Friday, August 22, 2014

New Interest

About a month ago a new AG movie came out, it's about the girl of the year, Isabelle and she is a dancer. It's a good movie and currently Ally's favorite. She's already asked for the doll for Christmas. We have the movie soundtrack and she listens to it and dances in the living room.

When we got back from NH she asked if she could take ballet. The conversation went like this:
Ally "mommy, you know what I really want to do?"
Me "no sweetie what?"
Ally "I really want to take ballet"
Me "I think that is great! Are you sure? You have gymnastics 2 times a week, swimming and church."
Ally "yes I'm sure"
Me "ok then I'll find a class and sign you up. I am so excited for you! I ask you every year if you want to take dance"
Ally " mommy you ask about dance. I only want ballet. You never asked about ballet"
Me groaning.... Really? Well ok

So today after work as a celebration of the state of my vacation we went to the dance supply store and came home with her uniform:

She was so excited. So very happy. They were a huge help at the store and even showed me how to do Ally's hair in a bun. Ally just glowed and couldn't wait to get home and try it all on and show mama.
She read sitting in a chair so she could look at herself. Then she proceeded to dance in the living room for 30 minutes. 

She starts class in two weeks! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Guat Girls August

Last weekend we met at Rosa's local pool for some swimming. It was just Rosa, Gabi and Ally but they had fun. They swam, they played in sand box, they explored the water fun area, they ate snacks and even ventured to the snack bar by themselves for ice cream treats. Julie, Kim and I enjoyed 2 hours of adult conversation. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Last day at the cabins.

think the very best thing about this vacation has been Ally's independence. She (and we) feel comfortable and safe enough here that she can take the dog out and walk her 100 yards away. At the lake Ally will run from the sand detach to the clay area without asking us every single time. She told us she will miss this. She's said she wishes we had a larger yard for her to walk Cloey in. I've agreed to let her take Cloey out by herself at home. Not out of our yard but just in the yard. 
Ally told Becky "I bet Cloey will miss this wonderful magical place and wonder when we will come back." We have to agree it has been a wonderful magical week. 

Yesterday I got brave and coerced Becky into a family canoe ride, with the dog. 3 of us loved it. The pilot in the back, not so much.

Look close and you can see Cloey laying down in front of Ally.

A quick dip in the lake. 

Ally didn't have her water shoes and the water was freezing. She didn't last long.

We spent the morning and early afternoon at the lake and then at 3pm headed out to a local science museum. It was really neat. We went especially to see the "Sue the T-Rex" exhibit on loan from the Field Museum. 

Sue is the most complete T Rex ever found.

This special exhibit had all kinds of information about the T-Rex dinosaurs. It was a big hit with us of course. 
Sue has 58 teeth and some are as big as Ally's arm!

Ally and I tried out the contraption that let you feel like a TRex arm. 

Then we explored outside a little bit. There is an amazing water play and exploration area, neat musical features and a giant bubble place.

Playing the musical fence!

The giant Xylophone.

Becky and Ally had just finished a book featuring Leonardo Da'Vinci so they were very excited to see the water statue with a poem by DaVinci engraved on it.

Ally mastered the really big bubble maker. 

Then there was an announcement that upstairs was a fossil presentation. Ally was thrilled about that.
It was a very interesting hands on presentation about fossils. Ally stayed for the whole 30 minutes. Above is her hand in a dinosaur foot print. All of the fossils came from New England which I thought was great. We even saw a woolly mammoth tooth fossil. It was twice as big as Ally's head! 

After a few minutes I realized Becky was not with us. 
 She was doing puzzles at the next exhibit! I guess once an engineer always an engineer!

We all had a great time. 

The museum closed at 5 and the. We went out to dinner and ice cream afterwards.

Then back to the cabin. Becky and Ally made a fire together. Ally was so proud to help. Later I even let her put some wood on all by herself. 

It was a clear night and Ally really wanted to stay up and look at the stars again. She passed the time waiting for darkness by reading. She is so into her current boom she offered to read aloud to Becky so Becky would know the story too. I was in the bedroom and it was a joy to listen.

Our last morning I packed up the car and Becky and Ally fished one last time. They also saw the turtle!

It was a fabulous vacation!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Still on Vacation

Regular readers may be surprised by the quantity of posts this week. This vacation is relaxing and I have time. 

We continue to enjoy the lake, playing in the sand, swimming, boating, hanging out lakeside. Yesterday we were there from 900am until 4pm. Ally never came back to the cabin all day. I went for the dog and lunch. It was a beautiful day. 

In the morning Ally ran to find her "sand ball" a ball of clay rolled in sand she left out overnight to harden.

Fishing! Ally caught 9 fish that morning. So much fun. She even shared her fishing poles and worms with her new friends. 
The girls caught loads of fish and kept them in buckets.
And set them free when we were done.

But the highlight of the day was boating with Cloey. Becky is such an awesome mama she took Ally and Cloey out in a canoe. Here they are, all 3 in their life jackets.

They didn't go very far as a threesome. I guess Cloey was a little anxious. But then Becky and Ally went back out for a long paddle.

Cloey waited with me. 

After canoeing it was time for lunch. Then of course there was some gymnastics and cute puppy antics.

Some more building in the sand:

And swimming. I actually swam in the lake with Ally! I made Becky take a picture as proof.

Eventually we headed back to the cabin. Got cleaned up and went in to Hanover for dinner and ice cream. It was a pretty amazing day.

A wish fulfilled

I Last year as we drove home from "the cabins" as our vacation spot is called Ally spontaneously told us that she wanted a telescope for Christmas so that "next year we can look at the stars better" and she held true to this. It was one if two things she asked for. She got one. 

The first few nights here were too cloudy but last night we were able to use it. Becky did great setting up, using an app on her phone to tell us what stars we were seeing. The Big Dipper was clear and bright right over the lake. The moon was big, not quite full but big and we saw the craters on the moon!

All bundled up against the chilly night and Mosquitos to go look at stars! Ally was super excited and hyped up. We started about 9pm which is almost 2 hours past her bedtime.

Becky zooming in on the moon.

Wish complete!

I wish I could say it was peaceful and relaxing but it wasn't. Cloey was out with us she was in crazy hyper puppy mode and Ally was dancing around full of energy as well. But after about 45 minutes we put away the the telescope and at Ally's request we all cuddled up on the blanket to look at the stars and see things. Kind of like cloud gazing when you see your own pictures. She saw a dinosaur and a cup and a tall person. 
Then to close out the night I tried to take a picture of the 4 of us. After about 20 hilarious blinding flash attempts here are the best ones:
We made Becky take her glasses off to avoid more rejections.

Cloey was really into kisses.

Then it was in to the cabin and ready for bed. Really a fun time.