my boy

Soccer!

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.

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...

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.

End of the Year -- Pioneer Day, Overnight Field Trip, and More!

It sure has been busy around here! All sorts of end-of-the year goodness going on. Third grade wrapped up the Wagons West adventure with Pioneer Day, a celebration of their arrival in Oregon. The kids (and adults) dressed up one last time in their Pioneer costumes and enjoyed a variety of activities, including crafts (tin punch ornaments and candle making) and chores (laundry with a washboard, egg collecting, washing dishes, and beating rugs). Students also claimed their land grants, which gave them 300 acres of land!

Great America

For the first time, we decided to get family passes to Great America. I was a little leery, but so far I'm very glad we did!  Here are some pics from our first family visit. Up in the Star Tower!

Nice panorama, eh?

Mother's Day

For Mother's Day, I made my usual requests: a picture of me with the kids, and a dinner that I don't have to cook!

(From the look in my eyes, I think I should have also asked for a nap!)

I was treated to a delicious dinner at Aqui's, one of our favorite local spots.

So very yummy!

Baseball and Bookstores

Proof that we're doing something right as parents: both kids thoroughly enjoyed the weekend activities.

Churros make everything better.

BB wanted to take a picture of us -- see, I really was there!

Pioneer Walk -- Fort Hall and Bison Stew

The second pioneer walk was, if possible, even more amazing than the first one!  This time, the kids were continuing their trek, to arrive at last at Fort Hall, Idaho. The teams left from their base camp, lugging their wagons through the hills...

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