Tuesday, June 30, 2015
clearing out space and getting rid of things we don't need/use. purging feels so good.
catching up on my documentation. it's so easy with project life and so fun with some new stamps.
feeling proud when i walked into target yesterday and saw the dvd for beyond the reach. it will never get old.
eating tuscan cantaloupe from trader joe's. i buy at least one a week and we eat it right away. next time i'm buying a package of prosciutto with it and calling that my lunch.
regretting not planting tomatoes this year. the time got away from us and it just didn't happen. it makes me mad every time i have to buy them at the store.
wondering if it's too late now to plant?
considering some new paint colors for the house. our kitchen and our bedroom need a new coat. i was inspired to lighten things up after seeing the gorgeous model homes this weekend.
looking forward to seeing ant man when it comes out. bobby went to the premiere last night and said it's amazing!
getting used to my shorter hair. cut off about 6 inches and it's nice for summer.
listening to ingrid michaelson. went to her concert with my sister at the greek and really enjoyed her show.
driving jordan to and from swim practice every night, andrew to and from science fiction writing club, and sofia to and from playdates.
thinking "the kids" would love it if i made these mini donuts.
figuring out vacations and jobs and creative endeavors and work that needs to get done.
enjoying these moments, this summer.
Monday, June 29, 2015
|homemade waffles for saturday breakfast|
now we're ready to take on a new week.
saturday: french dip sandwiches at cole's
sunday: mexican food
making this week
monday: lemon chicken, greek tomato and cucumber farro
tuesday: pork medallions, spinach salad, roasted potatoes
wednesday: baja grilled flank steak salad - skinny taste cookbook
thursday: grilled salmon with avocado remoulade, asparagus
working on a big to-do list this week that includes a major clean out in our room and hopefully a trip to ikea. we need a fresh look.
i'm ready for a productive week.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
we got there early to avoid the crowds and brought in deli sandwiches and snacks (did you know you could do that?) we usually bring our own hot dogs and water. it gets expensive with the tickets and parking. other times we just eat at the stadium club.
|this photo was taken by my sister and is missing my other brother's family.|
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
then we went to downtown disney.
then we said goodbye to andrew and bobby. they took the train back to chatsworth so andrew could play in the championship baseball game. he was really bummed to have to leave but he also didn't want to miss the last game of the season. and he's so happy he didn't.
next time around we need to book two nights to have more time and get some rest in between. we'll have to contact our travel agent to see if there is room later this year.
Monday, June 22, 2015
|veggie spring rolls with peanut sauce|
last week i had to change up our menu because of last minute opportunities, like going to the dodger game on wednesday and a pool get together that took us into the evening. it means i need to stock the pantry and the freezer with easy meals for those spontaneous moments. one night i made spaghetti and meatballs for the kids, one night we had cheese, crackers and fruit for dinner. on friday we had salmon instead of pizza just because.
so, this week looks similar to last week and none of us seem to mind.
saturday: mexican food
sunday: deli sandwiches at the dodger game
making this week
monday: crunchy ahi tuna slad
tuesday: grilled sausages, pineapple, veggies
wednesday: chicken tacos, salad
thursday: flank steak, mexican street corn salad
we'll see what fun we get into this week.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|first day of school|
i also remember what we hoped for this year, more peace, trying new things, being consistent and committed, being on top of it, having fun and letting go.
their friendships grew stronger and said so much about who they are; honest, caring and supportive beings. there was a mix of drama and emotion but they learn to get along and more importantly care about each other, so they work it out. big life lesson for sure.
he worked as the teacher's assistant in humanities when they read the fellowship of the ring. along with his two friends he wrote tests and lesson plans using his extensive knowledge of tolkien and history. this was a highlight of the year for him.
sofia worked hard on her reading and spelling. it takes her a bit longer and she has to be patient and consistent but we saw a lot of growth this year. what mattered most was that she wanted to improve and she worked hard at it this year. she would get frustrated sometimes but she never gave up.
this was the year sofia did a moon journal. she observed and recorded the phases of the moon for a month. i love that i have all three of the kids moon journals to look at now. it's fun to see the differences and similarities in their work.
they enjoyed going to school dressed up for halloween and having fun at the carnival.
she came to school as walt disney and nancy drew for her book report presentations.
andrew went to all of the middle school dances and game nights. he took fencing and a gaming class as electives. he stepped out of his comfort zone a little bit more this year and i think found it's not such a scary place.
he went away for a week to catalina where he kayaked, snorkeled and hiked.
she went away for the first time, closer to home and for only a few days. it was an adventure that she really enjoyed and can't wait to go back next year.
they presented their unit of inquiries at the end of the year as part of the ib program. this is going to happen a lot next year and we can't wait to see what they discover and learn.
the kids each got to spend time with their teachers. andrew had a game night with his friends and the technology teacher and she got to go horseback riding.
they spent a lot of time in the car together. when they weren't fighting they were playing cards, singing songs and making each other laugh.
it was a pretty awesome year for her. she is growing up into such a special person. i love how interested she is in school and how hard she works at doing her best - even when it doesn't come easy. i admire her outgoing personality and her genuine care and respect for her classmates and teachers.
and it was an awesome year for him. he is a quiet young man but a deep thinker who will take on any challenge. one of his teacher's wrote: He is always positive in class and his fun sense of humor makes the atmosphere better for all.
next year will be his last year at cha and then he moves on to high school. hard to believe. but i know he's ready. the question is, am i?