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Fun week so far!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Ella, Stella and Juliet are at rock climbing camp this week.  They are having so much fun together.  Tonight, we went to see the movie “Inside Out”.  It was a hit with everyone.

117.jpg217.jpg Planet Granite is located in a beautiful spot right near the Golden Gate Bridge.  Not a bad place to hang out!

310.jpg All of the kids are having a blast!

45.jpg Ella can’t wait for this movie to come out!

55.jpg65.jpg75.jpg Acting aout all of the different emotions.  The movie had joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.

84.jpg Very clever movie ad!

Ella’s week at Camp Winnarainbow

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Ella had an amazing week at Camp Winnarainbow – her first time at sleep away camp, and her moms made it through the week without missing her too much!  The pictures in the first part of this blog were taken by Ella.  She took a camera with her to camp and took some sweet shots and fun videos.  Here are the pics.

1a.jpgThe teepee circle

1b.jpg Tight rope practice place.

1c.jpg Aerial practice place.

1d.jpgNurse’s dome.

1e.jpg Dinner menu!

1f.jpg Chocolate pudding.

1g.jpgTurquoise teepee (the place where Ella slept for the week!)

1h.jpgThe rainbow stage.

1j.jpg Another look at the tightrope area.

1i.jpgAnother shot of the turquoise tent.

1k.jpg The road to the lake.

1l.jpg The lake – Ella passed the difficult swim test.

1m.jpg The campfire!

1n.jpg Great shot.

115.jpgLooks like a selfie to me!

215.jpg39.jpg44.jpg54.jpg64.jpg74.jpg83.jpg93.jpg123.jpg163.jpgElla explained her teepee experience as a group of girls who were sisters for the week.  She said that they felt like a family.  I know that she loved being there with Stella and Juliet and that she also made some new friends.  The counselors told us that they were the best group of girls that they ever had.  Ella even bragged about the teepee winning the cleanest tent award!  They were rewarded with M&M’s.  Here are a few more pics from Ella’s camera.

103.jpg116.jpg133.jpg142.jpg153.jpg The next group of pics are taken from my perspective.  The shots of Sunny, Ella and I were taken by Karen who was visiting from NY.  Thank you for taking these pics!

173.jpg183.jpg Not exactly your “traditional” camp!

193.jpg203.jpg216.jpg223.jpg232.jpg Reunited and it feels so good!  We love you so much Ella!

242.jpg A little unicycle action.

252.jpg A new friend Cadence.

262.jpg272.jpg Very sweet closing show.  I have videos that I will throw together which show Ella doing gymnastics and some aerial stuff.

282.jpg291.jpg301.jpg Back in SF, Ella started rock climbing camp today.  She successfully did the purple path today!

Ella’ first time at sleep away camp!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Well – today Helen and I dropped off Ella, Stella and Juliet to Camp Winnarainbow.  Ella was sooooooo excited to go.  Last night, Sunny, Ella and I were talking and we asked her how she was feeling about going to camp.  She said, “I’m really excited, and a little scared”.  We told her that it was natural to be scared.  Then she said, “Do you want to know why I’m scared?”  We said “sure”.  She then told us that she was afraid that she had lice and would not be able to go to camp.  Here’s the back story – the camp has a zero lice policy.  When you check in, you have to go and get your head checked and if you have lice, you have to go home until you get rid of them.  Ella had lice in the second grade – over a year ago, and I think it traumatized her.  Needless to say, she did not have lice and at this moment, is hopefully sound asleep in the Turquoise teepee!  Here are some pics from today.

113.jpgLast family selfie until Saturday.

213.jpg38.jpg Hugs and kisses for mommy who had to work today!

43.jpgExcited girls on a lunch break from our road trip.

53.jpg63.jpg73.jpg In the parking lot headed over to camp.  It was a HOT day!

82.jpg Glamorous Stella!

92.jpg Such happiness!

102.jpg This X means that she has NO LICE!

114.jpg Talking to the nurse.

122.jpg So wonderful to see Ella so excited!

132.jpgOne more selfie.

152.jpg Checking out the teepee and meeting a new friend.

162.jpg Now it’s getting really exciting.  This was about 5 minutes before the girls told us to leave!

172.jpg This is Cadence.  She’s also in the turquoise teepee.  I think the counselor was making funny faces behind my back while I was taking this.

182.jpg The Teepee panorama style.  Ella will be sleeping between Stella and Juliet.

192.jpgElla and her “adult” counselors Xanthia and Josie.  An adult at Camp Winnarainbow is someone who is over 18.

202.jpg Helen and I are about to be evicted!

214.jpgThis is the life!

222.jpgThis is the teepee village.

I think Ella is going to have an amazing week.  We will miss her but are so happy for her!

Straight hair, grandma and papa and adventures with friends

Monday, June 15th, 2015

So since my last post, Ella has moved on from being a 3rd grader to a 4th grader!  It seems like it all happened so quickly.  Grandma and Papa came to visit and got to see the “passing of the torch” ceremony at Ella’s school.  It was so great to have them here with us.  While they were here, we celebrated their 52nd anniversary, Ella’s promotion, and Sunny’s birthday.  Tomorrow, Ella leaves for sleep away camp for 5 nights and 5 days.  She is so excited to go!  We can’t wait to hear all about her adventures.

110.jpgElla met Kristi Yamaguchi a few weeks ago at the gym.

210.jpg36.jpg41.jpg4a.jpg51.jpg61.jpg71.jpg Ella had a haircut during the first week of June.  This was the first time that she had her hair blown out straight.  She really liked the way it looked and felt.  Her haircut was on a Wednesday and she rocked the straight hair look all the way until Sunday!  She also loves her natural hair and has been practicing different ways to put it up for camp.

81.jpg91.jpgPicking up Ella on the last day of school!

101.jpg Ella’s promotion dessert.

111.jpg 3 beauties at Golden Gate Park.

121.jpg Ella helping KJ tie his new white belt with a yellow stripe.

131.jpg Tai Kwon Do group shot.

141.jpg Grandma out for a stroll in front of AT&T Park

151.jpg Love these 3 Musketeers!

161.jpg16a.jpg 171.jpgElla had a sweet visit with Ms. Kay’s daughter Gabriella.

181.jpg191.jpg201.jpg211.jpg221.jpg231.jpgOn Wednesday, Ella and Juliet gave Panda a bath.  They did a terrific job and deep down, Panda loved it!

241.jpg251.jpg261.jpg271.jpg281.jpgElla and Emmi had a fun day together on Thursday – bowling and fooling around at AT&T Park.

112.jpg212.jpgOn Friday, I took Ella and of my students to the Oakland Animal Care and Control that Becca now runs.  Ella was so happy to be reunited with Pineapple!

37.jpg We took out the duffle bag to get Ella ready for camp this weekend and Panda decided that he wanted to get into it!

42.jpg Ella stopped by a birthday party for her buddy Sophie today.  When Sophie saw Ella she said, “My buddy is here!”  She was so happy to see Ella!

52.jpg62.jpg72.jpg Tonight, we celebrated Mommy’s birthday at the Slanted Door.  The dessert was Ella’s favorite – Lychee cotton candy!  Happy birthday Mommy!  We love you so much.

Ella and some amazing activities…

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Ella has had 3 weeks full of so much fun.  I will illustrate her fun with photos…

1.jpg2.jpg Ella and I took our first adventure on the Cal Train.  We were heading to the Makers Faire somewhere on the way to San Jose.  We even sat on the top deck.  It was really fun and much better than getting stuck in traffic.

3.jpg4.jpg While we were looking for Heather, Andy, Elaine, Chloe, Oscar, Heather’s dad and uncle.  Wow – we were looking for a lot of people!  And we finally found them…

5.jpg6.jpg7.jpg 8.jpg9.jpg10.jpg11.jpg12.jpgElla had a blast and really loved seeing Heather and hanging out with the kids.

13.jpg Ella and her friend Marlowe after pajama day at school.

14.jpg There’s a big election coming up in San Francisco.  Ella has joined on our quest to get Vicki Hennessy elected!

15.jpgMy beauties on the morning of my birthday.  Chocolate croissant birthday treat!

16.jpg The three of us on the morning of my birthday.

17.jpg18.jpgBirthday fun at Benihana.

19.jpg Sweet Ella waiting for the train.

20.jpg21.jpg22.jpgSo much fun with cousins Izze and India at Dim Sum.

23.jpg24.jpg Ella went rock climbing with Izze and India.  All of the girls did a great job.  Ella loved it so much that she is going to go to this place for camp for a week!

25.jpg Fun with Stella and Juliet.  This picture looks like I probably said something inappropriate.

26.jpg26a.jpg27.jpgElla took Juliet to iFly SF – indoor skydiving, for her birthday.  The girls were amazing, fearless flyers!  I will post some movies tomorrow.

28.jpg29.jpg30.jpg This past Saturday, we volunteered for the Giants Community fund glove drive.  Ella collected glove, counted money, and loaded all of the gloves on the table.

31.jpg Sunny and I had a sweet Sunday afternoon baseball date.  The Giants lost, but we had so much fun.

32.jpg33.jpg34.jpg35.jpg Ella spent Friday night and Saturday with her friends at Lexy’s sleepover party.  Looks like the girls had a blast!