The first grade children at FPE presented a spring concert with songs and a short play, for the enjoyment of their parents and the kindergarten classes. Sebastian's class drew the short end of the stick, in my opinion, being saddled with sparkly yellow gowns and glitter crowns in order to appear as angels, and having to sing Dona Nobis Pacem in Latin to begin the show. Latin? For a first grade performance of The Circle of Life, in which appearances are made by Chicken Little, an oak tree, many acorns, and many squirrels? Whose wonky idea was that?
Anyway... they were adorable, and they sang as well as they could, and Sebastian was proud, and thus so was I.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday was the annual carnival at Forest Park, organized by the PTA and staffed by parent volunteers. The children each got 'golden tickets' this year, giving them unlimited rides. Liesl loved the bouncy house, the obstacle course and slide, the petting zoo, the gymnastics track, the frog pond toss, the giant trampoline, the treasure table, the karate and cheerleading demonstrations.... Sebastian mostly liked hanging out with Frances. Both children tasted cotton candy for the first time and were, predictably, huge fans.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Ten years ago, during the week following our Portland wedding, Steve and I drove to the Oregon coast. We stayed in a lovely inn at Cannon Beach, we camped in the pitch darkness at Oswald West State Park, and we hiked Neahkanie Mountain in Manzanita. Here are two photos of that hike - a gorgeous fall day, with perfect views.
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We spent the long weekend at the Oregon coast, in the town of Manzanita. We rented an enormous house - 9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, and an acre of grassy yard space - along with our friends Michela and Brian, Elise and Todd, Mary and Patrick, Anne and Cuong, and Adrienne and Jeff. We were 23 people. It was a last-minute madness, and it turned out beautifully.
Sebastian and Frances at the beach.
Baby Filomena and baby Genevieve, both fascinated by the same hole.
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