The Memorial Day weekend here in the US has started and we're all ready for some chilling out. I took a few hours vacation this afternoon and had a nice bike ride through the fields of the emerging corn fields.
We then had a very enjoyable dinner with Matt and Anne. Had a great evening.
Had a nice surprise email from Lorraine today offering to take the kids tonight so that Lynne and I could have a night to ourselves. We had a great bike ride, 20 miles of sheer relaxation, and then a very enjoyable dinner under the arches of our city courthouse.
ISABEL: We went over to Randy and Raine’s house to celebrate Mommy’s, Padma’s, and Ranie’s birthdays. Danora and her Mother and sister were there. Unfortunately, khartik and kaavia where in India and couldn’t make it. We ate a delicious carrot cake with an even more appetizing homemade cream cheese frosting. After cake, we opened presents and guess what? Randy got Ranie a brand new computer! Mommy got some new tea cups from me, new goggles from Connor, and new frying pans from Anja. The presents were all great and the many, many, many flowers were all colorful and beautiful. I loved the time I spent there and I am sure that everyone else did too!
PAUL: Finally glad that summer is here. I'm hoping that you will all soon start to enjoy some warmer weather, a little vacation perhaps, long walks or a few bike rides, extra time in the garden, time to soak up some sun with friends or in solitude or whatever you get up to this time of the year. For us it's a little of all of the above. Enjoy the coming few months folks.
ISABEL: Tonight we
had Aneka, Marissa, Steef, and Ginette over for a summer dinner. We had beef
burgers, chips and guacamole, fresh fruit, hotdogs, and kebabs. After dinner
Anja, Aneka, Connor, Marissa and I played outside. Soon afterwards Connor was
sent to bed and all the other kids had races and played hide-and-seek. Finally
it was time for Aneka and Marissa to go home and Anja and I to go to bed. It
had been a really fun evening with Aneka, Marissa, Steef, and Ginette!
Paul: By convention going forward, I will add the authors name as pre-text and while exercising editorial oversight, I will limit editing to focus on appropriateness...this will be fun over the summer. For all of you who cheered Isabel on over the last 24 hours, thanks, I told her who had said what and it really lifted her spirits.
Anja decided to have her 11th birthday party at the pool. We all
enjoyed playing in the water. After we got out we ate pizza and cupcakes.
Finally it was time for Anja to open presents. She got so many new and cool things
including a sketchbook, which she much enjoys, several gift cards including one
to Vons, which Mommy dislikes, and some new clothes. Anja definitely had a fun
I have had a little hiatus from blogging, but as we get into our
summertime, I’ll try to regain some enthusiasm. I was helped this morning when
Isabel, upon reading some older blog posts complained that I had not updated
the blog in a while. I asked her whether she would be interested in helping me,
she readily agreed, so the next blog post on Anja’s recent birthday party is
written by Isabel, who also chose the pictures to be posted….
I never dreamed when I started this blog that it would continue
long enough to have a co-author, my daughter, Isabel.
I trust everybody’s weekend is going
well? We had a pretty typical but very relaxing Saturday.
Lynne and Connor completed a large
pillow, his reward for having read 25 books to us. He is doing very well in his
reading, spurred on by a points system where he gets points for books and is
able to redeem them for various items. 25 books = large batman pillow, what a
The kids had a morning of swimming practice
during which and I managed a 4mile run in very cold (30F) windy weather, you can see the details here. Today is week six of my running streak, meaning I have run at
least a mile every day since 06th Dec 2015. Isabel got out her rubber stamps in the afternoon. We also played about 20 games of Uno, Daddy was a clear winner today!
Finally, we had a wonderfully
relaxing evening with Randy & Lorraine! Simply relaxing and enjoying great