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Happy 6th Birthday Lydia and Hadley!

July 22nd, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

6 year old Hadley and Lydia

6 year old Hadley and Lydia

Hard to believe that the girls are now 6!  After a very slow first few years, time now seems to be flying by.  As I think most people saw from Facebook, we celebrated the girls birthday with a Garbage Truck/Frozen themed friend birthday party on Sat, Jul 19.  I won the garbage track birthday at the McGilvra School auction and while the girls were excited about it, they have also become obsessed with Frozen so we decided to combine themes.  I must say it worked out really well.  Here are some pics of the party.

The birthday garbage crew (H&L on the end)

The birthday garbage crew (H&L on the end)

Hadley in the garbage truck

Hadley in the garbage truck

Lydia taking a crack at the pinata

Lydia taking a crack at the pinata

Lydia, Olaf, and Hadley

Lydia, Olaf, and Hadley

Frozen birthday cake (half bakery, half us)

Frozen birthday cake (half bakery, half us)

On the girls actual birthday, I took the day off and let the girls drive the agenda – watching Frozen in the morning and swimming in the afternoon.  Despite being a beautiful summer, their birthday fell on the one cold/rainy week, but we soldiered on and went swimming in the high sixty degree weather and drizzle.  We had a birthday dinner at home where Allan cooked all their favorite foods and I made a cake (I won’t quit my day job).

Hadley and Lydia watching Frozen

Hadley and Lydia watching Frozen

L&H taking a birthday swim (brrrr)

L&H taking a birthday swim (brrrr)

Happy, happy 6th to my amazing girls!  In the words of the great AA Milne:

When I was One,

I had just begun.

When I was Two,

I was nearly new.

When I was Three,

I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,

I was not much more.

When I was Five,

I was just alive.

But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.

So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

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4th of July

July 4th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Cheesy tourist pic on our way up the Space Needle (Hadley as Uncle Sam) and Lydia as our Lady Liberty

Cheesy tourist pic on our way up the Space Needle (Hadley as Uncle Sam) and Lydia as our Lady Liberty

We did our traditional 4th of July trip to the top of the Space Needle followed by our neighbor, Taylor’s grandparents 4th of July party in Burien.  The girls still love the Space Needle, so it’s nice to make a point of visiting the tourist trap once a year.  July 4 is a great time since the weather is generally good and the views from the top are pretty spectacular.

Hadley on the Space Needle Observation deck

Hadley on the Space Needle Observation deck

Artsy shot of H&L in front of their favorite monument.

Artsy shot of H&L in front of their favorite monument.

Family pic (H in red shorts)

Family pic (H in red shorts)

This one's for you, Grandma J -- the Weedle on the Needle!

This one’s for you, Grandma J — the Weedle on the Needle!

This was the second year we’ve gone to Taylor’s grandparent’s party.  Taylor is the same age as Lydia and Hadley (score for our new neighborhood) and her grandparents live on a small lake just south of Seattle.  The kids swim in the afternoon and there is a great fireworks display from the lake in the evening.  One of the funnier things is that no boats are allowed on the lake, but everyone has detachable “docks” with electric motors so there are always a bunch of docks cruising about the lake.

Lydia on the lake trampoline at the 4th of July party.

Lydia on the lake trampoline at the 4th of July party.

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Dr. Seuss Camp

July 2nd, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Summer is here and with it lots of camps for the girls as we decided to go the camp vs. nanny route for childcare this summer.  Lots of coordination, so we’ll see if we make the same choice next year, but so far so good.  We just wrapped up our first 2 weeks in Dr. Seuss Camp, which was put on by University of Washington.  Lots of different activities including drama, art, sports, story-making, and science — all with a Dr. Seuss theme.  At the end of camp, they put on a play for all the parents and had an open house for us to see all the amazing projects they’ve done over the last 2 weeks.  Definitely impressive.

Hadley doing her part in the "tooth" play

Hadley doing her part in the “tooth” play

Thespian Lydia

Thespian Lydia

Lydia and Hadley with their teeth masks

Lydia and Hadley with their teeth masks

Lydia and Hadley modeling just some of the things they made in camp.

Lydia and Hadley modeling just some of the things they made in camp.

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Kindergarten graduation

June 17th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Lydia and Hadley’s teachers, Mr. Stypulkoski and Ms. Poole, put on a wonderful graduation celebration for all the kindergarteners complete with red carpet, caps signed by the whole class, songs, and an amazing video montage of the year.  We feel very lucky to be part of an incredible school community with such dedicated teachers.  Here are some pics of the big day!

Hadley

Graduate Hadley

Lydia

Graduate Lydia

Hadley's teacher, Mr. Stypulkoski

Hadley’s teacher, Mr. Stypulkoski

Principal Maria Brueder and Lydia's teacher, Ms. Poole.

Principal Maria Brueder and Lydia’s teacher, Ms. Poole.

Hadley

Hadley

Lydia

Lydia

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Happy Father’s Day

June 15th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

L,A,H

L,A,H

Happy Father’s Day to a wonderful dad and husband.  We love you!

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Lost tooth

May 30th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Hadley with her first top tooth gone!

Hadley with her first top tooth gone!

More than almost any milestone, I find lost teeth to be a bitter-sweet indicator of growing up.  And for me, the front tooth felt big.  It highlighted in a way I’m not quite ready for, that my little kids are getting big.  Hadley couldn’t have been more excited though (and Lydia was equally if not more excited for her sister).  So, I choked back my tears and jumped up and down with my big girls and their gappy smiles.

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Memorial Day

May 26th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

After a busy spring, it was nice to have a “staycation” for Memorial Day.  Here are a few highlights.

Kayaking (Lydia, who had a smile on her face the entire time, and Allan)

Kayaking (Lydia, who had a smile on her face the entire time, and Allan)

Me and Hadley

Me and Hadley

Mariners!  (Lydia and Hadley)

Mariners! (Lydia and Hadley)

Lydia kite flying

Lydia kite flying

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Two wheels!

May 20th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Among the many amazing things McGilvra does, is teach all kids how to ride a two-wheeler as part of PE.  The PE teacher is awesome (and a Girls on the Run coach!) and her motto is “This is not your Grandmother’s PE.”   Lydia and Hadley have been able to balance on 2 wheels for almost a year, but definitely hadn’t mastered starting and stopping and were definitely not interested in their parent’s advice on the subject.  Hence the brilliance of bike riding being a unit at school.  Lydia and Hadley are now master bike-riders!

Lydia

Lydia

Hadley

Hadley

 

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Preakness Party

May 17th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

We resumed our annual spring horse race tradition after taking a year off right after our move.  Life was a busy around the Kentucky Derby, our traditional excuse for a party, so we celebrated the Preakness instead.  Our new house (especially on nice days when we can use the backyard) is great for hosting!  Here are a few highlights:

Lawn games -- in addition to croquet we also had bocce, a ring toss, and t-ball

Lawn games — in addition to croquet we also had bocce, a ring toss, and t-ball

Hadley, Suzanne Mueller, and Lydia

Hadley, Suzanne, and Lydia

Watching the race!

Watching the race!

Kathy and Talea

Kathy and Talea

Michael and Allan

Michael and Allan

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T-ball

May 15th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Lydia and Hadley are playing T-ball this spring.  I have to say it is fairly hilarious to watch 4 and 5 year-olds learn the sport.  The coach and parents (who are all effectively assistant coaches) are great, so it’s been a fun experience.  The girls different personalities have really shined through in T-ball.  For example, when playing the field, Lydia is often lying down picking flowers with her glove on her head, whereas Hadley is throwing elbows to get to the ball first.

Hadley nailing the ball

Hadley nailing the ball

Lydia at bat

Lydia at bat

 

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