Friday, June 30, 2017

Swimming Lessons

First week out of school:  SWIMMING LESSONS!

Abigail and Anna each had private lessons at an apartment pool that we can walk to from our house.  Anna was a little nervouse, though she acted like her silly, dramatic self. The girls were most exctied about their new bathing suits. This year was  turning point for Abigail--she got it!  By the end of the week, she could swim across the 9ft deep end, jump off the diving board, go down the slide.  It is so fun to see her grow her abilities and discover what she is capable of.
Anna had fun with the lessons, but will have another couple years before she blossoms as a swimmer, I think.







Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Reading


I have wonderful memories of summer reading programs through the public library. To me, there is nothing better than the icy cold air conditioning at the library and a book bursting with potential. 

So, of course, during our first week of summer break, we signed up for our local library's program. I snapped this cute picture of the kids who just plopped right down and started reading.  Be still my heart!  Then, I interrupted them and took one with them looking at me because their faces really are cute too!

I guess someone else thought they were the picture of childhood reading perfection, because the social media coordinator for the library came over and took some pictures and posted them on Arlington County Library's Facebook page.  

We came home and read through all the books. Joseph complained that the books I suggest (usually Newberry Medal winners) are always sad.  I enjoyed reading aloud picture books to the girls (Anna's current favorite are the Bitty Baby stories).  We're also reading a few chapter books aloud together--we've finished  Bird Boy and Chang and the Bamboo Flute.  Even Joseph joins in if I'm reading aloud--I love having all 3 of my babies cuddled up while we read. We have now started on E.B. White's Trumpet of the Swan.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Abigail Loses Her First TOOTH!


Abigail lost her first tooth! What a momentous occasion! Her top left front tooth has been wiggly for a while, but it finally came out!  We were at my office at Catholic University setting up a new desk on Saturday afternoon; Abigail and Anna were playing throughout the empty offices when we heard shrieks of delight!  Abigail immediately wanted to talk more about Mommy, the tooth fairy!  She really wanted "Kanoodle Genius" from the tooth fairy, but I could only find in on Amazon which meant next day delivery (and obviously the toothfairy had to deliver THAT NIGHT).  We ordered Kanoodle Genius for the next tooth, but for this first tooth, she got a satin fish purse/little bag, that I had purchased for her in Vietnam.  

Abigail was super excited--for days after, we found selfies (see below) on my phone of her showing off her new tooth gap.  She also greeted everyone--strangers and friends alike--by announcing that she had lost her first tooth. Being 6 is awesome!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Abigail and Anna in Ms. O'Donnell's Class

The last week of school was filled with fun activities--the "Peace Walk," family picnic, Reptiles Alive, etc. I had so much fun spending time with the girls in their class. It has been really fun this year to have Abigail and Anna in the same class--they have loved it and grown close in shared experiences.  Next year Anna will stay in Primary Montessori while Abigail moves on to Lower Elementary Montessori.  There are 3 years of kids in a Montessori classroom (Abigail was in the last year, Anna in the first).

Abigail will deeply miss her beloved Ms. O'Donnell. And Ms. O'Donnell has expressed to me how sad she is to lose Abigail.  Abigail really thrived there--I've never in my life seen a report card as glowing as Abigail's.  My favorite, "Abigail is inherently kind."  Yes, she is. I love her heart.

Ms. O'Donnell said she will be able to carry on, though, because she has our sweet Anna with her again next year. I even got talked into being the Room Parent next year--so I guess I've got lots of fun times ahead!







Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Joseph Finishes Elementary School

Joseph had his 5th grade graduation ceremony! We love him so much. The girls were just bursting with pride for their big brother. It was fun celebrating with his teacher, Mrs. Lopatawietz, and friends like Caleb, Yedi, and Shane.  After the ceremony, Joseph chose the Bamboo Buffet for a celebration dinner. He was delighted to find that Anthony and Shane and their families were also there!  Joseph recorded himself eating a baby octopus at the restaurant. He is quite the dramatic these days--even has his own Youtube channel, J.O Vids








Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day Camping Trip

For Father's Day weekend, we celebrated Marc by going camping at the Patuxent River Navy Base along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland! We went swimming, fishing, boating. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. We had a wonderful time all together at this beautiful place!








Sunday, June 11, 2017

Piano Recital

Abigail performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Fiddler on the Roof" at the piano recital today.  She keeps time with her little body as she plays.

Joseph was slated to play as well, but his baseball team kept advancing in the playoffs so he had game we were not expecting. Luckly, he did all the preparation for the recital (practicing, memorizing his piece, etc.) so he got the benefits even though he didn't perform.

Anna was very sick so I actually stayed home with her--missing both the recital and most of the game.



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Abigail Rides A Bike!

This week Abigail turned the corner on two-wheel bike riding. She's got it down and LOVES to bike. This morning she woke up at 6:30 and was ready to ride around the neighborhood. It is so fun to see her accomplish this; she has been afraid and it didn't come easily to her, which most things actually do. It is wonderful to see her develop confidence and independence.  



Joseph's First Track Meet

Joseph's running club at school participated in a community track meet. He ran several events, including the mile in which he got a personal best: 6 minutes, 30 seconds. I think




Abigail & Anna



Sunday, June 04, 2017

2017 Baseball

I am so proud of Joseph! He has worked really hard this year! I love watching him play. 
It is fun to see how much he has improved--stealing bases with these leads that often require diving back for the base, hitting hard, making great plays in the field. And, most important to me, being a good teammate. 

His games have been mostly late this season so the girls have only been able to attend a few. Marc typically puts them to bed while I watch my boy play!  But on the occasions they have come, they enjoy the nearby playground with the climbing apparatus, or playing on iphones--this definitely is a new generation!!


 




Friday, June 02, 2017

Family 5k

Marc's work hosts 5k running events each month early on a Friday morning. Our family enjoys going together.  Joseph is getting quite fast!  


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Family Day at the Outdoor Lab

Arlington County School District has a property called the "Outdoor Lab," that they use for field trips, nature and science education activities. They had an open house day for families--we got to take a pontoon boat ride, go fishing, hold snakes, roast s'mores, and just have an all around great day! To make it more special, Grandma Charlotte was visiting from Missouri so she spent the day with us!