Friday, August 27, 2010

randoms from the week

We had an early release day on Wednesday so D (Danielle - my cousin's wife) and I took the kids to the Science Center downtown. Kayleigh and Bennett were visiting about something. It was too cute.
Zoe would tell Kayleigh to draw something and K would try her best to comply with Z's request. Maybe you can spot the octopus, lion, or panda bear?
I'm so glad it's Friday and we don't have anything going on this weekend.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kindergarten. It's finally sinking in.

Truth be told on Kayleigh's first day of school I didn't cry because I was a ball of stress. I hadn't slept the night before, Dave was sick in bed, my mom stayed over and she woke up with a migrane, so basically there was a lot going on and I couldn't fully embrace what was going on.

Today I am fully aware of that my little girl is so grown-up. For the first week and a half of school Zoe and I would walk her to her class. Now, we pull up to the drop-off lane and she walks down the side walk, across the parking lot, and to the playground to wait for the doors to her class to open- ALL BY HERSELF! I watch her walk up the sidewalk as long as I can, but there is always a car in a rush behind me to drop their child off.

More times than I can count I look at the clock and wonder what she is doing at that moment. I hope that she's having fun and that the other kids are being nice to her. I hope she is being nice to the other kids too. We have the same talk every morning: Be nice. Compliment someone. Drink lots of water. We'll miss you. We love you. Have a great day. Can't wait for you to come home!

K also is setup with a lunch money account so she can buy a school lunch once a week. When I went to school everyone ate the same school lunch... It seemed like a much easier process for a Kindergartener.... Kay has 3 options for a main course, 3 options for a drink, and 2 options for a side. YIKES! She has so much to be responsible for. But I'm happy to say she says, "Don't worry mom, I eat the healthy stuff first." I believe her too. She is very aware of what is healthy and what isn't. However, she needs to work on finishing her lunch instead of visiting ;o)

It's 10:13.. They are getting ready for recess. Recess will be held indoors today because it's HOT. The temp is to reach 112 today with high humidity, so it should feel like a mere 125 by the time Zoe and I wait outside to pick Kayleigh up :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

my buddy

Sing it with me.... My buddy, my buddy, my buddy and me!

Zoe and I have settled into somewhat of a routine this week: Drop off K, workout, run errand, lunch, nap, pick up K. After Kay gets settled into Kgrade we are going to have to change it up a bit so we can add arts and crafts into our day.

I'm happy to say that I have been working out on a regular basis and really working it! I've been sore everyday for the past 3 weeks.

Today, Z spent time with a 2-year-old that we met while visiting Dave at his condo while we were still in Tucson. They also have a daughter Kayleigh's age and they all get along so well :)

My only complaint is this heat. ooooo it's soooooo annoying and miserable. i can't wait for cooler weather!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Kayleigh isn't the only one learning new things and adjusting to this new school schedule. Zoe has had a bit of difficulty watching her sister go off to school every day. Tuesday and Wednesday she screamed and screamed when we left. And she screamed some more. Good lord she screamed. So, today I was determined to make it a good day for her.
We packed a lunch bag for her and busted out the stroller. The stroller worked, but she wanted to put her lunch bag away and sit in a chair and wait for school to start. Crisis diverted though and we made it to the car in a civilized manner. I opted not to go to the gym this morning so we could spend some QT together. It was a small sacrafice that paid off big time! I'll get to the gym every morning, just not this week :)

Speaking of adjusting... Kayleigh is doing just fine. As expected she is super tired at the end of the day and cries a lot... We were warned this would be expected... She is always open to talking about her day... She knows that when she gets home it's snack, homework, then playtime. Tuesday I walked in on her teaching Zoe her colors in Spanish. She was, naturally, a good teacher.

And as for me, I'm adjusting :) The hardest part is getting out of bed with an alarm, but I'm excited to be at home with Zoe. I love seeing her get excited about simple things.

Monday, August 9, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten

Today was Kayleigh's first day of Kindergarten. She was very excited. For lunch she ate a pb&j, grapes, grape tomatoes, fruit snacks, and a juice box. She is enrolled in a Spanish immersion program thru Scottsdale public schools. Math and science will be taught in Spanish and the rest of the day will be in English. She as two teachers: Mrs. Christee and Sra Fredrick.

I'm proud of her for being so brave- new school, new people... She had lots of stories to tell us when she got home. Of how she felt bad for a girl that was crying, a boy that said a bad word, how she thought a girl had a pretty name, how even though she could eat her dessert first she didn't, and how pueblo (the name of her school) means little city in spanish.

Zoe was very sad that Kayleigh was leaving her. Hopefully we can fill our days enough that she won't always feel that way.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

egg in a nest

I've never made an egg in a nest before. the girls ate it up ;o)

M&M graph

With a heat warning in effect, I've opted to stay inside today and do things my friends to the North might do in the winter months.

I nabbed this cute idea of graphing with M&M's from a Tucson friend. (Thank you Sarah!)

I'm sure the girls will want to do this again and again.

Click here for the printable

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Corn-Stuffed Poblano Chiles

WOW is just all I can say about this little dish. I haven't made something this complex in a while. I'm also happy to say that I used two new ingredients- poblanos and tomatillos. The mixture was chicken, goat cheese and fresh corn. Next time I will serve with some sort of creamy rice or polenta.

Above is Martha Stewart's picture. Below is mine.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Number 1 is a week away from Kindergarten. Totally crazy. She'll learn math and science in Spanish and if we keep it up she'll be bi-lingual by the 6th grade. Totally more crazy.

I joined the YMCA or just "The Y" today.

Everything is twice as much here than in Tucson. Sucks.

Dave and I have a hot date planned this weekend. It's our 6 year wedding anniversary.

My attempt at a Hazlenut Chiffon cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting. Will have to try it again. The sign says, "Happy Birthday You Are Craptacular!" The frosting was the shit. haha

Speaking of cake. I signed up for the 3rd and final Wilton class. Starts on Friday. I'm looking forward to it!