Thursday, November 18, 2010


Andre’s preschool gives him a one or two page homework 3 nights a week. It mostly consists of reading stories with a parent, cutting out shapes, gluing and coloring. Last night was Andre’s first homework assignment, and naturally Harper wanted to do the same thing Andre was doing. I have to say I was quite impressed with the way Harper followed all the instructions and especially with his coloring skills. See it for yourself:


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Yesterday a friend of mine informed me that there was an opening in preschool her daughter is attending. I immediately jumped on the opportunity and enrolled Andre. The preschool is part of Richland Elementary. The kids attend it Monday through Thursday from 11:30 to 1:50. The staff is super friendly. There are 4 teachers to the class of 21 kids! And the best part of it is that it is FREE! Andre loved it and is looking forward to going back tomorrow. Here are a couple of pictures from Andre’s first day of school.

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Better later than never

I know, I know… Halloween is over, but I somehow didn’t come around to posting the pictures of the boys until now. The boys loved their costumes. Jeff took them trick-or-treating, so there are no pictures of that, but they definitely got way too much candy.

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I carved our little pumpkins the boys and I bought at the pumpkin patch. Harper picked a bat, while Andre just wanted a scary face.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010


I realized that I have been putting pictures just on Facebook lately, but some of my friends and most of my family don't have facebook accounts so here are a few pictures from the last couple of weeks. And yes, we went swimming in November! Gotta love Southern California!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Today I took the boys to the pumpkin patch, the same one we went to last year with Andre’s co-op preschool. Even though it is 50 miles away, it is well worth the drive and the experience of being at a real pumpkin patch and not an asphalted parking lot of some grocery store sparsely sprinkled with hay.

Unlike last year, the weather this time was perfect. Last time it was scorching heat, and today it was overcast, but warm the whole day. The boys loved it there, but got a little tired of me taking pictures of them. Harper was most uncooperative and there are only a few photos of him actually looking at the camera.

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Awwww. They love each other.

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The boys enjoyed the pony rides. $5 is a little steep, but worth it when you do it once a year and when you get to see the joy and excitement in your kids’ eyes.

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One thing we forewent last year was the corn maze, so we decided to do it this time around. After about 10 minutes of letting the kids choose which way we went and my knee starting to bother me, I decided to take a more logical approach by taking only the right-hand turns. Seeing that we were pretty deep in the maze, and that it would take us a while to get out, Andre exclaimed: “Mommy, we are lost! We are DOOMED!”. Lucky for us we came to a dead end that had a map of the maze. Thank goodness for technology - I was able to snap a picture of the map with my phone and used it to navigate us out of there.


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After we successfully exited the big maze, the boys decided to play it on the safe side and go through a kids’ maze a few times instead (a concentric circle maze, where if you keep going, you will make it out) and needless to say I did not object.

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Andre and Harper got to sit on a real tractor

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There also was a cool  real harvester converted into a slide. It was a really fast slide, and kids were flying out of there. Boys went on it a few times.

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We went to pick out little pumpkins for the boys to carve for Halloween.IMG_2877 copy

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There was a silly contraption – a series of tall bridges and connections built for goats to walk around. At the playground there was a conveyor belt feeding system built to send the food up to the goats. Andre and Harper took turns feeding the goats some carrots:

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To conclude our adventures we visited a big pumpkin patch. We ran around the field of pumpkins. Harper tried to pick up all the big pumpkins, and every time not being able to do so, with a tone of frustration would exclaim: “It is too heavy!”

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Andre already asked me if we could go back there next year and that would be a good indicator that the boys had a blast.