Showing posts from June, 2011

Camping at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

We went camping with a group of six families (with 18 kids aged 6 and under) in June at Big Trees State Park near Arnold, California. The kids had a great time pretty much entertaining themselves and it was a really great group of people, making for a fabulous trip overall. It was our first time at Big Trees and we were impressed. Lots of space, big trees (yep, it's true), a beautiful meadow and decent amenities.

Swan Lake Ballet Performance

The long awaited day of the Swan Lake performance was in June right after school let out. The girls had worked very hard on their dances since January and were very excited to finally wear their tutus and perform in the big theater. I was excited for them, too! They both did a wonderful job and enjoyed it to the fullest.

The girls are ready to go!

Paul was away in England so I hired a neighbor girl to babysit Sammy. I knew he couldn't sit still for the performance and I would miss the whole thing chasing after him in the entry way. He was reluctant to stay with the babysitter but he did fine overall. This photo was taken right before the girls and I left. Can you see he's a bit sulky?

Annabel was a little swan.

The grand finish.

Lucy was a midnight swan.

The grand finish.

Last Days of School June 2011

We ended the school year with many activities and a few tears because my babies are growing up and because Annabel is going to miss life at preschool, Lucy will miss her amazing first grade teacher and I, sadly, no longer have a toddler to take to Mommy & Me class. It is difficult to believe I will have two in elementary school and one in preschool next year. Wait a minute! That's all three kids in school. Astonishing! I will have two hours entirely to myself on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in September. The thought is remarkable! I might actually become a lady of leisure. Or maybe I'll use that time to clean the house. Or write a book. The possibilities are endless. Ah, but I am getting ahead of myself. Back to the last days of school. Lots of activities: field trips, hoedowns, performances, declarations of gratitude and heartfelt good-byes. Time passes quickly. I will always have my memories. I will always be the keeper of my kids' memories, too.

Annabel with a pla…