Thursday, February 26, 2015

Heritage Night

There's nothing like being gone for 10 days and finally opening up the homework instructions for the month of February to realize that the float the kids have been working on for the last 2 weeks was due the next morning... and its already 7pm at night.  Aghhh!  "Quick, Maeve -- color, cut tape!".  We even found ourselves at the local drug store at 7:45am picking up our online photos that needed to be cut and taped onto the float.  But we did it. 

 Kindergaren Float Parade.  It was darn cute.  Let me tell you... there were an awful lot of kindergarteners who did not make their own float, however. 

Then there was an art gallery back in the classroom.  Maeve wore her Ethiopian dress that day and we even participated in the Potluck Heritage Night at school (read: going to the local Ethiopian restaurant and getting take out).  It was an all round success and quite fun, once we got past the panicked creation of a float.  Ha.

PHX-SAN-PHX

I had to attend a conference in San Diego for 6 days, so I decided the easiest thing to do was fly both of us down to my Mom's in Arizona, and hand delivery her grandchild to look after while I was gone.  I was able to bookend my trip in Arizona and spend some time with everyone, with the knowledge that Maeve was going to be having a great time in the sun, swimming, eating more treats than she could imagine, and spending time with her relatives.

 Her Great Uncle Reg took her swimming every day.  Her Great Auntie Sally also went swimming with her every day too, I think -- lucky girl.

My Grandma took orders before we showed up and baked my favorite cookies.  So, we obviously came for visits often.  This is the 'before' 

And, this is the 'after' -- of just one visit from Maeve and I.  I don't claim to have any self control, and I KNOW that Maeve has none.    

At Grandma B's for a competitve game of Uno 

OMG -- Grandma B is cheating!  Ha Ha.  Or, Maeve is showing her all her cards... could be that. 

 I love this picture.

Golf cart selfies... the weather was fantastic. 

Maeve in position, eating her breakfast. 

The sunsets are always so pretty.. Maeve talks about Arizona sunsets all year round. 

 And, then I found myself in San Diego "conferencing".  It was so fun.

We managed to take in the beach at the end of our stay 

I mean, we had to digest all that we'd learned over the past week... 

 My co-workers and partners in crime

Finishing up the trip back in Arizona (or me, at least). 

Lots of pool action... 

Fresh squeezed orange juice.  I'm pretty sure her's didn't have champagne it in... pretty sure. 

A family brunch on our last day...  

4 generations of hands... 

4 generations of people.  How lucky are we?

Thanks Mom and Jamie for looking after the wee one... 

So....

...when exactly will she figure out how to pump on her own?  I think she just knows a good thing when she has it....  Park fun on a beautiful "winter" day.



Beautiful Girl...

...Inside and Out.

Sticking With the Vision...

I do love that Maeve still expresses her own sense of style still... I haven't tried to dress the girl since she was about 2 1/2. 

She still often lays out her ensemble the night before, complete with underwear and hair accessories.  She will still lay on top of her clothes so that she can envision what it will look like on her...  Ha.

On this particular day, she chose to wear two different shoes to school to complete her look 

Obviously, we are off to swim lessons... 

Maeve came into my room wearing her 'fancy' dress for school.  I said, 'you look beautiful Maeve, but do you think you'll be able to do P.E. in that dress?'...  She thought about it for a minute and then came back in this set up.  She put on a shirt and skirt on underneath so that she could take her dress off when it was time for P.E.  Always planning, that one...

Skipper Wannabee...

She's working on it... and, she'll get it.  Sometimes I forget that I need to help foster these types of skills.  We have a skip rope around here somewhere.....





Urban Hikes...

Since our skis haven't touched snow once this winter due to the non-existent winter we've had, we started doing some urban "hikes" with the kids.  We are outside, the kids run around, the mom's drink  Starbucks, and laugh at kids that fall in the mud.  Its fun.  Maeve is usually always dressed appropriately too.  Ha.











12's...


Win or lose, we are loyal 12's....





Magic Puffs

One of the 12 days of Christmas books that Maeve received this year was, "Penny and the Magic Puffballs", where magically things happen to Penny when she wears her hair in puffs.  Well, we had to take out the twists, so we went for puffs and wanted to see if Maeve would experience magical things too.  Well, according to Maeve, there really is magic when you wear puffballs.  It was awesome to hear her pick out the good things that happened during the day and associate it her puffs.

Here are some pictures that I took... I love them.  It shows her sweet, funny, sassy, and beautiful personality.








Christmas and New Years 2014 -- a little late :-)

This post is only 2 months late....

Christmas 2014 was very fun.  We spent just over a week up in the motherland, primarily at my brother's place -- staking claim to Kate's room the whole time.  Thanks Kate... ha.  It was so nice because Todd could be present this year, instead of participating via FaceTime.  We lounged a lot, caught up with with the Solti's, and my Dad while we were up too.


Christmas Eve -- putting the cookies and milk out for Santa.  She looks good, right?


And, here we are at the ER at 4am.  Someone was pretty excited about this, to be honest.  Maeve woke up at 1am crying out in pain complaining of her ear that carried on for an hour and a half.  She had a cough and cold, so I knew exactly what was going on -- and classically, this was her first ear infection.  Well, I would never consider taking her to an ER for an ear infection, but I knew she wouldn't be be able to see anyone for another 36 hours due to Chrismas, and I didn't want to risk ruining Christmas.  I tell you, when we were in the ER and Maeve couldn't have been happier or more cheery, I was muttering that there better darn well be a bulging ear drum!  Ha.  There was.  

The happy patient... We got our amox and were back in bed at 6am.  I saw Santa streak the sky on the way down to the hospital, and Maeve was telling everyone who would listen, about my Santa sighting.  She raced back into bed to make sure she was sleeping when Santa came :-)  Her older cousins were rather confused the next morning when she wasn't bugging them to get up early, and instead we started our Christmas morning around 9am instead.

Getting ready to exchange presents...

This is what a 15 year old, who was giving One Direction tickets for Christmas from her parents, looks like.

Maeve had asked Santa for nail polish all the different colors of Princess dresses.  Let the manicures begin...

These two are definitely kindred spirits

and dramatic...

and crazy...

And all around, nutty.

Maeve, Kate, and Taryn playing Zingo.  A hit present this year.

Maeve is SO lucky to have cousins that adore her and spend quality time with her.  She thinks she's right on their level, actually.... talking like a teen, and swooning over all the One Direction members.  I think she literally fell over backwards at one point.  Ha.

Crafting and puzzling...

Our new Christmas puzzle kept us occupied...

... and occupied.

Lazy Bones Jones 1 & 2 (Sorry Taryn, but you know its true :-)  Ha.)

We met up with Cj, Pax and Beckett for part of a day and did some beach explorations..

Pax...

Beck...

And, Sassy thing...

Sometimes I can't believe how big she's getting...

Providing some festive music.  She and Kate spent lots of time on the piano together.. it was pretty sweet.

We came into the city and spent a night with Dad and Lynn..  off to the ice rink we headed.

Obviously a natural :-)

Maeve and Grandpa...

These two are pretty funny to watch play games..  there's a lot of trash talking going on.

We came home on New Years Eve... so Maeve got all dolled up...

We had a very low key celebration to ring in 2015 -- Lisa came over to join the fun.