Surrounded by Girls

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy 2018. Here's hoping it brings you lots to smile about.

Joyeux 2018. J'espère que cela vous apportera beaucoup de choses à sourire.

Monday, August 28, 2017

First day of school

8th grade:

6th grade:

6/7 English:


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Last Hurrahs

Summer is winding down. Time for one final weekend's worth of activity.

Saturday: A sleepover, and then taking Sophie with us to breakfast at the Big Kitchen followed by washing of the dog.

A Harry Potter-themed birthday party:

Sunday: spending the day with friends at Fletcher Cove and having lunch at Pizza Port.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wonderspaces San Diego

Granny Franny took the girls to Wonderspaces San Diego.


Artists and designers regularly create extraordinary experiences that become the highlights of special events like Burning Man, SXSW, Coachella, and the Sundance Film Festival. Sometimes these works alight on the world's cultural capitals, through a pop-up in New York City or the Venice Biennale. But most of these works will never be enjoyed by the mainstream population that doesn't live in those cities and doesn't spend the thousands of dollars required to attend those events.

Starting this Summer in San Diego, Wonderspaces is taking experiential art on the road to new audiences. In partnership with artists from around the world, we are proud to exhibit over a dozen works for a limited run in each city.
Melanie and Jenna took photos, which I've taken from her Instagram account and posted here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Orange County Kickoff Classic Champions

Congratulations again to Melanie's Poway Vaquero G04 team in winning the Fourteenth Annual Orange County Kickoff Classic (OCKC)! The competition was tough but they won their three group games on route to winning the group. Then in the final, they destroyed a Pateodores team that had matched their stats in group. The final's final score was 5-0!

You can find the tournament results here.

The best part of the tournament (other than the parental "bonding" sessions after curfew) was watching the girls play better soccer in each game. The passing, communication, and teamwork improved all weekend, and that will stand the girls in good stead when the league season starts. They are moving up from the Presido League to the San Diego Development Academy level. I can't wait to see what they can accomplish this season!

Monday, August 07, 2017


Congratulations to Melanie and the Poway Vaqueros Girls U13 team on winning their bracket in last weekend's 2017 Copa de Barcelona Cup. Four games, twelve goals scored, three clean sheets, and only one goal allowed all weekend. That's domination!

After several finals appearances without a win, it's nice to finally put our hands on the trophy.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Goofin' on Renoir

A recurring theme in our trip to Paris was the girls mimicking Renoir's paintings.




For good measure, and in the interest of fairness, we also took the time to goof on Rodin. In his own house, no less.

Here's the link to our full Paris trip photo album.

Enjoy, and merci!


Just back from Paris. What a trip! Museums, restaurants (cafes, brasseries, bakeries, etc.), ice cream from store front and cart, chateaus, monuments, and did I mention museums?

Here's a link to our Paris trip photo album. There are too many favorites to pick a couple for this post - though I may promote some as "needed".

Enjoy, and merci!