Wednesday, November 18, 2015


A camping trip on the river with friends.
A camp out birthday party. Fifteen elementary school students. And five adult.

Watching our Bubby Man play football.
All in all, we had a great fall.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Summer of our Content

 Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James

We had a wonderful summer, spent mostly at the beach. We took tennis lessons for two weeks. We took an art camp for a week. We spent a week with friends in Seaside. We fished, ate Popsicles, and enlarged our collection of Beanie Boos.

 Here are portraits they did in their art camp. This day they were studying Modigliani. Elliott is in the black shirt, Lucia in the orange shirt, and Mazie in the yellow shirt.

Now we are off to start second grade, thrilled we will have the same teacher we had for first grade.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring of First Grade

Look at these gorgeous children. We are on the downhill slide to summer, first grade winding up. They have had a wonderful year. Lots of reading, math homework every night, piano lessons. Elliott played football in the fall. Lucia and Elliott played basketball for the first time this winter. Elliott is playing baseball (first year not playing Tball) this spring, and Lucia is playing softball (her first time every playing any type of softball) this spring. The girls have taken dance from Ms. Courtney this year for the third year.

Here are some photographs from this past week.

Elliott, today, at opening day for baseball.
 Lucia with her friend A on opening day. These two Diamond Divas combined to get several opponents out today. Lu on first, A at pitcher. It was very fun watching them play today.
 Our Lefty Lu. She got two singles and a double today (I think!).
 Elliott is playing machine pitch for the first time this year. He struck out twice and got a double. He has a great swing and is a fast runner.
 Lucia and Elliott after their games.

Elliott at second base.

This week our elementary school had third quarter honors assembly. We have been so lucky to have wonderful teachers for kindergarten and first grade. Lucia, Elliott, and Mazie are in the same class this year. It was worked out well. They have a wonderful teacher who does a great job with them. They love school. Lucia especially loves math and PE. Elliott loves both reading and math. He astounds us with his multiplication solutions. Mazie is on fire with her reading. Like sizzling and smoking. Below they are getting their A Honor Roll ribbons.

 Mazie and Lucia also won art awards. Mazie got first place for her class and Lucia got third place for her class.
 Mazie's picture in on the top row, between the two self-portraits. It is a picture of bees returning to their hive.
 Here is Elliott's picture that is lovely but did not place. It is also of bees and their hive in a tree. (He insisted he did not win because his picture was hung too high for the judges to really see well. {It was hung on a different hall for the judging.} He is our most competitive child, but he really isn't obnoxious about it. I promise!)
 Lucia drew the striped cat. Hello dynamic creature. (What if I swore to you that was her arm pointing at her picture. Would you believe me?)
Well, that is what we were up to this week. Loving these children and our wonderful lives with them. Maybe I will post again before we graduate high school...?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The stats

I am working on a birthday gift for H and had to gather LEM's height and weight stats. So I thought I'd post the recents here. I found years one through four on the blog, so here are years five and six.

Date of five year appointment: 10/24/12

Height 43 3/4"
Weight 40# 6 oz

Height 45 1/2"
Weight 50# 4 oz

Height 39 3/4"
Weight 31# 6 oz

Date of six year appointment: 1/15/14

Height 47"
Weight 50#

Height 49"
Weight 65#

Height 42 3/4"
Weight 37# 8 oz