Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sunday Parkways SE - 2017

One of my favorite parts of summer is Sunday Parkways, where the shut down the streets in a part of town and you can bike all around. They have different set ups at different parks. It is 100% a Portlandia episode. The first one kicked out with a bang -- amazing weather and a fun course. The best part...all three kids made the whole 7.5 loop....including MAGGIE! I was so proud of her grit.

MAC Father and Daughter

Mark and Maggie went to the Mac Father/Daughter dance. It was Hawaiian theme, they sat with her friends from school, and they learned a fantastic dance that they did with each other. I mean really, what could be better.

FP School Carnival

The kids school always does a fantastic carnival. This year was extra special as it was amazingly sunny weather. This year was also VERY surreal for me. Every year I have had a baby, a toddler, or a kid who was not yet at the school to tag along with me. This year Henry wanted to go...and he and his friends were walking around with a particular swagger that comes with being the "middle schooler who used to go here". He must have said a hundred times - "Everything is so much smaller than I remember". Frances had her friends. And this, Maggie had her friends ...and was mom needed. WEIRD STUFF.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Frances's Early 9th Birthday Party

For Frances's birthday, my parents won at an auction a box at the Thorns Game for 20 of her friends, with Thorns Scarfs and catering. The game was in early May, so we made it an early birthday celebration. For the first time in her life, she invited girls to her birthday party.... her whole entire soccer team....and everyone replied yes. So, it was 14 girls, Maggie and three of Henry's friends. It was SO much fun. They were so excited and it was so much fun to see her with her tribe of girlfriends who also love sports. They even made it on to the big screen! Mark and I also determined that girls are MUCH louder at parties than Maggie loved being in the thick of all the girls....and on stage with Henry's friends.... again... lord help us. On the way home, Frances called my parents and said thank you for the best night of her life. So sweet.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Frances's Last Game in Jr Academy

Frances also had her last game with an amazing coach, Facundo. Facundo taught Henry too and is the head of the Jr Academy of the club. He is originally from Argentina and has a smile that goes the width of his face. He does a FANTASTIC job of ensuring the young kids learn important basic skills....and have a lot of fun.  She had a wonderful year with a wonderful group of girls and has made, for the first time in her life, really good girlfriends. For the final game, she went out with bang with having a hat trick (3 goals) in the first seven minutes. She ended with four goals and her team one by seven. Fun end to a fun season.  It was also finally sunny and felt like Spring...well still in the 57-61 temp zone....but according to Maggie...that is ballet leotard weather.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

End of FC Season, Thankful for Great Coaches

Henry has been in the FC Academy Club since third grade. It has been a tremendous experience for him. He has made wonderful friendships, but probably the most impactful part of it has been the amazing coaching he has been able to experience. He has flourished under the structure, sprinkled with a lot of fun. The last two years he has had a particular amazing coach in Chilo. Chilo could be loud and intense and quite pointed in his feedback to Henry that was based in obvious belief in Henry and what Henry could do, and genuine care for Henry has a person and leader of the team. Henry grew an immense amount under Chilo and I will be forever thankful for him. To be honest, I got teary eyed at the of the game. I feel so thankful for the other sweet human beings that dedicate their lives to coaching young souls and who do such an amazing job of it. 

Thorns Game With NE

Frances got three season tickets to the Thorns for Xmas. For the first game, she picked Henry to bring with her. For her second game, she chose her favorite friend from her soccer team. It was so much fun to hear these girls off the field talk to each other. It is such a sweet relationship and super cute that is started with a shared love of soccer.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Our First Born Baby is a Dozen

Henry turned 12. WHAT ?!?!?!?! We have been parents for a dozen years. Wow. This is the first bday we went big with having a big sleepover. 8 12-year old boys and our girls. We played at the house and then went to TopGolf and then were going to come back to our house...but we had no power.....and my parents were out of we took the party there. I am 41 and I threw a party at my parents house when they were out of town. Hilarious.

It was SO much fun. He has an incredible group of young men as friends. Each is so smart and articulate and fun living. There is so much diversity in his group, which I love. The boys were also super sweet to the girls. Frances wanted to tag along to play all the sports....and Maggie...well, I think she has a crush on a couple of the boys. Lord help me.

Kinder Poster

All three kids have had the same teacher. One of my favorite things she does is ask them to describe three different phases of their life and what they can and can't do.... as babies, now in kinder, and when they are twenty. So funny.

As a baby, she could drink milk, but not go on a golf cart.

At five, she can swim and she can't whistle.

Apparently, at 20, Maggie will be a Vet and have kids.