Monday, September 1, 2014

The Royal Pup Turns Two!

It is Brigitta's Birthday! 

As you can imagine, the children have been counting the days...because it's a big deal when your dog turns two! Naturally, Alexandra baked her a cake. Then we took her on an outing to the local pet store. She was so curious about all the critters behind the glass. That's a two year old for ya!

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After sufficiently examining all the mice, hamsters, and birds, Brigitta allowed the girls to play dress up with her. They tried her in a myriad of Halloween costumes. Including this shark ensemble:

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When it was time to come home, the girls pooled their money together and bought Brigitta a new dog bed and a superman costume:

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P.s. As I type this I hear Elsa upstairs singing Deck the Halls. She's only been in America one Christmas season and already has the carols learned. Now I'm wondering what made her think of it on September 1st??

Fa la la la la la la la la!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Think, think, think.

When we weren't riding rides at Disneyland, or catching sand crabs on the beach, or exploring Hollywood, the children played chess.

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[Lorelai Leigh, SoCal vacation, 2014]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The First Day!

May I present to you...

~ Alexandra Louise ~ :::6th Grade :::
 (middle school!)

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~ Lorelai Leigh ~
 :::4th Grade:::

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~ Elsa Lelise ~
:::1st Grade:::
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~ Elisabeth Elva ~
:::1st Grade:::
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Today was wonderful!

Alexandra had the "best day ever!" and absolutely loves middle school! Plus, she ended up getting assigned to an 8th grade locker (which is enormous compared to the 6th grade ones). She can't even wait for tomorrow so she can go back.

As for Elisabeth, I was extremely nervous about the full-day school schedule, but she did amazing! When I walked in her classroom at three o'clock she looked alert and happy, with a definite sparkle in her eye. As soon as I started talking she began flailing her arms about as if to say, "Mom, today was spectacular!"

Something tells me it's going to be a great year!

Monday, August 25, 2014


T'was time to introduce Elsa to another fine Sorenson tradition:

Back-to-School Caramel Apples.

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Once the apples were dipped and decorated, the girls delivered them to their favorite classmates to wish them luck in the school year ahead.

Tomorrow is the first day of school. Alexandra is entering middle school and she is sooooooo excited! I remember the night before I started middle school - I was a nervous wreck. But not Lex, she's confident and cool.

Also, Elisabeth is entering the first grade and it will be her first full day of school. I admit, I am feeling some anxiety about having her gone from 8:30 - 3:00. We will give it a try for a week or two - I might put her back on a half day schedule if it seems to be too much for the little queen.

Happy Learning!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Venice Beach

My uncle, Alan, lives in Venice and we enjoyed an afternoon at his amazing home on one of the canals.

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Then we strolled a few blocks down to the beach where we were greeted by this glorious sight:

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And by this not-so-glorious sight:

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That's Muscle Beach for ya.

Speaking of Muscle Beach, Lorelai took the opportunity to show off her skills:

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Then she scaled the rope in something like 10 seconds. The young man in the bottom right corner just stood there, dumbfounded. She is pretty incredible.

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Then Donald showed all those Muscle Beach guys a thing or two:
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And a few more snapshots of the day:

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My brother, Michael, and my uncle, Alan.

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The girlies.

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