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Mariner’s game

We were long overdue for some serious family time, so we packed as much fun as possible in a 3-day weekend.

First, a Mariner’s game on Saturday night with school friends. It was Felix Hernandez Bobble Head night so we had to get there a couple hours early to get one.

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What do you do for two hours at safeco field? Watch batting practice, visit Mariner Moose and wander around aimlessly.

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Unicorn glam

As you must know by now, Annabel’s birthday has lasted about a week. That’s kinda how we do things here. We even managed to squeeze Mother’s day and mom’s birthday in between Annie’s celebrations.

Last night was the big event! We spent the whole day getting ready for the Unicorn Glam party.

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20130519-071831.jpg Two nights ago Annie wore her hair in braids so it’d be ready for the party.

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I’m not afraid to wear pink and I even got a cool unicorn t-shirt to wear.

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While my mom may be the big idea girl, Aunt Mamie and Amy were key to the party happening – they helped do the food and staffed the glam station where the girls got nail polish, face paint, hair extension and unicorn tattoos.

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Mom gets full credit for the cake though:

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The unicorn balloon topiary was a big hit!

The party was a blast – enjoy these photos!

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Annie is 4

Can you believe it? 4!?!?! And me and mom missed it?!?! We had a dinner for Annabel last Saturday and she’s having the big party this weekend – so we will make up for it then. In the meantime, enjoy this group of photos from the weekend and yesterday.

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Thanks to our cousins in Colorado, Annie still got to be with family on her birthday.

Oh and mom made a couple of presents for her that she likes to show off:

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Study abroad

As you may know, my Dad has been traveling to Denver each week since January consulting on a campaign at an international school there.

Well, Mom is back to work and we have had some complications in the childcare situation (to put it mildly). The good news is that my little sister, Annabel has come out on top and is having an amazing adventure.

She has enrolled at the school in Denver in the fulltime preschool class – it’s 100% in Spanish – and she will travel with Dad each week to attend school there. It’s like studying abroad!

Here she is saying goodbye on her first trip.

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On the first of many plane rides:

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Warm and sunny days in Colorado:

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Her new cubby:

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Circle time:

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Notice they all wear cute smocks (mom decorated Annie’s):

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Dad gets to peek at her from his desk sometimes:

The teachers, new classmates, the amazing people that work there and even the hotel is excited to have her. Tonight she gets to see her cousins who will help make her feel at home each week.

Back in Seattle, Mom and I are staring at each other twiddling our thumbs. It’s awful quiet each evening and we miss Dad and Annabel terribly. It’s only for 6 weeks though, so we are making the best of our time by trying new stuff.

 
 

Diving deep

It’s our last day in the Desert -mom slacked off on pictures, but take my word for it – we go to see lots of cousins, playdates with friends from Seattle and lots and lots of swimming.

You may not know this about me, but I have a condition called polymorphous light eruption – basically it’s a mild sun allergy that I react to each spring on my first dose of major sun. On me, it presents as severe cracking and drying with tiny red bumps everywhere that gets sun. The skin tends to get raw between the cracks – making it extremely painful to put lotion or sunscreen. Add that to my delicate disposition and it’s pretty dramatic. The good news is that a nightly dose of benedryl and slathers of aquafor really help. After about 2 weeks, it’s all cleared up and it won’t happen again until next spring break.
Here I am in shade avoiding a final day of swimming:

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That didn’t last long:

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While Annabel tries desperately to get a penny I threw into the jacuzzi – she tried about 19 times. Each time saying – it is too hard, I don’t think I can. Even mom tried to get her to stop trying.

 
 

Kickball Birthday

This year at school, I’ve been playing kickball at almost every recess. Naturally, it made sense to have a kickball birthday party.

I’ve never had an outdoor party because of the potential for bad weather – I promised my mom that we wouldn’t care if it rained. Even though it was 70 degrees and sunny last week, the forecast called for hail yesterday.

Well, what happens when you take 22 boys, suit them up for rain and go outside and play? An awesome good time.

First we split into the blue and green teams:

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Then luckily, no one was using the tennis courts, so we could play there.

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I was captain of the blue team

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The best thing is that almost everyone could make it to the party and I feel like one of the luckiest kids in the world to have so many friends:

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Here’s the happy birthday song if you can believe it:

 

Happy Easter!

Hope you had a good Easter like we did! Uncle Matt, Aunt Jenn and Gabe are in town to celebrate!

The Easter Bunny came and we had a beautiful day in the sun!

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Posted by on 03/31/2013 in Family matters, Holiday