Ah, Summer

Hard to believe this time next month we'll be back in the thick of things. It's been a very low-key summer over here. No camps for the kids, just family camping trips. Our annual trip to Big Basin was fun as usual (in spite of nightly rodent visitors in the tent cabin).

Rainbow Day

I am so happy about yesterday's SCOTUS marriage equality ruling. About time! Lots of wise, witty, and wonderful rainbow commentary flying around social media, which I greatly enjoyed. But perhaps my favorite is this picture of the White House, taken by my friend KH:

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! S wanted to celebrate by bringing the kids to see the new Pixar movie, Inside Out. Highly recommended! Not only because it has a girl as the lead character(s), without it being a princess movie, but also because it handles the subject matter (emotions) with depth, humor, intelligence, and sensitivity. We've already had some interesting family conversations, and I have a feeling that the paradigm of the film will be a useful one to return to in our family journey.

Annual Beach Camping Trip

It's time again for one of our favorite start-of-summer traditions: the school beach camping trip!

Birthday Girl

It's good to be the birthday girl -- I get to convince the family it would be fun to visit an art museum!

End of the School Year

Another school year is over, believe it or not. How is it possible that I'll have a fifth grader and a third grader next year?

Of course we celebrated with ice cream.

Home Stretch

What a year! These last few weeks, coming down the home stretch, I sometimes felt like I wouldn't make it across the finish line. It's been all about school stuff for weeks and weeks, taking care of all the many obligations of finishing up the year. I was especially proud of how the art portfolios turned out this year!

Teddy Bear Parade

I have had so much fun helping BB's classmates sew their teddy bears! It's a second grade tradition at our school, and every year they celebrate the end of the sewing with a big Teddy Bear Parade. Here's BB on her way to the parade, with her handmade "Blue Beary."

And here's BJ, with the bear he made two years ago. Softy is holding up pretty well!

Gold Country -- Rained Out!

Irony: being in the midst of a historic drought; getting rained out for the much-anticipated fourth grade camping overnight!

But all was not a loss. We started the trip in Columbia on a lovely, sunny day, and we enjoyed some sightseeing -- visiting the gold miner's "camp," checking out the Wells Fargo office, learning at the old fashioned school house.

Saving Up for the LEGO Death Star

Once again, BJ has shown that he knows how to set a goal and achieve it. (This was the kid who saved up $125 in kindergarten to adopt a whale, after all.) I admit: when he said two Christmases ago that he wanted to save up for a LEGO Death Star, I was skeptical. I didn't say so, and I certainly encouraged him by helping to open his savings account and encouraging contributions at birthdays and holidays -- but I really doubted that he'd make it all the way to $400.

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