Sunday, October 11, 2015

Weekly update, October 11, 2015

Busy week!

Sammy's kindergarten class hosted a "Moms and Muffins" party, wherein the moms came and looked at their kids' personal reading books, watched a few song presentations from the class (the one about the letter 'S' was set to the tune of "There's a place in France where the naked ladies dance," which I know isn't the actual name of the tune, but c'mon - I couldn't have been the only immature mom present who was singing the alternate lyrics in my head), and shared a muffin with them.  It was the highlight of Sammy's week, and he was pretty much on cloud nine all day.
We taught Isaac and Sammy to ride bikes by first using balance bikes - essentially, a bike with no pedals.  When Sammy graduated to a real bike, Ellie inherited his balance bike, only she was too scared to use it until this week.  Look at her go!  She's still in the cautiously waddling stage.

Speaking of Ellie, earlier this week she fell asleep mid-conversation while sitting on a bar stool.  One of the hazards of dropping the afternoon nap.  Not sure what's up with the Sharpie in her hand.

I love sweet little moments like this one: Just a daddy clipping his little girl's nails.

I spent all day Friday putting together my first wedding cake.  I baked all the layers and made all the fillings (lemon-scented white cake, raspberry jam, lemon mousseline buttercream filling, and Italian meringue buttercream frosting) the week before and froze everything, so all I had to do on Friday was assemble and decorate.  Then it went in the fridge overnight to firm up enough to transport Saturday morning.  It went mostly as planned, with only a few minor hiccups.  It's not exactly perfect, but I'm still very happy with the result.  I hope the bride and groom liked it.  Also, I'm never doing another wedding cake again.  Oh, the crippling stress!
 

I took a break from the cake decorating Friday evening to attend the Mann family reunion adults-only dinner party at Sheena's house.  Grandma Mann was able to hold Daisy (who doesn't count because she's so cute and little) for a little while.  She's her 109th posterity.  There are 110 total posterity from Grandma and Grandpa Mann.  Pretty cool. 

Saturday was the Mann Family Reunion 2.0, with kids! We had rented out Arete Gymnastics and spent 3 hours doing crazy things that most of us are too old or out of shape to be doing: hula hooping contests, handstand contests, planking contests, human hamster ball rolling, sisterly balance beam posing, jumping through hoops.  You know, just to name a few.  It was a blast.

Before we went to the gym, I took Isaac on a sushi lunch date.  No pictures, but we had a fantastic time. I taught him how to use chopsticks, and he managed to eat his whole lunch with a trainer set.  We also discussed proper restaurant etiquette and how to be a little gentleman.  The waitress was so charmed by him that she asked if she could give us some free miso soup.  Score!  I love how Isaac is so willing to try new things.  He loved all the sushi as well as the seaweed salad, something Sammy would have gagged at. 

And finally, our niece Gwenneth's baby blessing was today, so we went to the Barringtons' house this afternoon.  Daisy was a really good sport all weekend, missing all kinds of naps and getting passed around to all kinds of unfamiliar people.  She was smiles for many of them and chubby cheeks for all.

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