Monday, March 27, 2017

Growing Up

I had to go up to my parent's house this weekend to go to a school. I took Sora for the weekend and it turned out that we had to stay an extra day. Sora loved playing with Willow (and grandma and papa of course), riding her new 20" bike, and exploring the frigid beach. 







 My crafty dad made this light fixture from an old metal pipe. Pretty cool!
 He introduced Sora to Little Big Shots. The picture doesn't show the enthusiasm, but they both love it!
 My mom is teaching Sora about the lottery. She has been saving her tickets from the grocery store for prizes we will never win and getting Sora's hopes too high. Good times.
 My mom and I went to the movies to see Beauty and the Beast. It was excellent, but this shocked me - a small soda is 32 oz. That is disgusting. No wonder other countries think we're so fat!
 Earlier this month, I spent a long weekend in San Diego for a work conference. I was alone, but had a chance to explore the city and see an old friend from our days living in So Cal. The flowers were beautiful and I loved wearing shorter skirts all weekend long!
 Of course I had to hit up In n Out (although the long wait made this meal much less delicious).
 Kyle and I both noticed the same moon on the same night.
 Enjoying the sunshine and the palm trees with my trusty hydroflask. I took it to Montana with me this summer as well. It's kind of amazing!
 A lizard lounging by the pool.
 Cactus - one of my favorite plants! There are times when I miss living in So Cal, but it might just be that whole period of child free living and early marriage when we were still young and crazy. Anyway, cactus remind me the most of where we lived as there was one right outside of our hotel room.
 California poppy.
 California burrito. I found this online and treked all over town for this specific burrito. Needless to say, fries in a burrito was not my favorite.
 A few more beautiful plants. I love the natural palm trees which haven't been pruned with all the old dead palm fronds still hanging on for dear life.

 And a bird of paradise. When I was little, my dad loved singing, "May the bird of paradise fly up your nose" to me and whenever I see this flower I think of him!
I took a lot of pictures inside the conference too, but figured no one who isn't a Montessori teacher would be remotely interested in those photos. It was an amazing destination and also an inspiring conference. I think I have enough fuel to last until the end of the year now (with spring break right around the corner)!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Snowshoeing Extravaganza


A few pictures from life lately:

Sora, busily editing her friend's story. They created a movie during her sleepover and her friend continued the story through a screen play. Sora is a phenomenal speller, so here she is correcting her friend's spelling.
Charging up her glow in the dark pajamas.
Enjoying a cinnamon roll at Dakota Cafe after spending the night at grandma's.
We went snowshoeing with the US Forest service as part of a kid's program. Sora was excited while at the same time tired and annoyed. The rangers asked a lot of questions, which all the other children answered while Sora rolled her eyes over the juvenile content (although it wasn't that bad).
For some reason, there was a lot of sitting on the ground.

We bought Sora these sweet snowshoes a few years ago in Wisconsin. It's nice to know they still work (although they fell off a lot). I didn't bring mine because I was hoping they had nicer ones to borrow. Ironically, they were the exact same ones!
Sora was motivated to do some more snowshoeing, so hopefully we will be going soon with Kyle (and without other children who dominate the conversation in ways Sora does not appreciate).

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Turning 8


I decided for some reason to let Sora invite 4 little girls over to have a sleepover for her 8th birthday. I honestly thought some would decline, but we had a full house and it went better than expected. The girls had a blast! After a lot of playing (they chose to create their own horror movie which was more comedy than horror) and making pizza, we headed to the ice rink. Sora helped her friends skate and loved how her body just remembered what to do from last winter.
Ice skating while showing grace and courtesy to a friend
Sora's birthday pavlova
Right after Sora's friends left, her grandparents arrived for another party. We gave Sora a robot (she requested a remote control car, and the programmable robot also had a remote, so it was the perfect gift). She had to help Kyle put it together.

She also requested a sled, which my parents provided. She had a lot of fun in the backyard (other than when she rammed the fence and the trees). Kyle built a berm to protect them from each other and Sora built a jump.
Her actual birthday was last Tuesday. She chose to get her presents on Saturday but we gave her one on her birthday (the cheetah print dress).
She also requested cottage cheese pancakes with sprinkles.
I can't believe my tiny child is now 8 years old, but I'm sure every parent says that with every birthday. She is still funny, and is learning a lot of new tricks (piano, Spanish, and ukulele are some of the things she has been practicing at home). She likes blue, purple, black and grey. She still eats like a horse but is slightly picky about certain ingredients (she doesn't like brussels sprouts - can you believe it?). She is an amazing speller and reader but math isn't her favorite. She is timid but loves to hug everyone she knows. She is a fierce competitor and is very upset when she loses. She is goofy and complex and knows her way around my music on the phone. That's Sora in a nutshell - amazing and diverse!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sporty Sora

Our January flew by. Between ski trips to White Pass, for fun and school, a swim meet, lots of snow days and delayed starts, the book sale, and being sick, there hasn't been a lot of downtime lately.

Some highlights lately (in reverse order):

Skiing as a family at White Pass. The first time EVER that the three of us have gone and skied (or snowboarded) all day. Sora rode every lift (except the bunny hill)!


 Such a beautiful view and such a gorgeous day!

Sora's first swim meet. She didn't do very well (compared to the others in her division), but she hasn't been swimming long and it was a great learning experience. (I should note that she wanted to do this meet, which is the only reason we went. I would have been happy to never have driven to Moses Lake to watch my 7 year old swim for less than 5 minutes). She is so uber competitive that she was very upset later when she realized she didn't win any ribbons. She swam 25 yards of breast stroke, freestyle, and back stroke.
We were totally unprepared for the day long adventure. Sora had fun, but if we do another meet we will know about the blankets and chairs and other entertainment that are apparently prerequisites. She did say she had fun, and that's what really matters to us.


 Cooking with dad. Sora is an aficionado at scents and seasonings.
 Women's March. Sora was nervous when people wanted to take her picture, so here is Kyle reassuring her. I made his awesome sign, of course.

 We met up with a friend of Sora's and she was much more confident after they joined us.
 Making the sign for the march (her idea).
 Testing out a science experiment I was doing with my kindergarten students (lighting a lightbulb).
 On one of the snow days Sora actually played with toys. Since all she ever does is read (unless one of us is actively engaged with her), this was kind of a miracle.

 Sora was the children's librarian at the book sale. Look at the shelf behind her. Everything had a specific place and she was upset when the other volunteers "ruined" her section by trying to also place books in it. Kyle sold over $6,000 in books that were priced at $.75-$1.50. Amazing!