Monday, September 12, 2016

Summer vaca for the books

Yowzer. More than year, huh?
Welp. I'm sure to miss some details but it's been a wonderful year. Charlotte started 2nd grade at a charter school we've been hoping to get the kids in and Hazel is in morning Kindergarten at the neighborhood school. They should be at the same school this time next... and maybe I'll even blog a bit in the meantime. Summer vacation rocked. The girls were on the swim club's swim team prep class; The Narwahls. They did so amazing and at the end of the month long session I saw some competitive spirit in each of them at the mock up meet. Charlotte got "the rocket" award for pushing off the wall like a rocket and Hazel got "most fashionable" for showing up to lessons wearing nothing but her swimsuit and sliver Cowgirl boots.
Hmmm. What else? Freakin' DISNEYLAND is what else. We had always said we'd bring the girls when they were 5 and 7 years old; man... that happened fast. Jake drove us there in The Mallard and it (and he) did great. We made it down in just a couple days and stayed in an RV Park about a mile from Disney. It was actually really great. Very comfortable, filled with families going to Disney :) We did Disneyland two days in a row and it was so rad. Upon entering the gates on day 1 Jake and I were both a bit moved. He said the hair on arms stood up and I teared up pretty good. I am so grateful for this life we get to live and for the time and experiences we have with our girls. Disney was Disney... all pretty magical in all sincerity. We learned that Charlotte really likes roller coasters and Hazel does not. After day one Jake asked her what it would take to talk her into riding The Matterhorn. Without missing a beat the kid replied, "a pony". Haha. Smart little shit. We joked about writing a chronicle of books from the vacation; the first was titled; Mermaids Fall From the Sky because poor Haze slipped out of the top bunk while sleeping the first night in her mermaid tail blanket. THUNK. I'm not sure I've ever sprung out of bed faster and if I have it was likely due to similar circumstances.
After two days at Disneyland we went to Universal Studios for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Maybe it was because we were all already whooped but it definitely didn't have the same magical vibe as we experienced at Disney. Don't get me wrong, it was cool... it just felt more like a money pit than anything else. The Minion water park was the saving grace on the way out. The Minion simulator ride has Hazel sobbing in my lap and Charlotte stoked and me a little nauseous.
We had so much fun that we a tentatively planning to go back every five years... when the girls are 10/12. 15/17, 20/22... basically for as long as they'll allow it.
One of my favorite nights was on the way home we stopped at camp ground in California and did the camping thing. Campfire, s'mores, bike rides, walks... so dreamy.
Jake took the rest of the month of August off and we seriously just hung out. So nice. "We" got some more work done on the house and it is looking so cute these days! Quirky shelves up in the kitchen, roman shades in the living room/dining room/office (all in the same)and a new couch and chair. I love this space. The other day as I was pulling away from our home to buzz and get some groceries a feeling of gratitude swept over me and as I  gazed at our crooked little cottage I just smiled like idiot.
Girls, when and if you read this someday. Thank you. Thank you so much for filling my life with som much happiness. Thanks to you too, Jake.
 I'll try to follow up by uploading some current pictures from my phone soon.
Love you all,