Friday, June 20, 2008

5th Grade Promotion.....

Waaaaah. My great big 11 year old boy graduated from Elementary School in June. I was kind of teary about it all week, but managed to handle myself fairly well at the actual event. Here is Miles with Clara, one of his best friends for the 5 years he spent at Lowell. We are not sure what is going on with the magnetic force actually repelling them from each other. They were a little weird about this photo. She made her own dress!

Here are all the teachers:

Former Governor Gary Locke spoke, not too shabby....

Miles getting his diploma from Mr Miller.

Me, Miles and Mr Miller. We sure did like him. I helped him in his class every Monday, and he liked Miles , too.

Caroline, Anna (Miles 's first friend at Lowell), Miles, Max and Danny Davis. It was very fun, but SUPER cold and windy, so we took off and went and had celebratory Mexican food with the Krashins. It was very fun, but kind of bittersweet. Here comes Middle School!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Egypt Night

Before school ended, we got to enjoy Egypt Night at Caroline's school. 3 of the 3rd grade classes put together this museum of artifacts that they made. We all brought food for a huge potluck, it was super fun. Here is one of the murals:

They did such a nice job! Here are Caroline and Phoebe:
So cute. Here is Caroline with her project. Her topic was 'Pharaohs' and she made a great clay model of the statues at Ramses II tomb.
She helped to make her 'tunic'
Here is Phoebe with her project, she had Gods and Goddesses:



Her babysitter helped her do her makeup! Some of her classmates didn't recognize her...


Some random boys:
Miles and I are playing a game that someone made. I am wearing Caroline's crown, which had the intended effect of embarrassing her.....haha.
Caroline's whole display:
Katie and her Pharaoh project:



It was very fun, and also educational!!!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Spokane!!

Because Miles and his Math Team did so well in the Regional 'Math Is Coool' competition, they got invited to the statewide competition. So we got to go to lovely Spokane for the weekend! We drove over after Caroline's dance class, and had an excellent room in the Fairfield Inn. It looked exactly like the room we had in Anaheim!! Here is Spokane!

First thing in the morning on Saturday Miles and I got up and went to breakfast with the rest of the team at the always carb-tastic Shari's Restaurant. Here is the team:
That's Max, Coach Dan, Miles, Adrian, and Matthew. They did fantastic, and ended in a 3-way tie for 3rd place. Unfortunately, the tie breakers were arbitrary, so our guys ended up in 5th place. Bummer, but we were very proud because we were the first team that wasn't from a private school with a professionally hired coach. Our coaches are parent volunteers, so yay US!!!!

Nick went golfing, and Caroline and I had some time to kill during the competition, so we walked around Waterfront Park, which is just lovely, though about 5 million degrees, and lunched at Taco Del Mar.
She posed with this statue, which I am guessing is a must-do for any visit to Spokane.

We went to dinner at the Krashin's hotel. They are staying right downtown, so we ate in this safari themed restaurant. I had an amazing salad.
Here is a prime example of the decor. Here is Miles and Max:
It is Lilac Festival weekend, so everyone is dressed in purple, and as we leave the restaurant, there is a parade going by!!!!
No joke!!
We were pretty tired, mentally, so we went back to the hotel and straight to bed. The next day we went back to the park, to ride the gondolas across the Falls, but it was too windy, so we settled for a train ride around the park.
And a walk, checking out the old World's Fair sites.
Then we hit the road to home. We stopped at a diner for lunch, and the kids were really excited that they could order their chicken strips with steamed broccoli instead of fries, they are so sick of fries, whenever we take a road trip! We stop along the way for a photo op at the Gorge. So pretty.




We decide to stop at the :

Home to some of the only petrified ginkgo in the world.
And some petroglyphs: (which we love)
And it was SUPER CRAZY WINDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was a very fun little weekend in Eastern Washington.

Catch-up...

Well, the last entry was from Disneyland in April. We have actually done some interesting things since then, but I have been busy and distracted , I guess. Here is a short recap:

There was Passover at Peggys.... I once again channeled somebody's Bubbie and made Matzo Ball Soup, here I am checking on it before we go:
It was good. Here are some of the guests:
That's the always-charming Jane, wife of our very own local celeb, Robert Nellems next to her, then Geni, Roy, Kristina and the legs of our host, Jim. I don't have a picture of Peggy!

Me, Geni and Beth in the kitchen. Don't ask, but this was right after we got there, so we cannot blame all the Passover wine.
I think that Nick told us to pose, and as ever, we are compliant.
Then it was Spring:
Rick had a surprise party. And he was surprised!
Then it snowed again.

The novelty of the Spring Snowfall has totally worn off.
Miles won this in a Math Competition:
Nick went to see The Eels.
And Caroline spent a long tiring weekend performing in this show:
This one is called "Storm at Sea"
Shes' in the middle in the light yellow shirt.


In this one she is on the far right:
And in this one she is in the middle. This dance is called "Disaster!!" and this is when the alien spaceship lands.
A busy time we have had!! Hopefully the summer will provide a lot of photos....