Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

Almost Summer… May 29, 2011

Filed under: Kids — bonniep @ 11:15 pm

C still has about 3 weeks of school left, but summertime activities have commenced. Outdoor birthday parties, neighborhood cookouts, etc.


Two weekends ago the girls attended a birthday party with pony rides!


Waiting patiently while holding hands. M on pony (she mostly wanted me to walk with her and C was riding the other pony at the same time, so I wasn’t able to get pictures of her 😦

Ponies are a new favorite, but two old favorites were there too.

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C was busy enjoying the nice day…


This weekend we had a big neighborhood cookout. There are 5 or so kids around C’s age and another 5 that are M’s as well as several in between, older, and younger. The adults mostly get along as well (certain musical tastes notwithstanding). Firepits, grilled salmon (some neighbors fish!) and s’mores pull us outside and together on nice days. Of course, I couldn’t resist making a little something…peanut butter cup doughnuts (chocolate doughnuts with peanut butter cream filling and chocolate glaze from this recently purchased cookbook). No pictures…they went too fast.

M played with “babies” and C practiced her scootering…


And of course M spent a lot of time with E, one of her two closest friends.


(I have many other pictures, but as always I try not to show other kids’ faces.)

The party was our group reward for two weekends of holding a neighborhood garage sale. This year we did better than last year (better weather), and G and I got rid of all of our “big” items, but it is never clear if the work is worth it. Sigh.

In personal news, I am entering my final month of training for my goal half marathon. This week I logged just under 29 miles of running and am hoping to pass 30 miles next week before starting a taper. Still feeling good so far!


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