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08/24/2013 Rearranging my File Box, IHOP, and Swimming

I haven’t posted in a few days, I have been pretty busy doing things like clearing out my file box and other little chores that I have been putting off for years.  I decided to replace my file boxes because they broke in transit out here.  The USPS broke a lot of my stuff and tore up moving boxes when I moved out here.  Here is an example of what happened to the 14 boxes I mailed out here, and of the 14 boxes 9 were like this.  Image

I didn’t get an apology,  because the boxes were uninsured there was little I could do.

Anyway, I bought notebooks and plastic sheet protectors to hold my important papers and keep them clean.  The notebooks have zippers on them, a handle to carry them and a shoulder strap if needed.  I love these notebooks as file boxes.  My papers are very easy to find and file.   Image Image  They are called Case It File Folders and the website to buy is either at Target where I got mine, or the Case It website at http://www.caseit.com

While we were at Target Xoe played in the Target circle outside Target. Image  Xoe loves to play on the big red balls and the circle sculpture at Target.

After Target and rearranging my file box, we went to lunch at IHOP with Xoe’s doll Jack.  Yep, she named her baby girl Jack.  We went to the IHOP on San Pablo Road, in El Cerrito, CA, the food there is fantastic.  Xoe always orders the French Toast and Sausage, and I have been ordering the Country Fried Steak and Eggs.  Here are a couple of pictures of Xoe and Jack while we were waiting on the food.

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After Lunch Xoe had a swim lesson, her second to last swim lesson.  She is swimming much better than when she started the class.  This is a picture of Xoe practicing her kicking at the wall of the pool.  Image

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08/11/2113 Xoe’s 4th Birthday Party

Yesterday was Xoe’s fourth birthday and we had a party for her at Miller Knox Park, in Richmond, California.  We kept the party small, there were only three girls invited, and one couldn’t make it.

Xoe and the girl across the street, one of the girls who was invited to the party, made cupcakes for the party.  The Theme was Butterflies and the colors were mainly pink.Image

Here is a video of Xoe blowing out the candles.

VIDEO Xoe Blowing Out The Candles  *Note* If you want to see the video of Xoe blowing out the candles, or any other video on this blog you have to be my Facebook friend.  See the About Me section to the right, last paragraph, on how to become a Facebook friend.

After we ate cake, it was time for Xoe to open her presents

VIDEO Xoe Opening Her Presents

Xoe gave each of her guests gift bags to take home.  The gift bags were filled with all kinds of goodies; a coloring book, crayons, paints, color wonder kits, a slinky, a Tiara, a whistle, a microphone, note pads, lip gloss, a puzzle, a lighted magic wand, and some other fun stuff that little girls like.  Each gift bag had 8 balloons attached to it.

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We had a butterfly Pinata, and I took lots of videos, this is a picture taken by Nana with me shooting video of Xoe opening her presents. I am the one wearing green.  1011230_10152162545779896_639919761_n

Here is some vidoe of the girls hitting the pinata, in this video the pinata has not broken yet.

VIDEO  Hitting the Pinata

In this video of of the children’s parent’s finally cracks the pinata, lol.  It was just too well made for the kids to break on their own.

VIDEO Breaking the Pinata

All in all, it was a great little birthday party, Xoe enjoyed herself and so did her guests.  We had cheese and crackers as a snack, and Nana made that platter, and the cheeses were so good.  Xoe has been talking about her birthday party all day today and she already is looking forward to her 5th birthday party.

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08/03/2013 Xoe’s First Diploma

Yesterday, was Xoe’s last swimming lesson.  She was awarded her first diploma after swim class.  She can’t quite swim on her own yet, but she made great progress.  This class was intended to make her more comfortable in the water, and to teach her the basics of swimming, kicking, and floating.Image

Xoe loves the water, I have taken her to the pool since she was about 6 months old, she has always loved the pool, and before the pool, it was the tub.

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The swimming pool here is the perfect pool to teach young children, how to swim.  It starts off at about 2′ 3″, and slowly tapers up to about 3′ and after that it gets deeper up to about 8-10′ deep.  The pools stays shallow for a good distance too, the younger kids get about 20 feet of pool to swim in, so they have plenty of space.

I am excited about Xoe’s first diploma, and hope to see many more.

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07/31/2013 Xoe Rides a Horse

Sunday Xoe and I went with grandpa and Nana to see their horses Toffee and Duchess at the stable.  Xoe got to watch grandpa and Nana brush and groom the horses in preparation for riding them.  She also got to watch them feed peppermint candy to the horses.  Xoe was terrified of the horses at first but slowly warmed up to them after she watched Nana and grandpa with the horses.

Nana and Grandpa rode the horses around the stable for about 30 minutes each.  After Nana finished her ride, she asked Xoe if she wanted to ride Toffee.  Xoe seemed to lose all fear and got up and rode the horse like she had been around horses all her life.

The first ride was with Nana riding with Xoe, and grandpa walking the horse Toffee.  Nana has been around horses all her life and does Dressage riding. Nana helped Xoe feel comfortable around the horses, so Xoe’s first ride was a lot of fun.

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VIDEO Xoe’s First Horseback Ride  This is a video of Xoe riding the horse on her own.

After the ride, Nana cleaned Toffee, and brushed out his mane and tail.  Then she feed Toffee some carrots and peppermints.

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VIDEO Xoe Feeding Toffee Some Carrots and Peppermints

Xoe’s first experience with the horses was a success. She started off terrified but by the end of the day she was riding on her own and feeding Toffee all by herself.  Xoe is lucky to have her grandparents who take her to the stable and let her ride the horse.  I think she learned a lot about horses that day and I look forward to going there again some day.