Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015

This year, Maeve decided she was going to be a lemur.  She received these hand-me-down dance outfits from Taryn and Kate and decided this one looked like a lemur -- and I was happy to play along. Perfect.  Costume -- check.  I was also happy it was rather a creative idea that she came up with on her own, and we weren't on the princess pathway again.  So, Maeve the lemur was on the loose yesterday evening.

We decided to stick around our neighborhood this year -- we now have a collection of cool and fun friends that we've made over the last year from school.  We had a little pre-funk at Amber's place and the kids ran wild with excitement.  And then we let them loose on the streets (well, not really... but you know what I mean).  I gave Maeve strict instructions, that she actually followed this year --- go for the chocolate, not the hard candy.  Maeve loves Halloween and ran from house to house... she earned herself some running credit.  Between the trick-or-treating and stopping in a street party, we didn't get home until 9:30pm.  My little lemur was tuckered out -- thankfully we stopped intermittently throughout the night to "re-charge"with candy.  Its only Halloween one night of the year -- my philosophy is just go for it.  Eat  your candy...

But, now that Halloween is over... I think its mostly my candy now :-)

This is the "Scary Halloween Lemur" version, apparently.

Our trick-or-treating crew... 

The loot... 

 Sugar coma...

I think Halloween should always fall on Saturday with Day Light Savings always being the next day.  Today was the best lounge day. 

The End to the Soccer Season...

We had our final soccer game yesterday.  It was blustery and damp, but it was only 1/2 games where the weather was questionable.  I'll take it.  I feel like we got away from a soccer season in the PNW rather unscathed.

Maeve enjoyed her soccer this season, and was way more involved this year than last.  She had great coaches that encouraged her and wanted the best from her.  It was good.  I'm sad that its over as we will no longer be playing with the boys next year...  we had gotten to know the kids and parents fairly well over these past couple of years.  

Because it was the final game of the season, of course there was a bit of a celebration afterwards, complete with soccer cookies, a soccer pinata, and a "Red Hot Tiger" stuffie.  It was quite the loot.  All I know is Maeve exerted herself way more trying to get her cookie and kick the pinata then she did on the actual soccer field.... 

Great season, Red Hot Tigers!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pumpkin Carving Party

Our neighbors have a play street permit, so every Thursday the street can be closed off for our own personal block party.  Tonight it was shut down for a pumpkin carving party.  We love our neighbors -- we feel like we have found our people and love our community.

This is the first year that Maeve really invested in the pumpkin carving... she also drew the faces on the pumpkins.  I appreciated the classic approach :-)

The final product.. 

The requisite Maeve and pumpkin photo.

Maeve is super excited about Halloween.  Six is a fantastic age -- the energy and excitement around everything is infectious.  Bring it.


I just love all these pictures -- they just tell a bit of the story of who Maeve is.  It shows her personality and her sense of style.  Though she blatantly ignores me half the time (I swear I am Charlie Brown's teacher to her), she is so much fun and funny.  Ha.  I love watching her with her friends --as she is in her element and is often dancing, or shaking her hips... she is always excited about a plan and loves being part of a posse.

I hope she always finds joy in life and is her own person...

Kitty Waxing..

Its hard to be Ollie sometimes...

Hair (and Fashion)

We booked another appointment for a haircut and style a few weeks ago.  Hair is often difficult -- neither of our best comes out during some hair sessions, and I've decided I just need to bring Maeve to get her hair done more often.  She has a really tender head and complains a lot if she has tangles or gets her hair pulled, so to straighten her hair from root to tip by the hair dryer brush really hurts, despite all the time I spend in preparation for the appointment making sure her hair is detangled.  

The last time we came to the salon was in December and we were in the chair 3-4 hours.  This session Maeve was crying again and the salon owner decided that it was a bit too much and ended our session after the haircut.  I know Maeve has a tender head, but I think she has some anxiety about going, which amps things up.  We just need to go more often so that she gets used to it.  So, we have two more sessions booked for November and December.  We'll see.

Here are pictures of her at the salon with all her hair.  She has such beautiful hair and it hurt my heart to hear her say that she didn't want her hair because it hurt :-(.  On the flip side, so many people compliment her hair that I know that she is proud at the same time.  Hopefully the pride will continue to outweigh the hard things that come with maintaining her beautiful hair.

Poor girl was so exhausted that she just flopped over on the drive home 

When you have big beautiful hair, you need to go out and take pictures, right?

Even though that day was hard and I wanted to cry when they ended our session, the positive was that we managed to cut 5 inches off Maeve's hair.  She has a TON of hair, and it has been getting harder and harder to manage.  Her hair would just tangle instantaneously.  With her shorter hair we decided to put "magic puffs" in (mostly because neither of us had the energy to endure any major hair style that day).  Typically she dreads almost right away, but not now, thankfully.  Happily we just do a major detangle every week and she keeps requesting magic puffs.  We're both pretty happy about it.  Rock your big beautiful hair, Maeve.  Clearly she is a rockstar :-).

Tooth Fairy

Mark the date -- September 19, 2015, Maeve lost her first tooth.  Ewww... this whole phase of wobbly teeth and crazy mouths with wonky teeth is not my favorite.  I guess I better get over it... there are a lot more teeth departing that mouth in the near future.

So, after a soccer game, the kids were all wrestling -- Maeve said that her friend was doing the "Tickle Monster" and then her tooth just came out.  She was SO excited.  I'm not sure that correctly represents her feelings though... elated, overjoyed, gleeful?  Take your pick.  She finally joined the club that she was so desperate to join all year long.  I get a status update all the time of her friends who are losing teeth, how many teeth they have lost, and how they have lost them.  

Showing off her loot that she got from the Tooth Fairy

Now I realize now that I should have had Maeve wash her face before I took this picture, but it shows that she has shark teeth now -- her baby tooth in front while her adult tooth grows in behind.  Gross.

Sleepover Party!

So, we celebrated the return to school with a bit of a sleepover party.  Maeve is a sleepover junkie.  Asks for sleepovers all the time.  Loves to go to sleepovers.  Thinks there should be a sleepover every weekend.  So, since we're not sleepover rookies we just started inviting kid after kid.  These girls hang out at school all the time and all of them, except one, go to the same after-school care.  How hard could it be?

Well... it wasn't really hard, except getting only 2-3 kids asleep is different than getting 5 kids to sleep.  What I normally do at the hard line is just go in Maeve's room, tell them to go to sleep, and lay down for a minute with them and it works every time.  They just need to stop their bodies.  Well, with 5 kids there was fake snoring, and fake log rolls, arms flopping around, and giggling that would set the crew off again.  10pm they all fell asleep.  5:30am I heard a couple of kids awake.  Ummm, hell no.  I bolt out of bed, give them the look and told them it was not time to wake up.  That earned me 45 mins extra quiet and they were all up at 6:15am getting out all the musical instruments ready for a morning parade.  


Well, we all survived and the request for sleepovers continues as strong as ever...

Grade 1

Because there was a teacher strike at the start of the school year, all the parents were scrambling to figure out child care for their kids.  Maeve spent one day at work with me, but then split her time at day camp and then Gran came to the rescue -- Gran Camp.  It was great and really, we were spared a longer strike then I think I was dreading.  Go teachers - I'm glad they finally paid you.  We all survived 6 days.

Maeve at work with me.  I wish she would learn how to relax -- she's so uptight all the time.  Ha

Woot Woot... here's to another great year! 

Maeve and I are both thrilled by what teacher she was assigned this year.  Maeve talks about him all the time and he really inspires her learning.  Happy child.  Happy mom. 

It also helps that Maeve has several good friends in her class too 

Maeve loves to hug.  Can you tell?  How lucky that Maeve has so many great friends at her school.