Tuesday, March 21, 2017

4th Meet of the Season

Last weekend Ally's gymnastics club hosted a meet. I had volunteered as the "volunteer co-chair" which meant I spent all weekend at the gym. Literally. Friday set up 430-800pm. Saturday 730am-630pm and Sunday 730am-100pm, then home to get Ally ready for her competition and then back to the gym 400-830pm.
I was SUPER tired by the end of the weekend. A huge thanks to Grandma Debbie for flying in for a long weekend. She was able to see the meet, and spend lots of time with Ally.

We just took video of this meet but got a wonderful picture afterwards and before.
 Ally rode to the meet with me in my car, and Becky and Debbie drove separately. I was going to have to stay late and help out with clean up. It was FANTASTIC - Ally was great on the way to the meet. The past couple of meets she has gotten sick or yucky feeling with nerves in the car but not this time. She was excited and feeling good.

Judging was much tighter than the last meet (we missed that one in Florida) and it seemed the strictest judging all year. Ally said that her coach told them as the year progresses the judges get harder but even she was confused by her low floor score. But all of the competitors had low scores. And Ally was thrilled with how she did. We are so very proud of her. She works so hard and takes her roll on the team seriously. She placed 3 in the all around for her age group.
 Here she is with her trophy and her medals! 

This meet had a Beach Party theme and at the end of the competition each team dressed up, Ally's team were lifeguards! So cute.

Scores this week:
Vault 9.2
Bars 9.15
Beam 9.125
Floor 8.65

I learned a lot this weekend spending so much time at the meet, and talking with so many other parents. It was a really good time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekend with Beth

Beth came to visit for the weekend. She is such a good Aunt. She made flight reservations a couple months ago, for a weekend visit just to spend time with us - mostly Ally and Becky. But I think she likes me a little bit too after all these years.

It was a very relaxing weekend for us.
We watched Moana on Friday night at home with nachos for dinner and popcorn in front of the TV.
Saturday Ally has gymnastics practice and Becky and Beth went to a yoga class. I did some shopping, mostly for supplies for the afternoon projects.
 Friday night - Ally and Cloey.
It was a gymnastics filled Saturday. Ally has been into NCAA gymnastics this winter. We watch it like many people watch football or baseball. It is Ally's sport after all. And she loves it. She has 2 favorite teams - University of Florida Gators and the UCLA Bruins. She asked for  a UCLA sweatshirt - and wore it and new UCLA pajamas I got her all weekend. It is not only college basketball March madness its also gymnastic conference tournament time. Saturday afternoon Ally and I watch some SEC conference and Becky and Beth made these cute Easter Bunny treat bags.


 Eventually Ally laid down for a nap - it was a deal - she had to rest for a long time if she wanted to stay up and watch UCLA live - it started at 9pm - and went until 1130pm.


 when Ally woke up she drew the faces on the bunnies

 then she got a sewing lesson from Aunt Beth. They made 2 sleeping bags for Ally's American Gi.rl Dolls


 the 4 of us are going to Guatemala this summer, and we did some planning this weekend. just need reservations now and we will be all set. But in talking Beth said she had never made tortillas, so Becky made them fresh for dinner, and I made rice beans and Guacamole. YUMMY dinner.

The sisters working on the tortillas. 

 Ally in her UCLA pjs
And staying up late watching her team in the meet. UCLA did not win- and in fact they had a pretty terrible meet for them. But Ally said it was still worth it.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Snow and life

Well it continues to be a challenge to blog regularly. I miss it and will continue to work to do it more often.

Two snow days in the past week. Ally has had fun sledding after each storm and one day Becky took her and Olive to our local hill. 

 


 
 A recent snow day Ally went over to Sophocles house and played monopoly with him and another classmate Lizzie. Ally beat them!!!
 
Sophocles has dwarf hamsters. They are tiny and he has a lot of them. He started with 2, then there were 6 babies and then 5 more babies. Yes 13 hamsters. He has since given 1 away and 1 died a tragic sad death so there are currently 11. 

 
Ally baked cookies. 
 
And did the dishes after. She did about 90% of the baking and clean up.
 
Cookies got a thumbs up.

 
We have been coloring. Hopefully you have received a valentine from us by now. 
Ally wanted to write a note to her English teacher, who has recently experienced some family tragedy. 
 

It brought tears to Becky and my eyes that Ally wrote such a thoughtful note to her teacher. She did it all on her own, with no prompting or discussion from us on what to say. 
I admit it felt like a parenting win.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

It was a fun afternoon! Ally did bring Valentine's for her class today, emoji theme of course! After school Becky had a meeting so Ally and did Valentine prep. 


Ally decorated cookies while I made some paper decorations. 



All decked out for our family celebration!

Then it was time to make chocolate covered strawberries.


Ally had fun making them too.



But of course she liked eating a plain strawberry best.


I was impressed with how easy it was. 
It was also a lot of treats. So we asked Sophocles and his mom if they wanted some. They stopped by later on on their way home to get some cookies and strawberries.

Finally Becky came home and it was time for cards and gifts. 


Ally created a scavenger hunt for Becky to find her card. It was adorable. Above Becky is looking for the clue by Cloey's dinosaur (circled above).

Feeling sheepish because she could not locate the dinosaur. 


Next clue was "with the tinker rate boxes"

Over by Cloey's crate.

Finally she found it!


It was from Ally and Cloey (aka Cupug) 



I hot a nice card, flowers and some candy.


Ally got the same Cupug card from Aunt Martha. I guess great minds think alike. 



Ally picked out my card herself. I LOVE IT.

Especially how she underlined things. 

I don't think I could love her more. 

Ally was thrilled that both sets of grandparents sent her money. Thank you.

The last things opened were gifts for Ally. A pillow. I always call her cutie pie.
Some fun candy, thumbtacks and a hamster card...
A waterproof camera!!!!
She was pretty excited. Now she can take videos underwater and at the pool when we are in Florida next week.

At dinner Becky showed off the heart shaped loaf of bread.


Heart shaped pasta!

Fun night.