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.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lily turns 6!

Being in Kindergarten, turning 6 is a big deal.  Lily's first celebration was a Ladybug Walk with her friends.  Lily won a Ladybug walk through Portland Parks and Rec from a photo contest.  Lily invited all the girls from her class and Audrey, Kate, and Cora.  They walked around Wilshire Park with the Naturalist for an hour, then had snacks, made bug catchers, and then had cupcakes.  Wednesday was late start so I took the big girls to Pips for Birthday doughnuts.  Then on her real birthday, Cora and I went to have lunch with her at school.  Then we had a special birthday snack after school with the cousins, followed by the family party.  About 6 parties for turning 6!

Checking out the cool ladybug backpacks the Chrissy, the naturalist, brought.

Waiting for donuts at Pips.  

Lily wanted funfetti cupcakes for her friends and chocolate cake for her family.  

Cora helped me set the table for the family party.  

Lunch in the Alameda Cafeteria.  Lily got to wear this crown all day.  

Birthday snack time

Cora's Preschool Graduation

Cora graduated from preschool today.  Well kind of.  She still gets to go to 2 years of preschool next year.  This year, she attended Preschool for Little Ones at Peninsular Park Community Center through Portland Parks and Recreation.  She was in a class of 8 kids, who were all 2.5 at the start.  Now they are big 3 year olds.  Teacher Jessica was the highlight for Cora.  Jessica was very creative and artistic.  Cora was mild about preschool, but she loved Teacher Jessica so she always wanted to go.

The famous Teacher Jessica

After the ceremony Cora needed to test her wings in the rose garden.  

Lily couldn't make the graduation ceremony because of Kindergarten, but they dressed alike on this important day.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Visit with Santa 2015

We visited Santa today at the downtown Macy's.  We were the only ones there thanks to the rain and maybe the Timbers parade.  So we were really in the Christmas spirit, we had a special holiday tea at the Heathman Hotel before seeing Santa.

Ready to go.  Lily practicing her curtsy.  

All ready to go, and we are excited.

The Children's tea had cupcakes, cookies, cheese, crackers, goldfish, veggies, pb&j sandwich.  And a homemade marshmellow. 
Children had the choice of hot cocoa or tea.  Cora choose both.  Not really on the menu, but how could the waitress say no.


Cora didn't want to sit on Santa's lap, but she decided to stand next to Santa if she held Lily's hand.   
Tell Santa what is on their list.  Lily wants a bed, pet, and sleeping bag for her American Girl doll that she is sure GG is getting her.  Cora told Santa a long story about wanting a small bunk bed for Layla (her Canadian Girl doll) and a big bunk bed for her and Lily.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cora turns 3!!!

Since Lily's birthday in May, Cora has been telling us her birthday was coming up.  Well, it finally arrived.  It was great because she couldn't remember her 2nd birthday so she had no expectations and was excited by everything.  Thanks to everyone for making it so special.

Party #1:  With cousins down from Bellingham for the Thanksgiving weekend, we decided to start the celebration a little early.  On Sunday, we had 18 people over for brunch including Great Grandpa Darrel, his girlfriend Carol, and Great Grandma Lillybelle.  We did crafts, ate, opened presents, and had cake and ice cream.  Cora was thrilled with her present from Audrey and Kate.  Her very own Boo.
Cora woke up to 3 dozen balloons.  So exciting.  Even at 5am.  
Lily wanted to look fancy for the party so we went shopping and she picked out this outfit.  

All the cousins helping with the presents. 

Lily and Cora give the cake a thumbs up.

Some favorite presents were Layla (her Canadian girl doll), a new rocking chair, and new pjs.  All from GG.  

Grandpa Davey gave Cora some special sand and both Lily and Cora loved it.  

Party 2:  A happy birthday cinnamon roll with Mom and Lily

Party 3:  At Preschool, Teacher Jessica made Cora's day so special.  The whole class made kitty ears and got their faces painted.  They got to have oreos for snack and had a dance party with confetti.  Cora is wearing her new tutu dress from Aunt Sonya.  She loves that it twirls.  

Party 4:  The girls from the bus stop came over after school for cake and ice cream.  Olivia even knitted Cora a hat.