Endless Uno

Molly, Kari, and I had the world’s longest Uno game. It lasted well over two hours.

Molly and Kari both “almost” won several times, just to be dashed by a wildcard or a +2. It got ugly at times. When I betrayed Molly with a +2 card, she said, “I thought we were friends, Dad.” with that perfect Molly deadpan delivery. πŸ˜†

We played songs on the HomePod to reflect the mood. I asked Siri to play, “I Don’t Care Anymore” by Phil Collins. We all just wanted it to end.

We ate Tootsie Rolls to keep our strength up.

Eventfully Kari won the night with a sneak run and a small mistake on Molly’s part (or was is mine?).

Maybe next time we’ll play Ticket to Ride. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Heart-Shaped Hands

Claire has been pretty into making a “heart” shape with her hands like this lately.

She’ll spring it on you. Suddenly there’s just this heart-shaped hand in front of you, and it’s like “whoa!” and she wants you to complete the heart. πŸ˜† Apparently I’m the worst at it. Claire’s like “That’s so ugly, Dad!” πŸ˜‚

American Girl

Molly is finally ready to let go of her American Girl doll (and accessory) collection. We did a photo shoot today to post for sale. Molly was incredible at getting everything arranged just right for maximum presentation, insisting on outdoor lighting for starters. πŸ‘

Molly’s First Job

Molly has been looking for ways to earn money by doing extra jobs around the house like scanning or shredding. The sweetest thing is that sometimes she gives back some of the money I want to pay her because she feels that it’s too much. ☺️ Usually I’ll insist she keeps it, of course.

But Molly landed her first non-home job as a “leader in training” at a local summer camp. She liked the work, “helping little kids with crappy art projects” πŸ˜†, and she came home wiped out every day. She made a routine of turning on The Office (her favorite show) and falling asleep.

At the end of the week, she got paid $80 — all in a nice crisp envelop full of $5 bills, or β€œcrisp fives” as Molly put it. 😊

Mornings at Mozart’s

I love school drop-off mornings — when we get to hang out at Mozart’s before school.

Claire and I have about an hour get a drink (an iced mocha and a cold brew, please) after dropping off Molly. We share memes or talk about the universe. The multiverse has been a major topic lately. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Then we usually settle into Claire playing Genshin on her iPhone and me working on my laptop before heading out and starting the day for real.

It’s a fun way to start the day. 😊