Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Day in the LIfe...

Okay... I have a sheet of paper with funny and real-time things that are being said around here these days by this crazy and lovable character.

I feel like I say that Maeve talks like a tween all the time now, but I swear, she's perfecting it every day.  Its fascinating to me since she doesn't watch any of the tween shows, and therefore she must be honing in on these skill from school.  The words usually accompany eye rolls and dramatic sighs too.

Here are the top sayings:
  1. "Oh my gosh... oh my gosh... oh my gosh" x1000 per day.  Oh my gosh, Maeve.  Find something new to say.
  2. "Seriously??"  I think I know where she picked that up.  Guilty.  
  3. "For crying out loud....."  Ummm..  I think maybe I may have introduced that phrase during our quest to get out the door on time one day.  Whoops.
  4. "Whatever..." Equally charming...
  5. "Stupid" -- I'm working on that one.  Its an uphill battle.
  6. "Hate" -- again, we're working on that one too.
  7. "Actually....."
  8. "N n n n n no no no...." if she disagrees with you
  9. "This is easy for me" 
  10. If you say that she's five and a quarter, she will correct you to say she's five and one quarter.  Although now she's really excited to be five and a half in a couple of weeks.  She'll probably say that she's five and one half though.  Ha.
  11. "Its true, its true... the President said so!"
  12. When corrected, she says, "yeah, that's what I said"

Other funny things:

"Hallelujah, I hate this song"

Maeve: I don't like xxxxx's brother"
Me:  Those don't sound like kind words, what makes you say that?
Maeve: His hair doesn't match his head.
Me:  "Maeve did you eat your vegetables in your lunch today?"
Maeve:  "Oh my gosh, I TOTALLY forgot.... I'm serious!"
Me:  "Shocking"

Maeve:  Can we buy this Barbie book???
Me:  No
Maeve:  Why?
Me:  I don't like Barbie
Maeve:  Then you can read a book that you choose

I love that she calls her friend, Cassandra, "Callasandra"

I also love that she still calls McDonalds "Old McDonald"

Whenever something is missing, she tells me all the time to "retrace my steps"

She is constantly telling tall tales about all the things she did in Ethiopia when she was a baby...  Its pretty sweet.

Maeve is very competitive when it comes to games and will now try and cheat to win.  But, she lives with a competitive mother who refuses to play when there is cheating involved.  Sometimes its not our finest moment.  Ha.

She still throws a bunch of numbers and different forms of measurements together, which make no sense at all.  Usually I just nod and agree.

She is singing Christmas carols already -- we've had to look up the lyrics to the 12 days of Christmas several times now.
Drawing a Christmas Tree...

Life is full-on and interesting these days... and there is never a dull moment.  I wouldn't have it any other way :-)

An Evening in B'ham...

We had a dinner party at our friend's while they weren't home.  Ha.  The Fisher's and Lisa invited us up, and we gladly came because we're big fans of those people...

 Lance - AKA kid magnet

We're going to have to watch these two... 

Early morning art (too early...) 

Maeve is starting to write words, and the method is to just let them sound it out rather than tell them how to spell things.  Maeve often forgets key vowels, but its so neat to see her progress into a writer.  I forgot all that this says, but its something like, "Once upon a time the beanstock... "  And if she forgots a letter in the front of a word and then realizes it, she just sticks it anywhere... 


Maeve is seemingly musically inclined at the moment.  Its quite fun to watch -- she started choir and piano at the start of the school year, and loves both.  When she sings some of her choir songs at home, she often mimics her choir teacher's movements and seems to be bopping to the beat whenever she hears music.  Her music bin has had a lot more use lately, and she also likes to sit at the piano and practice her songs -- her absolutely favorite and go-to is "Mary had a Little Lamb" -- it was the first song she learned.

I know the choir director probably doesn't get paid, but she needs to.  She somehow manages to keep 95 K-grade 2's in order.  It exhausts me just to look at it...  Ha.

Halloween 2014

Well, better late than never...  

Here we are, another year, another princess.  Maeve was one of thousands of Elsa's wandering around the neighborhoods trick-or-treating.  No doubt, she enabled a few to take a drink due to the Elsa drinking games that were happening in various households that evening.  Ha.

First there was the school parade and party...

And, then the evening fun began...

Maeve was equally excited about wearing make-up that night for the first time, and eating massive amounts of candy.  This year Maeve was fully invested.  She ran from house to house, and sometimes she didn't bother coming back to the street -- she just cut across the lawn.  As always, I let her go to town and eat as much candy as she wanted on Halloween night, and I then packed it away and have been eating the rest ever since.  She never asked for it again, so our method works pretty well.  I'd rather just have one night of gluttony on her part, and then be done with it.

We were experiencing torrential downpours the week of Halloween, and even had a good storm that day.  Thankfully the rains stopped long enough for trick-or-treating....  Thank goodness.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In Training...

Maeve's natural tendencies are sluggish.  Its not a criticism, its just plain fact. (Okay... there may be slight criticism, but its painful sometimes!)  So, I'm finding myself being more conscientious about getting the girl active and out there.  An opportunity presented itself for Maeve to participate in a kids marathon next month -- she is signed up.  25 miles, on the honor system, needs to be logged prior to the big event.  We met up with Maeve's new friend today to do a few laps around the track.  I have to say, I was more impressed than I expected to be with the effort.  Go girls!

I told Maeve we were going to meet her friend to run around the track, and she promptly went off to get changed.  Apparently this is what she thinks of as running gear.  Ha.  I guess she's right -- it didn't seem to slow her down at all.

Sleep Over Party...

We invited two of Maeve's friends from pre-school over for a sleepover party since it had been awhile since they'd seen each other, and they were missing their long time buds.  So, it was a pre-school alum par-tay!

 These girls love each other so much... Reunited and it feels so good...

Dress up -- always a major theme at slumber parties... 

 A small miracle -- but they all finally fell asleep :-)

There wasn't enough sleep, but oh well.  In the morning somehow the room turned into this.

A new way of watching morning cartoons...

Sleepover hangover... Maeve peaced out for more than 2 hours.  I should've joined her.  There was less sleep that happened for me based on their independent shenanigans....  Good thing I love them.  

Palm Springs

I would like to thank my cousin, Eric, and his new wife, Allison, for picking the location of Palm Springs to get married last weekend.  It was very considerate of you to think of your friends and family in such a way.  What a fun weekend!  And, it was made special since my sister, Leah, flew in from Australia to attend the festivities also.

I learned my lesson from leaving Maeve behind from my previous experience and gave her much more notice this time around, and it totally worked.  She was initially upset about the thought of me going somewhere without her, but as she had time to think about it, and that her Grandma and Grandpa would be watching her and doing fun things with her, she was totally fine about it.  It made my weekend that much more fun since I could wipe the guilt of leaving her behind away...  Thanks Dad and Lynn!

Todd and Stacy, and I stayed at the Riveria, and it was super fun.  Our bar bill was rather hefty the first day, but it just seemed rude not to order another round of cocktails when the nice server kept coming by.  The weather was fantastic for lounging poolside and sipping cool beverages -- it was in the 90's.  It was hot enough that Todd even got in the pool -- I wish I took a picture of that since its such a rare sighting.  Ha.

Me and Stac - happy campers. 

Leah and I... 

The people watching was fantastic, I have to say... 

Todd, Stacy and I... 

Coming back home after a night out...  

The wedding site was very beautiful... 

Pathetically, this is the best picture I have of the bride and groom...   

They clean up pretty well...

 Our dinner and dancing was overlooking Palm Springs.  

Leah and I catching up with Grandma 

The coolest table at the wedding, of course... 

I love that Todd is trying to hide his beer... 

So pretty, and such a fun trip....

Rounding out the weekend with a celebratory brunch.

Congratulations Eric and Allison!


Walking back from the beach to the house, I said, "Hey Maeve, smile!"....

Beach House Weekend...

So, we fit in a Beach House Weekend a couple of weeks back.  It was crazy and chaotic, but oddly relaxing and fun too.  Now, I recognize the difference of bringing in a 5 year old, versus a baby or toddler... there was a lot less stress and a lot more lounging on my part.  So, I think if I accounted for everybody, we had 11 children between the ages of 10 months and 5 years, and only 7 adults.  Crazy?  Probably.  Worth it?  Totally :-)

We decided to put the big kids in charge of the littles... 5 year olds are responsible, right? 

The Beach House is just relaxing... I will never get tired of the view and setting. 


Professional marshmallow roaster (only because she likes them charred... doesn't seem that hard to me, but who am I to say?  Ha). 

Sugar before bedtime... Woot woot. 

Of course I took a picture of Peyton eating Maeve's shoe instead of taking it away from her... 

And, of course we let Chelsea watch almost all the kids on the beach.  We eventually sent reinforcements.... eventually. 

Sweet Sienna... 

Beach!  So pretty. 

Maeve and Clara... kindred spirits. 

Pumpkin farm... Peyton doesn't smile a lot, so Maeve was trying to help her out, I guess.  Ha. 

My sweet, crazy girl... 

I realized at some point there was no time to go to the pumpkin patch this year, so I saw a sign for this pumpkin farm and decided this would be our 'pumpkin patch' experience this year.  Check.

Peyton wobbling down the road 

As always, the kids stripped their clothes and ran around naked.  And, apparently the frigid water temperatures were a non-issue either.  

Have to include the requisite, 'Amy reading to all the kids' photo. 

 Ummm... those eyes.


This Beach House Weekend has now been renamed the, "Remember that time we went to the Beach House and Ruby came down with Hand Foot Mouth Disease and then subsequently 5 of the kids and one parent (who wasn't even at the Beach House) also all came down with Hand Foot Mouth Disease too?  That was fun."  (Not us.  Phew :-)) Ha ha.  What are you going to do?  Its just an immune system boost.  That's all.