Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lily's 8th Party

On a technicality Lily's birthday is not actually for one more month. She wanted to have a "friends" party this year at a place. Since most people are all over the place in summer we decided to celebrate early before school gets out. 
Her favorite place to go is called Create Studio in Westlake. It is an art center that uses all recycle/used goods that would normally be thrown out. You can make anything you want out of any materials.
All the girls made whatever their hearts desired. This is a bird in a bird cage/perch.
Makayla made a house for her shopkins to play in.
Lily invited her four closest friends, Olivia, Scarlett, Makayla and Brianna. And her sister of course!
Mayayla and Lily have been friends since Kindergarten at her first school, Weathersfield. They miss seeing each other every day.
Her birthday theme centered around her big obsession...Minecraft. We made creeper cake pops for her school treat and lots of creeper containers. Her cake was minecraft blocks. The dirt and grass are chocolate cake with frosting, the sand blocks are rice crispy treats and the water blocks are blue jello. Top it with minecraft figurines and 8 candles.

Makayla, Olivia, Scarlett, Lily, Brianna, Gemma.

Of course Gemma could not help herself and had to get in on the candle blowing. Don't worry Lily your wish will still come true...unless it was a wish for a cat.
A little bit of everything. Yum yum!
After the party she couldn't wait to get home to open her gifts.
Her friends all know her so well. Littlest pet shops.
American girl crafting supplies.
Of course lego and minecraft all in one!!!
It was a successful party and a happy birthday girl.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Aristocats

It is a pretty big deal to be a second grader at Lily's school. The biggest highlight is that if you join after school chorus in the Spring you get to be in your first musical. This year they were putting on The Aristocats. If you know anything about Lily at this age you know that she is obsessed with all things cat. She spent two halloweens dressed up as some version of a cat. She wears kitty clothing, acts like a cat at all hours and adores leopard print everything. I'm not sure she really loves or even really likes performing in stage but her love for cats won out. That and all her friends are performers and would be in the play.
Everyone has to audition for a part so Lily chose to audition for a part in the ensemble as a cat. This would mean she didn't have any lines to speak. She learned all the music for her numbers and lots of choreography. Mr. LaGuardia the music teacher always does an amazing job, and look at the beautiful set!
Lily and her pals in the ensemble as alley cats.
It was such hard work and they had so many long after school rehearsals and even came in on weekends. The show was a great success.
They performed four shows. Two during school hours for the rest of the school and two in evenings for parents and family.
Gemma knew all the words to the songs by performance time too. She is very eager for her turn to be in a MATES show.
Lily got flowers from Daddy after her performance Friday night. She was very pleased, this was the first time she ever received flowers of her very own.
Goppy brought her flowers at her Saturday performance. What a lucky girl!
She had so much fun with her friends and all the hard work was worth it. She is uncertain whether she will try out again next year for spring chorus. Her love of computers and mine craft might win out.

After the Saturday night performance they cleared the MPR and turned on the DJ music for all the kids to celebrate. They danced the night away.
With lots of goodies to fuel all that dancing of course.
We are very proud of our alley cat!