I have to say, I was pretty happy with how the Halloween costumes turned out this year!
We had a fabulous Fourth of July, full of fireworks, friends, and fun.
We started the day by watching the local parade, which has certainly grown over the past few years but still has a lovely small-town feel. From the folks handing out flags (and the kids that grab them)...
In spite of my sore thumb, it was a very nice Mother's Day. I'd explicitly taken a pass on the annual breakfast in bed (I'm not such a fan, actually) and instead asked for a lunch picnic in the park. And, as is traditional, I asked for some pictures of me with the kiddos.
I played my first real April Fool's prank this year!
Since BJ's birthday fell on the weekend, he decided he wanted to celebrate the day in his classroom on the following Monday. Which was April Fool's. The opportunity was irresistable.
Ingredients for the prank:
Talk about a big day: BJ's birthday AND Easter!
And did I mention that the Tooth Fairy also came for a visit?
He actually lost the tooth a few days before his birthday, but (influenced, I'm sure, by the fact that last year BB lost her tooth on Easter Eve) he decided he wanted to ask the tooth fairy to come back on his birthday. Which would also be Easter. So he left her a note...
And she left one in return:
S and I went and did something unusual for us this Valentine's day -- we actually went to a restaurant!
Valentine's Day isn't a big holiday in our house. The kids get cards and candy, and S and I usually mark the day with cards and perhaps a small gift. But this year we both were available for lunch, so we celebrated with a trip to Pacific Catch, which has become a new favorite.
Right after Christmas, we traveled to southern California to visit S's mom, Nana J. We had a very nice trip! It's always nice to see Nana.
The kids were excited for many reasons, including the fact that this time we decided to fly instead of drive. And we took a bus to get to the airport -- funny the things kids get excited about. BJ started labeling the stages of our journey. Bus ride was Stage A:
Ours was a very Merry Christmas, a quiet day spent at home. Santa delivered exactly what the kids had wished for: for BJ, the Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego set (the big one!); for BB, a large stuffed unicorn (one that looked "real").
An interesting synchronicity: BB lost her sixth tooth on Christmas Eve! (Very, very early on Christmas Eve -- she came in to our bedroom about 3 a.m. to inform us that she'd wiggled it loose! We were appropriately impressed and then insisted she go back to bed. Happily, she complied without any argument.)
'Tis that time of the season -- lots of Christmas preparations going on. We've put up the tree, visited Santa, and made gingerbread houses. I've had a hard time getting in the holiday spirit this year, but taking care of the traditional to-do's has helped.