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Gigi and Grandpa’s visit

May 11th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Gigi, Grandpa, and Lydia in the GOTR 5K

Gigi, Grandpa, and Lydia in the GOTR 5K

Gigi and Grandpa stopped by for a few days on their way back from Japan.  My parents are quite the world travelers and by far the busiest retirees I know.  My mom was an AFS student in Japan while in high school and she has kept in touch with her Japanese family all these years.  It’s actually quite amazing when I think about it to have that relationship — her Japanese brother and sister’s kids have visited us over the years and my mom has been back to Japan a handful of times as well.

Lydia and Hadley with some of the beautiful gifts Gigi and Grandpa brought from Japan

Lydia and Hadley with some of the beautiful gifts Gigi and Grandpa brought from Japan

We were lucky that their visit coincided with important events — Grandparents Day at McGilvra and Mother’s Day.  Plus the Girls on the Run 5K — which all 5 of us completed!  We were all thrilled that they could share those special days with us.

Gigi and Hadley at McGilvra Grandparent's day

Gigi and Hadley at McGilvra Grandparent’s day

5K finishers -- yes, my entire family is amazing!

5K finishers — yes, my entire family is amazing!

 

Lucky mom and the beautiful mother's day brunch Allan made for us

Lucky mom and the beautiful mother’s day brunch Allan made for us

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Easter

April 20th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

We had a record 4 Easter Egg hunts this year.  Fun, but exhausting.

H and L in their Easter finest (courtesy of the immensely talented Grandma J)

H and L in their Easter finest (courtesy of the immensely talented Grandma J)

The beautiful site of one of our hunts

The beautiful site of one of our hunts

Easter bonnets (H&L) -- so fun to have a party where they are encouraged.

Easter bonnets (L&H) — so fun to have a party where they are encouraged.

Dyeing Easter Eggs with Dad (L&H)

Dyeing Easter Eggs with Dad (L&H)

 

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Palm Springs

April 15th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

As usual, I’ve fallen a bit behind on the blog, so here are some catch up posts.  We spent the girls’ spring break in Palm Springs.  I was desperate for sun and looking for non-Hawaii prices and non-Mexico tummy bugs (which landed us in Children’s Hospital two years ago), so Palm Springs seemed like a good option.  I did question my choice though the weekend before we left when Lydia and Hadley declared a 60 degree day “too hot.”  I forget all they have known is Seattle, so think the cold, gray, and gloom is normal.  Luckily they acclimated admirably.  Spending 8 hours a day in the pool helped.  We stayed at the Westin Mission Hills, just outside Palm Springs.  It was a great resort and perfect for kids (once we found the quiet pool — the main one was a zoo).  While our primary goal was sun and swimming, we got out of the resort a bit and saw the sights.  Although I think of myself as a coast person, I was surprised by how much I liked the desert.  Really spectacular landscape and vegetation, like nothing I’ve seen before.  Here are some highlights:

The well-trodden path to the pool at our hotel

The well-trodden path to the pool at our hotel

 

Flying Hadley

Flying Hadley

 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up the San Jacinto Mountains

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up the San Jacinto Mountains

Allan and Lydia hiking at the trails at the top of the tram

Allan and Lydia hiking at the trails at the top of the tram

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Junior Park Rangers (they really did earn badges)

Junior Park Rangers (they really did earn badges)

Family pic hiking in Hidden Valley -- part of Joshua Tree Nat'l Park

Family pic hiking in Hidden Valley — part of Joshua Tree Nat’l Park

 

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Skiing with Colorado cousins

March 15th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

We had a great time visiting our Colorado cousins for a weekend of skiing at Winter Park.  Here are some highlights.

Tubing at the awesome sledding hill next to the ski house (H&L)

Tubing at the awesome sledding hill next to the ski house (H&L)

Going down our cousin's favorite trail, Dilly Daly Alley

Going down our cousin’s favorite trail, Dilly Daly Alley

Snuggly evenings in the ski house with Maren reading to us

Snuggly evenings in the ski house with Maren reading to us

Lots of great skiing with cousins!

Lots of great skiing with cousins!

 

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Women’s x-country ski and yoga retreat

March 2nd, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

I spent an awesome weekend with two friends at a women’s cross-country ski and yoga retreat in the Methow Valley (north-central Washington state).  I’m a relative novice at both sports, so it was fun to learn something new.  Great group of women, beautiful spot, and fabulous instructors.

My x-country ski group

My x-country ski group

 

Sun Mountain Lodge, our basecamp for the retreat and a beautiful northwest lodge

Sun Mountain Lodge, our basecamp for the retreat and a beautiful northwest lodge

 

Dinner with Rebecca and Shannon (who I came with) and Carol, a woman we met on the retreat

Dinner with Rebecca and Shannon (who I came with) and Carol, a woman we met on the retreat

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Winter break with Gigi and Grandpa

February 24th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Allan had a work trip over Lydia and Hadley’s winter break and we were lucky enough to have Gigi and Grandpa come out to take care of Lydia and Hadley.  As always they were very busy with lots of fun stuff.  A few highlights:

L&H in their favorite spot to watch the Olympics

L&H in their favorite spot to watch the Olympics

 

L&H ice-skating with Gigi

L&H ice-skating with Gigi

L&H during one of hundreds of board game sessions with Grandpa

L&H during one of hundreds of board game sessions with Grandpa

H&L at the Center for Wooden Boats

H&L at the Center for Wooden Boats

At the model boat pond

At the model boat pond

L&H showing off their 100 day of school project that they made with Gigi and Grandpa

L&H showing off their 100 day of school project that they made with Gigi and Grandpa

Skiing together at Crystal (yay for 6 person chairlifts)

Skiing together at Crystal (yay for 6 person chairlifts)

 

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Kindergarten School Pictures

February 1st, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

A little late posting, since these were taken in October 2013, but better late than never.

Hadley

Hadley

Lydia Kindergarten Oct 2013

Lydia

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Skiing and skating

January 31st, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

We’ve been in winter sports mode since the new year and have spent as much time as we can on the slopes and on the ice.  It’s been fun to see how quickly Lydia and Hadley have picked up skiing and skating.  Looks like the long, hard hours Allan and I spent on the bunny hill are paying off.

Lydia

Lydia

Hadley

Hadley

 

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Allan and Lydia

 

 

Hadley, the competitive one.  She zips around the ice, shouting out her count with every lap.  Last time we were at the rink she got up to 60.

Hadley, the competitive one. She zips around the ice, shouting out her count with every lap. Last time we were at the rink she got up to 60.

 

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Happy Birthday, Allan!

January 26th, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

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Lydia and Hadley outfitting dad to keep up with them on the slopes.

Hadley and Lydia with the flawed, but filled with love, birthday cake we made.

Hadley and Lydia with the flawed, but filled with love, birthday cake we made.

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2014 by Eleanor · Uncategorized

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014!

Hadley with the lucky coin she found in her New Year's cake.

Hadley with the lucky coin she found in her New Year’s cake.

 

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