Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Vacation Week 3 - First Slumber Party

The week started out pretty boring, with bad weather and the girls unmotivated to ever go anywhere (except maybe the bouncy house or McDonald's).  Things started turning around by Thursday, though, and it's been a really fun weekend.

Monday - Nothing.  Played at home all day and after I left to go to the gym once Paul got home they finally got to play with their friends who were out of town last week.

Tuesday - Home all morning, trip to Target and Fred Meyer in the afternoon.  Friends came over for awhile until dinner, then we watched part of Monsters, Inc. (finished it the next night) in preparation for seeing Monsters University in the theater soon, hopefully.

Thursday - Farmer's market/outdoor concert.

Friday - The girls went to their first slumber party!  I was a little worried how they'd do but they did just fine.  I think it definitely helped that they had each other.  It was a hot day, so when we first dropped them off, they played in the birthday girl's new pool, then they made mini pizzas, decorated cupcakes, made their own snack mix and watched a movie.  And, with them being away for the evening, Paul and I got a rare date night!  We went to the Olive Garden, because he hadn't been since I was pregnant and I had only been once since then, back in September.  After dinner we hit up Safeway, romantics that we are, then went home and had cocktails on our patio.


Saturday - I had to go up to MV for a bridal shower so Paul picked up the girls from the slumber party and took them to the splash park (I'm not crossing that off my bucket list yet, though, since I didn't go).

Sunday - Luther Burbank Park

Summer Bucket List - The Lake and Frozen Yogurt

It was in the low 90s today so we definitely wanted to do something with water involved.  So after church we took the girls to Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island.  Paul had never been and we had to head out that way anyway to use a Living Social voucher for frozen yogurt before it expired.

The girls had a blast shooting each other (and us) with their new squirter thingies from my dad and stepmom and digging in the sand.

This is what I get when I ask her to look at the camera and smile pretty.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Bucket List - Outdoor Concert

I took the girls to the North Bend farmers market/outdoor concert last night (Paul was hiking with a friend but they met up with us later).  The park where this event is held has a brand new playground so the girls mostly wanted to just play on that but since the stage was right next to it, I was able to just sit and listen to the music while they played.  It worked out well.

Climbing the rock wall

No fear

Having a shaved ice

Technically I could cross farmer's market off my bucket list also, but there is another bigger and better one in Issaquah on Saturdays so that's the one I really want to go to.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

4th of July Decor and Goodies

I've never really decorated for the 4th before but I was really loving these printables on Pintrest.

 So I printed a few, framed them and here they are on my mantel (I actually meant to print the "O Say" one but wasn't paying attention, but the pledge one is cool, too.)

We'll be going to Crescent Bar the weekend right after the 4th and celebrating that Saturday with Paul's parents.  The community always has a parade that Saturday and a fantastic fireworks show that night.  We'll have a BBQ and I'm thinking of making this for dessert:

And I think the girls would have fun making some of these:

Or maybe we'll just break out the cake pop maker instead...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Summer Vacation: Week 2

This week was the first week in a long time where we had absolutely no where to be at a certain time.  No school, swim lessons, classes or activities of any kind.  We did drive up to Mount Vernon on Wednesday and had to be up there by a certain time, but the trip itself was voluntary.  Also, both of the neighbor girls that the girls play with all the time were out of town all week, so we had no one over to play, no one showing up out of the blue or knocking on our door at random times during the day.  It was kind of nice.  The girls still got to play with a few other neighbors here and there but it was nice just being able to go about my day and not worry about if there's going to be a knock on the door any minute.

Monday - Still in Portland, went to the Oregon Zoo.

Tuesday - Catch up on laundry and housework, girls played.  Daddy took them to the park after work while I went grocery shopping.

Wednesday - Trip to MV to visit family.

Thursday - Played at home ALL day.  I had thought about going to Target but just decided to hit Fred Meyer after the gym instead, rather than make two trips to Issaquah the same day.

Friday - Played at home ALL day again.  Tried once again to go a few places but the girls didn't want to.

Saturday - Paul did lots of yard work and took the girls and a few neighbors to the park while I was out running errands.  Missed the better part of a beautiful afternoon running errands that normally would have be run during preschool.  I'm already kind of really looking forward to fall.

Sunday - Church, then birthday party at Kidz Bounce.  I took a short nap while the girls watched a little TV.  Had family movie night after dinner and watched 101 Dalmations (the old, animated version).

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Multnomah Falls and the Oregon Zoo

We went to Portland last weekend to visit Paul's sister.  His parents came, too (drove separately).  Her apartment complex has a suite that they rent out to friends/family of the residents.  I'd never heard of an apartment complex doing that but this one does.

We got there late Saturday afternoon and just hung out by the pool for awhile, then had dinner in the suite.  After dinner we walked to a park to let the girls play, then they had a sleepover with their aunt in her apartment while Paul and I and his parents (her parents, too, obviously) stayed in the suite.  On Sunday we all went to church with her and then barbequed some steaks at her apartment, then drove to Multnomah Falls and hiked to the top.

At the top, small falls before the big one

View of the Columbia River and I-84
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She had to work on Monday so we were all on our own.  The parents just went to Costco and then home, while we went to the Oregon Zoo and headed home after that, stopping at their place for dinner to wait out the rush hour traffic.  The zoo was really fun.  The weather was perfect and we actually saw a lot of animals.  Seems like when we go to the Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle most of the animals are hiding.

I was really hoping to experience Voodoo Doughnuts while we were there, but no such luck.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Last Swim Lesson

Paul's parents gave the girls swim lessons for their birthday.  They started in mid-April and it was a 5-week session (twice a week).  The preschool classes go from P1 to P5 and they both started in P1, but we immediately realized they should probably be in P2.  They assessed them and agreed about Kayley being in P2, but said Olivia should stay in P1 because she wasn't very comfortable on her back.  She had a really hard time at first with her sister getting to move up without her, especially since one of their best friends was in the same P2 class, but she got over it after a few lessons.  At the end of the 5 weeks they assess everyone and recommend what level to go to next.  They recommended P2 again for Kayley and still P1 for Olivia.  But we weren't about to pay for another session of P1 because for the most part it was way too easy for her, so we talked to the staff and they let us to go ahead and put her in P2 for the next session.  So they both just finished that session and this time it was Olivia who advanced to P3 and Kayley was still recommended P2.  Kayley was super close, they said, but her legs sink when she rolls from her stomach to her back (or vice versa).

Anyway, I just thought it was funny that Olivia wasn't even supposed to be in P2 but then she advanced to P3 at the end of it.  We aren't going to continue lessons right now anyway, but if we did we would just but them both in P3 and I know Kayley would do just fine, just like Olivia did great in P2 when P1 was still "recommended".

Meanwhile, they will get lots of practice this summer at Crescent Bar and Coeur d'Alene.



Summer Vacation: Week 1

So, we all know how fast the summer flies by.  I thought it would be fun to be able to look back and see what all we did throughout the summer (I have tons planned but of course probably won't get to a lot of it), especially since this is the last summer before the girls start "real" school.  So, here's a brief re-cap of our first week of summer break.

Monday - Did some learning activities during/after breakfast then played with friends from 10:30ish until 7:30ish (breaking for dinner).

Tuesday - Played at home all morning, then swim lessons and new zip-line park.  Home around 3:00, played with A & E for an hour or so, then dinner.  Out for frozen yogurt and to the library.  Daddy was working late so didn't come.

Wednesday - Up late, at 9:00.  Breakfast, played while I got ready, lunch at mall, art museum, park.

Thursday - Played at home all morning, then last swim lesson.  Played at park after, then trip to Target. 

Friday - Played at home all morning while I packed for Portland, then ran errands after lunch.  Played with friends, then Kayley left with Dad to run errands.  Olivia and I rode scooters around the block then had dinner.  Kayley and Dad ate on the road as it got too late and they were hungry.

Saturday-Monday - Trip to Portland.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bucket List Check-off - Museum

One of our summer bucket list items was to visit a museum (hopefully more than one).  I was able to get free passes to the Bellevue Art Museum through the library so we went today.  I was worried that the girls would be really bored and not the least bit interested but they were really good and actually kind of into it.  They had a fun area with these big magnet boards (like bulletin boards, only magnetized) with all different types of magnets to make different designs or scenes.  They enjoyed playing with that.
The museum is across the street from the mall, so first we had lunch at the mall and then had to walk past the Disney Store to get to the museum, so we went in to browse and the girls were enthralled with this castle with a talking mirror (big video screen).

After leaving the museum, we stopped at a nearby park and played for awhile.

Watching ducks

Cool waterfall in background

This was a fountain in front of the mall.  I gave them pennies to throw in.  They wished for their favorite TV shows to be on all the time.  Sigh.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Preschool Graduation

Today was the last day of preschool and the girls had a little graduation ceremony and potluck lunch.
They walked up on stage to receive their "diplomas", sang 2 songs, and then we had lunch.  I can't believe preschool is over!  I have really enjoyed having that little over 2 hours 3 days a week to run errands or do things around the house or just relax with a book (I think I did that maybe once) or browse some stores.  I'll miss that, but I'll have even more time for that stuff come September, and in the mean time we have tons of fun stuff planned.  I can't believe my babies are off to Kindergarten in 94 days!




Lined up waiting to go up on the stage to get diplomas.  Oops, kinda blurry.