First off, we went to the doctor today for their 9 year checkup, and they are about the most perfectly healthy kids ever. So that’s a relief. Jacob is officially 1/2 inch taller (still) and 20 lbs heavier (still). But they’re both perfectly on their growth curves. And last night we had a girls night (Molly and I went for cocoa or coffee and then to see the symphony – the kids orchestra teacher was playing in the west coast premiere of Stewart Copeland’s new symphony and it was amazing!) and a boys night (Jacob and Chuck went glasses shopping, burger eating and then played Minecraft). And now I have some pictures from the last few weeks to catch up on…
It’s baseball season! Which means we had picture day. These are the ones I took, behind the team photographer.
And this is crazy girl, waiting, trying on the batting helmet.
And hanging out with their friend, who is on Jacob’s team.
Then we had a performance week at school. It started with the talent show, where Molly was in her first play (playing a Hefalump)
(Terrible picture, but it was dark in the auditorium.) and getting her first post-show flowers with friends…
The very next day was the first orchestra performance. Here’s Jacob seated with the violins:
And Mol with the clarinets:
And Jacob in a cute moment chatting right before it started…
I took some video. It’s shaky and dark and frankly horrid. Luckily, the Orchestra took video during rehearsal, when the auditorium lights were on and no parents were in the way. You can see the kids clearly in it, too. And definitely hear what we’ve been hearing for weeks. (You have to click on the link, for some reason it won’t let me embed a video right now…)
Here they were in the morning before school:
and waiting for carpool.
Then we had a crazy Sunday. It started with me and Molly going horseback riding withthe Girlscouts.
She was super nervous.
As you can see. So the woman that led our ride took her for a walk.
She got comfortable and we took off.
And pretty soon she was splashing her horse through creeks and up hills.
And she totally fell in love with her horse, Summy. She now LOVES riding.
We rushed from there to take Jacob to his “epic” nerf gun shoot out. It was a little terrifying. The boys all had nerfs and we went to the Old Zoo for a crazy attack party.
The scene looked like Baghdad, with the rocks and sand…
But no one got hurt and a truly epic time was had by all…
So now we’re caught up! Tomorrow we have a baseball game and then a Harry Potter birthday party to attend, so we have to go make pumpkin juice and a treacle tart before bed. And Sunday we plan to go to the Topanga Fiddle Fest, which always yields some gorgeous pictures, so hopefully I will actually take some and remember to share them next week!