Friday, October 24, 2014

Party #3 of the weekend

Sunday morning, Ally and I did not attend church, instead we went to Mia’s birthday party. This was at a nearby science and engineering play space. There were many different kinds of things to build with. I kept think Becky should have come to this party, as mama is the engineer in this family. But she had to teach Sunday School. I think Ally and I did pretty well.


Once again Ally worked on the card in the car. We had never been to t his play space before and Ally and I were a little stunned by the choices when we walked in. We sat down at a table with wooden blocks with River’s dad Thom. He was working on the Robot shown below. Ally and I built the chair from the pattern in the book.


This is as far as Thom got with the Robot – the arms became un balanced and it fell. Ally and I started on a tower.


Higher she kept saying.


Higher. even when she had to stand on the bench to reach the top. Thom started another neat structure, and River and Zach came over to check things out.


Finally the tower was taller than me. And it was moving a bit. So I deemed it “tall enough”.


After the blocks we started using some other building blocks with Aiden and his parents. That is Dennis, Aiden’s dad and I pictured with our gigantic structure. It was so big the facilitators said we didn’t have to take it down – they kept it up as a display!


Finally it was time to lunch and cake. So we told the boys t hey could break down the structure Zach and Aiden and River had a blast, and Ally watched on in glee. Really she was thrilled to watch it collapse. It was an impressive site.

After the party, Ally and I went to Roxy’s house for a play date. Then it was home for a quiet afternoon.

It was a pretty fun filled weekend.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jam Packed Saturday

Saturday was pretty exhausting. Ally and I attended 2 birthday parties (she was invited to a 3rd one),  sugar skull decorating at school and ballet class. We were pretty tired by dinner time.

But it was a lot of fun.


Catalina, Ally & Becker getting started on their skulls.


Eric, little brother of Alejandro, Alejandro, Ally and Becker with their skulls.


Ally and I were wearing blue shirts – funny how that happens sometimes. We had fun decorating the skulls. This year Ally even helped the art teach, Sra. Garcia make the skulls before school.

We went to ballet, stopped at home for a quick lunch and then headed to party #1:


Ally wrote her card in the car on the way there, it was at a trampoline place about 30 minutes away.


Stella had mostly friends from her school there, and a friend for her little sister Violet. But Ally had a blast. She and Stella have been friends for 5 years now! The picture of the girls on the right is from 4 years ago when Stella had her 4th Birthday party at the bowling alley.



tons of fun jumping jumping jumping this area you run and jump into the ball pit


Then to the sea of trampolines Ally even jumped off the wall a few times. That is Violet in the pink dress and her friend Emiliano in the red shirt and brown shorts.


Then the girls went to the basketball hoop. Each girls is in her own compartment which has a trampoline base and wind blowing inside. You throw the ball into a hoop in the other side.  Ally and Stella played for a while.


Then it was back to the ball pit.


Stella got brave enough to do flips!


Shannon, Stella’s mom makes amazing cakes, this year the theme was Frozen and this is an ice palace cake. Ally and I left before the cake was cut to go to a 2nd party, but she jumped with Stella the whole time, and stayed for pizza and juice.

Then it was on to party #2


Clemens is a friend from school, and lots of Ally’s class mates were there. We missed most of the jumping – this party was at a bouncy-house place, where Ally is having a big party for her birthday next month.


Later that night – sleeping, on a mattress on the floor next to Cloey. Cloey was still recovery from surgery, so she couldn’t be on the bed, and Ally wanted to be close to her.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Carving–take 1


We thought it would be fun to get our carving pumpkins and carve one this past weekend, so we could roast seeds and not wait until Halloween for that yummy snack. Ally and I stopped at the supermarket and picked out the 2 largest pumpkins in the store, and the largest ones I have ever carved! Once at home Ally got started cleaning one off and then she and Becky scooped out the guts.


Becky cut the hole in top, and then Ally scooped out the guts, and Becky sorted the seeds from the flesh. Ally asked for a “spooky” pumpkin this year – and we think Becky did a great job.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Gymnastics–the next step

The year Ally is a “Super Star” in gymnastics at her gym. That means this Spring she will compete in some practice meets, so she can try it out and see if she wants to compete and be on the team next year or the year after.  Part of competition is getting a team leotard and warm up suit.


Competition leotards are long sleeve – and Ally was thrilled hers came with a matching hair scrunchie!


Her name is even embroidered on the front! Becky dug our her high school jacket to show Ally that she was in high school before she got her name on a jacket. Ally is almost 10 years ahead of us in this milestone!


And – Becky’s jacket still fit!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My how she’s grown

From July 2012                                    From October 2014

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Post swimming lesson pictures. The rock is still there, and no matter how big she gets or how long her hair she still likes to stand on it.

Swimming lessons continue and Ally is getting better each week. Her latest challenge is diving from the racing block, and then eventually the diving board. Her teacher has suggested diving lessons, but Ally is already pretty busy with gymnastics, and ballet and church and  and swimming lessons and social activities that we are all hesitant to add something new to the schedule.

Ally is growing – in size and in maturity. We are so happy for her and so proud of her.