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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!

10 Years Old!

Look who's TEN YEARS OLD!

How is this possible? My baby boy, a decade old?

He's growing into such an intelligent and earnest person, full of enthusiasms and energy. He has so much to tell the world! I am so proud of him.

Happy Birthday S!

S and I celebrated his birthday with a favorite date night!

We're still figuring out this whole selfie thing...

Happy Birthday sweetheart!

Getting Ready for Christmas

We've had a busy time of it getting ready for Christmas! Cookies to bake, Santa to visit, carols to sing!

Giki and Pop-Pop are in town, and we'll be heading to Mariposa for the holiday, meeting up with my sister's family. Should be a memorable holiday!

2014 Holiday Gift Fair at the Triton Art Museum

One of my favorite holiday traditions: participating in the annual holiday gift fair at the Triton Museum of Art!

Thanksgiving Travel and Pie

We traveled to visit S's dad and family for Thanksgiving. It was also his dad's 70th birthday, so there were lots of reasons to celebrate! Grandma C had decked out the house for Christmas, and it was really nice to get the holiday season started in such style.

That window is worthy of a department store, don't you think?

Kid's Biz

It's time for Kid's Biz! In fourth grade, the students learn about economics by having classroom money, earning fourth grade bucks for doing assigned classroom jobs, participating in classroom auctions, and running their own Kid's Businesses. They have to apply for a license, have a business idea (complete with a strategy for earning back any real-world funds that they spend in the process of putting it together), and prepare for the opening of their "business" a few times a year.


We are getting ready for Halloween! Costumes are lined up, and we managed to squeeze in the traditional visit to the pumpkin patch right after a soccer match. We toured the "Haunted Trail," picked out pumpkins, and generally goofed around.

Father's Day: Camping and Making the Best of Things

For the second year in a row, we spent the Father's Day weekend camping at the beach. This is definitely becoming a favorite tradition -- it's a trip coordinated with many other families at the kids' school. This year, more than 30 families participated! It was a nice, relaxing weekend, with plenty of time for scootering around, hanging at the beach, and playing games.

School's Out For Summer!

Welcome to Summer Vacation! We made it through the end of the year!

I really enjoyed the final celebrations with the kids. First grade marked the end of the year with a fun field trip to Vasona Park, where the kids did some wading. It was a little cold but lots of fun!

Third grade had the traditional "Tammy Town Cafe," where the kids served their parents dessert.

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