About Us

There are four of Them: three girls and one boy, little stair-steps all. There are two of Us: best friends, co-parents and truly in love. The Six of us have epic adventures full of laughter and love, occasionally containing tears, but always together.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Balanced Approach

Ever heard of a slackline?  I hadn't, until our friend, MrMom, brought one over and shared with us. 

It's a four inch wide piece of heavy duty webbing, which is latched around two trees and pulled fairly tight. Then you (attempt) to balance not fall off. It has some give and tends to shake when you are on it. 

But it is fun!!

MrMom has two boys, Enviro and Fearless. Fearless is just a toddler, so sometimes MrMom has to balance Fearless with helping out a kid or two on the slackline. 

On the last day of school MrMom brought Enviro and Fearless to the park along with his slackline. And we made a giant "V" shape amongst the trees. 

PrincessE and MrMom with Fearless. 

You can also sit and bounce on the slackline if there's no adult to help you stand and balance. Here are Enviro and Lu-Lu and Noodle doing the bounce. 

Of course, the tree can help with balance too!  

Saturday, June 8, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Nope, not Christmas.  Or Chanukah, for that matter.  Not a holiday or a season or a special occasion.  Simply, it's the end of the school year.  Yay.

The volunteering in all four classrooms, plus keeping up with Hebrew school, plus getting involved with the PTA (towards the end of the year) has worn me out.  I don't know about the kids, but I'm whipped.  The school year here has so many fewer breaks built in that I'm totally ready for a three month vacation from School.

This end of year celebration brought PrincessE's promotion to sixth grade.  She'll be starting middle school in the fall and so they have a ceremony, where they get awards and have a special day.  We discovered at the ceremony that there were three academic levels to the awards.  Some children got just standard promotion certificates, having passed fifth grade.  Then there were silver awards.  This was for outstanding academic achievement in one area.  Lastly, they had a gold award.  This award was for outstanding academic achievement across the board.

We were so proud when PrincessE received a gold award.  Wow.  What a kid!  She was beaming when she got her certificate.

Then there was another surprise.  The principal gives out a Good Character award.  One kid per classroom, which means there were three winners for the fifth grade.  PrincessE was chosen as the award recipient for her classroom.  This one I was less surprised about.  She regularly volunteered in the kindergarten classroom, she had been selected to participate in a reading mentor program, the Special Ed support teachers all knew her and she was asked to help out a great deal around the school.  It was so nice to see her recognized for all her volunteer work and helping.  We are so proud of her.

In addition to all this great news about our rising middle-schooler, our younger three came home with stellar end of year report cards.  Everyone got fives (the highest grade you can get and it means you are performing above grade level!)  for at least two or three subjects.  Dadam and I were particularly proud of Lu-lu's fives in math, science and reading!  It was a fantastic end to our first school year here.  I think the kids have definitely settled in and gotten the hang of this brave new world.

Next year is going to be another shift in our adventure.  PrincessE will be in middle school and The Boy-child will be the big man on campus.  I'm going to be the PTA President for our Elementary school, which will be an adventure all to itself.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Skirting The Issue

At three-thirty this afternoon, I was reminded by my lovely husband that the two eldest have an Advanced Ensemble concert this evening. I asked PrincessE to go and try and find some black pants/skirt. The dress code is black bottoms with white shirt. She came back wearing her brother's trousers that are a size 8. She currently wears a size 12.

Not gonna cut it. 

So, I went to my massive fabric stash, located some black fabric, googled a fantastic tutorial for an adorable skirt AND 30 mins later had a perfect black skirt. 

Shew.  I rescued myself once again. 

The tutorial is here:  http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

Ya know, if you need to whip up a skirt in 30 minutes because you've not been paying attention to the schedule.