Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer is Over

With an old and extremely slow computer, blogging has been pushed to the side for now. We're recovering from an extremely exciting summer where both Eric and I were home together for 2 months. And we're still married!

We welcomed "Iggy" into the family. She's our 26 foot trailer R/V. We drove her to mammoth and had an amazing trip. My new/used car, "Agnes," managed to pull her all the way to and from up to 10,000 feet. Yep, we name our vehicles.

Luke started Kindergarten yesterday (I am still in shock about that one), Claire began third grade, and Zac is a "too-cool-for-school" fifth grader. Sara started her sophomore year a few weeks ago and we haven't heard a peep from her since. We take that as a good sign. She's almost 16! As usual, time flies.

Eric and I also went back to school. So far my exciting moments have been the girl who won't sit and just stares at me for about 20 minutes before she decides to "join the group" and "act like a student." One little guy didn't make it to the restroom in time, but another just decided to drop his pants in the middle of the playground and water the tree. A first in my 10 years, 2 days at Vista.

Eric has his last hour off at school and is able to pick up the kids 2 times a week. That's new and exciting and so far he's done it once. Hopefully he'll continue to do so. ;)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

8 is Great!

We have finally come to the end of Claire's week long birthday celebration. It began with presents from Butch and RoRo and donuts at school on her "actual" birthday, February 21st. That night she requested we go to a school function called the "Sock Hop." To my surprise it was really fun.

Claire ended up staying the night with a friend. I picked her up in the morning for a birthday pedicure with her Oma and big sister, Sara.

The Tucker family came over that night for a family party. We ate, played, and danced. Again, it was really fun!

One of Claire's best girl friends from her soccer team, Erin, has a birthday 3 days after Claire's. Her mother and I thought of the brilliant plan to join forces and have a party together. So the "Stars" went ahead and had their usual Friday night soccer practice. Afterward, we transported all 10 of the girls to Erin's house to change into dance party clothes. Some college students were there to do hair and makeup.

The girls danced and sang Karoke in a room full of balloons, a fog machine, a stage, and colored lights. They ended the evening swimming, zip-lining, and jumping on the trampoline in the rain.

Seriously, the best party ever. Not sure how we can top it next year.

This is all typical of our Claire. She is our "go-getter." Every day she wakes up and asks, "What are we doing today?" She loves being active and spending time with friends and family. Her energy is contagious. We kind of think she's great. :)