Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What I've been working on this week...

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A combined idea of a recipe book and a photo gift, I spent this last week putting this album together for Emmy's teacher, Mrs. Braga.  She's a fabulous teacher and thought that this could be a really cool class gift.  Thankfully, other parents thought it would be fun, too, so we got together pictures, recipes and monetary contributions and I went to work. Thankfully, we got enough donations to cover the expedited shipping! I just got it done today and the fastest shipping gets it here on Monday--last day of school is Wednesday!!!  Yikes!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Girls Trip 2012

For the 2nd year in a row now, I have gotten to get away with my friends for a weekend to Capitola!  This year we had a great, relaxing time--scrapbooking, walking the beach, enjoying amazing weather, trying out the famous Gayle's Bakery, playing games, reading... it was awesome!!!  Cap that off with some shopping at the Gilroy Outlets on the way home and my girl tank is full!!!
Highly unlike me, I left my camera at home (on purpose)... I had my phone and took just these two pictures.  Another thing highly unlike me is to not get pictures of the people on the trip.  So... I doctored up the picture to show who I was living it up with for the weekend!  Echo was the drink master--aren't they pretty?

Spring Break & The Living Desert

During our visit to Idyllwild over Spring break this year, we took a day to drive down to the desert and check out the Living Desert.  It's basically a zoo, and we had a great time seeing all the animals and watching the shows with Grandma and Pa B.  Ethan's favorite was the giant train display they had in the middle of the park. I think he probably spent a total of 2 hours throughout the day just watching all the train action and running around the whole thing.
 My favorite was the baby girafe.  She was born in October, so she was only 6 months old or so.  We also got to watch a girafe drink from the water hole... never have seen a girafe do that before... it's quite a process!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Performance Week

Well, I'm a bit delayed in the posting of this (what's new?), but now with my semester at the college done, I can turn my thoughts toward other (and more fun!) things... including downloading all my pictures off my camera and updating our blog!  Also, I'm looking forward to being able to go on field trips this month with each of the kid's classes as well as catching up on things around the house.  Hopefully, many more fun posts to come soon! :)

In March, we had what I called 'Peformance Week'--super fun!
Zeke's class (along with all the Sonora El 2nd graders) put on the annual 2nd grade "Garden Hoe-Down" on March 21. They practiced for weeks and each class had a part of the action.  This was so very cute and it was great to see Zeke up there on stage.  I video taped the performance, so the pictures are all from after the show, but here are a few of the shots I was able to get.

 Then on Friday, March 23, Emmy's dance class through the Mountain Youth Children's Theatre put on their Spring Recital. Emmy's class performed three routines. Again, I video taped instead of taking picutres, but I have to tell you this was absolutely priceless. 
Emmy LOVED being on-stage and stole the show!  She had a smile, she did her very best, and she was glowing!!!  There were many acts from the other classes they offer--the whole show was so impressive and it was so fun to watch all these kids, it got me excited for Emmy to continue with this organization--everything from voice lessons to acting to dance, all age appropriate and encouraging. 
So afterward, I asked Em if there were any other classes she would want to do.  Her response?  "You know those girls who stood up and sang by themselves with the microphone?  I want to do that."