Friday, June 15, 2018

Pre-Promotion Pool Party

Can you believe my baby just finished elementary school?!  The day before promotion, my friend Jocelyn organized an after school party at our pool for some of the graduating class.  There were something like 40 of the 5th graders there.  Big fun!

The night before that there was a PTA awards ceremony which I couldn't make due to work.  Turns out they roped my friend Kathleen (Nolan's mom) into presenting an award for me!  The PTA likes to acknowledge any of the parents that are leaving Janney who had been a committee chair.  But thanking by oregano - is this a thing?  For 6 years of "outstanding contributions to the Janney community...." 😂

Thursday, June 14, 2018


It's never been a secret: I have always been a huge gleek.  You know - fan of the show Glee?  Maybe that's because I've always had a not-so-secret crush on Darren Criss, and Lea Michele is just cute as Christmas.  I found out through social media that  they were going on tour together, and better yet, they were bringing the LM/DC tour to the Kennedy Center!  My love was not only supportive, but he got us tickets in the 2nd row!  Since my parents were going to be in town for the weekend, we even had a built in babysitter!

Be still my big gay 💜!

The two of them are not only ridiculously adorable, but they are insanely talented to boot.  SO glad we went to see the show!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rainy Day Play

We recently had the most ridiculously torrential storms that at times it seemed like it was never going to stop raining.  Adults worry about their basements flooding, but kids just want to be kids, so Joseph, Ben and Chloe asked if they could put on their bathing suits and play outside.  Why not?!?!  They had a blast wading in the river running down our street and building a dam between our houses.

Despite all the rain, we had a lovely weekend visit with Grammy and Grandpa (whose basement in NJ did get flooded).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

All about TP

One last project was due in Social Studies before the end of the school year.  In studying the second Industrial Revolution in America, the students got to pick an item (from a list provided by the teachers) to write an essay on and create a 3D model, collage, brochure, or other art project to present at an Invention Fair.  And Joseph chose........toilet paper. 💩😂

Well, it didn't make much sense to make a model of toilet paper, so he went with a collage.  They had to include info about the inventor, the patent, and several interesting facts - and then just for fun we rolled up the paper onto a toilet paper roll and mounted it on a TP holder over poop emojis. Costumes were encouraged so he went as Mr. Whipple from the old "please don't squeeze the Charmin" commercials.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Art of Burning Man

Another incredible exhibit at the Renwick Gallery!  No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings to DC some of the large scale contemporary art installations that are part of an annual event in the Nevada Desert.  Some of its principles are "radical self-expression" and "communal participation," encouraging one to not just observe but to be fully present.  We were lucky that it wasn't too crowded over the Memorial Day weekend so we really got to enjoy it.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Baking with Brianna 3.0

Oops, we did it again!  For the third time now at our school auction, this time teaming up with Ben and Chloe instead of Zara, we've won an afternoon of baking with one of Janney's bestest teachers, Ms. Brianna.  We were a little short on time with conflicting flag football schedules for the boys, but they managed to squeeze in making snickerdoodles and Rice Krispie treats.  My favorite was seeing them assembly line the snickerdoodles - Joseph scooped, Chloe rolled, Ben coated them with then cinnamon sugar mixture - a true team effort with a delicious reward!