family life

Wish I'd Taken That Class...

At dinner tonight, BB asks me, "How do you know how to be a mom? Is there, like, a class you have to take to learn how?"

"No," I reply. (Thinking, dang, how I wish there was!)

"Well, but then how do you know to do things?" she starts, innocently. "Things like put coins under my pillow for the tooth fairy?" She gives me the tiniest smirk. She knows full well what she's asking, knows that she's bursting a bubble, revealing that she has guessed the Truth About The Tooth Fairy.

Chalk Art Festival

What a fun time! We spent several hours at the Luna Park Chalk Art Festival in San Jose, an event I'd been wanting to check out for years.

Thanks to some lucky last-minute plans, we scored a sidewalk spot for ourselves and our friends from school. Then we had to decide what to draw -- which took some serious concentration.

Walk for Art!

It's Walk-A-Thon time! This is the school fundraiser that pays for lots of the "extras," including art (in other words, my job) so I made a "Walk for Art" sign to carry around. The kids had fun volunteering to carry it, and BJ and BB helped out for a lap or two, the sweeties!


After years of gently encouraging BJ to try out a sport, S succeeded in getting BJ to sign up for soccer this fall. (And S ended up being recruited as the coach! Feast or famine, I tell ya.) BJ has really been enjoying the practices. Here he is earlier this week, headed out the door for the first one!

Happily, the whole experience has been a thumbs up so far! They had their first game today, and here he is, suited up to play.

Back to School Circus

Most of the time, we love where we live. But this week, not so much. Turns out they had to tent and fumigate the building where we have our apartment -- bad enough, but instead of doing it the last week of summer, as originally planned, due to an unfortunate scheduling problem they ended up doing it during the first week of school. Back to school is enough of a circus without bringing in huge tents to match, thankyouverymuch.

First Day of School! Fourth Grade and Second Grade

Here they are, ready for adventure!

And there they go!

It's back to school for me, too, since I'll be continuing to teach art. In fact, I've picked up more classes and will be teaching kindergarten through third grade this year!

Summer Fun

Hard to believe the summer is speeding by! We've been having a nice, relaxed vacation, filling the time with trips to the park, ice cream, playdates, and lazy days at home. My parents came to visit, which is always wonderful!

Here we were visiting a new park -- of course BB had to figure out what to climb first...

Tap Class

The kids nixed the idea of camps this summer (which is fine by me) but BB ended up requesting to take a tap class. Not a "dance" class, or a tap and ballet class -- tap dance only, please. What a score when I found one in the local parks and rec class list, just in time to sign her up! She was so excited to go buy her tap shoes and leotard.

Crows Don't Raise Canaries

Not that there was ever any doubt, but here's pictorial proof that my daughter is MY DAUGHTER.



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.

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