for about the last 10 weeks, dottie (with esther in tow of course!) has been taking a music class after school with dottie's buddies maisie and boone. it is something all three of them grew to look forward to asking every day i dropped her off, "is it music class today?". the music studio is a block away from dottie's school so we all walked down together at the end of each thursday and they danced and sang for 45 very fun minutes. they also got to learn some kind of new instrument every week! the teachers at little music makers, irena and josh, are amazingly talented and write all of their own music and play just about every instrument know to man. we are skipping classes this summer because of busy schedules but we will for sure be back in the fall.
it was also pretty fun watching esther participate every week. the music really captivated her for the whole 45 minutes and from the beginning, she wanted to shake a tambourine, hit a drum, or just bounce to the music!
over memorial day weekend, we headed to kansas city for jack (my cousin) and katie's wedding. it was a super fun weekend... tom and ellis came from connecticut, my parents came from pittsburgh, of course we got to see my aunt marsha, claire & scott, katie & jack, and lots of family on the o'connor side who it was nice to catch up with.
esther went swimming for the first time ever and many hours were clocked in the hotel pool by ellis and dottie. we also had a fun time checking out kansas city (while the girls took much needed car naps). The wedding and other festivities were perfectly put together and we all had a great time eating, talking and of course, getting crazy on the dance floor!
i will note that time difference worked in the best way possible for us. the girls stayed up quite late while we were there but then unbelievably slept in until 10:30 every morning. chuck and i haven't felt that well rested since dottie was born. yay for hotel black out curtains and time changes!!!
if you look really hard (and i mean REALLY hard) on the bottom left, you can see the beginnings of esther's new tooth that popped through last friday. amazingly enough she has not fussed even one bit about it!
all i can say is, YES!!!!, it is county fair season again.
today we headed 20 minutes south of the city to san mateo for warmer temperatures (72 instead of 62) and the san mateo county fair.
we enjoyed... the world's biggest pig, chickens, cows, tractor rides, corn dogs, kettle corn, ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles, cotton candy, pulled pork sandwiches, fresh lemonade, a fun house, the scrambler, roller coaster rides, fishing for frogs (and the silly mustache glasses prize we won), and of course our friends penny, jason, wyatt, malcolm, jon, kim, frannie and jane!
sadly we did not get to enoy the "zillerator" because the kids were too short!
it was a good day! so good that dottie and esther zonked out within 5 minutes of driving away from the fair.
my parents were invited to a wedding in the napa valley in may so we were lucky to get a visit from them in san francisco before and after the wedding. the girls had a ball with them and were sad to see them go but excited that we would meet up again in kansas city for my cousin jack's wedding 2 weeks later...
as it turns out, dottie is a bit of a perfectionist. when we suggest to her drawing something, she isn't usually happy with how things turn out because they don't actually look like what she is trying to draw. she then gets frustrated and asks for a little help. lately she has been a little more daring and has started drawing faces. here are a few of her first attempts...
i have been doing some serious slacking lately in keeping up with events on the blog! i have a handful of things i need to catch up with and this is one of them. at the end of april, esther and i drove up to santa rosa to see my dear childhood friend jenn festa (now giordano) and meet her new baby girl elle. elle was as darling as darling gets and esther loved meeting another new friend who's hand she could try to suck on. i can't wait to see them again sometime soon and know that elle and esther will become sweet friends as they get a little bigger.
to see fun pictures of us as kids, etc... click here and here