Friday, June 5, 2015

Busy Spring

As always happens as the school year winds down, we had a busy spring. Here are some highlights:

Aunt Andrea came to visit and stayed with us for a night - it's always so wonderful to see her!

The Spanish program at Claire's school put on a Spanish Cultural Festival and her class danced the samba for us. They did a great job and were a blast to watch!

Graham's cousin, Sarah Cigard, graduated from the University of Kansas' School of Social Work, so we drove to Lawrence for the weekend. Uncle Bart came, too, so we got to spend some time with him as well.

The whole gang - the Cigards, us, Uncle Bart, and Aunt Jenny (shortly before a massive thunderstorm hit the area).

Bailey turned 14 in May and is hanging in there. Her condition has stabilized - she's half the cat she used to be, but we keep her kidneys happy by giving her subcutaneous fluids at home and feeding her special kidney food. 

She still loves to snuggle and love with us, so we're not ready to let her go just yet.

Claire's end-of-the-year science project - her class was studying solids, liquids, and gases, so she inflated a balloon using soda and Pop Rocks. 

Bye-bye, first grade! This was Claire on her first day and her last day of school. She has certainly grown this year! Her teacher gave her the "Future Writer Award" - nice!

Claire and I had a mommy-daughter date to see the national tour of Wicked. We both loved the show and she got a few cast autographs afterward, even.

We haven't explored much locally, so took a day trip to Lookout Mountain and Golden. We even visited Buffalo Bill Cody's grave and museum, which we didn't know was there. Really interesting stuff!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mother's Day!

We had a rainy, rainy week last week, which turned into 5-6 inches of heavy, wet snow last night. What better to do with it than a Mother's Day snowman and snowball fight?

 My little loves in the mid-May (!?!) snow

Olaf's mom, for Mother's Day, doncha' know? (Sean's favorite was eating the snow)

 Snowball fight!

Happy pants - both kids were delighted with the snow

 The snow was SO wet and heavy, it turned our normally perky trees into snow-covered willows

We actually went out at 10:00 last night with a rake and a broom to whack some snow off in an attempt to save the trees - our neighbors were out doing the same thing

You can't see it well, but the tree on the right did actually break - the trunk snapped up near the top, so the tree guy had to come out and fix it (yes, on a Sunday, thankfully)

About half the snow is already melted (as of about 1:45 p.m.) - we don't expect it to last long. But it was sure fun! Our local pools open in two weeks - do we look ready?

En español:

¡Feliz día de la mama!

La semana pasada estaba muy muy lluviosa. Anoche, la lluvia se convirtió en nieve – mucha nieve. ¿Qué mejor para hacer con esto que para hacer una muñeca de nieve y tener una lucha de bolas de nieve?

Que raro para tener nieve en la media parte de mayo… Construimos la mamá de Olaf de nieve, y el favorito de Sean fue comer la nieve.

La nieve estaba demasiado mojada y pesada y no fue bueno para las arboles. Tratamos remover nieve con un rastrillo y una escoba anoche – nuestros vecinos estaban haciendo lo mismo. Uno de nuestros árboles se rompió – el hombre de los arboles vino y lo arregló (¡aún en un domingo de feriado!).

Casi un mitad de la nieve ya se derretía – no esperemos que se quedará mucho tiempo, pero ¡fue divertido…! Nuestras piscinas locales van a abrir en dos semanas - ¿nos parecemos que estamos listos?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Break Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean

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To celebrate the sale of Graham's business,* we took a cruise over Spring Break to the Eastern Caribbean. The kids were beyond excited and had a great time. The full photo album is available here if you want to see.

We took the Carnival Freedom, and actually had the same cruise director that we had on the Legend in 2010 - what are the odds?

Our first port was in Key West, Florida, and we walked across the island down to the Southernmost Beach to play in the sand

We only had one date night (Sean didn't want to go back to the kids' club after the first time, although he said he had fun), which was as we left Freeport. We had a cocktail, dinner, and then watched a movie by the pool. We had some fun evenings with the kids, too, and went to two concerts and three movies with them.

The second port was Freeport, the Bahamas, and we spent the day at the Junkanoo Beach Club at Taino Beach 

Our last port was Nassau, the Bahamas, and we took a ferry to Paradise Island and spent the day at Cabbage Beach near the Atlantis Resort (home to the world's most expensive hotel suite at $25,000/night) - our favorite activity was sitting and letting the waves come up and get us

As a side note, I'm making a wall grouping of the above pictures. The first two were coincidental (Barcelona, Spain in 2013 and Grand Teton National Park in 2014), but this time I took the picture on purpose to match... It's fun to see how much the kids have grown!

Sean's favorite on-board activity was taking the glass elevator - he pushed the button to call the elevator, then Claire would push the button to choose the floor

There was a Dr. Seuss theme throughout the kids' events, and our last day at sea we got to have a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and friends 

Our little things had a fun time and were sad to leave the ship - they're already asking when we can go on another cruise...

*So now Graham is no longer working with Netchemia and is focusing exclusively on his own company, Edovate Capital, which we're both really excited about. Congratulations to Graham and the Netchemia team!

En español:

El negocio de Graham estaba vendido recientemente,* entonces para celebrar, tomamos un crucero durante las vacaciones de primavera a la Caribe Este en el Carnival Freedom. Los chicos estaban emocionadísimos, y pasamos un tiempo maravilloso. Todas las fotos están aquí si quiere verlas.

Visitamos Key West en Florida, Freeport y Nassau en las Bahamas y tres playas allá. En la nave, disfrutamos mucha comida, películas, las jacuzzis, espectáculos, y el ascensor de vidrio. El tema para los niños estaba Dr. Seuss, y comimos con el gato en el Sombrero y sus amigos en nuestro último día en el mar.

Los chicos ya están preguntándonos cuando podemos tomar otro crucero… ¡Ja!

*Ahora Graham no trabaja con Netchemia y esta solamente trabajando en su propia compañía, Edovate Capital, que es emocionando para nosotros dos. ¡Felicidades a Graham y el equipo de Netchemia!