Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Prima Ballerina

Today was the big, 'final performance'... watching week arrived, finally.  All morning she asked when we were going... very excited.  Only to be extremely nervous and shy for the first 10 minutes or so.  She finally broke through the nerves and had a great time showing off her stuff to Annie and myself.

 Prepping in the mirror before we left...

Showing off her moves...

The parent participation part...  I looked awesome, btw. 

Showing off her good listening skills.  Ha. 

Dosey doe's in ballet class.  Ha 

Umm.  She's just cute.

Receiving her flowers from Annie... Maeve was most interested in the package of M&M's Annie brought her.  Annie knows Maeve's love language, that's for sure.

Sounding Things Out...

Maeve has been VERY busy at her craft table... I should really be taking pictures of how much of a disaster her 'creative space' can sometimes look.  She's so busy drawing, painting, glueing, cutting... its fun to watch.  Its her own little montessori space.  So, craft projects have been happening galore.  She is also writing a lot too.  About a month or so ago I noticed that she wasn't just asking me how to spell things, she is starting to sound out some words on her own... In this note below she's saying Happy Mother's... (I think 'day' got lost somewhere), but I was impressed with this next step in reading and writing.  Obviously, there is some work ahead of us.. but, it was the first step.


(Heart-Me-Maeve-Mom-Maeve)

And, she's been drawing a lot of girls lately with big pony tails...  This isn't a good example, but the other thing she's started to do is work on her lowercase letters.  Good work, Maeve :-)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Scootin' Fools...

Maeve got a new, big kid, scooter for her birthday, so it was really put to the test today during our play date.  I was really proud of Maeve for sticking with it, and brushing herself off several times after she fell... it helps when you have a partner in crime, I suppose.  She loves it.  I love that she's getting more mobile these days... Bring on summer fun.



North of the Border...

For the rest of the long weekend, we ventured north to celebrate and spend time with friends and family.  It was busy, and we ping ponged a little bit, but it was a great time and we got to see all our favorite people.

Mike took Maeve on a special date - Godfather/Goddaughter date.  They have a special relationship and its fun to watch. 

We went to the May Day parade with Todd and Stacy too.  Maeve thought it was even better than Halloween, I think, because they were literally giving her handfuls of candy... she didn't even need to work for it.  Ha.  (And, here is Maeve with her new umbrella - it was the only thing she asked for and it was her favorite gift).

We spent the day with my Dad and Lynn, which turned out to be a great biking day for Maeve.  Maeve has been nervous about biking this year because she took a fall last year while we were in Arizona... so, biking part of the seawall and around lost lagoon to downtown was a big success. 

You can't beat Vancouver on a beautiful day... 

Maeve was so proud of her biking... and wanted to remind everyone that she is now 5.  Ha. 

We took a moment to play at the playground at second beach... 

Lost Lagoon was a nature tour -- all the animals were out. 

We saw turtles, ducks, chicks, geese, goslings, and swans... probably more.  I can't remember.   

After having a birthday lunch at White Spot, we ventured back to Grandma and Grandpa's place.  I think Maeve and I both need to go on a diet now after all the celebrations!  Ha.

The Actual Birthday Day....

It happened.  The official day finally came.  Maeve is now 5 years old.  She loves it!  She is constantly sussing out who is older or younger than she is.  She broke down in tears today when she was inquiring about two friends of hers and when their birthday is... she was not happy to discover that she was the youngest of the three.  Ha.  I quickly threw some other kids under the bus reminding her that she was older than them.  Phew.  Crisis temporarily diverted.

This is what 5 looks like on Maeve... 

Streamers, banners, and a few presents.   

Happily opening her presents.  She had logically stated earlier in the week that her friends would give her more presents on her actual birthday day, even though they had graciously given her gifts at her party.  I informed her how that is not, in fact, how it worked.   

Green eggs for her birthday breakfast, as requested.  I was a little sad that I didn't have any ham in the house. 

And, then we were off for a day of fun at Remlingers Farm with Avery. 

I'm not quite sure how many times they frequented the roller coaster... they would race off it and circle to the waiting line without even batting an eye at me.  Most of the time they could get on the very next ride.

Ha. 

When we had to leave, they decided to get 'lost' in the hay maze for a very long time... 

Who doesn't like a pumpkin ride? 

Another reminder that someone is a whole hand now... 

Pony rides... I think this was Apple. 

Canoe rides... 

Good buddies...  a great time. 

The Wilson's kindly had us over for dinner... but Maeve missed most of it.  She was one tuckered out girl...  Here Amy is getting snuggles. 

Eli, unknowingly, got snuggles too...

Maeve was too tired to eat dinner... so Annie got snuggles too. 

Dan managed to see Maeve's eyes... 

And, amazingly, Maeve was able to enjoy her birthday cake...  Ha.

Happy 5th Birthday, sweet Maeve :-)

The Many Faces of Maeve...










Root Root Root for the Home Team...

We went to our first home game in a while, and it turns out, Maeve is a great age to finally enjoy a game.  We were invited to celebrate Pax and Beckett's birthdays -- Lance and CJ surprised them with a trip to Seattle and tickets to the game.  And, since we are gamers, we were right there with them.  

Maeve was all geared up for the game... tiara and all. 

Sporting our favorite Mariner... 

The birthday boys... Beckett, Pax along with Maeve... 

Someone enjoyed all the excitement the game had to offer... 

Fancifying her new beanie... 

I mean, seriously... cuteness at its finest. 

 

Has anyone seen Beckett or Maeve? 

CJ was the best fan to watch the game with.  She came equipped with all the requisite food items... including bubble gum. 

Pax... a serious fan. 

The not-so-serious fans.  Maeve and Avery. 

I didn't even know that Maeve could cross her eyes.  I don't like it.  Ha. 

When can we come back, Mom?