Little forklift operators

​​​josh: making kids’ dreams come true since 2011. 

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Summer is like…

Swimming lessons…​

Messes…

Sunglasses…

Smiles. 

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Family from Ireland 

My mom’s cousin’s daughter just got married and came to CA on her honeymoon. She very sweetly visited us on her trip with her new husband! Claire (center) and Chris are traveling all over CA and Mexico, and it was so nice of them to make time for us. I hadn’t ever met her before as she has always lived in Ireland. Maybe someday I will visit them! 

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Happy birthday, Mimi

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Summer is here!

We have quite the list:

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Jacob is no longer a preschooler 

My little boy is growing up and moving on from St. Paul’s Preschool. I will miss this school so much! 

On Monday, I was able to volunteer in his class, something I had wanted to do all year. It was fascinating too watch the kids figure things out on the playground, and to see how the teachers handled disagreements and corrections. 

Inside the classroom, the kids got to work at their “appointments” as busy as bees while classical music played in the background. Jacob painted the rocket he made in woodworking, and I helped another boy sew a dinosaur. The end of class was a meeting, during which the kids who had made special things (written a book, or taken home the estimation jar, etc) presented at their tiny lectern. It was incredible to see. I have video of jacob presenting his rocket to the class and then taking three questions. 

I made teacher gifts of s’mores for each of his four teachers who split the responsibility of the 31 4- and 5-year-olds in his class. I think they deserve some downtime!


I made him an extra-special breakfast:


And we took some last day photos:



At the end of his day was a special chapel with Pastor Kay. The kids sang their favorite songs and at the end, Pastor Kay blessed each student and gave him or her a cross necklace. 


We checked his cubby for the last time:


And he sang his final “nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye.”


It was bittersweet and rushed then, leaving. The teachers were very busy, but we got pictures with two of them. 


And, just like that, it was over. Jacob has had three fantastic years at St. Paul’s, and when you’re five years old, three years really means a lot! Now he is off to kindergarten!

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Happy birthday, Bop

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Discovery Science Center with Grammie

We were so excited to return to “the cube!” 


The featured exhibits were Doc McStuffins and an outer space exhibit by Boeing. Jackson loved the Doc exhibit. it was full of cribs and baby bathtubs and a vet clinic, and he enjoyed grooming and feeding baby dolls and a plastic piggy bank. Jacob was not impressed. 


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“Flying” like birds in the Boeing space exhibit. 

A space movie:

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Happy birthday to me

I had a birthday this weekend, and it was lovely but also bittersweet. I turned 33 with my family beside me, happy to be where I am in life, happy with those around me, except for one who is missing. It was hard to accept that riley wouldn’t be calling me, or writing me a funny card, or giving me one of his famous hugs. After more than a year, it’s still hard to accept. 

On to my day…it started with breakfast in bed from jacob. This consisted of a banana, a mandarin orange, and a jar of maraschino cherries. 🙂


Morning snuggles and hugs from my little monkeys:


Then, we took Jacob to school and visited the baby chicks:


Jacob had told josh that he wanted to take me to Taco Bell for lunch, so josh had hidden some money in Jacob’s room for that purpose. 


Later that night we celebrated with pizza and cake, which Jacob adorned with candles:

He used so many candles that I knew he must think me very old indeed! But I counted them, and there weren’t as many as I had earned. 😉
33 trips around the sun on this beautiful planet, and I am no closer to understanding why I am here. I am trying to soak it all up, learn, grow, and appreciate everything I can. I want less busyness for my 34th year, and I will aim to make better choices to work toward that. 

Aging is weird. You can’t stop it or slow it down. I don’t feel 33. I told josh that, after spending so long seeing my identity as a young person, it’s strange to see that slipping away. I am entering foreign territory, and no one can guide me, because each of us has to make her own path. 

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Santiago Peak

We ventured above the clouds to Santiago Peak. It was so beautiful. 


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