Thursday, September 30, 2021

Summer Fun

Having booked no summer camps for this summer we filled in the gaps of the summer with diving class. Twice a week at the TO High school pool they did an hour diving class with Liv. 
It was hard work and a bit scary but still fun and they faced those fears to dive off the 3m high dive.

Post diving lunch with friends. 
Gem took a long weekend trip with Liv and her family to SanDiego. 
Riding the carnival rides was a highlight. 
Liv's big sister Eva and her cousin Carly tried to steal the bed. 
Of course dinner out and dessert is a must. 
Gem even got to try stand up paddle boarding for the first time and loved it. 

While Gem was away Lily got to have a sleepover at Scarlett's house with Sophia as well. 
Then before you know it was the Fourth of July. We went to Goppy's for dinner and got to see Joel, Tonya and Charlie down from Oregon for a visit. 
All decked out in the "Merica gear.

Whenever it is Goppy time it is pool time. 

Gemma did a one week soccer camp with Liv and Noah.
For her birthday gift from Scarlett Lily got to go to LA with Scarlett for a fancy lunch and a chance to do cake decorating at Duff's bakery from the Food channel TV show. 
The cake was already made and with a fondant coating. The girls got to choose any decoration theme they wanted and go to town. 
Lily did a flower pot with fondant flowers she made by hand. Scarlett made her own design of a garden pond theme with two little frogs. 
The cakes turned out amazing and it was almost too pretty to eat. 
We weren't deterred and the cake was delicious. 
While Lily was off decorating cakes we went to the beach for the day. 

Gem got creative with her sand castle towns. 

We took Liv to swim in Goppy's pool one day as well. Gemma got to go swim at Liv's grandpas house a couple times as well. 
Diving class session two continued and some new friends joined. 

We've got a chance at the 2028 Olympics I think!


Friday, September 24, 2021

Gemma turns Eleven!!

Another year gone by! Little Gem hasn't really changed that much as you can see from her expressions. It's always easier to wake up for school when it's your birthday. There were cinnamon rolls and bacon for breakfast. 

It was also picture day for Gemma at school so free dress! That's exciting when you wear uniforms every day. 
Chatting on the phone to Granny & Grampy before school.
It's also exciting to see the house decorated just for you!
After school Liv came over for some play time and fun. Finally we let her open gifts and they had plenty to keep themselves busy with. 
LOTS of books! That was what she put on her wishlist and she was excited to get started to read them all.

The other big wish this year was fidget toys which is a huge fad right now. 
In the evening the birthday girl got to choose dinner so we had spaghetti bolognese followed by cake of course! This years choice was brownie layers with vanilla chip ice cream in-between. 

We did more celebrating the next day on Saturday with cousins and Goppy. She wanted a swim party with cousins and pizza from Toppers.
Her cake was plenty big enough to serve everyone for round two!
More gifts, some cash and gift card to Barnes&Nobles for more books!

On Sunday she got to have a "friends" party with Lily, Liv, and Ravelle. Gemma's love language is powder dip manicures. We met at the salon for morning pampering.

They all chose really fun bright colors.

Of course pampering requires refreshments so we walked to Starbucks after.