Monday, September 1, 2014

Goodbye Preschool... Hello Kindergarten.

Maeve had her last day of preschool a couple of weeks ago and we had to say goodbye to a lot of her friends and great teachers along the way.  These three amigos are the best of friends, and I know we're going to need to find a way to keep in touch now that everyone is heading to different kindergartens.

I am happy to say that Maeve is FINALLY excited about kindergarten.  Hallelujah (Maeve always tells me I say Hallelujah, but sometimes it feels like things need to be celebrated).  The turning point?  The pre-planned playground play dates that invite all incoming kindergarteners to play, so that they can meet some other incoming kindergarteners throughout the month of August.  Maeve had been saying all summer that she wasn't going to kindergarten.  Was MAD when it was brought up.  On the day of the first play date, she was so angry that I said we were going that she took an unopened (thankfully) apple sauce container and threw it across the room and had a blood curdling scream.  Wow.  Sorry neighbors.  I finally was able to have her lay on my lap while I rubbed her back and she just sobbed.  Poor thing.  I bribed her to go to simply just play on the playground, nothing more.  She finally agreed.  As we were walking in, I pointed out this other little girl who was going to the playground that was wearing the same dress that Maeve owns too.  That was it.  Maeve went over to her and they totally became buds that night.  The two of them became friends with another sweet little girl, and now Maeve is SO excited.  We have had several play dates now with the girls and one of them is even in Maeve's class we found out.

Thank goodness for new friends with the same dress.

So, we start in two days.  We can't wait.... I'm excited for this next chapter of our lives, and Maeve is really excited now too.  I'm going to say it again, Hallelujah.

Artistic Freedom

We decided to have the kids paint rocks in Lopez, because, why not?  We appropriately stripped the kids down, and although they contained their artistic freedom a little, it brought back fond memories of a day almost 3 years ago when Maeve and Bennett were killing themselves laughing and then attacked poor innocent Clara... ha ha.

Lopez with the Jonesies...

One cannot complain when your friends decide to rent a house on Lopez for most of the month of August... because, that is when you can become a freeloader and crash said rental house with your good friends :-).  Thank you Amy and Brent for the invite, we LOVED our weekend up at Lopez a couple of weeks ago.  

It was a beautiful weekend and a perfect day for a ferry ride. 

The cutest little house on Lopez... 

I'd say that the three of them were friends, but they really acted like siblings all weekend.  When it was great, it was great.  When it wasn't, well.... let's just say that my child can be DRAMATIC when things aren't going her way.  The teens are going to be awesome.   

At least, I mostly only remember the great parts of the weekend :-) 

Who doesn't love a water balloon fight? 

Ummm.  Maybe you should duck, Maeve.  Ha. 

The view...  It was just, meh.

The sunsets and wine o'clock were just okay too...

Crab pots.  It was our own version of Deadliest Catch.  Man, did we eat well this weekend.   

Oh, and thanks for a having a boat too, Amy and Brent. 

Chasing deer in our yard...  (I love that I'm calling it 'our yard').  Ha.

The beach was their backyard.  Just out for a morning walk. 

Great time with great friends.   Thanks again, Amy and Brent :-)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Laundry 101

Most of the time, Maeve is appalled at my lack of 'dress up'.  Up until a couple of months ago, I would wear scrubs to work, and then it would just be my regular casual clothes.  Nothing that required much work.  Turns out that my child has missed out on some of the basics- 

 The other day, Maeve pointed to the mini ironing board and said, "Cool!!  Can I use that in the water??"

I typically have the habit of draping clothes over the shower curtains etc... because I'm quite lazy.  But yesterday I was feeling energetic and pulled out the drying rack.  Well, who knew it would be such a hit.  Maeve was so excited about it, she invited Shill, who was over for dinner, to venture upstairs to see it.  

Sorry Maeve.  I will try to do better.  No promises.


Torchlight Parade

Maeve enjoys a good parade, so we invited Anna and Lucy to join us at the Torchlight Parade this year.  We were rookies, but we new we needed to arrive a good 2.5 hrs in advance to get good curbside seats.  What we didn't know was that the parade would be 2.5 hrs long, which meant we sat on the pavement for 5 hours.  So, that's why most people had chairs...  Not just a hat rack.

 Anna brought a bag full of fun to keep the girls entertained.  The spray confetti was a big hit.

Decorating our spot. 

The Seattle "Seahawk" made an appearance during the parade... 

Maeve was entertained by all of it.  She danced and cheered all the way to 10pm.  So, it really is a torchlight  parade, then.  Go figure.

Enjoying our City

We have had a phenomenal summer.  Its been hot and sunny almost every single day.  So, its hard to stay inside when its nice outside.  We made it a point to stay home a couple more weekends this summer than we usually do, so we enlisted Amy and Clara on a a little hike.


Maeve is very much not interested in getting her picture taken these days.  So, she has become the photographer... 

Down down we go.  We won't focus on the whining and crying that occurred on the way back up...  

Low tide.  Perfect for exploring. 

Yay for summer and friends.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fundango - Part 2

We drove our car straight out of Camp Side by Side north to Lake Whatcom on Friday, to participate in Fundango weekend, Part 2.  Mike's parent's so kindly purchased a house on the lake, and we wanted to check it out for them... Ha.  It was a perfect weekend full of friends, and it was hot and sunny too.  I feel so lucky to have so many circles of quality friends...

Our Saturday gang.  Jon, Shannon, Noah, Caleb, and Misha joined in on the fun today.   

They discovered rowing was hard work.  This didn't last very long. 

Lakes are just so fun...  


I seriously want to steal Oliver.   

This is more like it, say the kids.... 

Thanks for the end of a great holiday week....  We are adequately tired from all our fun.

Fishing... Camp SBS Style...

Maeve and Josie were master fisherwomen...  I think this whole series of shots took a matter of 30 seconds to capture.  Josie is a great buddy and these two are so cute together :-)