Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Held Back

10 years ago...we made the challenging decision to have Thing 1 repeat second grade.
To this day, it remains one of the best decisions we as parents have made for him on the academic front.     As his parents we  researched and advocated for him to be "Held Back"    In the end, it has proven to be a very good decision:   he's blossomed and matured, and I am grateful that we were able to give him that precious gift of time to do so on his terms at his pace.  

And yet today, I found myself slightly more reflective on the subject.   Friday, the classmates he started out with will graduate and today was their final day on campus.
 This little darling is graduating at the top of her class...way to go Ms. BB!
And this cutie...has grown into quite the accomplished artist!

   Rehearsal, tribute assembly, senior bbq:   yeah, not much learning was going on within the halls of the school.   But, it was a fun day even as I contemplated some "what ifs".  

These two humored me enough to let me take their pictures and text their mamas a picture of their last day at school.
And finally...
A special shout out to our nephew, who also graduates on Friday.


 See, all things happen for a reason....we couldn't be two places at once...right?!  

So this year, we celebrate the graduates of 2015...knowing that Thing 1 is right behind ya...
right where he belongs!



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Break 2015

Well, so much for that resolution to try to blog with greater frequency.   1/4 of the way through 2015, and this is the first real thing I've blogged?   

It started with me tossing the Things to the curb...
Yep, after years of threatening to do so, wondering how I could get away with it, I pushed the boys out of the car, waved good bye and wished them luck.

Ok, so it wasn't quite like that.   But, they did fly on their own to California, to visit with the Chang side of the family...
First with their grandparents...*
And then with their cousins..*

They met up with Hubby and got to spend some time
with their uncle and aunties...


And even snuck in a college tour...*

Although let's be honest....Stanford would be a reach school for our kids..
but hey, when your aunt and uncle live in Palo Alto, it's the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, while the kids are away, the momma will play...
 In Sun City...
(where yes, I feel thin and young enough to pose poolside...)
I met up with my people...
 For an evening sunset cruise in Scottsdale...



 I found some familiar faces (HI DAD!)
and discovered some had found new loves...
my uncle and his friend Gloria...
My cousin and her fiance, Chris

Trip Advisor helped me find my way around...

 First Stop was the MIM
*Musical Instrument Museum...
Trip Advisor rates it as the number #1 attraction...
I'm sure it is because of this wonderful docent that volunteers a couple hours each month...


 Ok, I'm sure these amazing exhibits also have a role in why it is so highly rated.
For any musician, or musician-wanna-be, it really needs to be on your bucket list!
Since #1 was such a hit, we checked out what Trip Advisor rated as the #2 attraction...
The Desert Botanical Gardens...
 Where, the cacti were alive with colorful Spring blossoms...
 And another well informed personal tour guide...




But alas, it is time to say farewell to the cacti, and head back home...
But lucky for us...the week is just getting started...and who knows what other fun we will find 
during Spring Break 2015!

****  California Photos courtesy of the wonderfully talented photographer that I am blessed to call my husband..


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Christmas recap

Time for a tune wedgie..

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

With the kids jingle belling...

and everyone telling you 
"Be of Good Cheer"
It is the most wonderful time of the year...

There'll be parties for hosting*

*or attending in my case

Marshmallows for toasting?

and caroling out in the snow*..

*or in the hallways

They'll be scary ghost stories*
*or moose tales
And tales of the Glories of Christmases long long ago



It's the most wonderful time of the year...
They'll be much mistletoeing

and hearts will be glowing*
 (*or healing)

when loved ones are near*...
*but not necessarily looking at the camera

It's the most wonderful time...
 It's the most wonderful time
 Of the year....

Sending warm Christmas wishes from our house to yours...
*last sunset of 2014...