What a difference one year makes in approaching a new school year! The kindergarteners were apprehensive and parents teary, while the rest of the kids marched through the doors as usual. Unni thoroughly enjoyed her first week of school and we celebrated with her choice of treat — Krispy Kreme!
After months of having a non-stop friend, sister and playmate around, the return of Unni to school was kinda hard on Koma (something Mom hadn’t thought about really, yikes!) But, we managed to entertain ourselves by walking around the block one morning on scooter and foot which helped assuage the feeling of loss a little bit. Starting preschool will be a big help for our very social kid.
We made a trip out to the county fair last week and found plenty of entertainment for the girls. They helped to shake the cream into butter, they petted rabbits (well, one did anyway), they gaped at a magician’s ability to produce a bird out of scarves, they watched other kids hang onto sheep for dear life as the sheep raced around, they rode ponies (well, one did anyway), they watched the white tiger show, they ate cotton candy (somewhat better than deep-fried snickers), they rooted for their individually chosen pig to win the pig race (none of our selected ones did), and they not-so-secretly wished to ride the ferris wheel but (un)fortunately for them their parents are kinda paranoid about fair rides. So, they still have dreams of riding a large, but safe ferris wheel someday.
With school rapidly approaching, we scrambled to fit in all the play dates we had hoped to (and still didn’t succeed in scheduling all of them!) But we tried and at least made four play dates with different sets of friends at different locations. For the first one, we met up with some friends at the local children’s zoo. The next one, the girls splashed and dug sand at the state park beach not too far from us. It was our first time there and all the girls really loved it. The weather was perfect for beach activity. Summer definitely needs to include getting dirty as primary means of play! And then we hosted some school friends at our house for a morning. And the final play date we managed to fit in was a tour of the campus dairy store where we briefly saw some friends before eating a picnic lunch with Dad (yay, check off another goal for the summer!).
What is summer without a road trip?! We tagged along with Dad on one of his trips and discovered a quaint old town with its museums, railroads, and even yummy local restaurants. We traveled with some friends which made our adventure even more fun, including swimming in the hotel pool and slurping down ice cream cones as quickly as possibly before the heat made them melt.
Only a mom would stay up until 1am completing the falling snow, and only a dad would climb the ladder to put them up at 1 am. But, the delight on the girls’ faces made the effort well worth it! They opened the door and greeted their friends by shouting “Welcome to Arendelle” and happily showing the snow. The girls also blew up several balloons and helped to decorate. Koma requested lasagna for her birthday supper, and thanks to pinterest, we added garlic bread, Olaf’s nose (carrots), the trolls love beads (peas), and blue ice (jello). We managed to find some magical glacier water (in blue, of course) and rimmed the cups with sugar to make some crystals. The blue cupcakes with pink and blue sprinkles made for a theme-worthy dessert. The highlight of the birthday celebration was Koma’s year-old request of a pinata (pronounced pin-ya-TTTA by hers truly). This dream became reality for her party and she was truly excited. All the girls pulled the strings and quickly scrambled for treats and balloons. Our girls enjoyed playing with their friends and happily opened the pretty and thoughtful gifts. Thanks for coming over to celebrate!