Sunday, August 19, 2018

Guatemala Girls Summer Fun

The last weekend in July was the annual Guatemala Adoptive Families BBQ at Gabi’s House. 

3 of the 6 moms were dressed almost identically!

Alice, Gabi, Rosa, Ally & Roxie 

And the walk down memory lane:

Rosa, ally, Gabi & Roxie 2012

Roxie, Rosa, Gabi, Ally & Alice 2011

Ally, Alice, Roxie, Gabi & Rosa 2010

A few weeks later we met up with Alice and her mom Cheryl for dinner.

Ally started with a chocolate milkshake, her favorite from the diner.

It was fun seeing Cheryl and Alice walk down from their house.


Then we got the whole group (except Roxie) together for a swim date:

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Good Bye Carl

It is with a heavy heart that I wrote to say today was our last day with our beloved cat Carl. I blogged in June to say that he had been diagnosed with liver cancer. He steadily declined since then and stopped eating this weekend. So yesterday we talked about it and agreed to make an appointment at the vet and say good bye. It was fair to let him suffer even though it’s so hard for us. 
Ally is extremely sad. She cried the entire drive there, while we were there and in the car ride home. Sorrow and grief are hard emotions. She says she misses him so much and Nali and Grandma Barbie too. It’s a lot of loss in one year for an 11 year old girl. 

Some memories:

The last one was taken in June right before we knew he was sick. 
We are so lucky we had him for 12 years and 8 months. He was a great cat, wonderful friend and a huge love bug. 

We haven’t decided yet if we will get another cat or not. We will wait until September and see how we feel. 

As Ally says “I just miss him so much”

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Taylor Swift on Mommy’s 45th Birthday!

Months ago I bought tickets for Ally and her 3 best friends and their moms to go see Taylor Swift in concert.  July 26. My birthday. 

I came home at lunch and we celebrated my birthday as a family then. I got some nice cards and gifts especially the treat package from Aunt Martha.

Soon it was time for Ally and I to get ready for the concert. Friends were coming over at 4 for the long traffic filled drive to the stadium. 

We at dinner of sandwiches and chips in the car on the way down and had birthday cupcakes in the parking lot.

These 4 are such good friends! Willow, Cata, Colette and Ally.

Monday, July 23, 2018


A big milestone last week.

And it was “outdoor week” at gymnastics camp. The entire camp, even the team girls like Ally went canoeing.

I absolutely love the pure joy on her face.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Italy Day 10: The last day.

10 days in Italy. We’ve had an amazing time. Eaten gelato everyday. Had lots of pizza and pasta and many laughs. What a great trip. I was also reminded that 10 days of travel is too many for our family. We are much better with only 6-7 days away from home.  8 should be our max. We all miss home and are glad to be on the plane now heading towards Boston. 
Beth has been as usual a fantastic travel companion. She could probably travel for 14 days or even longer. Becky, Ally and I are very fortunate Beth loves us and likes us enough to travel with us two summers in a row! Thank you Aunt Beth.

Yesterday at breakfast we realized we could order pancakes. There is a buffet available but it doesn’t have pancakes so this morning Becky ordered pancakes for Ally.

Becky texted me the picture of the plate above and below is Ally in the elevator when I showed her the picture.

Happy girl eating pancakes on the roof top terrace our last day in Rome.

We took a selfie in the elevator. I am terrible at selfies.

We planned a museum trip for the morning. We had a few hours before our flight and wanted to go do something. Beth found a small museum called the Galleria Spada. It’s actually in a palace and the 4 rooms of art are exactly the way they were arranged in the time the art was collected in the 1600s.

Ally was kind of bored here but it’s the only art museum we made her go to the entire trip. 10 days in Italy and she only went to 1 museum. Some people would say that was a crime. 

Becky was fascinated and enthralled in this museum. Ally and I would have been done in 10 minutes. But Becky read the guide and looked at everything. 

My favorites were this series of floral still life paintings.

The frescoes on the wall above the painting were incredible. They looked 3-D.

The Heaven Globe pictured below and the Earth Globe above date back to the first decades of 18th century. It was neat to show Ally how they thought the earth look back then. And Guatemala wasn’t even on the map!

Beth posing like a bust with some marble busts from the 2nd Century.

We saw several David and Goliath paintings and Becky was quite fond of them.

The highlight of the museum is the forced perspective gallery by Francesco Borromini. Pictured below:

It’s really cool to take a selfie in front. 

A very nice security guard took our photo. 
The courtyard of the museum had beautiful marble statues of Greek Gods and Goddesses.

One last handstand in Italy! I’ve been emailing pictures to her coach who is loving seeing the Italian sites with Ally’s gymnastics. 

10 days 10 espressos! 

And even thought it as barely 11am we all got one last gelato.

Then a couple of selfies as we waited to board the plane. Let’s hope we look this cheery after 8 1/2 hours on the plane.

Well we did it! We made it thru the long flight. Here we are after landing as we waited to disembark the plane:

And because this blog is The Life of Ally, one last picture of Ally. We are so very blessed to have her in our family. Not a day goes by that I’m not happy to be her mommy.