We started off the weekend bright and early in Palo Alto Saturday morning. Julia wanted to show Matt everything at the American Girl Doll store and, amazingly, Matt said, “Let’s go!”
Showing the kids how to swaddle brought back a few memories for me and Matt. He was always extra good at swaddling, as many dads are.
Julia wanted to make sure cousin Molly saw this collection of Samantha dolls. Molly, this one’s for you!
Julia didn’t want to buy anything, thank goodness. She just wanted to get her doll’s hair brushed and styled at the “hair salon.” We might be the only people in the world who walked out of that two-story wonderland for $15 in hair styling.
Since we were at the Stanford Shopping Center anyway, we decided to visit Santa. He was such a nice guy and spent a few minutes with a book, warming up Nicholas. My lap was needed after all, but at least he’s smiling and not crying.
Our kids are “deprived.” They beg and beg to go to Chuck-E-Cheese, this place they only hear about once in a while when they see a TV commercial. It was just up the road… Where a kid can be a kid. And now we can say we’ve done it.
Time for a birthday party back in the city. Yes, this all happened in the same day.
These girls!!! Before singing Happy Birthday, the little girl shouted, “Fight Song!” and all of the adults had no idea what was she meant. We thought it was a school thing. No. All the girls broke out into song, it’s a pop song about girl power. So we had some girl power before cake.
Julia’s big sister in 4th grade at school was there because of a younger sibling, and they could not have been cuter together. (Julia has an entire school family, it’s really nice.)
As for Sunday… We headed to UC Berkeley with some preschool friends for a women’s basketball game. So fun.
Below, one of my best friends and all around awesome person, Cathie! (Teacher Nicole is in front and she’ll be teaching Nicholas when he’s 4-5 years old – she’s also fantastic.)
That capped off a great week. Earlier in the week, Julia’s soccer team had a quick pizza party and medal ceremony after school. Each kiddo got a medal for something fun, like being a great sport, laughing a lot, etc. Julia’s was for, “always smiling and running so fast.”
I worked a shift in the library and it just happened to be the day Julia got to pick out her birthday book. On each girl’s birthday, parents can buy a book and she will get a nameplate in that brand new book. It’s fun to see nameplates in books from 10 years ago, and she can always visit her books at the library 20 years from now.
Not only did I go on a great hike with four new mom friends who are Kindergarten parents this week,
but I also got to go out to dinner with my old preschool mom bunch. Julia’s preschool class was together for two years and most of us moms are very dear friends. You can spot some of my besties in here: Cathie, Katie, Sarah, Farina…
We’ll be kicking off another great week tomorrow. The kids have annual check-ups, and I can’t wait to see how tall they’ve grown. Matt is home all week! Tuesday is Julia’s Thanksgiving Program at school in the morning and then starting at 11:00 both kids are off for the rest of the week. Patty and Bill arrive Tuesday night and we have a great group for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, my great chef friends are coming again, although not one of the great chef families we’ve had in the past, they have their own family in town this year. The cooking co-op lives!