Thursday, July 29, 2010

Big news at Swimming today!

Wendy took the day off, so I got a chance to take the kids to their swimming lesson. And what great timing! Julia passed her level check for the butterfly stroke! Which means, she's learned every stroke they teach in swimming lessons: freestyle, backstroke, breast, and now butterfly! You should see her doing it. I wish I'd thought to take a video. She's just amazing! So at the tender age of barely six, she's already done with swimming lessons. Next is swim team, which we will look into for the fall. Here's a picture of Julia with her ribbon. We will call her "jellyfish julia" from now on.
And here's Andrew, in a very short video expressing his excitement about his drink:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday! Looking forward to celebrating with you tonight at the party!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Cute new shirt for Julia

I just love that sweet detailing on the back. Adorable.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Let there be light

Well, I always know when my Dad has been visiting while I'm away at work. Where there had been darkness, there is now light!
We had no less than 3 light bulbs out -- all in the SAME corner of the kitchen! We were suffering from a significant pool of dimness for several days. Until Now. I managed to frame up all 3 of the lights that were out in the same photo. The one above the stove, the one above the sink, and the ceiling light in that same area. It was a truly bad situation. And, helpless as we are, we were silently suffering with it, no hope of resolution anytime soon. Until DAD. And a little help from Wendy. Hajellulia!

Thanks Dad!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Me and my kiddos

It's all in the presentation

I made a couple of loaves of banana bread for some ailing family members, and had a little fun in the process of packaging it up for delivery. Just a little extra effort turned this simple bread into a cheerful get well gift.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Date night

Thank you to Mom and Dad for taking the kids for a night last weekend! We took advantage of the opportunity to try out the new outdoor lounge area at the Rosewood Hotel, recently built near our neighborhood. That setting turned this wine from good to fabulous! Yum.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Did I mention we camped?

Our past few weeks have been such a blur.

Not this past weekend, but the weekend before that, we took a quick little camping trip to Big Basin with our neighbors and longtime friends the Staas family.

Highlights from the trip: "Everything", says Julia. And, playing with Emma and Katie, s'mores, sleeping in sleeping bags, playing Apples to Apples, climbing on the bridge in our campsite, and up on the huge fallen log. And I especially liked the hike we took right from our campsite that led to a little creek and waterfall that we could splash around in. So much fun!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Down by the lake

What a great way to spend the Fourth of July! Tubing from the boat, picnics by the lake, cocktails on the deck, jet skiing, time with kids and grandparents. And don't forget fireworks over the lake, viewed from a boat right underneath them. A great way to spend the holiday weekend for certain. Many thanks to Paul and Susan for generously hosting us for this last minute and impromptu trip. So glad it worked out. We are looking forward to being back soon!