Friday, June 24, 2016

Last day of school

That's a wrap on 1st grade and the Quail class at preschool.  It was a great year! 




Performances

End of school performances

Lily's art fair and music performance.  Her grade sang a handful of songs, and she played the symbols as well.  Great job Lily!


William also had a singing performance at his school.  He sang the words but wasn't interested in also doing the actions.  Sweet boy!




Lily recently started piano lessons.  New classes, sports, etc make her very nervous so the original plan was for Ryan and Lily to learn to play together.  However, after a few lessons, Ryan decided to sit outside and let her try it on her own.  Afterwords, her instructor said Lily did much better without him and recommended that she continue by herself.  Daddy got kicked out, ha!  

She absolutely loves it.  She practices on her own, multiple times a day, and is excelling.  After just a couple months, she performed two songs in the recital and was nearly flawless.  And even more special for her parents, not one ounce of nervousness or anxiety that we often see from our girl.  We are beyond proud of her!


April/May 2016

Ryan's award trip took us to Palm Beach, Florida to stay at the iconic Breakers Hotel.  We had an amazing time as always, and enjoyed some adult time together while Nanny held down the fort back at home. 




How do we get so lucky to have extended family visit us so often?  Pam had a work conference in Phoenix and Uncle Tom tagged along.  Ice cream treats at Sugar Bowl in Old Town for the win!


Lily and I snuck away one Saturday for a special girls only afternoon with friends Georgia and Michaela.  The Little Mermaid play by the Youth Theatre in downtown Mesa was a blast!  




Mothers Day with these two is always full of laughs and lots of orneriness.  I thank my lucky stars that they are mine! 



Friday, April 29, 2016

Easter morning

Easter morning.  William was being his typical goofy self and Lily is 6 going on 16! 






Outtakes...







2016 Easter Egg Hunt

Our neighborhood mom's group held the traditional Easter Egg Hunt at the park.  This year included a visit from the easter bunny herself, as well as a petting zoo!  It was a perfect afternoon spent with all our favorite friends.  We are beyond lucky to live here.  








Sunday, April 24, 2016

Girl's Only!

The last day of spring break, Lily and I spent the morning just the two of us, while William went to play with his best friend, James.  Pedicures, a much needed haircut followed by lunch...such a treat to spend one-on-one time with my girl!






Spring Break

We never travel for spring break - the weather is gorgeous and it's the perfect time of year to enjoy all that Arizona has to offer.  This year, I chose to spend most of the week just the three of us.  

First stop...the zoo!  We spent over six hours doing anything and everything Lily and William wanted to do.  I think we saw every single animal, some of them twice.  These two have so much fun together (when they aren't fighting, ha!)...I am loving this stage!





Another day, we explored Mesa.  We started at the Museum of Natural History, to see the dinosaur display.  Not our favorite, so we quickly moved on and walked a few blocks to the IDEA museum.  Very interactive and much more interesting to my 3 and 6 year old.  Hours later, we were hungry so found an outdoor cafe on the mainstreet of downtown Mesa....perfect for William with the metro trains riding by every few minutes!  Another highlight was the Street Pianos.  We found four and Lily was beyond thrilled that she was allowed to sit down and play them!   Such a fun, and exhausting, day!