Tuesday, August 31, 2010

back to… SCHOOL???

really? yup. me. I signed my kid up for school. like, real school. like, in a classroom. with a teacher. that’s not me. shocking!

tomorrow morning, layla starts kindergarten.

I’ve gone back and forth about the homeschooling thing. and what it came down to, is that I really don’t want to do it. that paired with the fact that layla really likes classroom-type stuff, and kept asking all summer long when she could go back to her preschool, seemed like a recipe for a mediocre experience, at best.

enough explaining. she’s going. end of story. (for now, at least.)

so with her going to school, and shane going back to my mom’s, I’m officially, no longer, a homeschool mom. guess I have to change my profile, huh?

she’s really looking forward to it. we went to the open house last night, saw the classroom and met her teacher… whom she has talked about all day today. we met a few classmates as well, including the son of some people we sorta know. mom went to trinity (before my time), but is mutual friends with some other friends of ours from there… long story, short, we were actually all together at a christmas party several years back. she’s now the children’s ministry director at a church down the street! we also discovered that, of the 6 girls on layla’s soccer team, 5 of them are in this class! all good encouragement!

she’s chosen her clothes for the first day – true to layla fashion sense. I did manage to talk her out of wearing her oldest, most beat-up shoes, in favor of some newer, less beat-up shoes. sheesh! she had no interest in wearing anything remotely ‘new’, nor could she be convinced that red socks don’t go very well with hot pink leggings… whatever. they may as well see ‘the real layla’, as opposed to someone obviously dressed by their color-matching-conscious mother.

we went shopping yesterday for school supplies.

my prosthetic arm and leg should be arriving sometime next week.

she’s very excited about her hello kitty backpack. I talked her out of the tinkerbell one. not sure why, but I figured the lasting power of hello kitty was longer than that of tinkerbell. I don’t know why I bothered, really, since I see little probability of this backpack surviving longer than a year.

possibly most exciting of all, is that she gets to ride the bus! because we live across a very busy road from the school, we get a bus. because she’s in half-day kindergarten, she gets to ride the ‘kindergarten’ bus home. it’s SO cute. it’s a smaller bus (NOT a short bus) and it’s just for the kindergarteners! there’s one bus for the whole class. she could ride the big bus in the morning, and perhaps she will eventually, but for now, I’m more confortable driving her. you know, all those big, scary 6th graders are on the bus too…

I’ll most definitely be taking lots of pictures tomorrow… so be sure to check back!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

free food anyone?

this has been something of a crazy weekend! but lots of fun. it was the weekend of 4 million bbq’s. okay, how about 3. could have been 4, but we were bad neighbors and skipped one to get a lot of much needed yardwork done.

bbq #1: dave’s company picnic was out at tolt macdonald. it’s always great to get together with all of dave’s co-workers who I see twice – maybe three times- a year, and their families. yup. I love making small talk with a bunch of people I don’t really know, but should because I’ve met them so many times, but really don’t because all I’ve ever done is met them and made small talk. hmmm. okay, I’m exaggerating. it wasn’t bad. the kids definitely had fun. there was a bouncy house!

well, some of the kids. shane was skeptical at first. see how enthusiastic he is?

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but he did eventually decide to go in, and then later, he and dave played a little whiffle ball, and eventually bailed on us completely and went to start a soccer match.

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and then I pulled the kids out of the bouncy house in order to try and make them eat.048051

there were a few other fun activities set out for the kids, too. like bubbles and all sorts of wands.

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and jump ropes. watching micah try and jump rope was pretty darn funny. he was all spastic. he knew what he was supposed to do… he threw the jump rope over his head and started jumping up and down frantically.

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this was almost as funny as him trying to figure out how to hula hoop. he was watching this girl who knew how to do it, and you could see the wheels turning as he was making a good effort to make what she was doing happen to his hoop too. he finally found a way that worked for him…

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then we headed over to the playground for a few minutes. 087088

and took cheesey pictures of each other.090091094

the funniest was when micah was trying to take a picture of dave, but didn’t notice that he was holding the camera the wrong way… this is what he got:092093

we about died laughing. and then we loaded up and headed out for…

bbq #2:

a friend was hosting a backyard bbq to celebrate her husband’s birthday and her mom being in town. lots of friends, lots of kids, good food, too! what’s not to love?

oh yeah, and blackmail photos:096

I just know that having a picture of 11 year old shane driving a pink barbie jeep will come in handy someday!098103

we called it quits on that party a little early, to get home and get kids to bed in a somewhat timely manner…

and, last but not least, there was…

bbq #3:

the annual salmon bake/church picnic after church today. I didn’t bring my camera, but we didn’t really do anything that interesting. we got our food, we sat and ate it while we chit-chatted with friends. oh wait, we were at church, so I guess we were ‘fellowshipping’ (btw, I hate it when people use that word as a verb!) but it was fun and tasty, and it’s always nice when you can feed your family 3 meals in a row for free!

I’ll leave you with this, because it struck me funny. we had pancakes and sausage links for dinner tonight. layla decided the sausage was too spicy… but somehow, eating just the edge off of it was okay…

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Friday, August 27, 2010

lily and layla: then and now!

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last day of vacation (saturday, august 21)

in an attempt to recover from depression over our early morning goodbyes, we picked up jordan, and drove back into sacramento one last time, to do something I’ve been wanting to do for YEARS! in connection with the california state railroad museum, which we visited on tuesday, you can take a short, scenic train ride, pulled by a working steam locomotive!

supposedly…

CA trip 348so I tried not to make too big of a stink, and enjoyed the fact that it was still a train ride, even if it was pulled by a diesel. CA trip 412CA trip 352CA trip 353anyone want to see the governator? there’s the capitol!CA trip 356yes, that is a real conductor, punching my ticket!CA trip 358CA trip 359

the replacement locomotive:CA trip 364when you get to the ‘end of the line’ in baths, the engine unhooks, switches tracks, pulls past the waiting train, switches tracks again, and then couples to the other end of the train to pull it back to the station.

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and I had to take a picture of the really ugly gold bridge that is a landmark in sacramento. seriously. it’s metallic!

this was our train:CA trip 414after the train ride, we stopped through the old schoolhouse to explore.CA trip 425shane, jordan and layla, doing some writing on slates.CA trip 416CA trip 423dave, attempting to get suspended…CA trip 419shane, ringing the school bell: CA trip 415and then there’s the “rules for teachers”. this is a hoot! CA trip 424

after that, it was laundry, packing, one last swim, one last in-n-out burger,and then hitting the road. we drove all night again, and got home around 10:30 the next morning. it was a long trip, but totally worth it! we miss everyone so much.

thanks, gramma and papa, for putting up with all of us and helping us have such a great time! so many great memories! we love you and can’t wait to see you again!

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