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Tuesdays With Mooch & Fuss: Baba Time

I was ill recently, so the girls spent a lot of time with Hannibal. They had Baba Beach days, park lunches, trampoline time, and Shakespeare. Here are some pics and videos from his time with the girls.

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Tuesdays With Mooch & Fuss: Party Rock

Mooch and I went to the cutest party this weekend. The girls made their own pizzas, fabric flowers, bracelets, and the best lip balm ever! Here are a couple of pics:

While we were there, Fuss went on a playmate with Baba and a friend to Fry’s Electronics (I know, right? Not for babies). Then they came home to jump on the trampoline. Here’s that:

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Tuesdays With Mooch & Fuss: Camps

Mooch will be playing a Pirate in her summer camp’s production of Peter Pan. All we’ve heard around the house is, “Aaaarrrrgh!” She’s ecstatic. She also asked me to mention (yes, she’s at the age where she’s making requests for blog entries) that she is now fetching toys from the bottom of the deep end in her swimming class. One more week of that and she switches to Spanish for three weeks. Musical Theatre, however, runs the full six weeks.

Speaking of camp, Fuss has been dancing, painting, and playing the recorder in her new half-day camp. She cried the first day for about two minutes after I left, but the acting instructor was so awesome that she incorporated Fuss’ crying and deep breaths into the lesson. She started the class off with fire breaths and transitioned Fuss’ tears into leadership. The day I taught, she kept trying to come in my room, which resulted in tears upon expulsion my space. She returned to her own class and got settled playing her recorder.

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Tuesdays With Mooch & Fuss: Slides, Planning, and Swim Camp

Mooch is swimming and doing musical theatre in a summer program on the westside, where she’ll be performing in Peter Pan (hopefully as Hook, because that’s who she wants to play). She began this week, and Fuss misses her already. The little one wants to swim, too. I’m looking for a toddler swimming class, where I don’t have to get in the water with her every time. If you know of one, please let me know.

Oh, I found the pictures of Mooch’s classroom’s cardboard arcade. Here are those:

Fuss playing Wack-a-Mole, while Mooch controls from inside.

Mooch running the game.

Another one of my favorites. I one a prize for making all my baskets.

This one had some functionality concerns, but it was still fun.

Also, we bought Fuss a slide for the backyard. She loves it! Here’s that:


I finished all of my summer programming — including the three small get-togethers we plan on having, play dates for Mooch, our Hurricane Harbor trip, and field trips for the girls. It feels good to have it all on the schedule, but I still need to notify each person who is invited to each thing, which makes my brain hurt just thinking about it.

As always, for more on Fuss, please click here: Teaching Fuss

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Tuesdays With Mooch & Fuss: Father’s Day

Mooch woke up bright and early to make apple cinnamon waffles for Hannibal. She filled up his Medieval Times mug with lemonade and even sliced Tofurkey links and grilled them. Both girls presented the cards they’d made, and then we did a fashion show of the three shirts we bought him. Mooch bought him a pair of new shoes, and Fuss picked out one of the shirts. We also got him a huge hamper to contain all of his dirty man clothes.

After lounging all morning, and allowing Fuss her nap time, we headed over to Giggles N’ Hugs in Century City to eat. The kids played up a storm, and the girls got to take a free picture with Hannibal. I decorated the frame, so I was in crafting heaven.

My veggie burger was amazing! Hannibal had salmon, fries, and a heap of broccoli. Fuss ate PB&J on wheat and another dollop of peanut butter with fresh sliced apples. Mooch had what I had (minus the avocados, which she only eats by themselves). We had a grand time.

The icing on the cake was Hannibal’s new car! Pics coming soon.

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