We received excellent news! Our soccer coach from last summer who we all loved so much is coming back to visit this summer! Thru the soccer program the boys do for a week in the summer, we have the opportunity to host a soccer coach for the week of camp. The coaches all come over with the program from England, Ireland, and Scotland. During the course of the summer, they travel to different towns, some of which they stay at a local college dorm (yuck) and some they can stay in a family’s home. They stay at your house, you feed them, and hopefully make a new friend. Well, we were so lucky to have Graeme as our houseguest. We all loved him. He was so great with the boys as a coach and so great living here for a week. Even Timmy loved him. He ended up going to Conneticut after leaving here and stayed in the US until November. So after he left us in August, he came back a bunch of times for dinners and to hang out/stay over. He was supposed to go back home to Liverpool in mid November, but we somehow convinced him to come and stay with us for another week in November and join us for his first Thanksgiving dinner. I think he had a great time and really enjoyed the gluttonous American holiday! The whole extended family really enjoyed him and his stories. He really fit right in. We even took him to his first pro ice hockey game which he dug (except for the breaks in play for commercials on TV- he was disgusted by that!). We kept in touch since November via email and a few phonecalls. I sent him some Abercrombie stuff for Christmas, along with some brownies and he sent the boys some awesome Liverpool football (soccer) jerseys. He will be working for Microsoft in September (into the real world) so he is doing some travelling this summer, and he decided to come and pay us a visit! (Well, after me bribing him with sushi, carvel, and a thousand other good foods, and the promise of the beach/pool/nyc everyday, plus a good dose of Jewish guilt thrown in). He is going to Japan, Thailand, LA and then to us for 2.5weeks in August. We are all so excited. Can’t wait to hear that accent in person again. Uh-huh. I know. An abercrombie model. Even if he won’t admit it! Can’t wait to see you Graeme!
For our upcoming trip this weekend. Going down to DC/Baltimore for the weekend. John will be heading down first for a game and then the boys and I will be following later to meet up (with Grandma and Hakka too). Looking forward to taking a ton of pictures in "our nation’s capital" . So much so that I am getting a new flashcard with more memory so I can take as many as I can. With the boys being such history buffs, they are really looking forward to the trip. And the fact that they are going to an Orioles game probably dosen’t hurt. I am hoping to meet up with my friend Nate and his wife who just had a baby girl- I feel more pictures coming on. The boys and I have been taking it easy around here. Just going to the country club pool in the morning and hanging at home in the afternoons. Have tons of laundry to get to today. I hate laundry. It is never ending.
Today was the last day of school. Really just 1hr this morning (so silly) but now it’s all over until September. We did not sign the boys up for any kind of camp this summer, so it will either be really fun and relaxing, or really, really bad. I am trying to be optimistic. But I am hoping between the beach club and the country club, we will all have plenty to do to keep us busy. I am planning on signing them up for swimming and golf lessons at the country club, so there will be at least a tiny bit of structured time in there. Let’s hope for good weather.
Anyway, the boys got their report cards today (and can I please just be a mom and brag a little?) and wow! They did such an incredible job this year. I was so impressed. They are really excelling- especially at math. Yeah, anyone who knows me knows that their math grades are so NOT from me. They had wonderful comments from their teachers. I am so glad they like school. Here are some shots of them with their teachers this year. 3rd grade, here we come! I can’t believe that they are going to be in the "upper half" of the school (they group it Kindergarten-2nd, 3rd-5th) and they will be a kindergarteners big buddy next year. It was just yesterday that they were the little buddies. Sigh.
Tommorrow is the last day of school and I think Timmy will be sadder than the boys. Timmy just LOVES the school custodian Mr. Bob-bob. Everyone at school calls him Mr.Bob, but Timmy gave him a second bob, cause he loves him so much. When we drop off at school in the morning, Timmy always asks to go in to see his best buddy. They pal out, and often Timmy feeds Bob-bob some cheerios. When Bob was out sick for a few months, Timmy didn’t know what to do with himself. It’s going to be a long summer without his Bob-bob fix, but we’ll have to go in to visit a few times.
Trying to get back on the scrapbook end of things here. I am up to February, so I am at least making some progress. There are so many ideas in my head about minibooks that I want to do, so I have to get at least a little caught up on my regular albums. I jumped on the ‘american crafts d-ring 12×12 binder album’ wagon and am now using those for my albums. I am still scrapping chronologically (I can’t help myself-it speaks to my anal nature) but am now scrapping in a bunch of different sizes (12×12, 8×8, 8.5×11, 6×6) and putting them all in one book. That was a big step for me, but I really like the way it looks with all of the different size pages layered on top of eachother. And I am also now throwing in all my pages into one big album instead of making one album for Jack and Patrick, one for Timmy and one family album. I’m even planning on throwing some pages about me in there! Another non-anal breakthru. Here are some of the pages in the new album.