Musings of a mother/scuba instructor/graphic designer/musical entrepreneur. Totally in love with my husband (Two Fish) of ten years. We have two beautiful daughters (Red Fish and New Fish) and a nutty dog (Blue Fish) who help make our family complete and completely happy. W have learned to expect the unexpected and are always up for an adventure.
I am enthusiastic about living and learning. I love people who make me laugh. I have an ironic appreciation for the unique and absurd. I am an enthusiastic and untalented tap dancer with a love for new Christmas ornaments,art, the outdoors,the water, music, good books, skiing, and travel. My greatest calling in life is to be a Mom. I LOVE it!
Tonight at bedtime, New Fish hit her chin on the granite counter top and was crying pretty hard. I held her all during reading time and she ended up falling asleep. I sat on the couch for a good fourty-five minutes before transferring her to her bed, just enjoying what will undoubtedly be one of the last time one of my children falls asleep in my arms. The feeling of a heavy, sleepy child has been one of my favorite things about motherhood. I still getting plenty of snuggle time with both of the girls. We read together and watch movies and there is plenty of affection and I will continue to enjoy all of those moments of little heads on my shoulder. There is still something special about a sleepy baby or small child falling asleep comfortable in their mom's arms. So I sat there tonight, just enjoying the feeling and ignoring the big drool stain down the front of my t-shirt. Some of these things I wish I could keep with me forever. I mourn all of these tiny last times even though each new age continues to be so much fun. My kids are so much fun right now. They make me laugh as they continue to grow into these intense little people with so many little desires in their hearts and opinions of their own. The first time they draw a person is replaced by the first sweet legible note they write and first steps are replaced by first piano performances and I love it all.
We celebrated the May/June birthdays on my side of the family tonight. We hosted at our house and had a barbeque with hula hoops, giant bubbles, swings, cupcakes, babies and crazy kids. I know people say that you can't choose your family, but this is who I would choose to share my life with even if we weren't family.
It was a beautiful evening outside, just chatting and eating on the lawn. Nights like this are my favorite.
These little cousins love each other so much. Thing 1 was just walking into the house and finding whatever he needs. He knows where everything is and what he can access and I love that he feels so at home.
We celebrated my Mom's birthday and we thought we would get her a birthday picture with the kids. 5/6 looking toward the camera is pretty good!
Red Fish wanted Pop Pops to give her a snorkeling lesson. We are going to have to upgrade to some larger equipment because the tiny kid stuff is too small. She is prepping "to snorkel with manatees and dive with ship wrecks"- two goals for her future. When Red Fish turns eight she can officially start practicing her scuba skill sin the pool and she can be certified at age ten. I think scuba is in her blood.
Little New Fish has decided she wants to be a dancer when she grows up and has been taking tap and ballet all year. She loves to dance. I on the other hand am not cut out to be a dance mom. It stresses me out and even though she is just taking weekly classes that were fine, the recital had 50 million rules and full makeup, dress rehearsals and other things that nearly gave me a nervous breakdown. I'm going to have to learn how to roll with it if New Fish is going to continue with dance.
She is so cute though and you can see how much fun she has.
The week of the [New Fish] shows ended with her big recital in a fancy theatre downtown. Red Fish was especially excited for her sister. New Fish did awesome and was one of the few preschoolers in the show who sort of knew their dance. Most importantly, she had an absolute blast and was thrilled to "be on the stage again!"
This week is the week of the "[New Fish] shows! The child was born to be on the stage and she LOVES to perform. Her preschool program and graduation was hilarious. She made such dramatic faces and sang so loudly. She was very excited that they were performing a short play. She kept saying: "My very first play!" All of my pictures are terrible but the lighting is not great in the theatre.
The girls have been working to earn hula hoops. I thought that I would absolutely be able to demonstrate how to use a hoop but alas, I have lost any and all mediocre skill I once had at the hula hoop. I also require a bigger hoop but that may just be an excuse. It was hilarious to watch them attempt to hula and Two Fish was expecially fun to watch. We are all equally untalented.
This week we started with watercolor resist painting and the artist Claude Monet. I had helped the girls make paintings like this months ago so we had tested everything and had examples. Watercolor resist is ALWAYS a hit with kids and we added dimension with tissue paper lilly pads. It was one of my very favorite processes to do with art group. We read the book Harold And The Purple Crayon and talking about being free to draw and create anything you want and we looked at some of Monet's work and talked about him as an artist and then turned the kids loose to work.
This year Lovely L's little twinnies are coming to art group. It makes me happy to have babies in the group again. I can't believe I have been doing art group for so long and that my kids were so tiny the first few years. It is fun to have tiny people back in the mix.
I couldn't resist the spin art machine for $5. It is too much fun. During the 80s I went to a birthday party at a special puff paint and spin tshirt place. This machine reminds me of that.
We met Two Fish after work today for a picnic and hike from a park near his work. There were rattlesnake warning signs up and New Fish was having a fit that we were going to see a snake. Sure enough, we met a rattler one minute into our hike and turned around. We drove down the road to a nearby hike with more steady foot traffic because I assumed the snakes would at least stay off the trail because of the constant noise. I'm looking forward to a summer full of hiking. The girls are getting so independent. New Fish loves anything steep that involves scrambling over rocks but she HATES flat trails.
I have no darling before and after pictures of the school year but it was Hawaiian day at preschool for New Fish. I can't believe the year is almost over but I'm also ready for summer and still scared of summer and the complete upheaval of our schedule. I'm a little bit in denial that I will have a kindergartener and a second grader so soon. I'm also determined not to mourn the fast passing days and try to embrace the present and all of the delightful parts of having a five and seven year old. Highlights of the last few days include-
An impromptu shaved ice run with the neighborhood kids. Car wash parking lots are not an ideal place to entertain large groups of children who are happy to be outside after school.
Red Fish is such a sweet sister. Yesterday was her last day of recess and lunch at school and she asked if I would bring New Fish to the school to eat with her. I warned New Fish ahead of time that we would probably leave right after eating so Red Fish could enjoy her last recess but Red Fish (being the very loving big sister that she is) insisted that New Fish stay and play with her friends. I loved watching Red Fish include her little sister in all of her games with her friends. Seriously, what would these two do without eachother? If there were ever a pair who were destined to be sisters...
Our neighborhood has the most awesome street party on the last day of school. There is a water slide, dunk tank, snow cones, air compressor rockets and treats galore. All of the moms are out on the street talking and it is a good time. I caught this picture of New Fish mid-fall in the dunk tank. Red Fish wants to ask Santa for a dunk tank for our back yard- never gonna happen.