Saturday, June 27, 2015

Girl Scout Camp

Vera's one and only summer camp was last week, Girl Scout Camp! The theme was great this year, Dancing Through the Decades. Lots of fun crafts and Vera loearned how to Charleston and swing dance.

That said, they were very inconsiderate and scheduled the week's performance right at the time that my two younger kiddos' nap. I couldn't do it, I could not wake Gus and  Pearl to get there in time. Not to mention that if I had woken them, there is no way they would have sat and watched a performance. Thankful that a friend sent a picture so that I could see what it was about.

Shetland All-Stars

The All-Stars! These boys are crazy good. They won their region championship and got honored at a Foresters game.  The Foresters are an all-star college team that play at UCSB.

Keller and the one female on the team hanging out in The Foresters dugout. 

Funny, but the boys were excited to swing the big boy bats.

Each Shetland player paired up with their Forester counterpart, which means that Keller got to stand by their catcher, two #15s is too cute.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Candi Jane Gets Married

Leading into the wedding, I was very nervous about being a bridesmaid again. I have a hard time being in situations where I don't have the freedom to leave if I need to for some reason. I.e. minor panic attacks when I can't get up and go to the bathroom if I need to. With an hour-and-a-half Catholic Ceremony on the agenda, I knew that I was going to have to be on my game for this wedding. That said, I did well! Ha! I know it is all about the bride and the couple, but I am so glad that I didn't sprint out of the ceremony sweating and needing to pee.

Seriously, my friend looked gorgeous. So excited for her to be married and starting a new life with her hubby. 

Polaroid cameras are SO MUCH FUN! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Going to Mars

Can you guess which planet Vera played in the 3rd grade play?

Spirit Week - Crazy Hair Day

As you can imagine, Gus did not want to be left out of Crazy Hair Day!

Spirit Week - Pirate Day

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This Kid

For the last 2 months I (as a Co-Chair) have been planning the Fun in the Sun Run for the kiddos' school. It is an annual fundraiser and my first experience organizing an event at the school. Imagine my surprise when Vera came in 2nd place for 3rd grade girls and Keller came in 1st in the 1st grade. Woot woot! I would love to say they got the running from me, but I think those are J's genes.


It was one of those rare moments in my house where there was silence. It took a moment for me to realize that all 4 of them were reading in different nooks and crannies of the house. I quickly took my camera around, because as every parent knows, it was only going to last a minute.  

Pearl's nook was a bit messy, no matter what I do the clothes are a disaster!

This one would read for hours.

The Girls

Love these photos! They mark how we look most days (gym clothes and casual). 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Poem Recitation

With so many children, the inevitable comparisons happen. J and I have had to stop ourselves many times from managing Keller's schooling like we did Vera's. Aka, Vera is a self motivator and completes tasks by herself. Keller is good in school, but does need either us or the teacher to motivate him to finish things.

When Keller brought home a poem project I was on it. His goal was to memorize a close to 15 line poem and recite it in front of his class. I made a schedule  where he would learn 2 lines every day and together he and I memorized 4 of those lines...and then I proceeded to forget about the whole thing. Right up to the point where he was asked to perform in class. Cue an email to his teacher, because really you can't expect a 1st grader to fully finish this project on his own, that stated that I am a forgetful person and can Keller please have a few more days to work on his poem. I may have groveled a bit.  

It took the rest of the week and many, many, many readings of his poem. Pretty darn proud of Keller. I read that poem as many times as he did and I am not sure that I could have done a recitation.