Monday, May 11, 2015


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


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. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We are on Spring Break this week. This year Chris has taken some time off work and we are doing a fabulous staycation. Monday was a little cold and cloudy but we went to the park to meet up with some buddies we haven't been able to see as often. The kids were able to romp around together, Unity was able to play her big sister role with the 2 year old twins and many large sticks were stockpiled. 

The kids have also been spending long leisurely mornings in their pjs, and then being my glam team- brushing my hair and doing my nails. It's the Spring Break beauty spa I guess. 

I have to work a couple days this week but Chris and the kids have some adventures planned including going to Goodwill and finding something to disassemble, and taking a trip to the math store. It may not be an exotic vacation, but we've got some good times. 

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter

Friday, April 03, 2015

Long run

Oh man. We are getting over a long run of illness. Unity missed almost a week of school. She read all the books and watched all the movies and played all of the games and made construction paper creations and then we just ran out of things to do. It's lucky her fever finally broke. The rest of us are just washing our hands and taking our Vitamin C and hoping for the best. 

It's been super pretty out though, and we've had some good chalk drawing sessions, and hanging out outside. There were also a few (rare) thunderstorms. One night I was at a friend's house that overlooks Lake Washington and we got to see the lightening flaring over the lake. Amazing. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Signs of...

I took down the birthday decorations and put up the Easter ones. It's actually fitting since many of them were given to me by my grandmother who recently passed. We often had Easter at her house when I was a kid and I have good memories of these little rabbits and eggs. 

The tulips are out- I love love love them. The colors are just what I need, even after a mild winter like this year. I grow them and I also buy them, I just can't help myself. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Breaking the geode

One of Unity's presents for her birthday was a large dusty rock. We were all a bit puzzled until her friend explained that it's a geode and you get to smash it. 
Ok, that's a good present. So, on went the swim goggles and outside we went to hammer away at the thing. Finally it cracked open to show us the glittery white crystals hiding inside. 

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Birthday joy

Our Unity is now 8 years old. We've been able to celebrate with a houseful of relatives, which is always fantastic. My mom helped us plan and run the panda-themed birthday party. The kids had fun making panda masks and other fun crafts. She is definitely taller than last year. Always growing, always keeping us on our toes. She's loving and loyal, generous and goofy. Happy birthday to Unity!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Spring cookies

The flowers and buds are starting, giving us the sense that spring is really here. Just in time for a certain big kid's birthday on Friday.

My book stack is never ending of course, but the above picture is what I'm working on right now. 

And, we are living and breathing Girl Scout cookies. We had huge piles of them all over the house, that are slowly diminishing as we deliver. It's fun and a good learning experience for Unity, but it's a little exhausting. Still, we are almost done, and Unity's had a lot of practice talking to people and making change and other good skills.