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Monday, March 28, 2016

Wrapping up Easter 2016

We were quite fortunate that the weather stayed sunny and mild for our very last Easter egg hunt in our city yard. The Easter bunny came right after breakfast, ate most of the carrot the girls set out for him on the landing and left a basket of treats in return.






After consuming far too many peeps, they hustled downstairs to refill their baskets with eggs.












 Lucy was overjoyed to see Bob, complete with his own set of bunny ears.




And that was that. All done before 9am. Considering they had been up since 5:30am, stalling until 8am was quite a feat on my part. In case I haven't been clear in other posts, having children is not for the faint of heart nor the fond of sleep.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring growth

My oh my....our girls are growing up.

Easter 2016
Easter 2015
Easter 2014
Easter 2013
Easter 2012 (for the record, Kate had her finger in her nose in every single picture...)
Easter 2011

Easter 2010


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way!

The girls are super excited for Easter to arrive. We spent today coloring eggs, making various salads from their grandmothers' recipes for tomorrow's dinner, and enjoying the sunshine. Len took them on a bike ride to the park after lunch while I got things prepped for egg making.

They got right to work as soon as they returned.



Lucy combined the red and blue to make purple and Kate combined yellow and orange to see if she could m

It wasn't quite purple but was lovely with a little glitter sprinkled onto it.
 For the last egg, we combined all the colors hoping to get black. It came out more eggplant colored.

Our sunny afternoon gave way to cloudy and cold towards the supper hour. Our two hungry girls sat down on the deck to supervise the grilling of the steaks.
With the girls safely tucked into their beds, Mama and Daddy bunny got to work getting their baskets ready. Lucy's basket holds her favorite chocolate panda cookies, some chocolates, lip balm, a slinky and another favorite cartoon, Paw Patrol, on a new toothbrush.
Kate's is similar except that she prefers vanilla cookies and My Little Pony for her toothbrush. Kate's original slinky was bent beyond fixing on a playdate long ago so I replaced hers.
We'll have an egg hunt tomorrow morning--our last in this yard.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Chinese Chess Lesson

Uncle RyRy and Uncle Paul gifted the girls with a Chinese chess set when they visited last month. Kate has been hot to learn how to play so one of the teachers at her school agreed to teach her after classes. This week was her second lesson. Here's a peek into how it's going.
Chinese chess lesson from Lisa on Vimeo.

Monday, March 14, 2016

All-school recital

Yesterday, Kate had her third recital at New Music School. This time, it was an all-school recital so there were many different ages playing a variety of instruments. Kate was the only flute player but this time was not the youngest.

Here she is, pre-recital, with her teacher, Steve.
Post-recital, with all the participants and the director of the school, Francisco Ybarra.
She performed Twinkle Twinkle and Yankee Doodle.

All school flute recital from Lisa on Vimeo.

After a cake reception,
we treated the girls to lunch for a job well-done; Kate for a great performance and Lucy, for sitting *relatively still and quietly* for 45 minutes.
A view to the Miracle Mile and the Hancock was not a bad way to spend a rainy March day.

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