Monday, June 13, 2011

May Summary

Holy Cow.  I just went through all of the May pictures in preparation for this post and there is a lot of stuff.  Fun stuff.  I’m sure it wasn’t all fun in May, but who takes pictures of the days you yell at your kids, or they come home with sad report cards or they start pounding on their brother?  No one.  Rest assured those days happen often AND we have a lot of unproductive, disorganized, frustrating days…but what follows are the happy, productive, silly, bonding days.  It’s what’s on my camera. 


Jane had a birthday:

(I’ve realized our birthdays involve a lot of food.  Is that just us?  Am I dooming my kids to a life of food=fun/love issues?)

Jane picked orange rolls and bacon for her birthday breakfast:


She also devised this special hair-do for her special day (3 little braids, braided into one big side braid):


We picked her up from school and went to Wendy’s with Dad:


And picked up donuts for her class right after:


For dinner/party, she wanted a ham and cheese sandwich picnic in the park with the Daines.  She got it:


Here’s my cute fruit pizza birthday “cakes”:


And some fun presents:


Jane is a joy and just LOVES anything you do for her.  She skipped around in 7th Heaven all day and it was so fun to watch her feel super happy and special all day long.


About 15 months ago, I heard Wicked was touring in Spokane.  It was a million dollars, but I knew this was something that wouldn’t happen again for a long time, so we splurged and bought early tickets, with good seats.  We bought with a group so that we could order early and I have been guarding those tickets for a year.  We couldn’t believe it had finally come.


Ryan and Faith stayed home for a little milkshake-park date and they couldn’t have been happier.


You know what’s SO fun?  It was EXACTLY as fabulous as I was hoping it would be.  The kids were thoroughly into it and appreciative, the set and actors were just as incredible as when I went in New York, our seats were great and we lucked out and got to sit right in front of some of our very best friends.  TOTALLY worth the money.  Truly.


Emma has “Theme days” at school.  For posterity, I give you:



and 90s:

(Yeah.  That’s basically EXACTLY what I looked like in 9th grade.  Minus huge pinned-in shoulder pads and zits.)



Jeanelle comes to visit from Seattle:


It’s so fun to meet a blog friend in real life.  Even when your kids are crazy.  And your table is embarrassingly scratched and ugly.  And your BBQ stops working and you have to grill on your indoor grill WHEN YOU KNOW JEANELLE HATES FOOD SMELLS ON HER CLOTHES.   I credit Jeanelle for acting gracious and interested and at-east.  And for bringing yummy Chex Mix for my kids to snarf.


Faiths acts hilarious all the time:

In Emma’s bra (do you think my 6th grader will be embarrassed that I’m displaying her bra on the world wide web?)


With stickers on her head:


You give her a sticker, she puts it on her head and wears it there until she goes to bed.  It’s awesome.


Evidence that it WASN’T actually winter during the entire month of May:

See?  We actually wore shorts and ate popsicles


and planted our garden


during the 2.5 days that it wasn’t 49 and rainy.


I actually attended a field trip with my kid:

(Gabe came in a month ago and said “Here’s a note to see if parents want to come on our field trip, but you never do that, so I’ll throw it away.”  Cue huge guilt.  Ugh.  It’s just hard to be gone all day when I have a 5 and 2 year to disperse!  So I figured it out in time to go with Jane.)


We got to attend a play downtown and walk around Manito Gardens.  It was so fun to have alone time with her.  She’s incredibly good company.

Jane’s cast went on and off.


In 2.6 weeks.  It seems fine.  That’s all.


I made homemade tamales for Cinco de Mayo.


With these huge banana leaves.  It took FOREVER.  I never wanted to look at tamales again when I was done.

A lovely Mother’s day:

which included a walk


and almost sugar free dessert


as well as a lovely church service, permission to just sit around whenever I wanted and a gift certificate to a local spa.  Ryan ALWAYS does a great job on days like this.

The Piano Recital:


My kids love their teacher and have really grown this year in their ability.

My Half Marathon

It was fabulous because I trained with all of my FUN, FUN friends:


And the weather was perfect (a slight wind at our backs and sunshine):


And I KILLED my personal best. 


I ran that baby in 1:49:40.  Which is 7 minutes faster than I was hoping for AND averages to 8:19/minute miles.  Not that I’m bragging or anything.  Maybe just a little.

The End.  (And FYI:  that took my 63 minutes to find, download, save and transfer all the pictures, organize and write the text, adjust pictures and bold the print and proofread—which I probably didn’t do very well. This is why posts are few and far between these days.)


Rebekah said...

Your kids are too dang cute and I miss you guys a lot! When can I see you again!?

DaNae said...

You smoked that 1/2 marathon! Nice job! And why did they do the same shirts as last year?

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Jenna said...

Wicked?! So jealous. We saw it last year & loved it. Congrats on your half marathon - your time was fast!!! Your kids are cute - this was a great post. I am always glad when you do these because it reminds me what a blog slacker I have been.

Tammy said...

You look great, the kids are adorable and Emma is way too big these days, OMG! I am so excited I get to see you next week....yay pool party in Tracy! You rocked that 1/2 marathon...and I remember when you told me I was fast for running about the same time in a dumb lil 5K...see you kicked booty!!!

jessica said...

How is "90's" a theme!!!? Are we really that old!? I love that I took part in about 90% of the activities in that post and yet YOU and I HARDLY EVEN GOT TO TALK TO EACH OTHER LAST MONTH!!!! Seriously can we please not live parallel lives anymore...seriously.

Oh and your dust tasted pretty on the 1/2 marathon.

Lauren in GA said...

Lady, you are completely and totally awesome. I loved the disclaimer at the beginning of the post. You are honest and real, my dear.

Love Jane's hair-do for her birthday.

I am DYING over 90's day. The bangs are hilarious!

Homemade tamales are so impressive! And so are your 8 minute miles!!!!!

Oy vey. I have such mom guilt about not going on field trips. I with they'd let me bring John.

Anisa said...

What a fun month! I think it's a good thing that we only take pictures of the fun things... hopefully that way we can forget all of the bad times and the mistakes we make as parents:)

Cami said...

Lots of fun, these summaries.
I'm glad you could see Wicked w/the kids. Mine LOVE the music. I've got to get them to a musical. They love watching Singing in the Rain and such.

As always, you are such an amazing mom!

Shopper Gal said...

Faith & the head stickers (and wearing Emma's bra- I about died laughing!), your rockin' marathon timing, seeing you at the field trip (lucky me!!) and reading about your fantastically awesome family!!

PS: I soooo want that recipe for your yummy almost sugar free pizza dessert!!

Elizabeth said...

May looked like great fun in your house!
I try to push fun times = food on my kids all the time. They couldn't care less so I wonder if they are mine ;-)
You look great and are very inspiring in the running way.

Rochelleht said...

I get you on far and few between posts... It takes way way too long.

You guys had a great May! LOVE Wicked. LOVE new 8 year olds. LOVE bra stealing... Good stuff.

Carie said...

Your awesome-ness never ceases to amaze me.

Jeanelle said...

Okay I'm having issues with blogs at work (I mean, on earth can viewing pictures on blogs be a problem for my company? Sheesh.) Anyway, I never turn my computer on at home (because I'm never home) so I haven't taken the time to read this carefully and then come up with a clever comment. I'm finally giving up on the pictures (for now) and will look at them next month after trek but just wanted you to know (again) how much I loved coming to visit! I am shocked that you said that about your table because I seriously did not notice anything. I was just loving being in the presence of your cute family and eating that salad (can you please bring me some for lunch today??? What? Is that too much to ask?) xoxoxo

buddens said...

i love the update for the whole month! i should do the same but every time i try, i just can't help but add details!

i love the part with jane's invented hairdo. sounds so much like my daughter.