Saturday, June 25, 2016

Splashing into summer

We started of summer with a bang!! School got out on Friday and by the time Dad got off work we were on the road to SanDiego. Cousin Zachary was having his BarMitzvah so we were ready to party! We attended the service at the temple on Saturday morning. We lasted about one hour before all the munchkins got crazy and we had to get them out before we disturbed everyone. It was time to hit the hotel pool for a while.
The big party was at the hotel so we just freshened up in our best "frocks" as these English girls would say. Pink sequins for the win! They had a separate kids area with kiddie beverages and snacks, plus blackjack tables. I think the gambling was over their heads but not the sugary drinks.
I prefer the adult beverages myself. 
 That was about all the normal photos I took. Then there was a lot of photo booth fun. We still have our photo booth pics up on the fridge from Rachel's BatMitzvah so we needed some new ones.
We even managed to squeeze our whole family in a shot. Luckily this year it was all with props and an ipad so no need to jam everyone in a booth. That might have been half the fun last time.
We danced and danced to all the best music with a really cool DJ. It truly was an amazing party, great food, drinks and entertainment. These party animals made it until about 10PM before there were heads down on tables and begging to go to bed. Gemma was still not at full strength after being sick the last week of school so we had to hit the hay. Post party morning calls for Starbucks in bed.
After checking out of the hotel we headed over to Audrey and Bob's house for brunch and more play time with cousins. This is a picture of the cousin babies that were all born in 2008. Five of us cousins all had babies the same year! We had a big gathering when they were all babies at Grandma Great's house and that was the last time we managed to get pictures of them all together!! Now they are all turning 8 years old.
Quinn, Lily, Maya, Luke, and Rory!
After leaving SanDiego we headed north for our next adventure! I surprised the girls after the last day of school that we were going to meet up with Scarlett and her Mom for an overnight at the newly opened Great Wolf Lodge. It is a hotel with a big indoor water park. They just opened near disneyland. We met Julie and Scarlett in the hotel lobby to these three little wolves!
Doing their best wolf (or cool/ scared wolf) impression.
We shared a room in one of the kid cabin rooms. With BUNK BEDS!!!
The indoor water park is included in your overnight stay. We wasted no time getting changed and hitting the waves!! Lily and Scarlett braved the body boarding. It was really cool and they did a great job. It was so fun to watch, the waves are super strong and if you hit the current a certain way it will fling you backwards up to the top. Good thing the blue liner is really padded and soft.
That evening after several hours in the water we dried off for some dinner at the pizzeria and story time in the lobby. The girls enjoyed it but are at the age where they are getting a bit old for some of the cute kid activities with characters. So sad. Sad sad wolves. Every child gets a pair of wolf ears at check in. Cute as can be.
We spent 8 hours the next day at the water park. It is just the right temp indoors so you can lounge around in swimsuits and not get hot or cold and the best part...no sunscreen!!!! This littlest wolf was too small to go on the big water slides but did get chosen by a lifeguard to help "test" one of the workers and pretend she wanted to go on a big slide so he would check her wrist band and know she was too small. She might have gotten scared at the last minute and the test didn't quite work but we got free ice creams and a stuffed wolf for her efforts!
The kiddie slides were just right for her and she rode them over and over. We all went down some of the bigger slides all together and as our courage built Lily, Scarlett and Julie even took on some of the bigger ones.
We wore ourselves out and got our full money's worth that day!!! It was a huge hit and the girls all had the best time. I fear we peaked our summer fun right out of the gate and don't have a whole lot of excitement planned for the rest of the summer! Uh-oh!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Going...going...GONE!

This school year went by in a flash! It was a busy one with both girls in full time school for the first time! Being at two different schools with different pick up and drop off times made it even more hectic. Add that to Mom starting a new job right before all the holidays and you can imagine the craziness. I'm pretty sure most weeks we were just going one day at a time. 

The last couple weeks of school were exceptionally crazy with school activities. Gemma's school had their school jog a thon late in the year. They had a color run where you spray colored powder and water at the kids while they run so they get covered like a rainbow!
They had a TON of fun and everyone got a special shirt and sun glasses.
Gemma and her friend Mia. They are a lot of fun together.
On the weekend we wrapped up the end of the first year in Daisy scouts with a party at the leaders house. She made the cutest pinwheel patch flowers with all the patches they earned this year.
Mom had a lot of sewing to do after this year! The back of her smock is filling up fast!
Her two troop leaders did so much work this year. We are really lucky one of the leaders and her daughter are also going to MATES next year so we will have a troop to carry on over there. Girl Scouts is Gemma's very favorite thing from this year.
Both girls had field trips at the end of the year. I was working and couldn't attend either one but they had tons of fun. Gemma's class went to the teaching zoo at Moorpark College. Lily's class went to the Channel Islands National Park beach. They did a unit on ocean life so they learned all about local marine life. 
They were not allowed to touch in the shallow pools because there is a shark in there apparently. Lily wanted me to be very clear about this, there was no touching allowed! 
Lots of learning with her best friends Brianna and Scarlett.
Lots of beach time too. They picnicked in the beach and dug in the sand.
Gemma was sick the last week of school and missed her last day!! So sad. We did pop over to school to pick up all of her work and say goodbye. Lily had free dress on her last day so we celebrated with a sparkle kitty shirt and cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
It was such a wonderful year in both schools. We are really really excited to have both girls in one school next year but it was hard to say goodbye to new friends and great teachers.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Three Piggy Opera

Gemma's TK class performed a little play in their classroom for the parents and family called the Three Piggy Opera.  They worked so hard on their parts and memorizing their lines and actions. 
Gemma was the first piggy in the straw house. They had some really cute little songs with actions. She was by far the most loud and the most proud in the songs and lines.
All the parents afterwards told me how they could hear Gemma singing out and leading the group. She was so confident and really seemed to enjoy herself.
All the kids had a role so there were a lot of pigs and wolves and farmers.  All the hard work paid off.
Our cutest little pig. She has spent so much time watching Lily perform with her class in plays I think she was so excited for it to be her turn.
The three little pigs huddled together  in the brick house for safety.
Gemma and her friend Amanda will both be attending MATES next year and are in Girl Scouts together.
Gemma and Adrianna. She is going to miss so many of her little friends.
Don't worry we have plenty of video evidence as well of our budding actress.


Big heart

We were super excited to get a letter in the mail from Lily's school telling us she had been chosen to receive the end of the year heart of an eagle award for her class. This is similar to the monthly awards they give out but the end of the year award is based on your actions for the whole year and all the school values. The kids know this assembly is a big deal and they have figured out to look in the audience for their parent to predict if they won.
Lily didn't realize Gemma and I were in the audience until her friends spotted us and put it all together. She was so excited and proud to get her award.
They got a really fancy award from our assembly representative, a frisbee, a certificate to Red Robin, and a special T-shirt they can wear on Fridays to school that is just for the kids who won the whole heart award.
They also handed out perfect attendance awards which I can pretty much guarantee you we will NEVER WIN!
After school we had her model her shirt and awards.  I have to say I always knew that Lily has the heart of an eagle and represents all the values her school is teaching but it is really nice to have them recognize it in her as well.
Where has my baby gone? Someone put this big girl in her place.