Friday, June 14, 2019

Last Day of 5th Grade (and Elementary School!)

I remember a day back when the girls were just babies thinking that in 5 years or so they would be starting Kindergarten.  It seems SOOOO far away.  But that first day of Kindergarten was now almost 6 years ago and today they went to their elementary school for the last time ever!  I can't believe it.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Typical Day Lately

Today was the last full day of 5th grade/elementary school.  I haven’t done a “typical day” post in a long time and I've been meaning to document a typical school day this whole school year and just haven’t gotten around to it.  So here was our school day routine up until today and then I hope to document our summer routine once we get into the swing of it.

I get up between 6:30 and 7:00, depending on whether I’m going to shower or not (sometimes I shower at night).  After peeing and brushing my teeth, I go downstairs to let Kona out and make coffee.  Sometimes while the coffee is brewing I will sweep the floor or unload the dishwasher.  Then I pour myself some coffee and go back upstairs to get ready.

I usually finish getting ready around 8:00 and will then get the girls up if they are not already.  Then I go downstairs and make their lunches.  I have given up making them the night before because I just don’t want one. more. thing to do in the evenings.  Sometimes Olivia makes her own but not usually.  Starting next year I am definitely going to push them to make their own every day but for now I don’t mind.

While I’m making lunches and cleaning up they come downstairs and eat breakfast (Olivia anyway. Kayley usually doesn’t but they have a snack in class so whatever) and then gather their things, get their shoes on and are out the door at 8:35.  Then I finish getting my things together and try to leave by 8:50 but it's usually more like 8:55, which gets me to work at 9:00 or a few minutes after (LOVE my 5 minute commute!).

On my lunch break I usually go home to walk Kona or at least let her out and play with her a bit.  But this time of year when the weather is better I sometimes just leave her out all day and then run errands on my lunch break instead.  But I usually go home whether she’s out or not.

Paul gets home around 3:15 and the girls get home at 4:00.  I get home between 5:30 and 6, depending on when I leave work or if I stop at the store or whatever.  I fix dinner, sometimes for all of us but sometimes they've already eaten,  After I/we eat and clean up I usually play a game on my phone for a few minutes and then take the dog for a walk or maybe just fold laundry or watch a show.  Sometimes Olivia and I will watch something together and sometimes even Kayley will watch with us but not usually.  She is mostly just on her phone facetiming friends or making Tik Toks (videos).  Sometimes she paints or draws or does gymnastics.

At 9 or 9:30 we take the phones away and Olivia pretty much goes straight to sleep but Kayley takes awhile to get sleepy so she will draw or read for awhile.

9:30 to 11:00 is my alone time (Paul goes to bed around 9 because he gets up so early) and I usually do some combination of reading and watching TV/Netflix/Hulu, then I go to bed.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Bunch of Lasts as the Girls Finish Elementary School

I meant to publish this several days ago but just discovered it didn't publish.   We are now down to just 5 more days of school.

The girls have 8 more days of school.  And not just for this school year but 8 days left of elementary school altogether.  It’s the end of another era (the first major end of an era was when they started Kindergarten.  No more little babies/toddlers/preschoolers at home all day with me).  A few weeks ago was the 5th grade concert, their last elementary school concert ever.  A week or so before that was their last art walk, which I missed because of Olivia’s dance recital dress rehearsal, and a month or so ago was their last Bingo night which we also missed because of dance rehearsals.  Their very last elementary school field trip is tomorrow for Kayley's class and Friday for Olivia's.  I am going to chaperone Olivia’s.  I chaperoned quite a few field trips between Kindergarten and 2nd grade, but none since, so I figured it would be cool to chaperone the very last elementary school field trip ever.  And finally, tomorrow will be Olivia's last Girl Scout meeting ever.  Everything we've know for the last 6 years will be done/over/gone.

Olivia (center in olive green shirt) playing ukulele in the 5th grade concert   Kayley didn't want to go :(

This summer will be the first since I started working again 5 years ago that we will not have any type of nanny/childcare.  Paul will have most Mondays off and I will work from home two days per week.  The remaining two days per week the girls will just be home alone but I will go home on my lunch break and check on things.

Next year they will be in Middle School.  School will start much earlier which means I will get to work earlier and get home earlier (or actually start going to a gym a few days per week and then get home about the same time I do now).  I’m not looking forward to the earlier mornings but I am definitely looking forward to the earlier evenings!

So many changes.  Sad and exciting at the same time.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Recital Week

Olivia's dance recital is coming up this Saturday so this week is the crazy week.  It started with picture day last Saturday.  First she had a dress rehearsal from 10-12 and then photo sessions scattered throughout the day (one for each of the 3 classes she's in).  The first photo session was at 12:30, then another at 1:30 between which I ran out and grabbed her a sandwich from Jersey Mike's because there wasn't enough time for her to leave since she had to change costumes and what-not, then she had a break until the last one at 4:15.  This one was longer, an hour, because it was Dance Troupe, which is the group that does a big production every year.  This year is Beauty and the Beast.

Here was/is our schedule for this week:

Monday - nothing.  Instead Paul and I were able to go out to dinner in celebration of our 13th wedding anniversary.

Tuesday - Rehearsal for Beauty from 4-6 (normally not home from school until 4 but Paul is home early enough he was able to pick her up from walking home with a snack in the car and take her there barely in time or a teeny bit late), then Ballet from 6:45-7:15.  I showed up at 6 with dinner so she could eat in-between.

Wednesday - same except Jazz from 6:45-7:30.  I picked her up at 6 and took her to Subway for a quick dinner before taking her back for Jazz, then I walked Kona around the park while I waited.

Thursday (today) - Jazz rehearsal at 6:15, Ballet and 6:30 (or maybe it's the other way around) and Beauty from 7-9ish, probably closer to 9:30 or even 10.  I am volunteering so I will be there the whole time.

Friday - Just Beauty from 7-9ish.  Easy.

Saturday - Recital Day!  The recital is actually made up of 4 separate recitals and she is in the last 2 so she doesn't have to be there until 2:30 which is so nice.

In addition to the above, I've been busy buying supplies, food for the dancers backstage, ironing costumes, having costumes altered, etc.  It's one of those busy weeks that I HATE but of course some of it is fun and the recital itself is always great.  I will be glad when it's all over, though!


Jazz (I missed my opportunity to snap it in front of the background)

Olivia's ballet class

Olivia and friends.  Olivia (right) is a teacup

Beauty and the Beast cast

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter 2019

We had a fun Easter weekend.  On Saturday morning we went to our neighborhood's annual potluck/egg hunt at the park just up the street.  Well, Kayley didn't go because she was at a sleepover but the rest of us did.

The older kids receiving their instructions

The food table

The older kids' eggs are hidden in the woods to make it harder--the rest are just all over the grass fields. 

Then today we to church and then up to my brother and sister-in-law's place in Mount Vernon, about an hour and a half away.  We had a nice dinner and then another egg hunt.

5 out of the 6 kids, plus Kona

They love slime so I found this for their Easter baskets.  It smelled awful but had these cute little tiny chicks inside.

 One of these years I'll manage to get a nice picture of all 4 of us.  I'll probably have to resort to bribery.

Friday, April 12, 2019

11th Birthday

The girls turned 11 on February 28th.

They wanted to have separate parties this year.  They're tired of having to share a birthday and it's become increasingly difficult for them to agree on what to do.

Olivia wanted to have 3 or 4 friends spend the night and make slime.  Easy.  4 friends came for pizza and slime making, but only 3 spent the night.

Kayley wanted to take 3 friends to the Cheesecake Factory in Seattle and then to Wings Over Washington (similar to Soarin' Around the World (formerly Soarin' Over California) at Disneyland).  Paul had to stay home with Olivia (who, of course, wasn't invited) so I took them by myself.

The Harbor Steps, on the way down to the waterfront

The famous Gum Wall

Fun times had by all!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Mid-winter Break Trip to California

We took the girls to Disneyland 5 years ago this May when they were 6.  I'd been wanting to take them back for several years now and we finally went over the mid-winter break.

We flew down on a Saturday and the next day we went to Universal Studios, figuring Sunday would be the best day to drive up there with traffic and all.  They loved the new(ish) Harry Potter land (or whatever it's called) but everyone except Olivia agreed that the Mummy ride was the best!

Had to try the Butterbeer at Harry Potter land (or whatever it's called)

Monday we went to Knott's Berry Farm.  Paul had never been, nor the girls of course, and I hadn't been there since 1987.  I couldn't believe all the cool roller coasters they have now!  It is a coaster-lover's dream.  And we rode them ALL, most of 'em twice, except Montezooma's Revenge which was closed.

Hangtime.  Coolest. Ride. EVER!

Tuesday we finally went to Disneyland.

We ate lunch at Blue Bayou.  I love the atmosphere in that place.  So cool.

Wednesday we went to California Adventure.  We really enjoyed the Incredicoaster and thought it was a lot better than the former California Screamin'.  Also new and improved was Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, formerly the Tower of Terror.  Probably my favorite ride there, although Radiator Springs Racers was right up there.  We missed that one 5 years ago because it broke down while we were there, so we were super excited to finally get to ride it this time.  It is so fun!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout

Thursday was not going to be very good weather so we decided to forgo the parks and head up to Hollywood to do the Walk of Fame.  But we were driving around looking at some other stuff first (Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills Hotel, etc.) and Olivia started feeling carsick.  It was taking too long to get back to the Walk of Fame so we ended up just heading back to Anaheim, hoping that maybe Saturday morning we could try again.

Friday we started out at California Adventure at 8:30 AM and then went back to Disneyland around 2:00 and stayed until almost midnight.  That was a really long day but so fun.

We met Chewbacca

Then Saturday morning we decided to try once again to get to the Walk of Fame.  We drove straight there this time, no messing around with other stuff, but we (well, Paul) didn't want to pay $20 to park for just an hour or so so he ended up just dropping me and Kayley off while he and Olivia drove around.  So Kayley and I walked around and got pictures of the Pantages Theater and then started walking East toward the Chinese and Dolby Theaters and Johnny Depp's star (he's my favorite).  But we didn't realize just how far away we were!  But we finally made it and it was so cool to see all the prep going on for the Oscars which I had kind of forgotten was the NEXT DAY!  I had it in my head that it was still several days away.  Then we had to find Paul and Olivia so we could get heading back to the airport.  We were on the phone trying to explain to them where we were and it was taking forever.  Plus Hollywood Boulevard was obviously closed for a few blocks right around the Dolby Theater, making it that much more difficult to get to each other.  They finally were able to pull over on a side street a few blocks away and we found them and got on our way.

Pantages Theater

My fave

Oscar prep and the Dolby Theater

The top of the Chinese Theater