Archive for the 'Claire' Category

Outdoor Lab

During the week of October 23rd, Claire had the opportunity to go to Outdoor Lab. (I wrote about that here.) I’ve finally had a chance to sort through all the pictures that were shared with me, and I’m amazed at what was captured!

She told me that the rappelling was her favorite part. (!?) She said, “The first time I did it, I was so scared my legs were shaking! The second time, I was still scared, but my legs weren’t shaking, and the third time I did it, it was just a lot of fun!”

Yes, she did something that terrified her THREE times…because of course she did.

We’re capable of doing hard things, and the sooner she learns this, the better. It was such a great experience for her!

So, without further ado, here are some super-cool pictures of Claire on the High Ropes Course and Rappelling. (As always, click the photos to enlarge. I did alter some of the shadowing on the photos so as to see more detail in some of them.)

Enjoy! (Or not, if you’re afraid of heights!)

High Ropes Course:

She had to stretch to reach this first rope.

…then she had to reach even farther, which involved letting go!


At one point, her harness got tangled, and she had to figure out what to do.

…but she figured it out!

See the moon?

Ending in a ride on the Zipline!


Claire’s First Concert – Katy Perry!

Claire turns 12 on Thursday, and the Katy Perry concert just happened to coincide nicely with this big event. Back in August, some friends and I purchased a group of tickets. They were nosebleed tickets, but we knew Katy would put on a great show regardless of the seats.

Fast forward to tonight.

Claire and another girl and I decided to take the stairs (as opposed to squeezing on the escalator with the mob), and we hoofed it to the second floor.

We make it up to the 2nd floor (our seats are on the 3rd floor) and an usher stops us by the stairs and says, “Are your seats on this level?” I say, “Nope. We’re in 320…upstairs,” and she says, “Would you like to upgrade to the floor for free?”

“…for real.”

They upgraded all 7 of our tickets TO THE FLOOR from the 3rd floor NOSEBLEED.


We were flabbergasted.

We were like 20 feet from Katy Perry. It was a fantastic show. Claire (and all the girls in our party) got one of the eyeballs they tossed into the crowd!! It’s MASSIVE. (I can’t stop joking about that. #ItsAllFunAndGamesUntil… #IveGotMyEyeOnYou… ) WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE. Wow.

And on a school night, no less.

Click photos to zoom.

Another friend was there and took this picture! I found us! (See the circled area. Claire is behind me with her pink cat ears.)

Here’s what the giant eyeball looked like while we were waiting. The eye moved around and blinked!

The eye was also used throughout the show. The sets were absolutely amazing!

**And, yes, we were very cognizant of hearing protection. We got all the girls concert earplugs that they could use last night and at any concerts in the future!

6th Grade!

First Day of Sixth Grade

Nooooooooo, summer’s almost over!

Tell me how you really feel…

Back to School Selfie

(This may be Claire’s favorite part of school. This year, she gets a LOCKER!)

A Surprise Selfie

Claire was done with selfies, so I told her I was taking a picture of the lake, but she was on to my tricks.

Good Manners

Conversation we had the other night:

Claire: What’s for dinner?
Dad: Boogers.
Claire proceeds to (pretend to) pick her nose and eat it.
Me: CLAIRE. DON’T DO THAT. It’s RUDE…to eat before everyone else is ready! 😉

(We’re keepin’ it classy ‘round here.) 😀

A Decade of Writing Here

I’ve been writing at The Casual Perfectionist for over 10-years now. Today, Claire has started reading the archives. My heart is swelling, and I feel faint, all at the same time.

First Day of Fifth Grade!




10th Birthday Claire


She just wants to be a cat

This is Claire’s outfit today. (I ♥ almost-10-yr-olds!)

The School Dress Code doesn’t cite “cat ears” specifically, but there is a “too distracting” loophole.

We’ll see if this passes inspection.
She’s such a rebel.


Edited to add an update! She had them on at Pick-Up! She got to wear them all day. “It’s just a headband, Mom. I don’t know why you were concerned…” she said with a wink. 😉

First Day of 4th Grade

The obligatory First Day of School (4TH GRADE!?) pictures. Note how she REALLY feels in a couple of them...

The obligatory First Day of School (4TH GRADE!?) pictures. Note how she REALLY feels in a couple of them…