One Direction

We went to the department store to find some comforters for the girls (they didn’t know that I had bought them bunk beds yet) and Helena finally spotted the One Direction perfume that she’s been eyeing for quite some time. Well, the first time that a sample was available.

This was at the time when she had to wear her One Direction beanie wherever she went.


Helena’s Birthday

Helena had her birthday party at the Rollergarden this year, with three friends.

Just like Christmas this year, Helena received lots of Hello Kitty gear.

Unfortunately for me, despite actually checking the battery light on the camera before I left for the party, it ran out of batteries part of the way through. And even after recharging them when I got home, none of the photos from opening gifts at Macaroni Grill later with family appear anywhere on my camera.



Liam has a spelling test tomorrow, but he didn’t have the words so I checked the class webpage to see if they were there. They weren’t, but his teacher did write that the kids learned about right angles and parallel lines.

Dinner was ready right afterward, so I asked Liam about parallel lines. He told me what they were and then began talking about right triangles. Helena said that she remembered that stuff…..acute and obese angles.

It kind of works, though.

Helena’s Practical Joke

We went to see A Wrinkle in Time at the Children’s Theatre tonight and that means that we stopped at A Slice of New York for a pizza beforehand. Since I had to return a call to Dori, I told Helena to call Dori and tell her that were were in New York for a joke while we were in the restaurant.

She only got the voice mail, so she left a message saying that we were in New York.

I had to turn the phone off because we were going to the theatre, but Dori couldn’t get back to us, and thought that we may be in New York. So Dori called Libby to find out what was going on. Then Libby got confused.

After we were home, I called Dori back and explained that it was a joke, but then Libby called. I told Helena to pretend that we were in New York and Helena had her pretty convinced.

Helena was quite proud of herself all evening after that since she had fooled Libby on the phone (she told her that we were at Dori’s and that Dori was in the bathroom, so Libby couldn’t talk to her). With all the excitement Helena had about getting her ears pierced tomorrow, she’s had a pretty exciting day.

Ice Skating

At Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. For the first time, their classes are not at the same time, so Helena and I skate for 30 minutes and then Liam and I skate for the second half-hour. Liam is finally getting a little speed. Helena plays with her friend Olivia and Liam is hanging out with two girls from his kindergarten class and has made a friend who goes to Hale.

Helena’s Birthday

Ten girls were invited, nine of them came. Those nine, plus Helena, Liam, and Ada made for a very (high-pitched) loud house.

So Helena had a small party (on her birthday) with us at home, and then the party with her friends on her birthday.

Liam and Ada taking it all in.

The girls

Lining up to be thrown onto the couch.

Mom giving directions

Helena excited.

Liam's gift

Ada's already stealing Helena's presents.

Liam being curious.

Reading birthday cards.

Helena happy with a glass jar (for marbles)

Ada's present.

Helena's cake.




Late Bus

I’m waiting for Helena to come upstairs at school but she is a little late. So I go look for her. Sometimes she’s in the science room across the hall looking at the animals. Not today. I’m walking up and down the hallways looking for her. I look in the office, which is where I told her to go if she cannot find me. Nowhere. I call Dalen to see if Helena called her. I check my email to see if Dalen just picked her up without telling me…nope.

So I go back outside and immediately see her – she’s crying because she can’t get in. Her bus dropped her off late and the doors are locked on the outside. After hugging her for a minute to calm her down, I walk to the front door to tell her what to do if this happens again since there is a doorbell buzzer thing there and explain how to do it. She already knows how to because they have it at the lower campus as well. While I’m showing her, I try the door …. it was open.

While walking to the car, we walked past another door – the one that we usually come out of and I told her that there is a doorbell on that door as well…..that door is open too.

I think she went to the only two doors that (may have been) locked.