Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Music Man and more


Our summer is more than half way over. That's so crazy to say out loud. For Sophia and I, this has been the best summer ever. I've not had PTO or anything else to worry about. She and I have gone and done almost everything on our very long list of summer things to do. Just generally, we've gotten along marvelously and had fun together. This age is just about ideal, I think. Sophia is hilarious and thoughtful and a great listener. She's always been all these things, I suppose, but now she can make her own snacks!

It sounds lazy for me to say that, but often when she asks for something, I'll get up at the same time just to prove it's not laziness that is making me say no. "No, I won't fill your water, but I'll get up when you do just to prove the point that I'm doing it so you learn to take care of yourself." That's probably much more about my own self-consciousness, but the fact remains that she does give me an eyeball if I seem to just be taking the easy way out.

Anyway, in the picture here, we are all headed to see The Music Man at The Muny. We all three love that musical, and we all three love The Muny. This wasn't our favorite version we've ever seen, but it was still just great. Marian and Harold are one of my favorite couples. Their song "Till There Was You" is so incredibly sweet and descriptive of new love.

In just over a week, the three of us will fly out to the Pacific Northwest to see some of our very bestest friends. Erick also has a full list of things he wants to do, particularly in Portland, so we're excited about that.

Meanwhile, Sophia's in advanced horseback riding camp. She's loving it, and she's mostly happy to be one of the youngest kids there, though I think she wishes she were farther along with all her skills.

And the summer begins to wane. I plan to squeeze every ounce of fun out of it that I possibly can. I hope you're doing the same!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

hi guys this is Sophia. I wanted to tell you about the summer weather here in St. Louis. Spring weather more like. It has been pouring down rain... But it has been humid as well. Right now, as I am typing, thunder is sounding and rain is pouring down. So as I say at times like these "Darn you Missouri!!!!!" Yes that is a straight quote from my book. Or at least it would be if someone would write me a book!!!!!!!! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sweating in the Garden

Yesterday was a lot like today: hot. Very hot. Missouri mid-summer hot. Yet, we're not in mid-summer. Oh well.

Our goal for the summer is to live in the moment and stay busy. To that end, Sophia and I have tried to get out and do stuff every day. Yesterday morning, we were tired and dreading the heat. However, the MO Botanical Gardens are free to residents on Wednesday mornings, so...

We had the best time in the Garden. We walked around to all the areas that we miss when we go for the summer concerts. The Japanese garden is my favorite and Sophia's too. I was taking a picture of that particular garden when Sophia photo bombed it. The result is very cute.


Here we are glistening as we walk. I'm not sure how much water we drank because we refilled our water bottle at each water fountain. The shade was so lovely, though. The breeze cooled us just enough to feel like we could make it all the way.



Another place we don't normally go is the house of the garden's benefactor, Henry Shaw. This time, however, we went in and did the whole tour. Sophia loved it! She said how great it would be to live in a house like this some day. It is a great house. They have a great deal of original furniture and such, too, which makes it all the more interesting and, according to Sophia, a little creepy.


We made it all the way through the garden, with the final stop at the Children's Garden splash park. It was a lovely way to pass a morning with my girl. This summer is turning out to be quite lovely, in spite of the heat.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

weekday workout switch off

Hey guys. Sophia here. I am going to tell you about my Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 1. Here I go.  So, on Tues. and Thurs. My friends come over to play for 3 hours. There mom goes swimming, when my mom watches us, and when their mom watches us, my mom goes boxing. This is the cycle of my Tuesdays and Thursdays. Today one of my friends got stuck in my bed twice. In-between the crack of my bed and the wall, and another time in-between the railing of my top bunk and the wall. So my bed and the wall where not her friends today. Today is Thursday, and when we where outside I met my new neighbor. Yesterday I started a show called: The Stork Show. I am The Stork. I have already had 3 special guests on the show. 2 of which wanted to pretend to be people they weren't, so it is a very interesting show. Today is a little bit I will go to the pool for the 5th time this week. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hey guys, this is Sophia.
Today is the sixth day of Summer Vacation. I have already gone to the pool twice, and I went to my friends pool yesterday. I went to the pool the two times, THIS WEEKEND! I went to my friends house/pool this weekend too. This weekend was Memorial Day Weekend, so it was a 3 day weekend. We went to Sports Authority on Sunday. Because the location close to my house is closing, they had a sale. I don't know when they are closing, but I know they are. Today is Tuesday, and I got up at 6 o' clock. For no reason at all. I just did. Then I played games until 7 o'clock, and watched TV till 8. So as you can see I have had a V-E-R-Y busy morning.

Monday, May 23, 2016

My Poems

Hey, this is Sophia. Today I am going to share a few poems with you.
The first one is called Idea Bucket Here it is.

My brain
Is a bucket
Full of
Ideas
Except Now
Of all times
Now?

The next one is called Books

Bound paper
Full of
Dreams
Wrapped
Dreams

The next one is called Leo

The best dog
EVER
The best friend
EVER
My
EVERYTHING

The last one is called Wave

Sea foam sits atop
A wave
Slow
Movement
Getting taller than a King's Throne
Breaking
On
The
Shore

Third Grade is Almost Over!

 Third grade has not been the best year at Captain. Now, that's not to say it's been bad. The first three years were each special in their own way. This year has been one for significant growth for Sophia, but it's not one that will go down as "special." Nothing more needs to be said about that at the moment.

The end of the year is always jam packed with extra things. Most of these things end up being my favorite things from the year, and that is still true.

One day last week, all the third graders gave presentations on a country or countries of their choice. I say countries, but only one third grader chose to do two - that would be Sophia. There are some conflicting reports about why she chose to do two, but it comes down to excitement and words. She has them both.

As a matter of fact, she didn't do a report on Kenya as she originally planned; however, she says she'd like to spend some of her free time researching it because it seems cool.

Her choices were Argentina and Venezuela. Here, Erick's holding the 13-page book that Sophia wrote about these countries. We were so proud to get to see the result of all her hard work. It really was a big project, and she threw herself into it.


Then there's field day. It's really and truly one of my favorite days every year. Maybe I'm reminded of the day Erick and I noticed each other as 16-year-olds, or maybe it's just that the excitement of the kids is catching. Regardless, I love it. My job this year was to take pictures of the kids. I had so much fun doing it. Here's Sophia with a few of her fellow "Brick Breakers."


And here she is showing off her skills as an egg carrier. She thought it was funny that she holds her mouth like that when she's concentrating. I think it's cute. Also, I'm doing it right now as I type. Sometimes, she really is like me.


The end of this year also brings the end to my administration as the PTO president. I may have more to say about that later, but for now I need to buy stuff for the end of year picnic...