preschool field trip rite of passage.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)
and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and
milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;
and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and
may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea
Sunday, April 24, 2016
or the one where we do stuff other than go to the beach.
at the san diego zoo:
(ps - we had a *much* better experience than we did last time.)
the getty villa in los angeles (we also went to the getty museum, but no pics):
and more eating our faces off on balboa island:
ice cream for dinner, kids!
with cookies for dessert!
the wheelers. at the beach. (in the rain.)
really love what the weather is doing to your hair here, buddy:
dear emily: why are you wearing such gigantic dark sunglasses if it's overcast and raining out?
duh, it's because they make me look like a movie star (insert glam emoji here).
actually, it's because i have a pretty intense eye infection hidden under those suckers. one that started the day we left for newport beach, lasted nearly the entire week we were there, and landed me at urgent care for a few hours trying to get it checked out.
and if i hadn't told you, you'd never know.
so i guess the sunglasses did their job. and also the internet is full of people who are hiding something (insert sunglasses emoji here).
an evening stroll down to newport pier:
Saturday, April 23, 2016
spring break fell on a big week for our family (anniversary + two birthdays) this year, so we decided to pack up and take a little trip to southern california for some sun and surf to celebrate.
unfortunately, socal didn't get the memo that we were coming and decided to be rainy and overcast for the first few days we were there (we actually left sun in seattle. irony much?)
but never fear, the wheelers don't melt in the rain, and a short ferry ride to balboa island for some sugar 'n spice frozen bananas and dad's hippo cookies cheered the kidlets right up.
plus, no crowds!
happiest day of his life chasing birds around balboa pier:
can't keep this crew from the water for long, though.
swimsuits or none, the waves just call to them.
the sand, too:
Friday, April 15, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Sunday, April 03, 2016
we have a great community egg hunt that the kids enjoy every year.
this year the weather was tops!
taking selfies with dallin before the hunt in an effort to
distract him from entering the arena too soon.
(which worked for all of twenty seconds before i had to resort to just
pinning him down while he screamed, "eggs! eggs! eggs!" toddlers, amiright?)
caleb dressed in his easter brights for easy spotting. with that bald
blonde head, he was practically a sun beam out there.
dallin's first hunt! (it's serious business, yo.)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
summer and afton recently (and without warning!) grew out of their playhouse room.
(easily their mother's most favorite room in the house.)
they ended up leaving it a mess all time time because the setup just wasn't suiting their needs anymore.
new needs included: a bigger dresser for their bigger clothes, more floor space to set up their barbies and/or american girls and/or my little ponies and/or shopkins and/or whatever especially tiny toys they are in to on any given day, a space to spend hours drawing (doing homework would be nice, too), and a place to store their ever growing collection of art supplies.
here's what we came up with:
a couple of these projects were a wee bit DIY because i got this crazy, harebrained idea that i was some kind of ikea hacker. dear future emily, you are definitely NOT an ikea hacker (your blood pressure may never be the same), but it was worth a go.
after clearing out and selling most of their old stuff, i painted the room (and the ceiling -- curse whoever decided it was a good idea to put color on ceilings!)
then i spray painted almost every thing i could get my hands on with gold spray paint (the dresser knobs, the curtain finials, picture frames, the desk legs, a couple of my kids).
i painted the ikea hemnes drawer fronts for a peachy ombre effect and mounted bookplates on the ikea alex drawers.
bryan and i built the desk from an ikea linnmon top and four hairpin legs.
i also found an awesome idea for a striped bulletin board at sarah m. dorsey designs, used liquid nails to adhere a few ikea corkboards together, and spray painted a copycat design. my piece de resistance.
now the girls are happy, and i'm tired (but the girls are happy).
this message proudly sponsored by our recent trip to ikea
and the many, many (MANY) trips to the hardware store that followed (hi logan!)