Sunday, September 18, 2016

This Week

Sora has been a very slow tooth-looser. She finally lost her fourth tooth this week. She apparently lost it but the tooth fairy took pity on her and still gave her a dollar. She also thinks the tooth fairy should be paying her $1800 per tooth. She knows this money comes from me or Kyle and she thinks that Kyle would pay her up to $7 per tooth while I would only pay up to $1 per tooth. 
 Sora has also been into tennis lately. I mentioned this already, but something about her with a racket and ball is adorable! She is getting a little better and has fun no matter how many times she misses the ball!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Almost Perfect Day

Okay, so this day would have been made more perfect with photos. Sorry.

Yesterday, we spent a family day with no extra obligations. This is the first in a very long time! First, we hit up the kid's day sponsored by PlayDate Magazine. It was filled with bouncy houses, venders giving things away to kids, watching dancers, snacking, and even a tour of the Capital Theatre. Very cool. The weather was perfect - sunny and warm, but not too hot.

Kyle made us a delicious late dinner involving sausage sandwiches.

Later, we went on a family bike ride to the park where we played a family game of tennis (our first ever). Sora was so funny - every time she tried to hit the ball and missed she would giggle incessantly. I loved how happy she was! She eventually hit the ball against the wall while Kyle and I played a "real" game of tennis (our first in YEARS - we used to play all the time before we had Sora). Sora was trying to hit the ball over the fence and she finally succeeded, so she was happy. Then she played on the playground while Kyle and I continued our battle Royale. While on the playground, Sora finally perfected the technique of getting her feet up on the monkey bars so she could hang upside down.

We ate dinner outside and even had some ice cream. A wonderful day of creating family memories.

Friday, August 26, 2016

First Day of School

Sora needed a family photo, so we had one taken at camp. The next weekend we all got our crazy long hair cut.
Sora's hair was either braided or looked like this most of the summer. It was so long that it got tangled and was impossible to brush. 

We went to the Olde Letterpress Museum a few weeks ago. It was incredibly way too hot to be in a non-air conditioned building. Other than that, it was pretty cool.
 Sora got to set her type (once she chose from a million fonts) and write her name. She is embracing her middle name lately and finally likes the color grey (we are embracing the British spelling)! She chose to write "Sora Grey" with the letterpress.
And finally, we had our first day of school this week. Even though it was over 90 degrees, my fashion-conscious 7 year old chose to wear this adorably hot outfit.

 We took a few together since it was her first day of 2nd grade and my first day of my 2nd year at her school. She loved the way my hair is blowing in the wind in this picture (I think it was a poorly time hair flip).
 And a more normal picture:
In Sora's school, 1st - 3rd is in the same class, so there isn't a lot drastically different on the surface for her this year, other than learning new things, not being the youngest group in the classroom, and having less teeth.

As far as my first day goes, I was crazy nervous with starting a new school year, especially after not having been in the classroom at the beginning of the last school year (I started out in the daycare and moved to a classroom in the middle of October). BUT, it went fantastic! I am very excited about my 19 students this year and have a great outlook on the school year as a whole. Yeah!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Long Summer

This summer has been a little hectic for our tiny family. Kyle has been working all hours of the day and night up at camp, as usual. I have been in Montana for three weeks to finish up my Montessori primary teaching certification course. Sora has been bouncing around between grandparents and summer camp. We have all been busy and entertained in our own ways.

Here are some of the highlights: 

Sora flew with my parents to Michigan to spend a week with her cousins. She had a midnight flight, so she got a very late night treat of clam chowder.
They spent most of their time in Indiana at a Jellystone camp ground. There were a lot of water features and other fun things for kids to do, so the three girls had a great time. 

They also went to the Henry Ford museum which apparently was amazing! 
Sora came back to Washington on a Saturday and the next morning, she was back up at camp for a full week in a cabin with another cousin and some friends from school and past camp. An entire cabin of 7 year olds!
While on her overnight, she lost her top front tooth. This is one of the last before pictures. Look at that gorgeous smile!
Sora even chose to play in some of the camp games that she often sits out of. She is super competitive and won't play games if she doesn't think she will win. Here she is teaming up with a 10 year old boy (her favorite demographic) for Predator/Prey - a tag/hiding/surviving game.

And of course there were friendship bracelets involved. 

After 5 days at camp, Kyle's mom picked Sora up and took her to Lake Chelan.

 Sora really wants to have long hair, but it keeps getting tangled and she hates having it brushed. We've compromised for now with many braids.

And while Sora was busy having fun, I was in class every day. There are a bunch of pictures, but I will spare you the Montessori madness and just show you two of my daily Montana life. I stayed at an AirB&B that was 2 miles from the school. Luckily, I got to use a bike so I rode the bike to class every morning. Sometimes, I stopped at Starbucks on the way (it was a very perfect bike ride and super convenient to everything). So, this is a picture from my last morning with my Americano inside of the coffee cup.

And that has been our summer so far. Now that we are all back in the same state, we have 2 weeks left of summer camp and 2 weeks left before I go back to work. I'm hoping to squeeze a few adventures in, but we'll see what happens!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Letters from Camp

This is Sora's letter from camp. I love the tact that she tries to use by stating "we need to communicate better" rather than just "Why did you tell grandma I don't want any mail?". In actuality, grandma and I must have miscommunicated because I knew exactly what Sora wanted, but I thought it was a very sweet way of wording a letter for a 7 year old.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jr. Gap 2 Gap

Sora ran 2 legs of the Jr. Gap 2 Gap this morning. The first was a .75 mile run, which was the start of the race. She was pretty excited, but also pretty nervous.
 Luckily, there were a lot of kids from her school that she knew.
 Here she is right behind a classmate of hers - she didn't walk at all!
 Then she waited for her next leg - the obstacle course, the last leg of the race.
 Here she is finishing strong:
 The slip and slide was not very slippery. She dolphined down the hill.
 At the end, Sora was cold and wet, even though it was 90 degrees.

She has such complex, grown up emotions. She wasn't crazy about running or getting wet. She wasn't crazy about being so far behind the other teams. She wasn't crazy about not getting an award for team name (The Jewels) or their team outfits.

It will be interesting to see how she talks about this event in a few weeks (if she feels more positive or negative about the whole experience)- she has already mentioned some changes for next year.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Passion Project

Sora's school does Passion Projects each spring. Each child picks their own topic to research, write a paper on, and then present to parents. Sora chose ice skating this year. She was very nervous, and so she was a little hard to understand, but her paper is actually pretty impressive for a first grader!