Springtime tradition

April 22nd, 2017

Whenever we’re in the city on Easter, we head across town to the Union Street Spring Celebration. (Four years ago, we were even quoted in the paper about it.) Despite last weekend’s rainy weather, we went again this year – and unlike in years past, Avery (joined by her dad) was part of the parade. “This is the best day of my life,” she told us at lunch.

-M

Sunny morning at the zoo

April 20th, 2017

The girls are officially back to school – spring break ended yesterday – but before they headed back we spent some time at the zoo (where we hadn’t visited since December). And, a lot of photos were taken…

-M

“And I’ll eat them”

April 18th, 2017

Over the weekend I asked the girls if they wanted to make cookies (using a recipe Safta left us). Avery said she was up to it but then said, “I have a deal: You guys do all the work – and I’ll eat them.”

Classic Avery.

-M

Dance machines

April 17th, 2017

A look now at something that occupied a bit of Avery and PopPop’s recent time together: dancing.

-M

More from Passover

April 15th, 2017

As mentioned below, we held both Passover seder dinners here. The girls and Isaac were really engaged: Isaac read some of the four questions in English (impressive given he’s a preschooler!) and Avery did so in Hebrew, while Zoe answered numerous questions about the Passover story, prepared holiday Mad Libs for the family, and sang “Ten plagues in Egypt Land.” I love the photo below of the girls, taken when Zoe was singing — it’s a classic shot of a little sister looking admiringly at her big sibling.

Oh, and for a holiday blast from the past: Check out these photos from a few years back.

-M

Passover family time

April 14th, 2017

The girls have been on spring break all week, and it’s been a good one for them so far: Safta was with us for a full week, and PopPop, Dan, Jenny, Isaac and Dorothy then joined us to celebrate Passover. The family time was great, and Zoe and Avery loved playing with their cousins. The only downside? The sadness when everyone left: When I went to work on Wed., I received several little videos of a teary Zoe telling me how sad she was. “I just miss everyone so much,” she cried out.

-M

“So lucky”

April 13th, 2017

“I’m so lucky – I have the best sister in the world,” Avery said in the car one day. I turned around to see what was happening in the backseat and saw what was happening: Zoe was tying her sister’s shoe.

-M

Twinsies

April 11th, 2017

I often feel a bit sad that the girls (especially Zoe) are growing up so fast. But then they do stuff like this — i.e. dress themselves and their American Girls in matching pajamas and laugh their way through my photo taking — that I’m reminded that, yeh, they’re not that big.

-M

School celebrations

April 9th, 2017

As we inched towards Spring Break and the start of Passover, there was a bunch of fun events and happenings at the girls’ school last week. Zoe’s class held a mini Seder, where the kids all brought in Passover treats from home and shared a story about how they celebrate with their family. (It’s hard to see below, but Zoe brought in the photo here to show her friends.) And Avery’s class visited an organic Jewish farm in Berkeley where, among other things, she helped make matzah and made a new (creepy-crawly) friend…

-M

Zoe’s reading tips

April 7th, 2017

Zoe’s always coming home from school and doing little projects: She likes doing research on various topics (usually related to something she’s learning in class), putting together little packets of work for either herself or her sister, and creating lists. Her most recent list focused on another favorite topic of hers: reading.

-M

Insects = yum

April 5th, 2017

While out and about the other day, Avery did something very daring: She ate an insect. (It was covered in chocolate, but still…) I wasn’t there to see everything go down, but Q chronicled the event via pics. Turns out she liked it!

-M

Little entrepreneurs

April 4th, 2017

As mentioned below, Avery spent the day with her good friend Liza on Sunday. The main thing on their itinerary? Running a lemonade (and cookie) stand, with the proceeds being used to help “homeless puppies” (note the sign). All in all they raised about $66 for the San Francisco SPCA – and they got featured on a local business’ Instagram as well.

-M

Sunny spring weekend

April 3rd, 2017

Last weekend was quite close to the perfect San Francisco one: It was sunny and warm, and seemingly everyone in the city was out and about. On Saturday we kept busy by hanging out with friends in the Mission and enjoying the neighborhood (including a popular tea shop that Zoe loves) while Avery played a soccer game, and on Sunday Avery was at an all-day play date while Zoe, Q and I had an outdoor brunch in another fun neighborhood and then enjoyed the sun in our backyard. It’s hard to see, but next to Zoe is a stack of about 10 books.

-M

Overheard…

April 1st, 2017

The girls’ school had parent-teacher conferences last week, and Avery made me laugh with her early-morning question for Q one day: “Daddy, do you have parent-teacher conferences at work? Like with your boss?”

-M

Memories

March 30th, 2017

I don’t use Facebook that much anymore (which is a big reason we still use this blog to share photos and stories), but I log in almost every day for work and usually see the “your memories” graphic that often pops up. Avery happened to be at my computer when I logged in today, and she cried out, “Oh! It’s me!” when she saw the photo below. She put on a pouty face (and I’m not sure she quite believed me) when I said that no, this is actually her sister…

-M