once again, we gathered with my old grad school friends (not that we’re old! we’re young!) and their families for a weekend of camping fun, this time at mount rainier. we missed robin and her family but know we’ll lure them back next year.
our family had a night of camping on our own before colin and julia’s family arrived. sydney and quinn and parents arrived the next day. so we camped three nights total. three nights camping with zany, energetic, exploring tilly. the good news is that she and josephine love camping and were happy almost the entire time. the other good news is that they both slept great. the bad news? there really isn’t any bad news, other than the fact that we failed to get a group shot or a photo of all the kids. we did a few small hikes and did the beginning of some longer hikes, just happy to be out in fresh air and sunshine and shadow. the weather was lovely until the last few hours of our weekend, the mountain is amazingly gorgeous, and we were reminded of how lucky we all are to have such wonderful friends.
the people in the site next to ours for the first two nights were stellar acoustic guitar players. they pulled out their instruments in the evenings and played gentle, quiet music that floated over to our site while i sat outside the tent after putting tilly down to bed. it was the perfect soundtrack.
“They’re like mittens!” she announced.
(gulp. i have a bit of catching up to do. two photo posts in all of july? i’ll dig myself out of this blog backlog one of these days…)
Atlanta! Last week we went to visit Ned’s parents — Gigi and Papa to the kids — in their lovely Atlanta home. In addition to our gracious hosts, we were all particularly fond of the air conditioning and the neighborhood pool. Everyone minus Tilly and I went to a puppet show (and saw Big Bird) and the whole lot of us went to the High Museum and enjoyed some art. We ate and napped and read books and played and caught up and laughed (mainly at Tilly’s antics). It was a great visit. And the 80 degree weather went we got home felt downright chilly.
More soon. We’re heading out to Mount Rainier tomorrow to camp! With Tilly! Who never stops moving!
josephine has been playing with a slinky lately and creating some tricks. better than the tricks, though, are the names she gives them. she performs “make a man do a cartwheel,” “how much leprechauns love gold,” and “milking the cow.” she’s quite the talented kid.
well, it’s official. josephine is done with kindergarten. we made it through the year without one tardy slip (a major accomplishment for us usually-late folks), without a puking incident, and with no lice. (isn’t that the kindergarten trifecta? i have probably cursed us for next year…) the kindergarten year was so much better and easier and felt more natural than i ever would have dreamed. josephine made good, dear friends; her teacher was fantastic; the school community is strong; and tilly and i made wonderful drop-off friends with the other parents and kids in the school yard.
the last week of school was jam-packed with fun events. tilly and i tagged along on a field trip to the beach, cheered on the events at field day, attended a little ceremony the second-to-last day, and captured the joy of josephine’s last departure through the room 2 door. hopefully this is just the beginning of a long and glorious school career.
Tilly: [crying hard… suddenly stops] Joey do sad.
Me: Joey was sad?
Me: When was Joey sad?
Tilly: In living room.
Me: Why was Joey sad?
Tilly: Need booboo buddy.
Me: Oh, Joey got a bonk and was feeling sad?
Me: And why are you sad?
Tilly: Sandals on!
Me: You wish you had your sandals on?
we met friends for lunch at snoqualmie pass last weekend and then took their recommendation to do a short stroll around gold creek pond. it was paved, stroller-friendly, and beautiful. check, check, check.
Josephine was so inspired by her cousins’ production of Fiddler on the Roof that she started listening obsessively to the soundtrack and memorizing lyrics. Then she taught her friends Rose and Nina the lyrics to her favorites songs. And then the three of them made up a dance to “Tradition.” And then they signed up for the kindergarten talent show. And so today Ned and I got to enjoy an amazing presentation of not only their amazing musical number but also the talents of their fellow kindergarteners. There were hula-hoopers, cartwheelers, joke-tellers, dancers, and a piano player. Josephine and her friends sang and danced and beamed and aced it. It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. [Video at the end of the photos.]