The pigeon has several stages… Happy Halloween!

31 10 2013

Kajsa wanted to be the pigeon this year for Halloween–that is, “the” pigeon of Mo Willems’ books, namely, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. She loves the Willems books. And the pigeon. As do I. They’re quite fun.

Our little pigeon had three stages, thanks to three opportunities to wear the costume–Chinese school, Elementary School parade, and trick-or-treating tonight. Whatever the stage, it was a fun Halloween!

Pigeon #2, fabric wings. School parade.

Pigeon #2, fabric wings. School parade.

(different beak, smaller tail, more comfy velcro on the hood)

(different beak, smaller tail, more comfy velcro on the hood)

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1st Grade…

3 09 2013

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Backwards Birthday Party

28 07 2013

We survived! And we even had fun, hosting our first at-home birthday party for Kajsa. Kajsa was thrilled to have 9 friends able to come celebrate her birthday… especially since it was a  “Backwards, Upside Down, Wacky Party”. We sent out mirror invitations (you held the invitation up to a mirror to read it); kids were invited to wear items of clothing backwards if they wished; and we played some backwards games in addition to some “normal” games. Normal: Hide and Seek;

Backwards games: Kickball, Red Light/Green Light and Goose Goose Duck.  As kids arrived they could color in a piece of paper with their names spelled backwards in block letters…. and for party favor bags we gave out silly putty, Tangle Toys, and some Scratch ‘n Sniff Stickers.

Sticking with the “Backwards, Upside Down, Wacky” theme, we had an upside down birthday cake. It was truly a team effort: Jim and Kajsa went shopping for ingredients, Kajsa helped stir, frost, and did lots of watching… and Thelma loaned me the cake pans, helped with the cake strategy, and stopped by several times to help out when I needed help. Thanks, team!! Clearly I’m not a cake decorator, but it was fun making this one. 

I had hoped to do a lot more with the theme… eating cake under the table, for instance. And blowing up lots of balloons to hang from the ceiling.  But time either got away from us (as in the balloon instance) or we thought better of the idea (eating under the table…. Abby would have loved all that people food at her level!).

Thankfully, our six year old is sometimes very understanding: after everyone left yesterday I sighed and said,

“Kajsa, I’m so sorry. We never even had time to blow up and hang all those balloons!”

“That’s ok, mom,” she said. “I can live a life without balloons.”

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Pool Photos

25 07 2013

I took these photos yesterday on my Samsung. One of the best things we have done this summer is to join the local pool. SO fun. SO great for Kajsa to see and play with so many friends–old and new. And she’s getting braver and braver. I love to see her confidence grow each time she jumps/belly flops/walks/attempts to dive off the diving board. So fun.

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Diving Board

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Jim, after a jump…

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Happy 6th Birthday, Kajsa!

25 07 2013

Happy 6th Birthday to Kajsa Ling!!

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Last day of Kindergarten, Part 2

18 06 2013
on... to 1st grade

the “I’m a 1st grader” pose….

After she got off the bus, Kajsa struck this pose… woo hooooo!!! No longer a Kindergartener. On to 1st grade. She LOVED Kindergarten. I loved her class, her teacher, her school… all in all, very excited for this kid and her educational future.

This morning when I told Kajsa I was a bit teary-eyed because it was her last day as a Kindergartener, she jumped into my arms, and said,

“But mom!… It’s a good thing that it’s my last day of Kindergarten!”

“It is?” I asked.

“Yes! It means I get to spend more time with YOU now!”

"Welcome to Summer!"
“Welcome to Summer!”
Balloons!!!!! She loves balloons.

Balloons!!!!! She loves balloons.





Last day of Kindergarten…!

18 06 2013

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