Warning: you’ll need to turn down the volume. I’m sorta screaming in the video. Sorry. Also, check out the release of that bat. Whoa.
Monthly Archives: June 2013
It was excellent. A perfect first 5k b/c a) it was a very easy course all through downtown Portland (which is rare), b) it precedes the Starlight parade so all those downtown streets are lined with thousands of people cheering you on and c) everyone is in costumes.
Our costumes were inspired by Wreck it Ralph of course. When all three of us were together it made sense. About two minutes into the race No Buts ran off with his dad so it was just me and No Coconuts pulling up the rear so it made less sense to onlookers.
I’m super proud of No Buts. He kicked booty and ran most of the way (3+ miles). I thought No Coconuts would run more but she was pretty wiped. She had gone to a raging birthday party earlier that day and we had gone swimming. The race started close to 8pm which is their bedtime. But hey, that’s way more then I would have done @ 5 years old so I’m super proud of her too. Even when I was carrying her. 🙂
Maya’s kindergarten class (the butterfly’s) performed this number @ graduation. This is Maya solo.
Remember when I first started doing them? Our precocious niece Brooky turned one in 2010 and I had sewed her a skirt for her birthday (back when I was sewing regularly). The day of her party as we were wrapping her gift I had a spontaneous thought of making number shirts for the kids since for a brief period of time (until July 4th) they would all be one number year apart. So I converted two of Owen’s plain white t-shirts with a little freezer paint and found a plain pink one of Maya’s and added her number 2. And I think I had bought Brook the tank top to go with the skirt but that could have been one of Maya’s old shirts. Can’t remember. Anyway. After the party we put them in their shirts and that’s the only photo we could get that day. Too little, lack of naps and too much partying for much cooperation.
But the idea was born and now I love doing it. And put more time into it. Well, more time into picking out the shirts and the design of the numbers.
In 2012 we finally got them in the right order.
And a few shots from this year…(now Brook is the same age O was when we first started doing this…wow!).
I regularly get pulled aside by women telling me they love my daughters style. Farmers market, Rec. Center, grocery store, wherever. She has been dressing herself since about one year old with very little input from me (except to wear underwear, if it were up to her she wouldn’t). I enjoyed my year of dressing her in cute matching ensembles but I also enjoy her freedom of expression. Sometimes she asks for my opinion but mainly she doesn’t. Anyway, when these women appreciate her style it isn’t because it’s actually cute or hip or funky. It rarely is. But it is clearly the decision making process of a five year old and they dig that she just goes with whatever makes sense for her. So, I decided to take some photos of her every morning for the last couple weeks of school. Here you go:
Our little climber continues to amaze. She loves spending her time at this place. She’s so determined and tries so hard to get on all the different walls. I asked about classes but they don’t start offering them until they’re at least 7 and usually older. They suggested that we keep bringing her and let her explore on her own. I was thinking of getting her her own special climbing shoes for her upcoming birthday. I really like all the people I see coming in and out of this place too. Seems like a cool culture of people. And they listen to excellent music as well. Yes to that.