Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Leann's Birthday Weekend...

So, Leann turned 40 and therefore we all found ourselves at Seabrook for the weekend to celebrate her and 'just be' (sans childrens... Ahhhh).  It was such a great weekend full of laughter, conversation, dancing, happy hours, me continuing my Scandal binge into the wee hours of the night, and card games.  

We got so lucky with the weather... 

There was some serious gaming happening... 

SCH representing...   

Sweet Amy... 

We're ready for the Tour...

Birthday Sundae Bar... 

See... we were totally partying.  :-)

Happy Birthday, Leann.  Welcome to the club.

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Well, there was a lot of green food dye in Maeve's system on March 17th....  Maeve was so excited that St. Patty's Day finally arrived -- there had been a countdown going for a while.  And, thank goodness, since I bought this cute little dress for Maeve as a back-to-school purchase and she has refused to wear it, since it isn't "fancy" enough.  So, green trumps fancy on St. Patty's Day, in case you were wondering.  Ha.

So, she went to school looking like this... 


And, she came home looking like this...  My little leprechaun.  

A Pretty Sweet Week...

Sometimes you just can beat the weather.  We have had such a mild winter and some weeks were just spectacular.  Now its raining, so I'm nostalgic for weeks past.  Ha.

Kicking the soccer ball around... 

And lollipops as a reward.  I'm not entirely certain there was a crazy amount of effort exerted by mine, but, oh well.  Ha ha. 

Foosball

We love our morning biscuits... 

My sassy girl with socks over her tights (too bad you can't see that). 

Park day with good buddies... 

Watching beach volleyball on a gorgeous day at the beach... 



Enough of the beach, off to the boat instead... 

Its really a rough life... 

Last day of soccer... 

 Working on riding our bike more.  Do you see a hill here.  Yeah, me neither.  I'm not naming any names here, but someone needed to get off her bike and walk 'up the hill' several times... But, hey, she was willing to ride, so we go with it :-)


Ending it all off with an ice cream cone.

Barfoot Turned into Barfeet

Who doesn't love a fun wedding with friends.  So, Andrew and Sarah-Anne were married and Maeve got to go to her first wedding, that she actually remembers.  Congratulations, Andrew and Sarah-Anne. We're very happy for you...

Selfie with the groom... 

JJ is the new Ellen 

Photo Booth... 

The little girls were on Sarah-Anne like a moth to a flame... 

 It was like a royal wedding and they were the bridesmaids...
Flowers and glow sticks.  Who could ask for better parting gifts for a 5 year old. 

 Misha is really funny...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Heritage Night

There's nothing like being gone for 10 days and finally opening up the homework instructions for the month of February to realize that the float the kids have been working on for the last 2 weeks was due the next morning... and its already 7pm at night.  Aghhh!  "Quick, Maeve -- color, cut tape!".  We even found ourselves at the local drug store at 7:45am picking up our online photos that needed to be cut and taped onto the float.  But we did it. 

 Kindergaren Float Parade.  It was darn cute.  Let me tell you... there were an awful lot of kindergarteners who did not make their own float, however. 

Then there was an art gallery back in the classroom.  Maeve wore her Ethiopian dress that day and we even participated in the Potluck Heritage Night at school (read: going to the local Ethiopian restaurant and getting take out).  It was an all round success and quite fun, once we got past the panicked creation of a float.  Ha.

PHX-SAN-PHX

I had to attend a conference in San Diego for 6 days, so I decided the easiest thing to do was fly both of us down to my Mom's in Arizona, and hand delivery her grandchild to look after while I was gone.  I was able to bookend my trip in Arizona and spend some time with everyone, with the knowledge that Maeve was going to be having a great time in the sun, swimming, eating more treats than she could imagine, and spending time with her relatives.

 Her Great Uncle Reg took her swimming every day.  Her Great Auntie Sally also went swimming with her every day too, I think -- lucky girl.

My Grandma took orders before we showed up and baked my favorite cookies.  So, we obviously came for visits often.  This is the 'before' 

And, this is the 'after' -- of just one visit from Maeve and I.  I don't claim to have any self control, and I KNOW that Maeve has none.    

At Grandma B's for a competitve game of Uno 

OMG -- Grandma B is cheating!  Ha Ha.  Or, Maeve is showing her all her cards... could be that. 

 I love this picture.

Golf cart selfies... the weather was fantastic. 

Maeve in position, eating her breakfast. 

The sunsets are always so pretty.. Maeve talks about Arizona sunsets all year round. 

 And, then I found myself in San Diego "conferencing".  It was so fun.

We managed to take in the beach at the end of our stay 

I mean, we had to digest all that we'd learned over the past week... 

 My co-workers and partners in crime

Finishing up the trip back in Arizona (or me, at least). 

Lots of pool action... 

Fresh squeezed orange juice.  I'm pretty sure her's didn't have champagne it in... pretty sure. 

A family brunch on our last day...  

4 generations of hands... 

4 generations of people.  How lucky are we?

Thanks Mom and Jamie for looking after the wee one...