Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Someone is 4!

And the birthday celebrations just kept coming.  Maeve enjoyed a weekend packed full of fun and sugar.  We headed north for most of the weekend, and Maeve was able to spend one extra night there with family because I had to work on Monday... and Gran so graciously brought her back for me.  Its so nice to have such willing friends and family.... We are lucky.

On Thursday I was able to steal away from work for a quick 'birthday circle' at Maeve's school.  They have a birthday ritual, which concludes with popsicles... a big hit.


Maeve was thrilled to be the special birthday girl at school that day... 

On Friday it was Maeve's actual birthday, so we started off the day at dance class.  Very appropriate activity for a special day because she loves to dance....

And then we met Dan, Annie, and Abe for breakfast... and they brought her a cupcake also.  They are speaking Maeve's love language here... ha.

Well, the Skagit River bridge collapsed on Thursday night, so we had to take an alternate route to head north for our Canadian celebrations... it was the perfect excuse to check out Chuckanut Drive on a beautiful Friday morning.  So, we had to stop for pictures of course.... 

Maeve wants to let everyone know that she's "4" now... 

There were a couple of friendly German travelers snapping shots too that offered to take our picture.  Why not? 

Annie and Dan gave Maeve a couple of new bathing suits as part of their birthday present, so she wanted to change into one of them on our pit stop.  Why not.  Funny Maeve.   

 Auntie Stacy needed help watering her garden....  Good thing she was dressed appropriately.

Later that evening, Maeve got the hose and doused Auntie Stacy... Maeve somehow knew that Auntie Stacy is the only one she could get away with doing that too... ha

 Uncle Todd (or Uncle Bonkie) and Maeve headed off to the produce store... I love it.  Birthday hat and bathing suit.  What more do you need?

Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner to celebrate a little someone... 

Trampoline fun... 

Kaya, Zane, and Maeve put on a performance...

 Kids table for another birthday celebration with Ann, Mike, Gran, Pop, Phil, and the kids... Sorry grown-ups, I didn't manage a decent picture of you...

Can you say 'sugar high' for the whole weekend?!

It was May Days while we were visiting this weekend, and we had the privilege of seeing Kaya perform in "May Days Idol".  Awesome. 

We went to the parade and enjoyed the festival... sometimes I really miss my hometown. 

Maeve and Zane had a sleepover in a tent...  they were a wee bit excited. 

Doc McStuffins was in the house... 

The Australian gang sent over a plethora of musical instruments for the birthday girl... We tested them out on Taryn and her friend who were having a sleepover to see if they would effectively wake them up.  Yep it did.  Hey, all I know is that anything is better than when my dad &/or brother would barge in my room playing the bagpipes when I was a kid.   

Happy Birthday sweet girl...  xoxo

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Moment in Time...




Well... life is certainly full and exciting as ever here in our household.  I think we've turned a corner at the moment, but we had some challenging behavior over the last few weeks which had me buy more wine than normal.  Ha ha.  Thank goodness these little people are so funny and loving most of the time, because they sometimes make you earn it.

Here are some funny things heard around here lately....

I seriously think that I have a tween sometimes.  I am constantly hearing, 'Oh man.....', or 'Seriously....' or 'Oh my Gosh!....' and other dramatic exclamations.

"I told you....." fill-in-the-blank.  Apparently she's psychic.... she knows how everything pans out.

"No boys allowed".  She is super fixated on girls vs boys at the moment.  Fortunately some of her closer boy friends have managed to remain in the inner circle, but everyone else is out.  She has been known to throw toys out of her room and declaring them 'boy toys' because of their particular color scheme, ie, they are not in the pink or purple family, I guess.  Thankfully, she often realizes their fun value eventually and plays with them again -- that is, until the diva returns in her :-)

I love to listen to her dialogue when she's play acting with her dolls.  Its like a little window into her world at daycare.  Apparently, being really good on the monkey bars is a status thing... Her dolls seem to get into conflict easily -- fortunately, they also seem to be able to work it out quickly too.  Ha.

She is focused on the number 100.  When she tells a story, most things tend to be a 100 somethings.  For example, her teacher was on holidays last week, and Maeve said that she was gone for 100 days.  There were 100 people invited to her birthday party this past weekend too, apparently.

Everything is a competition and she needs to come out on the winning side.  This was funny to hear when Amy and I were lugging the kids around on our bikes a couple of days ago.  Maeve kept telling Amy that we were beating them and that we were faster than them etc...  We were also one kid lighter than them too... but the fairness doesn't interest Maeve.  I heard Maeve say to her friend today, who was also born in Ethiopia and has adoptive parents, that her birth dad is bigger than her friend's birth dad.  Ha ha.  There is no limit or line to what she'll ante up.

Maeve is very much fixated on her birthday coming up in a few days.  And, because her birthday party was this past weekend, its a big part of her conversation right now.  If you are in Maeve's good books or she simply just likes you, apparently you are coming to her birthday.  If you fall outside of that, you cannot come to her birthday.  This also applies to fictional characters too.  For example, Fancy Nancy is coming to her birthday, but her little sister, JoJo, is not -- because she is naughty.  There are a couple of technical difficulties to her party plans, but fortunately we don't have to work out the bugs for another whole year... not sure that Maeve is picking up on this concept though.

This phrase came out her mouth recently -- 'I wish I could paint my face and become a circus clown....  Actually, a princess'.  I'm not sure which one is better or worse.  Ha

Maeve has been introduced to Doc McStuffins recently, and is quite enamored by her and she likes to pull out her doctor kit and pretend to take care of me.  When she was 'listening' to my heart through the stethescope, she told me she was 'beating my heart'.  Ha.  I think Doc's a good preschool role model so I'm going with it.  
Me - "So, Maeve, do you want to be a doctor when you grow up?"  
Maeve - "No!  I'm going to be a princess..."
Me - "You could be a doctor and a princess"
Maeve - (she looks at me as if I've lost my mind) "No, I'm just going to be a princess.  I'm not talking to you right now"

And, the best is how loving she always is... such a cuddler.  She can often be heard saying, "I love my mommy.  She is such a cutie.  I love my mommy.  I am never leaving you... I am going to stay with you forever".  Sweet girl.  I'm going to save this phrase and see how she feels about me in about 10 years.  

I'm Stingy...

...with the iPad, and therefore Maeve is in her happy place.  (I've been accused of not sharing very well.  ha)...


Inspection...

Making sure that her 'manicure' and 'pedicure' were still intact... 


Uninhibited...



Baker Extraordinaire






Sunday, May 19, 2013

Amy Needed an Adventure...

...so we tagged along for fun too.  :-)  It was a bit of a gong show getting our bikes/wee-hoo/chariot on and off the water taxi to West Seattle, but once we were docked on either side, we were good to go.  There was a little neighborhood festival happening today that we checked out, but really, it was just fun to get out and do something like this...  

So innocent and sweet looking... 

Us?  How could we make a grumpy old man even grumpier by our abundant enthusiasm on the boat?? 

 There was a craft table... Maeve said that she wanted to watch the crafts and focus on eating her snack instead.  Classic...

Waiting for the water taxi...  Cute kids. 

"Oh hey Maeve, let's get our picture taken -- 'smile!'"  
Cue Maeve looking the other way... 

Amy lugging her crew.  How times have changed.  No longer are we doing STP's, but it feels almost as much work.  Ha ha.

Bandaged, but Coping...

We got new bandaids... so Maeve found and "owie" on her lip. 



Thankfully, it didn't keep her from eating popcorn....

First "Real" Sleepover...

To keep the birthday party fun alive, I decided to finally grant Maeve's wish of having a sleepover party.  Maeve has had sleepovers before, but they have all been with relatives, and never for the sole reason of "just because".  I have to say, despite a grumpy child this morning, it was totally worth it.  Both of the girls were SO EXCITED.  They got to watch a movie and then spent the rest of the night giggling and playing -- until 10pm, which is when I told them they HAD to go to sleep (mostly because I was tired and thinking about going to bed soon... ha).  Sadly, they were up at 6:30am...  It is fun to see your child so excited being with her friend... 





Of course they slept together on Maeve's bed... I'm not sure why I set up a bed on the ground for Avery to sleep on.  Cute girls.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

4th Birthday Party!

It was Maeve's 4th Birthday party today and she was so excited.  She's been talking about her party for months... so it was fun to see her enjoy herself so much with her friends.  I decided to rent out a room at the local community center and host a dance party/classic preschool games.  It worked out pretty well, I think.  It was pretty chaotic and quick, but that just seems to be the way it goes.

We played dance freeze, musical dots, pin the sunglasses on Maeve, mystery present, and then classic songs etc.  There was a bouncy ball frenzy at the end of it... which was fun and a little scary at the same time.  I sugared up the kids with a bunch of cake and then sent them on their way.  Ha ha.  As you can tell, it was a dress-up party also... and Maeve just acquired two more princess dresses to add to her collection.  She was so excited that she stripped down at her party to become Merida.  Ha ha.  There was a lot of pink, tool, and sparkles in the room.  Sorry boys.  

Happy early birthday, sweet girl.