Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Swim and quilt

Here's some of what's happening:
  • This last week, the kids did a morning swim class and an afternoon quilting camp Monday-Thursday, C had guitar Friday and a rollerskating b-day party (for her 12th) on Saturday.  C graduated from the top swim class, so next summer one of our options for her is the junior lifeguard class (open to 11-15 year olds).  D is in the class just below the top swim level.  C also managed to finish her quilt (with some overtime from the very nice teacher), but D didn't, as he was sick and missed a day.  The hope is that he'll be able to finish up at home with C's help.
  • When we have the option, I've been scheduling C multiple guitar lessons in a single week.  It's still kind of up in the air whether she'll do guitar during the school year--C is not much for practicing spontaneously and her parents are not into nagging her into music practice.  C has been given notice that complaining about practicing or not practicing could mean no guitar lessons.  C is very good at guitar and her guitar teacher often praises her efforts, but it shouldn't require an act of Congress for her to practice 2 or 3 times a week for 10 minutes if she likes guitar.  
  • Between her swimming, her guitar and the sewing, C now has many skills I've never had.  (My swimming is good enough to keep me afloat, but it's a basic dog paddle.  C has actual strokes.)
  • We threw a roller skate/laser tag party for C's birthday on Saturday and had 14 kids--C and D, a bunch of C's girl classmates, and a bunch of siblings.  A number of C's classmates have siblings in D's class.  And there were several moms.  It went very smoothly.  Now that we have two vehicles, it was a snap managing the party and Baby T's needs.  Baby T came late with my husband, had some pizza, enjoyed the flashing lights and then went home for her nap.  I stayed and wrapped up the party and handed out coupons good for free rink admission.
  • One of the classmates' families has invited everybody to meet for more skating later in the week.  Yay!  
  • Some friends are packing up for a move to Ohio this week.
  • The kids are almost done with their scheduled camps and classes.  C is going to have a bunch of guitar and she's doing a half-day babysitting course (that I'm paying her to attend) and there's going to be a week or so around Vancouver, but that's essentially it.  
  • School is starting in less than a month...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Simcha Fisher on children cooking

Here is a cute piece by the lovely Simcha Fisher on children cooking.  My kids are somewhere in between her kids and the pork medallion kids.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


This week I somehow made it to a gym indoor cycling, aquacise and yoga class.  I used to just go and do the treadmill a lot or walk a lot, but my podiatrist is encouraging me to vary my exercise as much as possible and to avoid too much impact on the feet, so that's why I've done as many group classes this week as in my entire adult life.  That's probably not a pace I can keep up long term.

Interestingly, I've learned that C (who is interested in the aquacise) can join me as soon as she hits 5'.  One inch to go!

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Baby T had a trip to the zoo (zzz, she calls it).  She tried to say elephant, lion and snake.  She can hiss, kinda roar like a lion, oink like a pig and buzz like a bee.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Easter basket

Baby T was playing in C's room this morning.  Baby T found C's Easter basket in C's closet and hauled it out.  Then she found the plastic Easter eggs elsewhere in the room and put them into the basket.

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:

  • A 2011 Kia Sedona minivan has just joined our family.  This was literally the first day that it was financially feasible when we saw the ad for a dealership a couple towns over.  We had lunch to get our wits about us, all drove there by car and then my husband drove it to a mechanic in our town while I drove the kids in our old car.  Then we killed time waiting for the mechanic to get to it and I took ALL of the kids to C's guitar lesson and then the kids and I went home.  My husband got a quote from the mechanic (small oil leak) and then went back to the dealership to make an offer.  And now, we are the proud owners of a minivan with DVD player and back up camera!  Wealth beyond the dreams of avarice!  It's funny how none of this existed when I was a tween 30 years ago, but you can now get it on a budget kid wagon like the Kia Sedona.  We're keeping our 2004 Ford Taurus for the moment, but may sell it if it turns out we're not using it at all.  It would be really, really nice if this car lasted as long as the Taurus has, but we got a good deal either way. 
  • I kind of want our next car to be a self-driving google car...
  • Still no dishwasher.  We've had two visits from a plumber.  We have made progress, in that we know what part we need for the dishwasher and we're waiting to hear from an appliance repair place when the appropriate part comes in.
  • C had a guitar lesson today.  We're doing a sort of DIY guitar camp, in that I've signed her up for three 30-minute lessons this week.  C is very good at her lessons, but I haven't seen that her home practice does much for her, so I'm trying to see how far we get her to progress this summer.  This week, she'll be starting her first song.  She chose Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair, which her teacher says she's within reach of and should be able to start this week. 
  • I've booked C another four guitar lessons (two more this week, and then two weekly ones) and when C finishes those up, we can talk about what we're doing next.  We might even do more "guitar camps," depending on how things go.
  • C and D are probably going to do fencing in August.
  • We're still figuring out what to do about extracurriculars in the fall.  The kids will have CCD and D will have obligatory school sports.  C will not do have to do school sports but will probably do therapeutic horse riding during the school year and may or may not continue with a weekly guitar lesson.  We could either do a weekly guitar lesson for her during the school year, or just keep guitar as a summer thing.  Horse riding is nice for the school year because the weather is moderate, whereas fencing and guitar are nice indoor activities.      
  • Baby T oinks beautifully.
  • Poor Baby T spent so much time today being buckled into her stroller and car seat!  But she's free now.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Indoor zoo

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We had a large flying roach in the living room a couple nights ago.  Gah!
  • C will be continuing her guitar for at least another few weeks.  I've booked her for a 30-minute lesson three days in a row this coming week, which I think should move her forward pretty well.  If she makes progress and is interested, we may continue.
  • We had some small mystery puddles in the kitchen.  The plumber came, diagnosed it as being a problem with the supply hose to the dishwasher, and shut down the hot water in the kitchen.  The dishes have been a pain ever since, but hopefully we'll be fixed up and have hot water in the kitchen and a working dishwasher by Monday.
  • Some friends are back in town and had a party with burritos Saturday night.  Baby T enjoyed a tortilla with chicken (she likes her spiced chicken).  She also LOVED the family's bird and new kitten.