Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Summer Reading Game

Lucy and Annabel did the Summer Reading Game through the Livermore Public Library this year. Annabel did the Ducky's Game, a read-to-me game that involved lots of picture books, reporting on favorite books, stickers and in the end getting a cute little bathtime duck. She also had her name posted on the wall at the library. She really enjoyed it!

Lucy did the Make a Splash game that involved her reading, independently, more than 108 books and reporting on some of them to receive stickers, book charms, a medal and the grand prize of being a Super Reader and being honored on TV with the mayor (the TV thing will take place in late September). The major motivation for her was, you guessed it, being on TV. In fact she's such a performer she was inquiring what other ways people get on TV. Is she planning her debut already?

We are so proud of both girls for embracing books, which are so important in life and to me personally as well.






Legoland 2010

On our summer vacation in late July, apart from the beach, the main attraction was the trip to Legoland. The kids love this place. There was something fun and age-appropriate for each of them, and we so enjoyed seeing them having a great time. After all, that's what a family vacation is for, right? I mean, I regard it as a business trip (let's face it, my full-time job right now is being Mommy), but for the kiddos, it's all about having F-U-N!

Sammy playing in the toddler area

Annabel and Lucy riding on tubes down the Lazy River


Sammy watching the girls and Daddy riding down the Lazy River


Lucy declared herself "an excellent driver"


Mommy and girls on the boat ride


Sammy playing with the water squirters


Annabel on day two


Lucy on the Royal Joust ride


Annabel was fussy about her horse but loved it once mounted and riding along


Annabel and Lucy with the princess of the Grand Tournament of Champions show


Lucy and Annabel with the Red Squire and the Jester from the Grand Tournament of Champions show


Paul and Lucy running wild in the Hideaways


Annabel taking a break from the Hideaways


Back to catch the full Grand Tournament of Champions show. Lucy got picked to be one of the helper princesses on stage. She was thrilled!


The grand entrance and introduction of helping princesses


Lucy right at home on stage. She may have a future in acting.


Lucy thinks she's one of the main actors and is ready to take a bow along with them at the show's conclusion. Bravo!


Annabel loved the Lego cars. She did really well this year and managed quite a few laps.


Sammy happy with a prop car outside the Lego car rides. Next year he may be ready to roll in one of the working cars!


Overheard at Our House

Annabel and I were talking about what she could put in the sharing can from preschool when it's her turn to share. I suggested the Stellar's Jay feather we found during our Butano camping trip but she said it could not be that because it was "too pointy." She thinks that she must share something that is the same shape as the sharing can (a gallon paint can). Perhaps a large can of soup would fit the bill?