First Day of School

•August 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Second graders!  Holy cow.  It shouldn’t seem like a milestone, but it does.  Kinder was new school.  First grade was moving out of the kinder building and playground to be in the main building at school and playing with all the other grades at recess on the big playground.  But this year they moved upstairs (with the big kids).  Their teacher taught 6th grade math last year and is looking forward to really challenging them this year.  Their Spanish is getting amazing.  And they’re just kind of huge.

So it’s all a big deal.  And here are a couple of quick pics from the first day!

firstdaygrade2_0050 That’s them!  They’d like you to pay special attention to their shoes – Jacob got new Storm Trooper Vans that he loves, and Molly is in her new and beloved moccasins.  Our school is moving toward uniforms (school tshirts, polos and blue pants/skirts) and we’re flirting with adopting pieces of it.  Slowly.  So Jacob loves the tshirt, and we’re starting there.

firstdaygrade2_0045Here’s Miss Molly, all ready for her first morning.

firstdaygrade2_0061And Jacob, who didn’t want his picture taken.

firstdaygrade2_0058And my love bugs.

Ok, We Missed a Month

•August 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A whole month!  It was a busy one – we were in Portland for three weeks, and the time leading up to that was working and getting ready to go, and we got home a week ago and school starts this week, so we’ve been running around getting new shoes and haircuts and cleaning the house and trying to maybe squeeze in a couple of playdates and beach days and outings (had to get them to the Actor’s Gang Shakespeare show that’s really for me, though they love it – this summer is Midsummer Night’s Dream done My Little Pony style).  Whew!  And tonight we are taking the kids to their first concert – Paul McCartney at Dodgers stadium.  Not at all worried that we’ll get home around midnight and school starts Tuesday.  Nope, not worried at all.

So, pictures have been more sporadic, and I still have a few on my phone to download and catch up with – a couple of cutie ones at a ballgame and just out and about.  But Grandpa Jim came through bigtime by documenting our lost month this summer of fun in Portland, and I’ll catch us up (for now) with those.  They’re great pics, so I’m going to slideshow them below (just click on a picture to launch the slideshow).  Be sure to check the comments on them, as the kids are going to dictate those.

Next up – back to school pics!

Independence Day – In Too Many Ways

•July 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

They are getting so big! Molly lost another tooth this morning!  And we’ve been on our crazy summer roll of beach and playdates and a week of camp and blueberry picking and concerts and movies and seeing friends and Little Tokyo visits (it’s near the movie theater where they’re running $1 movies for kids!) and seeing the lotus blossoms at Echo Park Lake and the circus and and and… and I haven’t brought my camera out for much of it.  But here’s one that was trapped on the phone: photo

And then we did bring the camera along on the 4th of July.  So first stop was the celebration at Holmby Hills.  Where we got a few cute pictures.

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All dressed in red, white and blue.

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Then we hit the traditional parade in the Palisades.  Jacob was playing Washington crossing the Delaware.

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And Molly was being Molly.

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We met up with Penelope and Fiona, who cracked the kids up.

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And Jacob lost his second tooth!

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Then we also still had the camera in the bag the next night when we went to see Hard Days Night.  That was a blast.

July4th_0003Which we topped off with a trip (first for the kids) to Canter’s Deli, where Molly fully embraced her Jewish heritage by getting chicken soup and pickles.

July4th_0005ANd tonight we’re off to see the Dodgers and fireworks after the game, so it’ll be another late night, so clearly tomorrow will be all about sleeping in and packing – because we’re heading to Portland on Sunday for the whole rest of the month.  Where even if I forget to take pictures, Grandpa Jim will, so by August we should have some great updates!

Daddy Day Quick Pix

•June 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Oh!  And Jacob lost his first tooth!  That first:phonepics_0002

Other than that, the kids have been at camp this week, while I’ve been working like a mad person.  So that we can go to the beach next week and have more fun, fun, fun.  (They got new bathing suits today which are the cutest ever.  I will definitely take pictures next week.)  But we do need to catch up on a few pictures from Father’s Day – car show, out to lunch (best NE style seafood in town!)  and on a walk.  Here’s teh photographic evidence:

dadday_0107Car show!  Jacob’s playing peek-a-boo,

dadday_0103while Molly and Daddy looked magazine ready.

dadday_0032They took turns driving the Beverly Hills Hillbillies car.

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And we did a little shopping.

dadday_0121And a little posing.

dadday_0139And mugging.

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And kissing.

dadday_0148And it was one pretty prefect Father’s Day.

 

Parties and More Parties Are Fun! *Molly titled this

•June 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We have to start with these, end of school projects the kids did.  They had to write about themselves, using the letters of their names.  Molly:photo(3)According to her own estimations, she is Magnificent, Orange (her hair, in the sunshine), Loving, Likeable and Young.
All true.

Jacob would describe himself as:

photo(4)Jewish, Awesome, Cook (he likes to), On Task (always!), Bacon (loves it) and Radiant (like Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web).  I love it.  Especially that he paired Jewish with bacon.

The a couple of housekeeping pictures:

photo(6)This was from when they were making Grandma and Grandpa’s bed up before they visited.  Just too cute.  And then, during that visit, Molly met Wonder Woman:

photo(5)Other snippets, from my phone, that I finally downloaded from this spring.  Like when we went for a walk on Abbot Kinney a while back:

photoAnd stopped for ice cream one hot day:

photo(1)Or got new jammies at Old Navy:

photo(2)And finally, the amazing Luke Skywalker that the kids built out of Legos.  He even has a light saber.

bdayandparties_0171So, before school ended, it was Daddy’s birthday.   And it was a big one.  So we did a lot of local celebrating.

bdayandparties_0082We started the birthday day with brunch at Inn of the 7th Ray.

bdayandparties_0079Where the kids make kooky glasses

bdayandparties_0083And kookier faces

bdayandparties_0099Then we went the country mart in Malibu to hang out and shop.  And snack.  Here are my burger and fries boys (Jacob is still talking about these fries).

bdayandparties_0150Nex tit was time for ball at the bluffs

bdayandparties_0141Look at that soccer kick!

bdayandparties_0137And looking for dolphins out at sea (or in Mol’s hair):

bdayandparties_0104More looking

bdayandparties_0116And more teasing

bdayandparties_0111Then, that night we had a birthdaybdayandparties_0155 celebration at home with presents and cake, and birthday wishes (which we hope came true!).

Then school ended!  We had a crazy week of playdates and finishing up at school and then Molly and Jacob each wanted to throw a party before all their friends went out of town for the summer on vacations.  So Molly planned and threw a pink tea party.

bdayandparties_0071It was all pink food, and girls in pink dresses and lots and lots of princess play.  Before a princess movie:

bdayandparties_0075Frozen, of course.

Then after a gorgeous Sunday in the Palisades, we came home for Jaocb to throw his party – a Star Wars party.  Here was his menu:

bdayandparties_0009The boys all came over and played

bdayandparties_0010And did “Bubble gum in a dish” to pick teams

bdayandparties_0017And then ate all the food from Jacob’s planning

bdayandparties_0024And got a surprise visit

bdayandparties_0030whom the fought to the death

bdayandparties_0040And then collapsed to watch a movie (Return of the Jedi, Jacob’s favorite).

bdayandparties_0057And then yesterday we went blueberry and strawberry picking with Seamus and Tuva and ate fresh berries warm from the sun and went home with them for a pizza playdate before Jacob and Seamus played each other in tball.  And that about catches us up, which is good, because that’s just in time for Father’s Day – and I have a feeling we will take a few pictures at the car show on Sunday!

 

 

 

Grandma Rose – West Coast Tour ’14

•May 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Spring has arrived, bringing baseball, warmer temperatures, and Grandma Rose’s annual trip west.  The kids had been buzzing about it for weeks, and we were well prepared with lots of puzzle books, Hungarian food and hugs and kisses.  Mom was of course dazzled by how much the kids have grown in a year, and how she could really interact with them like the brilliant and delightful young people that they are.  They regaled her with endless stories and Molly even performed a special advance rendition of her signature song, “My Girl.”

On Saturday it was off to see Jacob’s t-ball game.  Despite the triple digit heat, Grandma Rose and Molly found a nice shady spot to watch the game, and Molly somehow managed to find enough words to share some more stories with her -

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Jacob turned in another amazing performance on the field, and then it was back to the house for a spirited and looooooong game of James Bond monopoly.  The kids never seemed to tire of it, and Jacob loved building houses and hotels and collecting massive rents from his elders.

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Then it was off to Miceli’s for another of our traditions – the singing waiters serenading Grandma Rose on her birthday.  The fact that one of the waitresses sang “Let It Go” from Frozen was the icing on the cake for Molly.  Back at the house there was more celebrating, and some real icing -

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And more kisses.

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On Sunday we took Grandma Rose to our weekend house, or as some others allegedly refer to it – The Getty Villa.

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Jacob once again proved what a big strong (as well as helpful) boy he is by acting as Grandma’s driver.  Molly was equally helpful directing traffic.

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Exploring the wonders of the ancient world -

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We loved having you, Mom!  Can’t wait till next year!

 

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

•May 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

There lived the two cutest and smartest kids ever!  They’re been so funny and charming lately, I can’t stand it.  And cute!  (Really, when you see the baseball and star wars and polo, you’ll see what I mean.)

Mol’s been a talking book lately, and full of the zingers.  Jacob was mad because he’d done something little (can’t remember what – forgotten something at home?) when we were in the car and she sighed heavily, “And who’s fault is that Jacob?  No one but YOU!”  And she talks like she’s reading aloud a novel, “Mom, I was telling Phoebe today, forlornly, that she was hurting my feelings…”  And Jacob talks about what he’s built with his Legos, and chess plays.  I understand neither, but they sound very smart.  Like, really, really smart.  He was trying to get Mol to play chess with him (she and I usually refuse), and he said, “Molly, I promise I will take it easy on you.  I’ll just play – I won’t use any real moves from the chess books.  I won’t even try!”

But here are the cute pics I want to catch up on, before we take another slew this next weekend when Grandma Rose visits!

mayday_0046If we’re being chronological (and why not?) – we start last Saturday with Tball picture day.  Here’s our little slugger.

mayday_0084And the team pic.  After which, Chuck stayed for the game, while Mol & I rushed off to Girl Scouts. Oh, one waiting for the game pic:

mayday_0027I think he likes the hanging out part even better than the playing part.

mayday_0086The troop sponsored a bunny with their cookies sales money.  This bunny, in fact.  And they were happier about it than they look.

mayday_0105That’s better.

So, the next day was a Star Wars birthday party.  Mol was Leia.

maythefourth_0010Yes, she was pretty pleased with herself.

maythefourth_0019Here they are.  But you can’t see Jacob.  So, here:

maythefourth_0008That was him getting ready.  Much better.

MomDay2k14_0033And that catches us up(picture wise – I lamely took zero pictures of the adorableness of the fairy birthday party we went to Saturday) to yesterday – Mother’s Day.  And the Polo Match.  Because that’s our tradition, as Mol says.

MomDay2k14_0017Sunglasses, kombucha drinking, polo watching… just another day in the life of an LA kid.

MomDay2k14_0003Yes, that’s a beer cozy on his wrist.  It’s his “fighting gear.”

MomDay2k14_0031Somehow we have no pictures of the mother in the family on Mother’s day, but since we do have an adorable girl with her handsome Daddy (and I hate pictures of me), I’m not complaining.

 
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