Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy 7th Birthday to Lily!

We have been eating cupcakes for days, so I am sure Lily is officially 7.

We started Friday morning off with presents and a birthday cinnamon roll.  

After school, we had a birthday snack time with the neighbors.  

It was the first of many cupcakes.  

On Saturday morning, we took everyone to the trampoline place.  

Lots of jumping and very tiring. 

The jumping crew.  

We went to GG's after the trampoline place for pizza and cupcakes.  

The friend party had a similar crowd where we played with water balloons and squirt guns.  

Of course we had to have a dance party.  

On Sunday morning, Cora got to go on a bird walk with her preschool, so Lily and I did some birthday shopping with a stop at Starbucks.  

And the finale of the birthday weekend, was a play at the NW Children's Theater.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Real Snow Day!

This is the sixth day off school the girls have had this year.  Two in early December, but really it was just ice.  Two in mid December because there was 2 inches of snow.  On Monday, they were off because of ice.  But today, they woke up to 9 inches of snow.  That is the real deal.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Horsetail Falls

On a beautiful fall Sunday, we went hiking in the Columbia Gorge.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins

We took two trips to the pumpkin patch this year.  Lily really wanted to go to a corn maze too.  So we went to Sauvie's Island first.  We did the corn maze, saw some animals, rode the hayride out to get pumpkins, and then had elephant ears.  We got 9 pumpkins on that trip.

Then Cora got to go on her first school field trip to the pumpkin patch.  Mom and Dad got to go to.  There were a lot of animals to see - cows, horses, dogs, pigs, and baby chicks.  There was a slide too.  She got to learn how apple cider was made and taste some.  Then we each picked a pumpkin out to take home.  Oh, and we got apple cider doughnuts to take home.  

The littlest pumpkin

The biggest pumpkin

Friday, September 9, 2016

And its Cora's turn: Starting Preschool at Heartwood

Cora has been hearing a lot about teacher Amy and teacher Karma from Audrey and Kate.  Past students and parents around the neighborhood were so excited for Cora to start.  Since its all new to us, we were not quite as excited.  Cora looks happy in these photos, but cried a lot at drop off.  But teacher Amy called 30 minutes later to say she was doing great.  And the next day at drop off, she was so happy and excited.  You can see some great photos on the Heartwood Preschool site on Facebook.

First Grade: Here comes Lily

Lily was all smiles as she started 1st grade this year.  She learned so much in Kindergarten, that starting First Grade was a piece of cake.  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lily's Kindergarten Concert and Open House

It is hard to believe that Lily is about to finish her first year in elementary school.  Tonight we got to go to the Kindergarten concert and then to her classroom to see everything she has been working on.  Lily was very excited for us to see her school projects.  This morning when getting on the bus, she waved goodbye and then said she would see me at the concert, but I reminded her to come home on the bus after school and then we would go back.  She sure has grown up a lot this year.  Apologies for the camera work.  My assistant kept hanging on my arm.

She tells me this is an oil pastel.  

She is most proud of her report on an oviparous animal.  That's an animal that lays eggs of course.  Every student picked a different animal.  She picked a snake.  She got to make one out of clay and then paint it.  

The snake lives in the grass, eats rats, has scales, and lays its eggs in a pile in the dirt.  

A self portrait.  She is sad because she is falling down.  The artist could not explain more.  

This is a painting of her bedroom.  Two beds, one for her and one for Cora.  Lily is standing in the middle with a mirror.  

Very colorful and some impressive weaving.  It is not a spider web told the artist to her mother.   
A stuffed felt duck that was cut, stuffed and sewn by Lily.  

Something with foil and paint.