Sunday, April 23, 2017

Liesl's first soccer game

In the fall, the kinder soccer team had practices and intra-squad scrimmages. It was great for Liesl to meet her classmates and to get some fresh air, exercise, and an introduction to the basic skills and rules. But today, she got the chance to "play up" against a first grade team in the the spring soccer league. (She was asked to be a substitute player - I asked her if she was interested in playing with her friends, and she said, "Will there be snack?" A girl's gotta have priorities.)

She was a little tentative at first, and unsure of how to play and what to do, but then she got really into it during the second half. She played defense, she dribbled the ball, she got into the scrum, and best of all, she scored two goals!!! Two! One of them was amazing - she actually dribbled the ball from half-field all the way down and then kicked it into the goal.

Afterwards, she said "I didn't know it would be so fun! Can I play with this team again?"  Yay!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fun Run!

The children got to participate in their school's Fun Run on Friday, to raise money for arts education at the school. It's one of my favorite events - I love seeing the kids trying their hardest, running lots of laps, getting all sweaty and red-faced. I volunteered to mark laps for both kinders and 3rd-graders, and it was fun to be involved and cheering them on - it was also gorgeously sunny, one of our first clear days in ages. Liesl ran 12 laps, running some at a good clip and then stopping to walk with friends on others. She was happy, since that had been her goal number.
 The kinders are off!!!
Liesl getting a sharpie check on her paper tag.
 Sweet red-faced children, post-race.
Sebastian ran 20 laps this year - he looked even and steady the whole time, loping around the track at a good pace. He walked occasionally but never even looked all that tired out.
 Third graders lining up...
Our boy, post race.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter egg hunting and brunch

The children were delighted to find chocolates at their breakfast places - they opened up Easter cards from aunt Adele, ate some bagels and berries, and then had a first, indoor Easter egg hunt.
The Hoangs arrived at 10 and we headed over to the school gardens and playground for the "real" egg hunt. I love the excitement in their faces as they're gearing up for it. Sebastian was sadly feeling ill all day - a low grade fever, lack of appetite and energy - but rallied enough to participate.
 And then we came back home and the children opened up their eggs and compared their loot.
We had roast leg of lamb, sweet potatoes, baked eggs with spinach and mushrooms, Anne's homemade challah, asparagus, and a lettuce salad with blueberries, radishes, and fennel. Everything was delicious, we all ate far too much, and it was delightful to spend the meal talking and laughing together. We walked down to the pond after lunch and then back to the playground, and then back home to eat dessert: blueberry rhubarb pie and carrot cake, with whipped cream.
Happy Easter, all!

Easter egg decorating

We left it until the last possible minute, but on Saturday afternoon, after baseball and soccer games (this two children in two spring sports thing is making a mess of our schedule), we managed to dye some Easter eggs.
And then the Easter bunny came and left some chocolates, jelly beans, and other goodies for the family.

Friday, April 14, 2017

kindergarten play

As if the week had not provided enough evidence that Liesl likes to dance, act, and be the center of attention, the kindergarten classes today performed a short play. They've had an artists residency this week with Northwest Children's Theatre, and have worked on Mo Willems' story about Elephant and Piggie. Liesl was front and center, and clearly loved the show.


Elephant and Piggie kindergarten play 3 from B. Avery on Vimeo.


Elephant and Piggie kindergarten play 2 from B. Avery on Vimeo.


Elephant and Piggie kindergarten play from B. Avery on Vimeo.