Sunday, September 7, 2008

First Day of School!!!!

Kathe is officially school age! She had her first day at big kid school - Boise Eliot School on Friday. We met her new teacher, Ms. Phillips on Wednesday and two days later she was in her uniform and ready to go. She will be in school Monday through Friday from 8:40 to 3pm learning all kinds of cool stuff! This will be her educational home for the next 10 years! Boise-Eliot is a pre-K through 8, so she will be here until she starts high school in 2018! Here she is looking cute as a button and showing her school colors.

Kathe was super lucky to have a very special friend walk her to school on Friday - DR. RAINBOW!!! He flew in special from Philadelphia with his full on rainbow suit and harmonica. Here they are getting ready to head down the street.
Oh... and there they go, down Monroe street. What a great way to start the school year, and you can bet those other kids were way jealous!!!! Dr. Rainbow got lots of surprised looks from parents, teachers and students (not to mention a few TriMet bus riders), but the best reaction was from an older lady who saw him at Grand Central Bakery after we dropped Kathe off. She told him he looked great (natch), but also made sure he understood that he could (and probably should) get a version of his hat in green so that he would be prepared for St. Patrick's Day!

As you can imagine the first day of Boise-Eliot was preceded by Kathe's last day at Pocketsfull of Posies - the daycare and pre-school that has been her home away from home for the last 4 years! We were sad to day good-bye, but only a little b/c Ike will be there for the next 2 years. The kids gave Kathe a big send off. Here they all are below. The girl to the left of Kathe is her BFF Evie. They have been in school together since they were 6 months old and they will both be at Boise-Eliot too. Conceivably, by the time they graduate high school they will have gone to school together for 18 years (just about their entire lives!)

Ike hasn't been up to much other than ruining our sleep, speaking in complete sentences (holy cow!), pinching everyone he loves and singing songs - other than that he's a pretty boring kid. Here he is showing Jordan his cross over moves on the keys.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bye Bye Summer

We've been so lucky to have had a really fantastic summer here in Portland. While we're sad to see it end, we definitely said "Good-bye" to summer '08 with a bang - Maia and Jason got married. We had a crazy busy weekend - wedding, cocktail party, brunch and lots of hang out time with Beth, Jeff and Jordan who came in for a quick visit. No one was more exited about the wedding than Kathe! Look how pretty she looked in her new pink dress, braids and sparkly flip flops.

Check out Kathe's moves on the dance floor. Here she is mixin' it up with her Pops! (note the change in footwear)

Here Jason, Jeff and Jordan enjoying their Eggs Benedict.

We had so much fun with Beth, Jeff and Jordan - WE REALLY MISS THEM!!!! Here are some more fun shots with them!

Jordan teaching Ike how to play chess,

Grammy and the kiddos. Check out Jordan's cool specs....

In other news...

Our cute little Ike got a nice new haircut, we even had to get him some product to rub into it. On the flip side he has been exasperating his Mommy and Daddy by waking them up in the middle of the night demanding milk. Through most of the summer we've obliged him b/c it was only once a night, well this weekend he kicked it into high gear - 4 times. Moms even had to take a nap on Sunday afternoon. So, we bit the bullet and started the Ferberization process once again. So, last night he cried and cried and called for us for 3 hours (12 to 3 to be exact). Once he drifted off, Kathe was up peddling snake oil. Once we got her back to bed, Ike was up at 6am. Aryne finally relented and gave him some milk so that she could get more than 30 minutes of uninterrupted sleep. At 7:30 Ike was up and raring to go, like he'd slept 12 hours straight. A morning spa appointment and an afternoon of napping was in order for Moms and Pops, but alas we had to work so no rest for the weary. So, please just don't get us started on the Republican convention....