Friday, May 17, 2019

The cone of shame

Poor Benji has had a tough time adjusting to a cone head today! He was neutered this morning and did just great. The surgery didn't even seem to bug him too much. But this big ol' plastic thing on his head has really freaked him out!! :)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Open House

This last week, Callum had his open house, and was thrilled to show us around his classroom and show us everything he's been working on this year.

Most impressive, to me, was his "yarn art" of an elephant. This thing took some amazing time and patience to make!!  Love it.

I also chuckle at his never ending crusade to acquire a hamster.  :)

Kids love art

Last weekend, I signed the boys up for an art event at Google! We dropped the boys off to spend a few hours doodling and having fun, while Jon and I snuck in a fun movie, during our time without kids! :)

RIP Odin

Gosh, another big event that I didn't blog about....

Sadly, Odin's health had been deteriorating, starting (about) early March. We had a few back and forth house visits with the vet, trying some last attempts to help relieve his pain and perhaps give him some extra time. But, in the end, it was his time - and we needed to let him go.

Jon wrote a nice tribute to him on FB, when he added Odin's collar to our wall (of, unfortunately, growing past-pets' collars):

15 years of life lived. 3 houses, a marriage, 1 championship, 2 kids, 4 cats, and 5 dogs as part of his long run. RIP Odin. We will miss you.

Under the Big Top

Camp Okizu held their 25th Annual Art Inspiring Gala - which we had the pleasure of attending, just before Spring Break. The decorations, and atmosphere in general, was amazing! We had so much fun (last pic is of my crazy hair after it took me about an hour to un-do!)  :)

Easter Sunday

For Easter, we spent the day hanging out with our old friends, the Cables, doing a bit of arts/crafts, egg dyeing, egg hunting, and video game playing!! We don't see them as much anymore (and, sadly, they're moving out of state soon!), but had a fabulous time catching up, as we always do! :)

Happy Pesach and Hoppy Easter!

Callum turns 9!

I'm catching up on my blogging from the last couple of weeks and am embarrassed to see I didn't blog about Callum's big birthday bash!! (In my defense, I'm having a hard time lately getting posts to work from my phone, and am rarely on my laptop anymore!)

Anyhoo - we had a really nice celebration for our little kiddo over his birthday weekend.  His main party was with three of his closest friends, having the time of their lives, jumping to their hearts' content, at a local trampoline park.

He is growing into such an intelligent, caring, funny guy.... whom we all love very much.  Happiest of birthdays buddy!!

A FB tribute to my Mom

I've been going thru some old family pics today and even tho my mom isn't on FB, I've gotta give a shout out to her on Mother's Day, because she's so amazing. 

No matter what - she's always there to love us, support us, and pick us up when we fall. 

Love you Mom! ❤️❤️❤️ 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

These two (plus Jonathan, who's road tripping with my Dad) are my world. 😍 Happy Mother's Day to all! 💐

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Jon’s twin

We're in Texas, visiting family this week....

We've been flipping thru some old school (ha!) yearbooks - and came across a pic of Jon, sporting a goofy smile amongst his classmates.

I then searched thru some of my own son's class pics because I was SURE that Callum had done something quite similar.... 🤓😍

Friday, March 29, 2019


Tried my hand at ratatouille for dinner tonight. It was pretty tasty!! 👍🏼

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Another neuropsych test session in the books!

"Mom, you know how you say don't stuff yourself? I think I'm going to skip that rule today. "

Callum worked up QUITE the appetite, after finishing four hours of neuropsych testing today! He's doing just fine academically - there are a couple of very minor things that the psychologist has suggested I raise for awareness and to keep an eye on, as he transitions to a new school next year. 

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Paintball party!

Callum had two birthday parties to attend yesterday. I was pooped just driving him back and forth across the Bay Area, but boy did he have a blast.

The first party was a paintball party and he was SO excited (but also a little nervous), since he had never been before (they did a "junior" version for younger kids where the guns aren't nearly as powerful, which was perfect for these guys). It was a little overwhelming for all of them - but once the kids finally got started, running around like crazy in the field, they all had so much fun!! Callum had a blast, and it gave me some good ideas of future parties to host ourselves.  ;-)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

An evening magic show

The birthday celebrations continued this evening, at a magic show up in the city!  We had a terrific time!

Callum volunteered for one of the tricks - where he colored in a drawing while the magician had his back turned. Then, after, the magician showed the same drawing he had sealed in an envelope that was colored the same as Callum's! Impressive! :) 

It was such a nice day.  Hope everyone had a lovely St. Paddy's Day!!

Afternoon tea

Today is my birthday!  I had a really nice time earlier today at "afternoon tea" for brunch with Jon and the boys.  We all really enjoyed ourselves.  The boys asked if we could go again sometime and Logan asked if he could go for his birthday!  I figure that's a pretty big two thumbs up from those kids.  ;-)

Logan demonstrating "pinkies up" ;-)

This place had plates for the kids too! PB&J tea sandwiches and little mini pizzas with their scones - could be a big reason why the boys loved it so much :)

Logan took this pic - not bad, right?!?