Saturday, May 30, 2015

Second Year of Preschool Ends

Davis completed his last day of his second year of preschool. He enjoyed being a Jackrabbit with all three of his teachers from last year, Miss Holly, Rachel and Kimberly. He said goodbye to his friends including his two best buddies, Will and Sean. Sean is moving back to the East Coast and we are very sad about this. On the last day of school they also celebrated summer birthdays. We love the preschool so much and will be returning in the fall for his last year of Pre-K with new friends and teachers. 

Miss Rachel

Miss Holly

And a little comparison from beginning to end of year. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Outstanding in the Field

I had the rare pleasure of taking a girl's trip with my cooking group to Healdsburg, CA. It was based around our attending a foodie event called Outstanding in the Field. We flew early Saturday morning and returned on Monday. Coordinating this meant also coordinating 18 children's schedules as well. Quite the feat and we were proud of ourselves for simply getting on the plane. We landed in Oakland, hopped in to a few minivans and headed to Healdsburg. We checked in on the square at the Healdsburg Hotel, grabbed a picnic lunch and headed to Twomey Winery for a complimentary tour and tasting courtesy of Auntie Lynz. Enjoyed a nice dinner and were in bed early after the traveling and maybe the day drinking.

Sunday, we enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast before walking around downtown and visiting J for sparkling tasting. We headed out for the event at Preston Vineyards by 4 for a 5 hour event. The venue was great. Biodynamic farm, vineyards, animals, family owned, etc. We really enjoyed the atmosphere, food and the company. Its the quintessential 'farm to table' experience and we're already talking about which one we'll go to next year.

Carey, Lindsey, Gwen, Gretchen
Kyle, Carrie, Katherine

When we drank, we had our designated driver haul all 8 of us in one minivan and yelled directions from the back seat. When in doubt, consult the Wine Road map.

Cocktail and Dinner Saturday Night
You would think we have super important work emails to check.  
Picked up a picnic lunch and headed for a sparkling tasting at J.

Gwen our friend and DD, deserves a medal for driving us around Healdsburg. 

We literally parked between compost piles. 
The staff travels the country in this awesome red bus. 
Wine in the garden from Preston Vineyard before the introduction.
On the farm tour walking to the table.

The table was set just between the vines. So perfect.

Longest table ever.
Our table neighbors were from the City and of course had a selfie stick.

We left with just enough light to walk through the fields.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Davis 5th Birthday Party

We celebrated Davis' fifth birthday party with friends at home with a special visit from the Scottsdale Police Department. This is not usually something they do but I contacted them with a special request. Davis loves all things Police but is more intimidated by them than firefighters. It was a good opportunity to talk about the importance of Stranger Danger, calling 911, etc. We had a nice group of kids after school on a Thursday afternoon. Sergeants Coffee and Rigberg were wonderful with the children. They spoke in front of the house because "Havoc", the K9 and star of the party, would have started searching the backyard. At one time we had three police vehicles so I had warned the guards and neighbors of the party. The Sergeants showed riot gear, all the equipment they wear, their patrol cars, sirens, etc. Havoc waited patiently in the K9 car across the cup de sac and when they turned the taser on, he became very alarmed and started barking. Havoc is one of the seven K9 dogs of the city of Phoenix but the only bomb dog for Phoenix. He's a big deal. He comes from a special breeder in the Netherlands and responds to Dutch commands. He will become Sergeant Coffee's personal dog when its time for Havoc to retire. It was a good reminder that Havoc is a working dog and that he's not the kind of dog we run up to in public and pet.  Nonetheless, he's the coolest dog we ever met.

We finished with the Kona Ice truck and birthday treats. The kids were sent home with coloring books from the Police Department and swimming torpedoes as favors before calling it a day.

Grace inside "nursing" her baby under the cover just like Mrs. Elise sitting in the next chair.

Davis with Sean and Will, his best preschool buds. These three were inseparable at school this year. 
Owen, Brady, Sean, Will and Connor

With Auntie Lynz