is.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Happy birthday to her bff, Princess Ruby.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Lucy is officially a biker. She has been begging for months to have the training wheels taken off her bike. Yesterday, we finally obeyed. It only took a couple of times with me holding on and running beside her before she figured it out. She practiced last night at the park during Charlie's baseball game. There were a couple of close calls with some pedestrians. She learned that leaning away from the pedestrian doesn't work as well as steering away from the pedestrian. She also learned that learning to ride a bike means you will fall down. However, it also means you're old enough to be tough. Messages received. Today she looked like an old pro.
To celebrate her new found independence she picked out a pink helmet and bike bell at Target. Go Lucy, go!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
My mom rushed out of the art show right after my performance to go the gym. Sheesh! But today at school she took a picture of me with my drawing. It's a goose with her gosling. Nana, I thought you'd appreciate it since you're a birder.
I love you.
We had our annual art show at school last week. We both performed with our classes. Elliot even danced during a song about bills becoming laws. Weird.
In the picture is one of my creations. It's the space shuttle.
The finished product was spectacular! Can't wait to see "Papa Flies to the Opera" in a couple of weeks. I love, love, love the kids' school!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
According to these two you need Nike cleats with removable swoosh colors, a baseball bag, batting gloves, batting helmet, a hat and a titanium necklace. The necklaces arrived on the slow boat from China in time for their first games. Consequently, their balance has never been better. Now the baseball hat has to look a certain way. FLAT. Oh brother.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
I pulled the boys aside and we discussed how to have fun and make sure not to smash the hopes of the young ones by taking all the eggs. Mission accomplished! They had fun and didn't make anyone cry. Now, I must go apply eye cream to help mask my aging face.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
At bat he struck out, hit a pop fly and had a single with an rbi. Look at me and my baseball speak. Impressive, eh? As an added bonus, I'm enjoying baseball. Never thought that would happen.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Grandma and Patch made his day with a magic eight ball! Unfortunately, it said I'm going to get a big derriere and Patch is going to lose his hair. Stupid magic eight ball. Nana and Grandpa sent magformers, which were immediately used to build pyramids, balls and buildings. He got loaded up with cash and gift cards from his aunts, uncles and grandparents. Thanks everybody! He was counting down the minutes to go to Target and blow it all. Yesterday his wish came true. He got a new bike, baseball bag, baseball belt and webkinz! He was so happy to walk that bike to the cash register and pay for it himself.