Friday, April 27, 2012

Overheard at Our House

Here we are again with another installment of amusing (often nonsensical) conversations that have happened at our house recently.

Sammy said, "Aye-aye, Captain!"
I said, "Aye-aye, Sammy"
Sammy said, "Mama, you are the Captain and I am the Sir."
I said, "OK."
Sammy said, "Wait. Maybe I am the Captain and you are the Sir."
I said, "Sounds good."
Sammy said, "Yes. But I do not know what the Sir is."
I said, "Maybe it's the first mate?"
(Captain) Sammy said, "Aye-aye, Sir!"

Sammy asked, "Mama, how do you steer the shopping cart?"
I said, "Well, you push one side of the handle to make it go this way and the other side to go that way."
Sammy said: "I want to drive the cart someday. I want to drive a car, too."
I said, "One day, you will. I am an excellent driver. I can teach you!"
Sammy said, "OK, thanks, Mom. But, you know, I am an excellent driver, too!"

Lucy exclaimed, "Mommy, Mommy! There's a new NOVA recorded on the TiVo!"
I asked, "Really? What is it about?"
Lucy said, "It's about the sun and how it has secrets!"
Hooray for another one who loves PBS.
Sammy said: "I'm not going to tell you!"
I asked, "You aren't going to tell me what?"
Sammy said: "How many cookies I ate."
I asked: "How many did you have?"
He held up three fingers to go with his mischievous grin.
I said, "Wow! That's a lot of cookies! I'll have to put them up high so you won't be tempted again."
Sammy said, "Uh, no. That's not a good idea at all."


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

School Stuff (Mostly)

Late winter and early spring was a time of many school activities and achievements for the kids. Here are a bunch of pictures to show and tell all that went on.

This new blogger format is bugging me because I cannot get the spacing correct while also using the picture captions feature. Forgive the mishmashed appearance.

Lucy wrote a bear report and built a model of the American Black Bear and its habitat. It was her very first written report and she did very well!

The Black Bear model up close.

Annabel with her Valentine's Day hat and sack of valentines.

One day we stopped at the playground on the walk home from school to let the girls have some swing time.

Annabel started ballet class again in late winter. They are going to perform Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the end of the season. Here she is on the first day back at class just before going in: all decked out in her tights and rainbow leg warmers that my friend Jo knitted for her.

Here is Lucy's spring school picture. I, obviously, had no idea that it was picture day.
Here's Annabel's spring picture. She has a darling smile, but all I see are the mismatched bow and the plastic bracelets, a testament to my utter oblivion that it was spring picture day.

Sammy's preschool Easter party.

Sammy finding eggs during the Easter egg hunt on the playground.
Sammy with his Easter basket.
Lucy right before her Go Green school assembly. All the movies I took of her singing are too large to upload to blogger. Bummer.
Lucy earned 61.1 AR points in one month! Wow! At the time of this printout she had 257 AR points for the year.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bay Area Discovery Musuem

This day was one of my favorite days in recent memory. Even in distant memory. The late morning sun shone down on all of us, filtered through the stubborn San Francisco fog that was not easing up its grip on the bay as quickly as it sometimes does. The air was cool and damp with a hint of salt, that thick, gray air that is so very San Francisco. I had not lived it in so long that when once again reacquainted with it, I loved it as much as I had once hated it when I actually lived there. The kids were excited to see a new sight, be in a new place and, above all, explore, as that is what my kids do best. Paul and I were getting along famously, also enjoying the day, seeing our kids happy, being pleased with them and each other. The life we tend to let take over, the one with all the demands, schedules and pressures, was replaced for a day by a life of leisure, relaxation, playtime, a picnic lunch and unhurried rambling from exhibit to exhibit in a fun place for all. I cannot wait to have another day like this. Perhaps here again or in a new place. Memories yet to make and to cherish.

On the Sausalito side of the bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance: Sam, 3; Lucy, 7; Annabel, 5.
Here we are, ready for some fun.

Making music.

Building slides and such.
Kids were digging for buried treasure: real coins!
Quick hug from Mama.
Lucy took this photo Paul and me.
Playing in the tide pool.
The water rushes in...
...the water rushes out. Annabel loved this spot.
Paul taking a picture of Sammy with his treasure.
He was so thrilled to find real coins.
Paul took the girls up the hill.
Sammy playing in a spider web.
Sammy was small enough to climb through this log.
Running through the amazing willow sculpture.
Sticks, of course, always are present when Sammy is at play.
On the trail up above.
Me and my kids.
Paul and kids pretending to be birds.
Hideaway in the willow.
Running in the willow.
Charging in the willow.
Surprise in the willow.
Fly in the willow.
Lucy hanging out in the old fishing boat.
Captain Sammy.
Perched up top.
How waves work.

Boats on waves.
Sea animal theater.
Sea otter Lucy.
Happy us. Wonderful day.