Thursday, November 10, 2016

Del Mar

Lily and William have a week off in October for fall break.  Mom and I decided we'd take the kids to San Diego for the week to enjoy the beach and the gorgeous weather.  Once our trip was booked, Ryan and Dad quickly cleared their schedule for a few days to join...shortly followed by Mallory and Casey.  Our family likes to travel together and never wants to be left out of a fun vacation!  

We had the kids to ourselves for the first half of the week and just bummed around town.  Lots of time at the beach, a quick trip to La Jolla to see the seals, and exploring our home base of Del Mar (scoping out and trying all the restaurants is Nanny and I's favorite thing to do!).  But the real fun started for Lily and William once the boys arrived.  Beach baseball, Papa hopping and chasing the waves, evening sunsets playing in the water (after baths!!), and all the fun that comes with a week at the beach.  We loved Del Mar and can't wait to go back!





















Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Soccer for William Thomas

William has been waiting for this day for years.  His very first team sport...soccer!  He is playing with all his best buddies including Chance, Tommy, and James plus lots of other neighborhood families.  William scored his team's very first goal and was one happy boy!  It's going to be a great season!



Happy birthday Daddy!

Happiest birthday to our favorite guy in the world.  We love him so much.
And a man who wears a crown all night long just to please his 7 year old daughter is obviously a keeper!  









Every day happenings....

A quick update on fall activities...

~ice skating birthday party



~Lily was home with a nasty cold for a couple days.  She was laying on the couch miserable all morning on a day Ryan was off work.  I've never seen a faster or more miraculous recovery after it was decided she didn't have to go to school!  So instead, breakfast date and lots of one-on-one time with our sweet girl! 




~breakfast downtown at the Phoenix farmers market.  A fun morning outside our suburban bubble.



~Lily's school has a new Mandarin teacher and all the grades performed at the Mid Autumn Moon Festival.  She loves learning this new language!


~William and his best friend James.  They are practically inseparable.  


~Someone snuck back downstairs because "I just want to read quietly near you please."  How can I say no to that sweet request!  Like mother, like daughter. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

1st day of school

August 8th 2016 - First day of 2nd grade was a great success.  Lily and I walked by ourselves and chatted about how it was ok to be nervous, how she is always scared the first day but always ends up loving school, etc.  After a brave front, she teared up once it was time for me to leave.  But upon pick-up..."Mom, it was the BEST day.  Mr Robinson is the BEST teacher.  And I saw all my friends!  I can't wait to go back tomorrow!"  Lily is having the best year and we've never seen her happier or more confident.  It's going to be a great year!!  


William's first day of the "Fish" class, or young 4's, started the following day.  I'd post a picture of him actually at school but was too busy trying to escape the chokehold he had on me.  In other words, drop off wasn't successful but after settling in, he loves his school and the fact that he can see his best buddy James.  



We are so very lucky for great schools and the amazing community of friends we've found in Arizona. 

4 years old

I can not believe this boy is 4 years old! We had a great day.  Balloons first thing in the morning and a gorgeous poster Lily created, followed by his second day of school.  His teachers greeted him with a birthday crown and he shared fruit snacks with all his friends.  After Daddy was home from work, lots of fun birthday gifts and of course a cake rounded out a perfect day for our special 4 year old.