This glimpse of Clare's is a bit poignant on this, her first full day of high school - but it also shows me that at 14, she's really not so different from her 6-year-old self, which is truly heart-warming. This look at Danny's (and an updated look at fifth-grade Clare) made me chuckle, both because Danny is also pretty consistent but mostly because of my comment about wondering what Laura's project would look like. In the blink of an eye, we found out.
(In other words, not a ton of overlap with her siblings.)
Places I like to go:
(Note the recurrence of places that involve action.)
Things I like to do:
At home: Playdates (preferably with Meghan)
At school: Be with friends
In the community: Play soccer
This is my favorite:
Song: Ways to be Wicked (from Descendants 2; biting my tongue from making comments here...)
Movie: Descendants 2
Book: Isle of the Lost (Which is the first Descendants novel. Herein lies the one flaw with this project - these types of answers easily vary from month to month or even week to week. Oh well!)
In summary, Laura is very much her own person, and her own Seymour - and we like that just fine!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Laura has been asking about piano lessons for a while. I'm guessing it's a combination of having seen her older siblings attend lessons, as well as her continued attraction to music. Based on our neighbor's glowing recommendation, and the wonderful convenience of the teacher's location (five minutes from the house!), I made an inquiry and secured her a slot for this year. She was thrilled. I would say the first lesson was a great success, too, and hope it's the beginning of a long career!
Thursday, July 20, 2017
I've been putting off these vacation posts for a while, because it's really hard to decide which photos to post! We did a LOT. In some ways I could just be happy with this photo of all 7 of us on July 4th - we had such a great time at PCC, from golf and swimming to games, food and fireworks. Incredibly, that was just day one of our visit!
We also visited Niagara Falls, which Laura refused to go near. Fortunately all was forgiven at our lunch destination: Rainforest Cafe, which all three kids loved!
We were fortunate enough to return to the Canoe Club for a day at the beach with the Wards. Once again, the kayaks were a big hit!
The girls, including Laura this year, enjoyed their annual afternoon tea while the boys opted for more manly pursuits, including a baseball game. We all enjoyed a tour of the Lockport Caves, which was a fascinating stroll through a piece of Buffalo's history!
Because we are spoiled rotten, Donna and Larry treated us to dinner at PCC for our final evening. It was the perfect way to end a marvelous visit!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
|Learning to stand at attention.|
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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!
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
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.|
Sunday, June 18, 2017
|Water park fun|
In addition to the usual draws, Clare and I finally satisfied our yen to try parasailing. It was way more calm and relaxing than we anticipated. The views were gorgeous, and it was surprising how quiet it was so high up. Ultimately we decided that we were very glad we tried it, but probably don't need to do it again.
One other new (to us) outing was to head to St. Armand's Key for dinner, and then a stroll along Lido Beach at sunset. We had a gorgeous evening, had a stranger quickly take the "pyramid scheme" family photo at the top, and felt very, very blessed. We are family.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
This girl is more than ready to tackle high school!
Monday, May 8, 2017
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.
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!
Monday, April 17, 2017
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:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
|Gator hunting in the morning|
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...|
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).
Once again I was reminded of how blessed we are to enjoy such beautiful places and special people!