Saturday, May 27, 2017

Life as I Know It

Sora has always loved the tree in our front yard. It was one of the things that helped us choose the house and I love that she spends hours playing in it with friends and reading in it by herself.

At camp this weekend, I introduced her to the label maker. She helped label things in the office. I walked out of the office door, and this is what I saw:
At school, I recently created a bread baking work. Sora is my official tester and was sad that she didn't get a chance to test my lesson. I had a bigger plan in mind for next year involving weighing, division and braiding, so Sora still got to test a new part for me. It was amazing and delicious.
We discovered that our only true local book store offers a 20% teacher discount. They also do free gift wrapping. As it is a tradition to buy the outgoing kindergarteners a book each year, I have officially found my store.
Sora has a science book and kit which she only occasionally uses. She was in the mood the other day and I came over to find this scene:

An amazing scientist deep at work discovering properties of oil and vinegar. Amazing!

Sora is at a pretty amazing age right now. She even "lead" gaga ball at camp, apparently handling a situation involving blood in a calm manner (reminding everyone that Moose has band aids and we need to stay calm and get him). She also went on her own to make me an amazing beaded necklace for my birthday in arts and crafts while Kyle cooked food for a group and I relaxed and read. We are doing something right when it comes to parenting (and genetics)!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Games and Hiking

Sora is finally old enough to play more complex games. We have been enjoying Carcassone lately. Kyle used to always crush me at this game. Now that Sora is in the mix, it might be more varied.
 Sora had a play, recorder, and dancing performance at school this week. Her grandma was able to come see her. She was very proud!
 To celebrate afterwards, she enjoyed her first milkshake at Mod Pizza (she has had several milkshakes of course, but none from Mod). I am loving the heart!
 My parents came up for camp work weekend. We did a lot of cleaning and organizing at camp and I am excited to spend all of my summer up there! My parents came last year too and really improved our office and living room. This year we focused on overall organization, but a lot of it impacted our house and the office.

Today, we went for a hike before they had to leave. Sora loves their dog and wanted to lead the dog on our entire hike.
 She is so precious with her papa! Sora is pretty balanced in her love, even though she might show more affection to her grandma.

 There were a lot of beautiful wildflowers.

There was some whining near the end, but it was a beautiful day and a great hike. Sora and I went hiking a few weeks ago at another part of the same trail system. It's my goal to hike all of the trail system this year, so hopefully we can go with Kyle in a few weeks to a new section!

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Most weekends Sora fends for herself at camp while Kyle is busy and I either help or hide. Mother/Daughter was a time I could neither help nor hide. I actually had to mother. We spent the weekend in a cabin, which meant Sora was excited and I had to go to another building twice a night for each of us to use the restroom.

Because she gets so much camp time, cabin time is more of a novelty. We spent a lot of time reading in the cabin.
 Sora did choose to go on the nature hike Kyle lead.
 We also played games in the cabin.
 And did some random arts and crafts.
 Sora has a stash of toys at camp, these blocks being among them.
 We built a fort.
 We also went on a hike and saw early wildflowers.
 Our hike lead us to a waterfall.
It was a little cold, but we had a great time!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Surprise Visit

 Sora had a random episode of red cheeks on Tuesday, so I took her to the doctor. We just switched insurance companies, so we scrambled to find an urgent care, but it was smooth and just really boring. The doctor prescribed some medicine and Sora is on the upswing again.
To celebrate the end of swimming, we celebrated by painting our toes. Sora wanted to paint each other's, but I'm too much of a perfectionist for that. I told her she could experiment on herself instead.
 Here's a close up of why I wasn't wrong.
Now that the school year is winding down and camp is ramping up, we decided to end swim team a little early. Kyle has been very helpful with bringing her to swim often, and now he won't be able to. Plus, Sora is still busy with ballet, piano, and her new loves: the violin and her bicycle.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Break: Part 2

We were glad we brought our bikes to Portland so we could do some serious riding! We found a trail that went up one side of the river and down the other - over 4 miles of awesomeness! Unfortunately, Sora wiped out twice in the last few minutes of the trail for some serious scrapes.
I still talked her into this awesome nature park and another short bike ride around it.

We tried cherimoya while we were in Portland. We ate it raw and it was unlike anything I've ever had before. The verdict is still out on whether we liked it.
Sora and Kyle at our only coffee shop experience. We shopped and bought more books and looked at amazing arts and crafts.
We met my mom at the train station and spent a few days with her as well.

Here is Sora trying the cherimoya.
We had a great time at the grotto, eating all kinds of awesome foods, and exploring Portland's First Thursday night art walk. Here are Sora and Kyle posing for some great selfies at this delicious Mexican restaurant.
Of course all good things must come to an end. We left Portland and my mom this morning and are now back to real life. Kyle had to go straight up to camp so Sora and I get to enjoy a quiet few days at home before school starts back on Monday.

Spring Break: Part 1

We have been taking advantage of Sora's new bike and joined some friends at a walk-in park (it's a mile from the parking lot, so we rode our bikes to it). We have been alone, but it's so much better with friends!

Then, we headed out of town for our spring break trip to Portland. We stopped at Stonehenge:
We also stopped at a museum where Sora and I explored our pioneer sides.

And Sora and Kyle came across a Mastodon!
On the way to Portland, we also stopped and hiked to three waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.
And of course we stopped at Vista House for one of my favorite views.
The next day, we took the MAX downtown. We walked a mile from our AirBnB to the station only to realize we had left our debit card back at our rental! Kyle walked back and got it while Sora and I played at the park.
Sora loved Powells, of course, and had an extremely hard time deciding what to get. Luckily for her, we helped her eventually decide.
We had a delicious lunch with steamed pork buns, pizza, and fancy ramen right before hitting up the crazy donut shop.
Sora conked out quickly after a long day of walking over 10 miles!

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)!