Wednesday, March 16, 2016


One of the perks of my new job is that I got to attend an annual national convention in Chicago. While Chicago in March is not on my top list of places to visit, it moves around each year so next year we'll be headed for San Diego. Luckily, it was unseasonably warm, I got to see some cool things, get to know my co-workers better, and be totally overwhelmed and inspired for my job.

I was there when the Trump rally was cancelled due to protests. I stayed very close to Trump Towers, which was a long way from the rally. 
 The Art Museum is world renowned and had a lot to see.

 There was a sculpture park as well, but I prefer Seattle's.
 Of course I had to eat a Chicago dog and send a photo to Kyle.
 An overwhelming candy store for Sora.
And because I was there the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, I got to see the river turn green. This was less than a block from our hotel, and the hotel was actually on the river as well, so this sight stayed with me the rest of the weekend.
 And of course, the Chicago PD. My favorite part of Chicago is the city flag, which the policeman is explaining to us. I watched the world's most interesting TED talk on flags, so I already knew all about the amazing flag of Chicago. In fact, the souvenir I bought for Kyle was a stocking cap with the city flag on it.
 The green river never got old.

And this is why I hate to fly. It's hard to truly appreciate this scene, but we waited for over 90 minutes to go through security. When we finally got to our gate, the plane was boarding. We were lucky to fly from Yakima, which has a 2 minute wait for security on a bad day. This is also why I will insist on flying in and out of Yakima as often as possible!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sora's Tooth!

Sora has been waiting a very long time (7 years, 1 month and 3 days to be precise) to lose her first tooth. It was only wiggly for a day or two, and BAM as soon as I left town for a work trip, it was gone. 

 Kyle played tooth fairy, but Sora wasn't buying it. She did enjoy her dollar, but she knew it was from dad.
Her adorable smile is now forever altered.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Caspar Babypants

Sora's school held a benefit concert with Caspar Babypants (aka Chris from the Presidents of the United States of America) last night that was perfect and awesome! I got to help with tickets and felt like a rock star since, as a teacher at the school, I knew most of the concert goers. Kyle, as the board president, was in the zone with greeting all the parents and kids, and Sora was in crazy dance heaven. 

I didn't actually take pictures, so I borrowed these from a friend's Facebook feed. You can see the mad mosh-pit of children in the front of the theater.
Sora's in the yellow princess dress. She danced the whole 45 minute show and ran around beforehand and afterwards. She even got to crash another child's birthday party since we were setting up, and the family was super gracious and even let Sora take home a party favor.
We listened to a LOT of Caspar Babypants when Sora was little, so it was a little heartbreaking to walk by the swag table and know that a CD at this point would be kind of a waste on Sora. I did buy her some cool art for her room though. The artwork on all of the covers is done by Chris' wife and is very, very cool.

They have been talking about doing some type of children's concert series at this venue in the future, and I'm excited to see who comes to town next!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Budding Engine

 Through a series of interesting events, I am going back to school (online with a three week in-person "intensive" in Montana) to get my Montessori Primary (3-6 year old) Teaching Certificate. While this is pretty awesome, it's also time consuming since I also work full time. Kyle has graciously been stepping up and taking Sora to more things.

This past weekend, Kyle took Sora to Engineering Day at the local community college. Sora loved it!
 She build structures with spaghetti and marshmallows.
 She built a boat and tested how many pennies it would hold.
 She experimented with sinking and floating clay.
 She went fishing.
 She LOVES science, so the volcano activities were a big hit.
 At the end, she launched a stomp rocket and also did some catapulting.
Afterwards, we all went to a high school play which starred some camp staff! Sora loved it, but of course refused to talk to anyone other than the actresses she knew afterwards.

The next day, Sora and I went to the children's symphony. We went last year too. It's a short program with 8 songs kids would like, with an explanation of the similarities and differences between all the orchestral instruments. Afterwards, there was a "petting zoo" where kids could try different instruments. Sora is obsessed with the violin and after seeing all the other instruments, she was still determined to play the violin next year. She's been getting better at piano, and it's fun to listen to her practice.