Sunday, October 19, 2014

Playing Hookie with my Bookie

Guess where we are here?
Yep.  The race track.

Yep.  On a Thursday.  During the day.
OK.  It's the Big Fresno Fair. 
There are legitimately academically enriching things to see here.

 We can study the odds, for example.

 And investigate innovative mechanical devices.
  This was actually a very cool series of science displays.
 I like to see the Junior Exhibits...

and check out the winners are from our local high school and 4-H!
Maybe next year, we'll have a Schlaefer entry!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Guess What Happened?

Hey, did you know that SCHOOL STARTED? 

Yes, you might have guessed that, since it is now the middle of October.

Here is the first day of school, August 21st, recorded now for posterity.   Much to my consternation, the girls are in a super, super casual phase.  There was no dressing up for the first day of school.  They are in stealth mode.  Of course, looking at Mark and I, how will they ever get any real fashion coaching???

We included ourselves in this one, to show you how TALL the girls are getting.  They grew 3 inches this past year.  And now the doctor tells me they're headed for a growth spurt.  Yikes.  Maybe I'll get some hand-me-down shoes!
But how is it that we are all in the photo?  Who's behind the lens?  Well, the cameraman was our guest, Coach Matt--one of our coaches from the British Soccer Camp the kids attended this summer.  He returned for a quick visit at the end of his soccer-coaching tour of CA. 
He was a great coach, and all the kids really loved him.
 Speaking of soccer...guess what else has started?
 That's's soccer season.  Here's Mae, defending against the strongest player in the league!
 He also has some of the best shoes. 
 Could they be the key to his super-powers?
 OK, one more photo of Mae, and one serious commitment to get better pictures of Abigail (that's her in the upper left corner)!  She had a slow start this year, with an ankle injury, but is now back up to full speed.  She had a goal yesterday, which I got on video!  I hope.  It all happened so fast!
And one more thing happened which I will share today:
 My morning glories bloomed.  After much tediously viney growth, they finally produced some flowers.
 It was worth the wait.