Saturday, November 15, 2014

Penguin Party Prep

This year Ally had 2 (well 4) birthday parties! One with the Guat Girls at home on the 15th. One with mommy and mama in the morning on the 16th, one with friends at Jump On In on the 17th and one at school on the 18th! She was so thrilled.

This is the penguin party prep. Aunt Beth came to visit again this year and help celebrate for the 8th year in a row! Thanks Aunt Beth.


Aunt Beth went with the theme, and got Ally a cute penguin pad of paper and Penguin-0poly. (it’s a penguin themed monopoly game). Ally was pretty thrilled and they started in on a game right away while I decorated the cake.



Ally decided where to put the ice bergs, and Becky used her pasta machine to flatten out blue starburt0like candy for water/ice on the cake.


I frosted – 3 tiers, and the ice bergs. Lots of white buttercream.


Then it was time to place the penguins and the ice on the cake.


Ally was pretty excited about the finished cake. And I was proud of my handiwork.


Ally fell asleep with her puppy – and in the morning while Cloey and Becker were at Obedience School, Beth and Ally and I decorated the house for the party.


Ally had a vision for streamers across the opening, and she wanted to make fish for the “pin the fish on the penguin’s beak game”


Aunt Beth braided Ally’s hair before ballet – it was an amazing braid bun creation!


Beth loves Cloey too! While Ally had ballet, I picked up the balloons from the party store – 12 in colors Ally picked the week before.


Before the party I noticed the note Ally wrote on her new penguin pad. “I love penguins most.” That is a true statement. For snacks we had “penguin popcorn” which was popcorn with m-n-ms and gold fish.


The decorated house!


I printed out pictures of penguins off the internet and we hung them all over the house. Ally has her favorites in her room.  It looked neat.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Early Birthday Present

Last week Ally got a package in the mail. Of course we opened the box, and it was wrapped gifts, from Grandma Debbie and Poppy. Ally was kind of bummed when we told she would have to wait until her birthday which was over a week a way. So we called Grandma Debbie and Ally asked if she could open it early, once she had approval she opened the gifts on the phone with Debbie.


Ally was pretty happy with a new outfit and game – Clue, which we don’t have. We played over the weekend and of course Ally won!


I love that Cloey photo-bombed this picture!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

School Related Post

Second Grade – it is certainly different than first grade. The conversations are deeper and more complex, assigned seats at lunch, more advance study and more peer pressure. We have a conference with Ally’s teachers later today and Becky and I are looking forward to hearing their impressions of Ally and understanding how she is doing in school from them. We think she is doing well. Hope they do too.


After gymnastics one day (at 5:00pm) Ally says to me “mommy, there is something I was to tell you. Some of my friends have a case they keep their pencils in at their desks.” Oh I said and asked if that was ok with the teacher and what friends had them. She told me and I said oh. Then she says “mommy, I was wondering if we could go shopping and I could get one.” I asked if she wanted to go then. YES – well Ally does not like to shop – for anything usually – so this meant it was a pretty big deal to her. So we headed over to Target and found a floral pencil case (very Ally) and I let her pick out some fun pencils from the dollar bin – one set was Halloween glitter colors and on sale for 13 cents! 

As you can tell in the picture above she was very pleased and super excited. She ran in the house to show mama, and then immediately loaded up the case. She faithfully keeps it in her backpack, and brings it to school everyday. She was happy to report that several more of her classmates have pencil cases too.

I was pretty happy to be able to fulfill her request. Recognizing social cues and wanting to be like others, but with your own style is an important thing to learn and adjust to. I’m sure as the years go by I wont be able to provide her with everything she asks for, but a pencil case – that we can do.


I’m the class room parent again this year, which means I organize a potluck breakfast for families a few times a year before school. Ally’s friend Maya helped us set up before hand, and so I snapped a picture of them before it got too crowded. Then – on the right was what I called “Miss Pat’s Posse” Miss Pat runs the before school program that Ally goes to every morning, and she is the Assistant Teacher in the 2nd grade English class. I thought it was so cute that this group of girls was sitting with Miss Pat, they would even save her seat if she got up for coffee or some food.  Of course, some of the girls, hammed it up for the party. Camila (in blue), Jaylinne, Alma B, Miss Pat, Ally, Maya, Olive (in orange in front) and Ellie(gray shirt very front). It was a fun event.


If you ask Ally what her favorite class at school is she will tell you gym. But if you ask her what her favorite subject is – she will say Math. I went grocery shopping Sunday morning and came home to the poster above. Becky said it was all Ally’s idea – she wanted to make a poster showing “How to add big numbers” Becky reports she only helped Ally with spelling – the layout and subject and examples and basically all of it was all Ally.

Then, on Veteran’s Day they played “Math Teacher”. I find it incredibly ironic that Becky is forced to play pretend Math Teacher on her day off from school. She is a Math Teacher in real life! Very very funny.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day of the Dead

November 2 was the Day of the Dead. We attended the family exhibit we have gone to in years past at a local museum. It was just the 3 of us this year – we saw some friends there, but we had a good time as always.

After church we stopped for lunch – and as we rounded the corner we saw a wild turkey!


Very fun time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rosa’s Birthday Party

Rosa has been planning her party for months. Really – we got an email back in May about it and the them was a surprise. Mad Science!

All of the Guatemala Girls were in attendance, and a bunch of Rosa’s school friends. It was educational and fun.


Ally made the card in the car. This party was the same day as soccer and ballet (We went home for a quick lunch after ballet, then drove to the party. Needless to say Ally was pretty tired that evening.)


They used a black light and made “invisible pictures” on the children’s hands. They played with fire, and each guest made his/her own slime to take home. At the end the Scientists made cotton candy for each guest. Rosa is above in the blue – she had a great time.


Alice, Roxie & Ally with their slime.


Gabi, and Roxie’s brother Charlie joined in the slime making too.


I was pretty good and got Mom photos as well. IMG_1061IMG_1064

Then it was time for cupcakes! They were HUGE – Roxie ate all of hers, but Ally turned hers over to eat only the cake – and then only some of it.


The group picture: Roxie, Ally, Alice, Gabi & Rosa!