Sunday, March 26, 2017


Here's some of what we have been doing this weekend:

  • D did a 10k race and came in at 53 minutes--a personal best.
  • C did her therapeutic riding.
  • Baby T had been asking for weeks (if not months) for a playdate with a daughter of friends, so we got together last night.  We had dinner with the cafeteria, did frisbee, balls, and scooter on campus, and then went home and did zipline, Connect Four and Hot Wheels.  C also played her electrified ukulele and the visiting mom sang Scarborough Fair while C played.  (C's Renaissance pieces sound very interesting with electric effects)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Help for duck foot

We have a lot of duck foot in the family and I've been having the worst time finding summer shoes for Baby T (when we were in the Skechers store, I'm pretty sure she was registering EE on their foot measuring device).  All those cute little ballet flats are way too narrow for Baby T.  Crocs work well (they're very wide in the toes), but you don't want to wear Crocs everywhere.

I've been wanting a slip on canvas summer shoe for Baby T and not finding it anywhere--not Old Navy, Skechers, or GAP.  The shoes she was trying on were winding up way too long length-wise, but also too narrow!

We had a very lucky find at Carter's today.  Their Mary Janes seem to be just about right.  We looked at a denim-and-white canvas Mary Jane with a velcro strap and a sparkly navy canvas Mary Jane with an elastic strap and ultimately went with the second pair, although both fit fine.  We were both very pleased.  Baby T wore the new shoes home and is talking about showing them to C.  I'm not sure exactly what Baby T is wearing for Easter, but these should work.

Baby T will be wearing Mary Janes as part of her uniform when she starts pre-k, so fingers crossed that the Landsend Mary Janes will serve her as well as they served C when she was that age.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

More D's birthday

We had D's official 12th birthday yesterday.  My husband and the kids made an orange chocolate version of the incredibly fudgy Hershey cake.  I kind of prefer it in the only-chocolate version, but it is very good.  Husband also 3D printed a pixelly "Happy Birthday D" cake topper and a matching Minecraft creeper.  D got some Star Wars figures and a Megablock Star Trek Klingon bird of prey ship.

Quite the birthday week, all in all.

We've also done a lot of trip planning for our summer trip to WA to see family.  We're ALL going this time, which will be the first time we've ever ALL five gotten on a plane together.  We're planning to get hotels and rent a minivan, which should maximize our freedom, sightseeing, and general efficiency.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Baby T on kids

Baby T says:  "I want to be a mom when I grow up.  Kids are friends!"

Friday, March 3, 2017


Here's some of what happened today:

  • Baby T and I picked up D's birthday cake from the store (German chocolate--D's favorite).
  • I loaded up the car with ukulele club stuff (six ukuleles with cases and tuners, probably five books, etc.) and Baby T.  I dropped Baby T off with husband (they do lunch together on these occasions) and zipped over to school.  We had solid turnout (six girls in addition to C) and several girls learned how to play Frere Jacques.  They were very pleased with themselves.  This is the first actual song that they have ever done at ukulele club.  This is very exciting.
  • I returned to pick up my husband and Baby T.  My husband was fortunately free to help set up for D's birthday party.  (The actual b-day is later, but we're running up against spring break.)
  • We had six boys come (four classmates and two younger family friends).  My husband ran some NERF battles with the kids (six guests plus C and D).  I directed new arrivals to the NERF battle zone and then Baby T and I went home to set the table and await the pizzas.
  • We had two meatless and two vegetarian pizzas (the mushroom one was very good), baby carrots and grapes and then the German chocolate cake.  Miraculously, everybody was willing to eat the cake.
  • And then the boys got to do the zipline and D bowed to public opinion and opened gifts.
  • D and I even managed to do our thank you notes.
  • So tired!