Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Laura's Coveted Loss


For several months, Laura has bemoaned the fact that she will NEVER lose a tooth. About a year ago, the dentist mentioned that she had a loose tooth. Well, that loose state must have only been detectable by a dental professional, because we certainly couldn't tell, and Laura couldn't even figure out which one to wiggle.

Last month, at her semi-annual cleaning, the dentist mentioned that it was quite loose, and since the permanent tooth was already present behind it, we really needed to get it out of there. She told us to give it a couple more weeks, and if it didn't come out then we should come back in and get some help. I was dreading this, and encouraged Laura to wiggle away, because Laura's very crowded mouth has led to several cavity fillings - translation: far too many visits to the dentist already. Unfortunately, the tooth didn't budge, so this morning we had to brave the office once again. That said, it was a pretty smooth experience (complete with laughing gas and numbing cream), with the added benefit of loosing TWO teeth. Double the Tooth Fairy loot!

Things got a bit more complicated later in the day, when she somehow lost the two tiny teeth out of the necklace she proudly wore all morning. Clare happened to be on duty when it happened, and she thankfully remembered that she had swallowed the first tooth she lost, and the Tooth Fairy still stopped by. After I reassured her the same once I got home, she made her peace with the loss. Nevertheless, right before bedtime she decided to write this note to cover her bases, and make sure the TF knew she lost TWO! (I particularly love the drawing of the fairy.)

As a stroll down memory lane, here's Danny's first tooth loss: http://seemoreseymours.blogspot.com/2012/02/dannys-winning-loss.html

And here's Clare's first tooth loss:http://seemoreseymours.blogspot.com/2009/05/space-between.html

So once again, Laura is blazing an entirely different trail...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Swimmers

This summer marked our second season of having three swimmers on the Byrnwyck Blue Dolphins - and the first with one of them as a junior coach! (It was also the second summer of my managing the team, and that is all I care to say about that aspect.)

Clare genuinely enjoyed coaching, and I think she is a natural. Danny started the season frustrated by how much work it was for him to swim, but by mid-season was enjoying the process and cared enough to put in some extra time with Clare. His efforts paid off, too, earning him a Swimmer of the Week honor. For her part, Laura was one of the more confident swimmers in her age group, showing that her winter training at the Y paid off.
Feeling awesome after their first-place performance in a relay.
Each of them also really enjoyed the camaraderie of the team. Laura loved her time with Meghan but also got to know some of the other girls in her age group, which was nice when we saw them at the pool outside of swim team. Danny loved having a "squad" for shooting hoops. And Clare was delighted to have more time with Hayden, who we recruited to the coaching staff.

Go Blue Dolphins!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kindergarten Highlights

There are certain moments of the Kindergarten year that you can faithfully rely on happening, and be assured of enjoying, too. The first was "Hats Off to Mom," in which these sweet kids celebrated the many different hats we moms wear. Laura had the honor of narrating one of them (coach!), and I was so proud of her reading and speaking into a microphone in front of the gathering.
Second, at least at CKS, is the Kindergarten musical, which this year was "The Three Piggy Opera." DARLING! What's not to love about a show that includes the song, "I want a big, fat pig to eat!"?? As I sat in the audience of parents and watched the entire school file in to watch, it dawned on me why Laura kept telling me she was nervous for this performance, despite not having a specific role to play. That's a huge audience of BIG people watching them. But of course they shone! It was precious, as I know these moments and this age to be.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Our Elite Eighth Grader

Clare's eighth grade year at Marist has come and gone, and once again she has collected several accolades. At the end-of-the-year Foundations Awards, she was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Science - a bit ironic, given this is one of her least favorite classes. But, perhaps more impressive because of that. Her performance in the school geography bee, winning for the second year in a row (without missing a single question) and earning another spot in the state bee, was highlighted. As was the fact that she and her debate partner, Moira, earned their varsity letters by successfully competing against high schoolers. She continues to dazzle us with her enthusiasm for learning.
She also continues to surprise us with her eagerness to try new things. In last night's final chorus concert, she and her friends Isa and Paula performed a solo - something they had to try out for in a relatively competitive environment. I have since gotten many compliments about her performance, too!

This girl is more than ready to tackle high school!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Danny Turns 11


All three of the kids *really* look forward to their birthdays, and this year was no exception for Danny. Being a non-party year (in the blow-out sense of "party"), Danny came up with a great suggestion for how to celebrate: He invited 4 buddies over for an all-out nerf gun war in the backyard. Considering that he has been accumulating an impressive arsenal over the last year or so, it was nice to see them all get some solid use. And thankfully Mother Nature cooperated and gave us an incredibly beautiful, warm enough but not too warm, day!

After instructing Tim and I to hide the guns (and extra bullets) all around the back yard, the five boys let loose and proceeded to spend the next hour and a half in warfare heaven. Easiest party ever! Eventually they came in for some brownies and ice cream, then went back outside to play hoops until the moms started rolling in. We knew it was a successful event when each boy groaned at the sight of their ride home - no one was ready to leave! Danny ultimately pronounced it "the best birthday ever," which sealed the deal.
This was the culmination of a week of celebrations that began with our fivesome dining at his favorite place, Fogo de Chao. It really was a nice meal, the first time the five of us had been able to connect and relax in a while. From there we went home to enjoy his Hawaii Five-O inspired cake!

And a few days after that Donna and Larry arrived into town, which not only meant a nice visit with them but the big reveal of their gift to Danny: A trip to San Diego for a full-day excursion on the USS Roosevelt next month. Suffice to say, Danny is definitely excited about this!

A truly terrific boy deserves a truly terrific birthday, and Danny is most certainly terrific!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017


As befits the occasion, we had absolutely stunning weather for our Easter weekend - and we took full advantage of it, from soccer games on Saturday morning, to a tennis match that afternoon for me, and then a fabulous evening on the "party porch" with the Francos. And that was just Saturday (with zero photos)!

Since Tim was singing at Sunday evening mass, we had a blessedly leisurely Easter morning. Eventually Laura did rally the troops to hunt for the eggs the Easter Bunny had hidden the night before:

Finally it was time to make ourselves presentable and head to church. I think we cleaned up pretty nicely (after two wardrobe changes for Danny...):

It was a day very easy for us all to feel blessed!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring Break (for Danny and Laura, At Least)

Gator hunting in the morning
The only real issue with Clare attending Marist while the other two are at Christ the King arises in the spring, when they have completely different spring breaks. Last year I simply took the younger kids out of school and headed to Florida. This year Clare was invited to spring break with Abby and her family, so then when it came time for the CKS break she simply stayed home with Tim and the three of us headed to Sarasota. I think we all wondered what it would be like to vacation without Clare and Tim, but I'm happy to say we managed to have a fabulous week (while still missing them, of course).

While the usual enticements of Florida - gator-hunting via scooter, heading to the pool, etc. - were certainly part of the joy, the presence of a brother-sister duo approximately the same ages made for many easily passed hours. The grandparents are friends of Donna's and Larry's, and the kids hit it off so well. The boys golfed while we gals dined out and enjoyed the water on the first night:
Laura looking extremely comfortable with a beverage on the beach...
This went so well that we invited them to join us at the aquarium the next day, which also led to lunch and then a fun afternoon at the pool (swimming is just so much more fun with friends!).

We did part ways the next day as Donna and Larry had rented a boat, which was a gorgeous excursion complete with a dolphin viewing (unphotographed due to Laura's dire fear that I would drop the phone in the water).



The stop at Casey Key beach was a major highlight for the kids (and wound up being our only beach visit the entire week, oddly enough):
The following day, Wednesday, was the designated day at the Magic Kingdom for me, Danny and Laura. It was very crowded, but we managed to thoroughly enjoy ourselves and worked in three rides on Thunder Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean, among many others.


Thursday was our final day on break, as we had to head home the following day in order to get home for Danny's basketball tournament. Unfortunately it rained all morning, so our planned beach excursion was a bust, but it did clear off in time for Danny to golf again with Larry and his buddies. It was much cooler, so we gals opted to do a bit of shopping instead of swimming. We all finished with a delicious dinner at Stoneybrook, where Larry regaled Danny with the life and times of Teddy Roosevelt, and I'm not sure who enjoyed that more!

Once again I was reminded of how blessed we are to enjoy such beautiful places and special people!