Callie and Rowan
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Callie has been in summer camp with a couple third graders for two days, and her new use of "Whatever!" and "Oh my god." are driving me CRAZY. I'm supposed to ignore it and it will go away, right?
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Rob and Luis demo'ed the entire laundry room in one day!
Underneath the first layer of wood paneling (green) was another layer of paneling that looked like fake tile. Nice.
This is where the washer and dryer will go.
When you don't have a patch kit, just shove a milk carton into a hole in the wall and fill it with plaster until it's flush with the dry wall. Viola!
The debris pile. More importantly, the weather!!!
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Happy Birthday, Rob!! We all love you sooooo much!
Watching the Egg Trick at Sakura Sushi and Teppanyaki in RWC (think Benihana).
Rowan was enthralled.
Testing out dad's new telescoping ladder.
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Callie had her Kindergarten promotion Ceremony today. It was darling.
Callie shaking hands with the principal, Ms. Peoples.
Callie and her diploma.
The whole class.
Callie and Mr. Sato.
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We camped out at Stinson Beach today - it's so much fun without having to factor a nap (or lack of nap) into the equation!! We happened to set up right next to Callie's classmate Zoe, and later we were joined by our friends, the Hurds! It was a great day!!
Schlepping the stuff out to the perfect spot.
Home base!!
Dinner, much to Dad's chagrin.
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Today we explored Santorini. Our tour took us from the port at the (southern?) end of the island all the way to Oia where we were able to look around and shop for awhile. After that we rode the bus back down to the capital city Fira where we went on a tour of the first winery on the island. Unfortunately, we as Californians (and a kiwi!) are spoiled with such excellent wines that we were not that impressed with the Greek wines. It was interesting to learn that their most famous wine, Vin Santo (short for vino santorini) is made from green grapes that are first dried in the sun (hello raisins!) and then pressed and made into wine. Needless to say, it was very sweet and syrupy.
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We docked in the town of Kusadasi in Turkey and went on an amazing tour of Ancient Ephesus.
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Our first stop on the cruise was the Greek island of Lesbos. We visited the town of Mytilene, walked through ruins of a castle/fortress, and had lunch complete with Greek fold dancing. It was a beautiful day.
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The first leg of our trip took us through Munich. Rick, Monica, Rob and I walked around Karlsplatz and found a great restaurant where we could have beer, pretzels, and some tasty food. A good start to our trip!
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Zoo day today! We visited the POOP! exhibit for a change of scenery.
Guess whose scat that is!?
Dung beetle dung rolling competition.
Worms and eggs under a microscope.
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Callie has been doing some incredible drawing lately. A few of my favorites...
Callie copied Spider Man and Bat Man from images Rob pulled up on his phone.
This drawing was meant for Sam and Will, but I might need to keep it.
Callie drew this for a staff member's birthday at her school (she couldn't remember exactly who when she drew it the night before), but at morning circle it turns out the staff member was Asian not black, so Callie tactfully brought the drawing home.
Again, I'm so happy to add it to my own collection!!
I guess the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back?!?
Callie got this place mat for Easter and made an excellent rendition of Michelangelo.
Rowan says he wants to be "Leonardio", and Callie wants to be April.
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I chaperoned Callie's class to the zoo today. It was a gorgeous day, and we had a great time.
Callie wanted us to be matching :)
But we forgot about the purple shirts.
At least she matched 21 other kids!
Baby gorilla!
Stinky flamingos.
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I got pictures from Uncle Dave!!
And Aunt Diane got the family/friend shot. So fun!
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What a beautiful day to spend with family! We had a humongous egg hunt, great food, and played in the bounce house and on the play structure. The cousins entertained themselves, and we were able to talk and eat in peace - the sign of a truly enjoyable holiday :)
Callie and Ruthy
Rob and Ruthy
Callie, Rowan and great grandma Harriet
Auntie Lala, Ruthy and Harold
Cousins in the bounce house.
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We said goodbye to our dear friend Olga today. She has been tutoring Callie (and me!) in Spanish after school for a few months, and now she is moving on to a full-time nanny job. In fact, I helped her find the job! We are sad to lose her, but hopefully, the job karma will come back to me :)
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Today Callie's school had a carnival fun raiser. I volunteered to do face painting, but I decided to do my kids' faces first so they didn't have to wait in line.
The school was set up with carnival games, two bounce houses, magicians, food, face painting, balloons, bubbles, and a cake walk => SERIOUS FUN!
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Last day at the beach! We had a super great day with friends hanging out at Mission Beach today. We were there so long we had to reapply sunscreen at least 3x!
After the beach, we headed to Old Town for happy hour. Although it's only five minutes away, Rowan fell asleep in the car and slept through Rob eating his whole dinner with one hand balanced over Rowan's back. We spent a long time enjoying our margaritas and another friend joined us part way through dinner, so we stayed even longer!
We had an awesome trip to San Diego and we loved seeing so many friends and our favorite SD Auntie!! XOXOXOXOXO
See you next time, San Diego....
You always need to dig a big hole at the beach!!
Dad had to make steps to get down into it - or rather - out of it :)
San Diego friends!
Rowan after a BIG day at the beach.
Callie is usually more into drawing than eating.
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Started today off with a walk/bike ride to Fenuel Park. Later Dad met us and we headed over to Cafe 976 to have lunch with Mary and Liam. After that, we finally got to see Auntie Mo! We took a walk on the Boardwalk looking for ice cream and pair of flip flops for Rowan (he was the only one without any).
Rowan is showing traces of his giant acai bowl.
Definitely splitting this ice cream! (It was the smallest size they had!)
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I guess the temperature has been high 60's, maybe 70 degrees in the sun if you're protected from the wind. But we're still having fun!
The bay side is more protected and tends to be warmer than the beach side. We met up with some SD friends today and had a great visit. Thanks Katie, XOXO!
Heading to the bay side with sweatshirts and sand toys.
Three big buckets of "Drip Castle Pie". Yum!
Playing with friends Mark and Tyler.
Afternoon snack back at the rental.
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Down in Mission Beach now. The day was beautiful but still chilly. Callie and Rowan made friends with Jonah and Jane and collected dead moon jellies. Fun.
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Second day at Legoland. It rained during the night, but the morning was beautiful. And the park was hardly crowded at all! A great day with no facial injuries ;)
Luckily, the kids were tall enough to go on almost every ride. You have to be 48" to ride alone.
This was about as daring as Callie got, but we were able to convince her to ride the Coastersaurus as our last ride and she ended up loving it.
This is more Callie's speed :)
LL's version of the Jungle Cruise.
Our tickets included the aquarium, too!
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Spring Break at Legoland!!!
Beautiful day, but still in the 60's. Probably won't make it to the water park today :)
Driving your own car sounds really fun. But these were slow and difficult to steer and the ride was over before the kids barely did a lap.
Rowan had to wear a vest to keep him from rattling around inside one of the rides.
Rowan slipped and hit his cheekbone on a bench in the build-your-own-Lego tent.
Callie was bonked by someone's backpack in the narrow hallway of a four-story jungle gym.
Family selfie!
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Girls' trip to see Sleeping Beauty at the Lescher Theater in WC. After the show, Callie got to meet the evil fairy Freina who she was glad to discover was just "acting" during the show and was actually very nice afterwards :)
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Practice Easter Egg hunt! We're training these kids for some serious competition.
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We met the newest Collier this weekend! The guys immediately started training him on some essential life skills.