Saturday, August 01, 2015

Quaker summer camp



















This has been a super busy summer for us. In the past month, I went to L.A. for my college friend's baby shower, then Spokane for our Yearly Meeting, then camping in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National forest. Then, last week I ran a Quaker kids summer camp for the first time.

We had a great time- reading, drawing, singing, and making elaborate fairy houses in the woods. These kids know how to mix their deep conversations with their fun and we had such a good time people are already asking about next year. I'm open to it, but first I need a nap.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Changes




The photo in the frame is his school photo, taken less than a year ago. How is it possible that he looks so much older?

Friday, June 26, 2015

No Rosie







We are lucky in many ways to have found the preschool that both kids have attended. The staff is amazing, very nurturing and creative and I've always felt good about leaving my kids in their care. One of the teachers is a singer/songwriter and for the past three years she has written small musicals based on kids books, for the kids to perform. This year's musical was called "No Rosie" based on the book Rosie Revere, Engineer. 
The kids love learning the songs and sing them constantly. When they get up on stage, some of them take it very seriously and concentrate on getting the words right. Some of them just let loose and dance all over the place. It is beyond charming to watch. 

As our five years at this school draw to a close, I am so appreciative of all the wonderful things our whole family has gained from being there. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fairy houses




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spring Kids are 8!


These kids have known each other all their lives. Amazing!









Monday, May 25, 2015

weekend activities






Reading, baking cookies, playing with the Perplexus. We actually did a lot of other things besides these calm activities, but I'm going to save that for another post. It is nice sometimes to just to have some down time. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Celebrations







We've had a string of good celebrations for Chris's birthday, my birthday and Mother's Day. We had a lovely picnic in the park, complete with soccer and gymnastics. I insisted that my family take me out to Japanese food, which no one likes but me. At least I get to go once a year. This time Unity actually liked some things so maybe there is hope yet. 

For Chris's birthday, Unity was at a slumber party so we got a sitter for Brixton and went out. We had dinner and drinks with some friends and it was really nice. A good way to celebrate another year. 


Thursday, May 07, 2015

The play and the rest of us













Unity was in her school play tonight, a production of Aladdin. She played a cat named Persia which was great because all of her lines were meowing. The kids have been rehearsing for months and they did a great job. 

I threw in some pictures of the rest of us too. Chris and I were on our way to the preschool auction last weekend and I got Brixton to take a picture of us. After about 15 shots of my left shoulder or Chris's knee, we finally got one with both of our faces. We'll call that a success story. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tinkering








We've been rattling around the house for Spring Break. It's mostly been ok but you know there have been some sibling squabbles. One morning the kids were fighting and I separated them. Brixton went off and asked for a piece of paper. I found him writing a letter to Santa that says "I hope I am on the good list." The fighting was driving me nuts but at least that letter is really sweet. 

We also took the kids to Goodwill and let them pick out $5 electronics which they then took apart. It's very important to Chris that they be allowed to tinker, and see how things work. It is fun for them to see what's inside these old machines and think about how they are made. And it's a good use of an afternoon.