Archive for February, 2013

A lot of catching up to do!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

This is going to span about 2 weeks.  I’ll post the pictures and tell the story as I go along.

12.jpg22.jpg32.jpg42.jpg This was about 2 weeks ago.  We took Ella and Juliet to Pet Pride behind the ballpark.  The girls had so much fun together and Panda made a new friend!

52.jpg Here is a shot of Sakura (in Japan!) during a Skype session that we had.  I blocked out Ella accidentally when I was taking the picture, but I put a movie at the end of Ella showing Sakura how well she pogo sticks.  It was so cool doing the Skype conversation.  Sakura took us all over her apartment, showed us the view outside, played the piano for us and of course showed us her entire Powerpuff Girl collection!

61.jpg71.jpg Here is Ella doing early morning farm duty at CDS.

8.jpg9.jpg10.jpg111.jpgHere is Ella’s latest and greatest book.  She wrote about getting her green belt.  It has been wonderful watching her storytelling evolve.  Her teacher says that she loves to write and tell stories.  Incredible stuff.

121.jpgElla’s latest self-portrait.

13.jpgElla, Sunny and Juliet at en event at City Hall called a billion rising – an event about violence against women and children on v-day.

15.jpg We went to Tahoe last weekend with our friends Rachel, Liz and Isabel.  Here is Ella on a snow/ice castle.

16.jpgWe all tried tubing for the first time.  It was incredible! (movie at the end)

17.jpg18.jpgOn top of the tubing run.

19.jpgWe bumped into Ella’s friend Hannah and her parents and rode the tram up together.  It was 2000 feet up!

20.jpg Hannah, Ella and Isabel at the top of the tram.  We were at Squaw Valley where the 1960 something Olympics were held.

211.jpgElla gets the goal again!

221.jpg Ella and Hannah skating on the beautiful rink which was used in the Olympics.

23.jpg Ella and Isabel flinging snowballs at me.

24.jpgThe moms at Squaw Valley.

26.jpg It was really beautiful up there.  Check out Lake Tahoe in the distance.

Home from school for four days!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

This is a record for Ella.  Ella has had a fever since Monday morning.  She has been an amazing sick kid.  Sunny took her to the doctor today and he said it was probably the flu.  She seems to be on the mend.  I get to stay home with her tomorrow.  Here are some shots from the weekend and a video of Ella bowling a spare on Saturday night at Yerba Buena Disco Bowling.

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Ella and Marlowe at the disco bowl!

31.jpg Ella and Jayden playing air hockey on Sunday night – the kids played hard while we watched the Super Bowl.

41.jpg Panda resting on Ella while she relaxed and had some soup.

51.jpgBrushing teeth and keeping the chills away.

Summary of this week in photos and a short movie

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Ella had a great week.  First of all, last Friday at school, Ella won the waste free lunch contest.  She has been waiting for about 4 years for the moment when her name was pulled from the hat.  Here is Ella with the other winner, Anabel and Ms. Misty – the farm and garden teacher.

6.jpg Ella won a lemon.  She made a cup of lemonade with it.

Over the weekend, Ella had a sleep over at Stella and Juliet’s on Friday night and then they slept over at our house (and KJ too) on Saturday night.  On Sunday, Helen took KJ and the girls to see a stage production of Beauty and The Beast.  They all had a blast.

7.jpg Popsicle party with the Kim/Arenas.

On Saturday, Ella went to a Laser Tag party and had so much fun.  Sunny and I had a lot of fun too!

1.jpg Ella and her buddy Macy at the laser tag place.

Ella’s class took a trip to the Mission Dolores church on Wednesday and Sunny went on the field trip with Ella’s class.  Ella loved having Sunny with her on the field trip.

5.jpg Indians painted this ceiling with vegetable dye.

2.jpgElla this morning before the big assembly.

3.jpg This is a mural that Ella’s class painted.  Ella drew one of the churches.  I’m not sure which one.

4.jpg Ella getting ready to do her presentation.

Now here’s a short video of Ella announcing the project at the assembly today.