Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Drawings from June

There's been a bit of a pattern in the drawings that June brings home from school.

Me and June walking a dog:

On the back:

Me and June (naked?) with a turtle between us:

Me and June again:


Me and June with some flowers: 

Kids sometimes have funny ways that their love pours out, you know? Sometimes I don't feel worthy of the love she shows me, but I feel so humbled by it when I see each of her drawings come home.

Love that little girl.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quick Trip to Vegas

Michael and I were so lucky and so happy to get a few days away recently. Judy and Fred came in town to spend time with the kids, and knowing that they were happy and safe at home, we headed out for a few days of debauchery. And by debauchery I mean relaxation by the pool and some mild gambling at the craps table. 

Our room was wonderful - with its own dining and sitting area and two bathrooms.


We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which I had never seen before. I loved the vibe of the hotel - it was fun and modern, with really cool art installations all over the place. 

We met our friends Russell and Alexa there. This was their first weekend away from their sweet babe, so we were all on the same page that we wanted to have an awesome time, but none of us wanted to be so hungover and exhausted at the end of the trip, like so many Vegas trips end up as.

Before Russell and Alexa arrived, Michael and I got to walk around a bit and have a cocktail or two in the Chandelier bar, which is a giant chandelier that you sit inside of...






The next day we spent all day down at the pool. It was warm out, but we had a shaded cabana and the water felt so nice. There were kids splashing around in the pool and we all laughed at how weird it was to be in the pool and not in constant alarm about the status of your children and their immediate safety.





A huge storm rolled in at about 3 and we tried to wait it out in our cabana, but eventually got kicked out because of the lightning! We made a run for it, got another drink inside and then headed upstairs for the standard Vegas 4PM Nap.
  

Fancy dinner that night at STK, followed by drinks and a cab down to Old Vegas, which is quite jazzed up from what I remember as a kid.









We had some fun at the craps table, me channeling my dad and trying to remember all the rules. 

The next afternoon we went to a different pool. This one was right along the strip, up among the buildings, so it had a really great view and feel. I even got to read a book! For pleasure! What is this sensation?




We had another great night - casual dinner, a cab to the New York, New York hotel and a few more rolls at the craps table. 

It was the perfect trip away. The right amount of time, the greatest friends, the perfect mix of relaxing and having fun. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Around Here Lately

Concerts in the park with friends:




And let's be real here, the true hero of the day is this kid playing with a Santa shirt and Santa hat in the middle of June:



General shenanigans:




June wanting to take her sea shell to school during 'ocean animals' week, but being sad that it's not an animal. Me saying that animals live in shells, and listing off the ones that do. Her honing in on the list item "geoduck" (pronounced gooey-duck). Which is basically how she came to bring pictures of the things to school the next day. Michael tried to veto it do to the animal looking VERY phallic, but June and I would not be swayed. (We didn't tell June just what it looked like. "It looks like a worm!" she said.)


More swim lessons:






Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Morning at the Stables

My kids love horses.

So when I saw that a local place was having an open house for their stables, including pony rides and fancy riding demos, I was all over it. We drove 25 minutes to get there and the kids were so excited to see and ride some horses.

I was really surprised and impressed with the Cross Roads Stables. There were tons of people there to help, the kids got fun horse rides, there was a bounce house, snow cones and we got to see some cool riding. Not to mention - it was all completely free!

What a great morning!