Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Loganism at The Nutcracker

In my haste, I failed to mention the best part of the Hip Hop Nutcracker show, the other night.

When the Nutcracker put on his "magic shoes" that suddenly allowed him to dance amazingly - Logan leaned over and whispered to me, "Clearly, he already had the talent."

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

This past Saturday we headed up to Oakland, met my parents and brother, to take in a new spin on The Nutcracker! We all enjoyed it quite a bit and had a really nice night out. :)

Thank you to our veterans

I actually meant to post this last week - but given the note says to wear red, white and blue - it seems appropriately fitting to also thank our veterans for their tireless service and dedication to our country on this special day.

I noticed this card the other day while I was picking up in the boys' room and just had to snap a pic.

Callum's school just recently decided to participate in the same "spirit days" that Logan's school (the middle school) puts on. At Logan's school, it's a competition between each grade on who can demonstrate the most spirit - and the kids gain points for their grade each time they participate on these specific days. At the end of the year, I think the winning class gets a trip to Great America or something like that. I didn't follow it that closely last year because Logan wasn't very interested in participating. :/

Last week, Callum's teacher included a note in her weekly newsletter announcing they'd be taking part in the spirit days too - the first being on Friday where the kids should wear red, white and blue.

My ultra rule follower and competitive "all about maximizing every point possible" kid came home Thursday after school and immediately made himself a reminder (folded, so it would stand!!), to make sure he'd dress appropriately the next morning.

I didn't catch a picture of him on Friday, but not only did he dress in red, white and blue - but he pulled out his school t-shirt, which happens to be a red, white and blue tie-dyed design all over it. He had nailed it out of the park. I told him if his teacher didn't give him extra points for school spirit, on top of the colors spirit, she was crazy. ;-)

Movie Season!

Our favorite time of the year for so many reasons. Friday night we headed out to see Smallfoot, and yesterday we saw The Grinch!! Both were great and we've been having a nice time enjoying the movies as a family. :)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cookie Exchange 2018

Just finished attending Jenn's Cookie Exchange party of the year. Always a fun time to see friends who I don't get to see regularly!

The competition is tougher and tougher every year, so all I try to do these days is come with something presentable to give away!! ;-) I liked how everything turned out this year. Phew!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Making lemonade out of....

The pic on the left is the result of me trying to multitask way too much and not paying attention to the "fine print". I had bought some gift tags to use for the upcoming cookie exchange party I'm going to.... but was disappointed when I opened the package. ðŸ˜Đ

So, the pic on the right is the result of my quick and dirty coverup work!!

Voila! As Callum likes to say. 😉

Freshly baked gingersnaps with my morning tea?

Don't mind if I do! 😋

(Callum gave these a big thumbs up and gobbled up two before running off to the bus!) 😆

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Grinchy Cookies

Tried a new recipe today - they LOOK neat, but they are suuuuper sweet. Like, almost sickly sweet. :(

So, I don't think I'll be making them again! Darn it.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mom/Son(s) Bowling Night Event

Even though Callum and I are getting over a crummy head cold this weekend, we still headed out to our school's mom/son bowling event. We had a lot of fun! :)

November sunrise

Took this while walking Logan to the bus stop the other day. It was the morning after Halloween. We were tired. But presented with a beautiful sunrise.

I wish we'd keep our clocks on DST all year long. I love the long summer days. And I don't mind it being dark in the mornings. Plus, I'd never see something like this otherwise. :)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

5th Graders

I forgot I took a pic of this but just remembered it.

I had visited Logan's class yesterday for a literary presentation that the kids had prepared for their parents. I sat down at a random kid's desk to listen to Logan read me some of the work he's been doing lately, when I noticed the crumpled up socks, just nonchalantly hanging out, in the drawer, in front of me.

5th graders, man.

Trick or Treating Report

I forgot to blog after our fabulous time out on Halloween night!

Jon, Callum and I walked the neighborhood with a bunch of Callum's friends (and their parents), until he was quite tired and refused to hit any more houses (his friends couldn't understand how he didn't want to get any more candy - ha!!).

Meanwhile, big milestone for us - Logan was off on his own for the night! He, and a couple of his buddies, decided they would trick or treat on their own this year - and, perhaps anywhere else, I might've had a harder time allowing that. But our neighborhood is so great - every single kid (and parent) on the streets, is someone we know, or at the very least, recognize. So, while we had no clue where Logan was most of the night, we'd run into other groups/parents along the way who'd say something like "Hey! We just saw Logan!" :)

Most of the time, Logan has a lot of anxiety around doing things on his own and/or being without us. It was really nice to see him get a bit out of his box that night, and we were really proud of him for it!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! 🎃

Dr. Strange better be careful, Thanos may just decide to snap his fingers tonight! ðŸ˜ą

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween today!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Pop Art meets Halloween

The art assignment in Callum's class this week, was to base their piece off the Pop Art genre (and with a Halloween theme).

Isn't this terrific!? :)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Most Original

This afternoon I hustled the boys out of the house, down to Safeway, to buy a couple of pumpkins for the pumpkin carving activity at our neighborhood Rec Center. But, we didn't like the selection, so we then raced over to the pumpkin patch and quickly picked out a couple of small pumpkins that they liked.

Then, we headed back to the neighborhood, where Callum started furiously carving away (we were very late - the carving started at 2pm, we showed up at 3:30pm and they announced there was 15 minutes left before judging! I had forgotten they were also holding a pumpkin carving contest and when Callum heard that he was all about getting in on the action!). :)

He was stressed as they kept calling the countdown out and yelling at me and Logan to stop talking (we were trying to help him with a few good ideas). But our little artist had a vision and was determined to see it through.

Behold his final work of art - The Mummy Pumpkin.

And, proudly won the "Most Original" prize of the group!! Yay Callum!!

“La Drunk Voldemort” by Logan

Monday, October 22, 2018

Halloween Decorations

Just finished putting up the finishing touches (lighting) for the front. The boys love it! :)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Math/Halloween Project Update!

2 of his 3 pieces are now done.... 

Pretty proud of Logan - he's had a number of frustrating road blocks along the way but is sticking with it. 👍🏞

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

After school art class

He's always the slowest/last one working when I come pick him up. But he's so focused and thoughtful about his work. I think his art must be partially therapeutic for our little warrior. ❤️

Diggin’ the decorations at our rec center

Friday, October 12, 2018

Armour work

The fit needs a few tweaks but it's not horrible. Phew!

Embellishments come next! ðŸĪŠ

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Finally! A good lookin’ school pic of Mr. Callum!

(Logan still has to get his taken since we missed picture day a few weeks ago) :)

Monday, October 8, 2018

“Make your own costume”....

My kind of math assignment! ðŸĪĢ👍🏞

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Family pictures

A behind the scenes shot of our afternoon. 😁

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Flu shots done!

This year, we decided to check out the flu shot clinic at our local fire station! ✅

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Last day in NYC! ✌🏞

Met up with a friend for brunch, then headed over to the American Museum of Natural History where we spent several hours learning about dinosaurs (primarily, but a few other things too). ðŸ˜†   

Grabbed a delicious dinner, checked out a bakery that’s famous for its cookies, and then waited in too long of a line (or 2), spending too much money, at the Line Friends store! ðŸĪ·ðŸŧ‍♀️ 

And that’s a wrap! Until next time.... ðŸŽðŸŒƒ

Maybe another time Colbert.... ðŸ˜˜

A very happy kiddo amidst the crazy lines to get into this store!!