Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Gemma's T-K class took a very exciting field trip to a local farm pumpkin patch. It was fun to finally be able to accompany one of the girls on a field trip. I even took the plunge and rode with the class on the bus. I think the bus ride might have been the highlight of their trip.
The farmer met our group and gave us a brief talk about the farm.
Then he led us through a small maze to the pumpkin patch. You would think these kids had never touched nature.
Everyone got to pick a sugar pumpkin to take home. This little sweetums and her pick.

Her friend wanted a big one so Gemma went to find her one.
Emily was pleased with the pick. They are good friends and sweet girls.

The class and teacher Mrs. Raaf.
Everyone say trick or treat!!!!!
There were some farm animals to look at and everyone got a chance to pet a bunny.

After the farm we headed to a playground to have lunch and play!!!
The kids we so wiped out and almost fell asleep on the bus ride back to school.

Surprise Visit

What are the chances you have a free weekend and all of a sudden you get a text from a friend that they are stuck at LAX on a lay over to Hawaii and can't get on their flight? Well, sounds like a perfect excuse for some weekend fun with Kimi & Miranda!! They rented a car and headed over on Saturday night. Sunday we woke up, filled up on pumpkin pancakes and headed out to Hollywood! Miranda and Lily take selfies in the back of the car.
We make it to Hollywood Blvd. just in time to pose with Marilyn Monroe.
Lily played photographer all day. Her subjects pose with Shrek.
The last time we came to Hollywood was a couple years ago with these same girls! Miranda has a thing for her stars.
We got some sweet souvenirs. Pressed pennies.
After some lunch at Hard Rock Cafe we headed over to Santa Monica. We might not be Hawaii but we do have a lot to offer. We parked and walked to the pier. It is so fun to play tourist and enjoy our October sun.
We had never even noticed the aquarium under the pier. It looked cute and kids are free so we sent in one adult for $5 with all the kids. We did contemplate sending in Miranda with the girls alone but you never know when the sharks in the tide pool will bite.
We headed up to the pier for a ride on the carousel and a scoop of ice cream.
A girls group selfie on the pier. It was so beautiful out.
We even tried out some carnival rides. We have never checked out the rides on the pier but they were a lot of fun. Alex took the girls on the bucaneer. We watched the sun set and headed home worn out.
Lily & Gemma had school on Monday but had early release for teacher conferences. It was perfect so we could pick them up from school and head to the LA zoo. It was all decked out for Halloween. Some spooky photo ops.
Lily loved the Jagaur and he was waiting for dinner to be served so he was very active.
One last shot before we got kicked out at closing time.
Too bad for us our girls managed to get a flight to Hawaii the next day but we'll take a surprise visit any chance we get!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A hand full

Gemma has always been a bit of a handful but now she is officially a hand full! Five years old. I feel like she is both mature for her age and immature. Her interests are clothes, shoes, music, dance, and electronic gadgets. Yet she loves to play the baby in the family and of course whine and throw tantrums. She is still very much into everything "Frozen" despite the fact we have not watched the movie in probably a year. She knows her own mind and thinks she should always have her way. This leads to many battles and luckily her sister is very easy going and allows her to have her way or makes compromises. This year she knew very early on what kind of birthday party she wanted. Half Frozen, half Berenstain bears. I convinced her that we had already done frozen so Berenstain bears it was. We have at least 30 of their books and we love them. 

On the morning of her birthday we had the obligatory pancakes with M&M's. What a treat. Both girls were up early to eat and open presents. 
 Lily made her pancake look like Gemma.
 We let her open her present from us, a few little things and sparkly boots.
Her party wasn't until the weekend but she had a lot of fun spending her birthday at school. She got a crown and all kinds of attention. She handed out fancy pencils to her classmates as well. This is what a five year old looks like! She got to choose where we went to dinner on her birthday and it was Islands, for Kraft macaroni and cheese from a box of course! 
Granny and Grampy arrived from England on the weekend so they were able to celebrate with us. Gemma got so many fun presents and loves them all. Auntie Boo came over early to see her Gemma and she brought her lots of frozen goodies including this magic 8 ball. It is a lot of fun. Both girls keep asking it open ended questions and don't really grasp the concept it only works for yes or no.
 Don't forget the Elsa microphone that hooks up to the nano so you can sing Karaoke.
 Her Berenstain bears cake was a bit challenging since most of the ideas online were covered in colored icing and looked less than appetizing. We compromised with figurines from the bears board game and some M&M's. Of course my little helpers wanted to do the decorating and they have the belief that less is not more....more is more!!! It turned out cute though.
 We did some crafting earlier in the week and made banners with pictures from the books.
 We had books on display.
 We colored some pictures we found online too.
It sure is hard to wait for the party to start...and to taste that cake. 
 Once everyone arrived and had a cool beverage (it was another hot 90 degree day) we decided to start with gifts. She just couldn't wait and then the kids could play with everything.
 She loved every single thing and we've been having so much fun playing.
 She got her much desired light up shoes. Her last pair from a few years ago were out grown and she just loved them. The brighter the colors the better.
 I also surprised the kids with a tiny pinata. I couldn't pass it up, just the right size for three kids. I think it held enough candy for them each to have two pieces.
 Gemma, Ben, and Lily each got two rounds of whacking the poor pony.
 Lily had a pretty good arm but it wasn't budging.
 Time for some grown up muscle. Tim got first try.
 Then Alex had a turn.
He ended up hitting the thing right up over the pergola. Don't worry it eventually cracked and the kids dove in for chocolates.
 Finally it was cake time.
 These two hams! Lily hug/tackled Gemma through the whole song.
We are so proud of our little five year old. She has transitioned into full time school so well and is making so many friends. She is excited about school and learning to read and write, she always comes home singing a song from that day. Her big sister is still her best friend and they play together really well.