Sunday, January 27, 2013

She Graduated....

...to the chairlift today!  Woot woot!  I'm not sure how much I've iterated how excited I am about this skiing thing.  You watch your kids learn new and exciting things all the time, but this new skill also allows me to get back on the mountain and have fun skiing again too.  Within a couple of years, we should be able to ski most things... at least that's the plan.  Its super fun doing this with her -- its fun hearing her scream "wheeeeeee" and sing "rolly polly up and rolly polly down" as we're skiing along.  She really loves it...   

We were up with Amy, Brent, Bennett, and Clara, of course (our requisite ski buddies), and we were also joined by Sara, Rey, Maya (first day trying... yay!), Laurel, plus Rosanne, Brian, and Brennan.  Fun times on the hill... 

Our first ride on the chairlift!  Super duper fun... 

Everyone is still having fun... and we didn't even lose a kid off the chairlift.  Win-win. 

Clara even tried skiing today too.  She totally ripped it...   

 We had our longest day so far -- we arrived at 10am and left at 3:30pm, with maybe an 1 1/2 hours of breaks all together.  I can guarantee you that Maeve has never, ever ever taxed herself this hard in one day before (seeing as her nickname is Lazy Bone Jones).  And, the thing is, although she was melting at the end, she was melting because I thought we should pack it in, and she wanted to keep going.  Go figure.  Maeve fell asleep before we even hit the freeway, and was still passed out for a while at home...  The poor body didn't know what hit it.

But, once she was awake and kicking again, she had to fancify right away...

More "Days in the Life"...

We have been plugging away with things over here, with a bit of sickness on my part last weekend.  I am lucky, I don't get sick that often, but when I do, I think I'm a bit of a baby.... I don't want to do anything nor do I want to be responsible for anything.  I remember days past when I could lay horizontal on the couch and watch bad TV or movie marathons all weekend long, just waiting for my illness to pass.... but, these days -- it doesn't work quite like that.  That being said, the TV was on significantly more than normal in our house... I told Maeve we would have a "crazy" weekend and watch some movies...  and, after all was well again in my world, Maeve carried on requesting another "crazy" weekend. Ha ha.

On either side of that weekend, we've managed some fun things...

We had some really sunny days before we were hit with fog, so we jumped on the bike for a cold ride to the beach.  But, sunny days confuse Maeve into thinking its summer (a casualty of being a Pacific Northwesterner, I'm afraid...), so she was certain she wanted a revel instead of the hot chocolate I was trying to push...

We met Avery at the roller rink for a try at roller skating.  Let's just say my arms and back appreciate the angel who came over to us after several times around the rink, and informed me about tightening the wheels on her rental skates.  Prior to that, it was like Maeve trying to run on water or something... very unsuccessfully.  Hallelujah... skating instantaneously became fun for both of us.  

We still are in dress-up glory...  No opportunity to accessorize is missed.  She said to me the other day that she wanted to teach me how to become fancy...


Case in point -- she had to wear her 'fancy' shoes to skiing, and then was going to be okay about putting her ski boots on.  After the day of skiing was all said and done, the 'fancy' shoes were put back on...


We're in a bit of a blackout situation here at home.  If possible, all lights must be off, so that headlamps and flashlights can be utilized at all times...


We're so lucky to be living near the zoo... we decided to visit some animals the other day...

I'm not sure "love" adequately explains how Maeve feels about her creative ballet class...

Our nails were in dire need of color, apparently....


We were fortunate to have a visit with Daphne and Fiona... Too bad I didn't capture dress-up photos.  They were in their glory...

Life is full and interesting these days.  I am always amazed at Maeve's imagination and story-telling, complete with passionate facial expressions and body gestures.  For some reason we are often needing to be quiet as some random creature is sleeping close-by.  I have tried to stop her from shushing me, as its like nails down the chalkboard... a silent finger to the lips is sufficient, right? 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2nd Day of Skiing...

And it is still a success!!  I'm loving our new weekend tradition...  so fun, mostly.  Ha ha.  We headed up the hill with Amy and Bennett, and its fun for the kids to do this together.  And its fun for Amy and I to share a knowing look, laugh, or deep breath with.  At the end of the day, the kids totally improved, lasted a lot longer, and still want to come back for more.  Obviously, there was still a ton of candy bribing, but it gets the job done.  Maeve didn't fall once this time getting on or off of the magic carpet -- last weekend she fell almost every time.  What more can you ask for?  They are such little rock stars...

Amy was the brilliant one that suggested bringing the sled to eliminate 'the getting to and from the car conundrum' ie, my lazy bone jones, who doesn't want to walk.  Worked like a charm... 


Snow angels to start the day... 


It was beautiful today... Ahhhh... 


Here we are heading up the magic carpet together... 


We found Amy's dad up on the hill too...


Random Stuff

I have a few random pictures from the last week...

Maeve and Bennett at the bouncy houses... 


Gerritt turned one!  And, cupcakes were enjoyed by all... Look at the focus and concentration.  Impressive.

Maeve received some "fancy" dresses from my stepbrother this Christmas, and Maeve was adamant about wearing this one to school last week because one of her teachers wears "fancy shoes" and she wanted to show her her dress...  Ummm... okay.  Hilarious. 


Kenzie and Maeve at Extreme Sportz... super fun. 


Silly straw...  

She was too tired coming home from Will's birthday party to even finish the lollipop he gave her...


Dan and Maeve had a date to the hockey game last night -- Maeve came home literally beaming because she had had so much fun,"but, it was loud!" says Maeve.  Hockey, red vines, gummy bears = a good time.  Dan asked her what her favorite part of hockey was -- "baseball".  ha ha.  And, his brainwashing still stands.   


"I want to be a pirate princess... Arghhhh"

Life with Maeve...

I have written a few gems down, which I should post here so they don't get lost...  3 1/2 -- so incredibly fun and interesting, and also requires a fair amount of patience and grace on the parent's part.  Sometimes its like a ticking time bomb, where you don't quite know what the trigger will be, and you're not quite sure when total irrationality will take place.  You also are never quite sure what will come out of their mouth at any given time, usually in a public place...  It definitely keeps life interesting and laughing, unless you're drinking just trying to cope.  Ha.

In all seriousness, Maeve is a kick -- she's funny, dramatic, independent, and a big time snuggler.  In no particular order, here is our life at the moment:

"I'm the leader!!"  And, don't even think about getting in front of her... or you'll hear about it.  "I beat you" or "I'm first" are also heard very frequently... its all fine and dandy when its just you and Maeve, but we learned that these strong opinions don't go over very well when there are 2 -- 3 year olds thinking the same thing.  Case in point -- today on the ski slopes when Maeve and Bennett were yelling at each other that they were the leader and they finished first.  Like an old married couple, honestly....

Me -- "So, Maeve... would you like option A or option B?"  Maeve -- "I'll take option C"

The girl wants to negotiate everything....  and its funny when she doesn't even get the concept of what she's negotiating, but she wants the control, and therefore wants to dictate the terms and conditions...

Me -- "Who's the boss, Maeve?"
Maeve -- "I am"
Me-- "Try again"
Maeve -- "Mommy and me"... ha

I swear, sometimes I have no idea what she's trying to tell me.  She'll speak random spanish words, french words, and then decide to speak in riddle... its anybody's game.

You know you're in her bad books when she has uninvited you to her future birthday party... thankfully, I have always been re-invited back.  Lucky for her, if she wants a birthday party, I say...

She can incessantly ask to watch something on TV... it can drive me batty.  This is a conversation we had recently:
Me -- "Maeve, when this show is over, we are not watching anymore TV today.  Do you understand? Because you know how much it bothers me when you keep asking"
Maeve -- "I know, because it bothers ME when you keep saying 'no'....

"When I was a baby...." she tells me factual tales, and fictional tales of her earlier years all the time...

She is so animated with her arms, body, and facial expressions when she tells stories.  Her inflections are so funny too, and she can be known to throw in "blah blah blah" in the middle of her tales...

She is all about being fancy... She is taking creative ballet and is all over it.  I bought her a new leotard and tights yesterday, as we were just making due with a makeshift outfit for class.  Well, I think she has actually died and gone to heaven.  From the moment she put it on, she has been doing her dance positions, plie's, and curtsey's...  Its absolutely adorable.  She even talked me into wearing it to bed last night -- with her tutu, and ballet slippers. Everyday she is becoming more 'girly', and as much as I'm not 'girly' myself, I have to say, its pretty cute.



Sunday, January 6, 2013

1st Day of Skiing!

I have to say there are so many fun experiences that you share with your children, but I was so excited to be able to open up the world of skiing to Maeve today... I do love skiing and my parents put me on my first set of skis when I was 2 1/2...  I knew that wasn't going to happen last year, and to be honest, we'll see what this season brings us, but I figured it was time to introduce the fun.  

Amy& Brent happened to be up on the mountain today for a similar experience for Bennett...  so, as I predicted, getting from the car to the ski hill was probably the most difficult part of the whole day.  We needed a snack before we even started.  Bennett and Clara didn't want their picture taken... 


 It is exhausting getting to the magic carpet... The whole point of the day was to have fun and introduce skiing... So, when we flopped down like this, I encouraged snow angels.  Miraculously, it worked...

and... catching snow flakes.  Anything to bring a smile and make it fun... 


Alright... we're getting somewhere now... We're in line for the magic carpet.  Having Bennett and Brent along for the fun was definitely helpful... 


Maeve managed to stop the magic carpet more than most, but once Maeve was firmly established on the conveyor belt, it was super fun... 


The happy skiers... 


Don't worry... Brent didn't ski with Clara on his back.  Maeve wanted to say hi to Bennett's very accommodating little sister... 


Oh, did I fail to mention that my pocket was full of M&M's and Sweet Tarts?  Oh yeah, there was major bribing going on... but, it totally worked. 


Family Shot...

Another family shot on the slopes... 


A tired skier eating her lunch and drinking a well deserved hot chocolate...  The day was an overall success... Maeve didn't do much skiing on her own, but she got the gist of how skiing felt when she went down with me, and was excited about it...  I think I'll be able to convince her to come back with me again :-)  

Melkam Genna

Last night we were able to celebrate Ethiopia's Christmas with many other adoptive families at our local Ethiopian Center... the actual date of Melkam Genna is tomorrow, but American work schedules get in the way.  Maeve was very excited about going, getting dressed up in her Ethiopian dress and eating Ethiopian food.  She got herself all ready to go hours before we left...  Then she started posing as I took a few pictures of her.  Shocking, I know....









We were able to catch up with one of longest friends in the adoption world, Isa B and her mom, Katie.  There were no good pictures to catch the atmosphere of the night as a ton of kids were running around, having the best time...  I'm always so grateful for our Ethiopian and adoptive community... and I know that Maeve will be hugely grateful too.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Years Eve...

The inevitable happened, I had to return to work. My first day back was New Years Day, so my dad so kindly came down to watch Maeve for me.  As a result, we were able to celebrate New Years Eve together and ring in the new year at exactly 9pm.  ha ha.  We had a dinner and movie date in our house wearing our party hats...  At 9 pm we tooted our horns and Maeve tried her best to break a wooden spoon on the pot as she pounded away...

 Maeve and Grandpa...

Maeve always enjoys a good accessory... 

 "Are you sure my tiara is on okay, Mom?"

Going to town with the horn... 

And, of course she slept with her tiara on... it stayed on all night.  I love that.

Happy New Year everyone... Hoping 2013 brings lots of love, laughter, fun, and adventure....