Monday, July 28, 2014

My baby girl is 11!!

 Sweet Alyvia has grown so much this year!  Literally!  Her shoe size is only 1/2 a size smaller than mine, and I have big feet!  This little lady still loves being creative, writing stories, drawing pictures, making anything.  She's learning to play the piano beautifully.  Homework this year was a breeze (on my end).  She just did it, which was so nice.  Somehow the responsibility kicked in…most of the time.

This year Alyvia really shined!  She just kept doing more and more awesome things!  A few notes to mention this year:

Alyvia tried out and got a solo part in her school choir which she performed at the spring concert.  She sang Elphaba's part in For Good.  We were so proud of her.  I would've never done that!  She sounded awesome and got so many compliments afterward.

Alyvia's teacher commented to me that she was a wonderful girl to have in class, she commented on her writing and loved her stories.  Alyvia did well in all of her school work.

This year was a great year for swim team!  Alyvia was one of the swim team's top 3 swimmers in free style and backstroke!  She was able to go to all of the A meets, divisional relays and D2 divisionals where she swam backstroke.  Only the top 2 times on the team get to swim in this meet.  She finished off with a lot of ribbons and a trophy!  She has a beautiful stroke, I'm jealous!

To top off a wonderful year, we decided to take her to NYC to see Wicked for her birthday!  I figured if she could sing it, she'd better get to see it.  Everything was planned out and then I got a dreaded email… "We hope you enjoyed your show!"  "What?!"  Yes, I had done the worst thing ever… I bought the tickets for the wrong day!  I know, horrible!  After crying my eyes out and throwing up (not really, but almost), I called the theater and they said I could use the tickets in the fall when they weren't sold out anymore.  Phew!  Not perfect, but it worked.  So, Alyvia being the angle that she is was ok with that and we just went to NYC and had a blast on her birthday anyways and are planning to return in the fall to actually watch Wicked.  Here are some pics from her epic birthday:

 On the Megabus headed to NYC!
 NYC skyline
 The Lincoln Tunnel (for all you Elf fans out there).

 NY style pizza!
 Rockin it in Time Square!
 FAO Schwartz Toy Store!
 The gift she bought for her daddy because he loves nerds (not because he is one).
 Central Park!  Alyvia really liked seeing trees again… me too.  Not gonna lie, NYC is dirty, they could use a few more trees in the city.

 The Statue of Liberty, Alyvia was so excited to see it!
The Big Piano at FAO Schwartz.
 Alyvia's friend party!  They went to the pool (hence the pool cake) and had fun, swam and watch The Lego Movie outside.  Her party coincided with the pool's outdoor movie night.  So fun!
Alyvia and her cute friends being cute!

Oops, forgot a few pics and too lazy to rearrange them!
Yummy European bakery!

 Toys R Us in Time Square, it had a huge indoor ferris wheel!
 We got the My Little Pony cart..  Too bad Lillian wasn't with us, she would've loved it!!  Alyvia liked it too! :)
 Riding the ferris wheel, a great way to shop I might add.  We could see all of the floors of the store and which toys were on them!
 Riding the subway!  Only took us 20 minutes to figure out which train to ride and to find where the train was at.  It's like a city under the city, hallways and shops.  Way bigger than the metro in DC...
9-11 Memorial, very sobering…We only got to see it for a short time when a massive lightening storm hit.  So glad we found a shop to eat lunch in close by.  All of the buildings in the area had entire sides that faced the 9-11 area walled off, no windows.  Not sure if that was part of the rebuilding process or done intentionally. We walked right by a fire station and I couldn't help but think of all the brave men and women who lost their lives that day.

On that happy note, I'll end the post.  
Alyvia had a fabulous birthday, she went into it feeling 10 and came out of it feeling 10, or so she said.    I think she finally feels 11 now.  :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Terrific Two's!

My sweet little girl turned two yesterday!  We all had so much fun celebrating with this little princess!

 Even though she isn't speaking perfectly, she does a great job of letting us know what she likes.  This little lady loves the color pink, and dresses.  She looks at it or touches it and says "Oooo!, Oooo!" with a smile and a little shoulder shrug or a hip shake.  She twirls too.  She is ALL girl and it's so fun to watch her.  
 Lillian still loves books!  She's destroyed a few, but it was out of love.  She loves to sit and look at them and always gets a few books read to her before her bedtime and naps.   
 This little girl loves princesses!  Especially from the movie Frozen!  Her first song she sang and still sings is "Let it Go".  So we went with the Frozen theme for her birthday.  I have to admit, as a snow lover myself, it was a fun theme and I really had to hold myself back.  
 We made Frozen Crowns
 Sven Antlers

 The little princess herself, eating one of her favorite foods… strawberries.  Any berry will do though.

 She's sitting in the camp chair her grandparents gave her.  Berkeley perfectly dubbed it the princess throne. 
 Alyvia and Everett getting into the Frozen theme!
 Berk and Dave watching March Madness on the iPad before the party started.  Berkeley trying hard to resist the "Princess theme"  lol!
 Lillian eating berries
 Lillian's favorite foods.
 Auntie Shana with Lillian and her "Frozen" ice cream cake.
 Digging into the ice cream cake!
 Lillian's friend Sydney and neighbor friend Maya.
 Ooooing and Awwing over her new Frozen Anna Doll and dress.  Thank you Aunt Shana!  We ended the night watching Frozen and Lillian curled up with Alyvia and her new Anna doll and watched the entire thing. (she usually won't watch movies).  I think it's safe to say she loves Frozen.  How can you not, it's so cute!
Building snowmen with glitter dough.  Alyvia's "Marshmallow" creation.

We had a fun time celebrating this cutie.  A few more funny things about Lillian.  She loves popcorn seeds.  Whenever we finish eating popcorn she excitedly scoops the leftover seeds up.  I'm sure I shouldn't be letting her do it, but she loves them.  Kinda strange... she loves gum and constantly asks for it.  When I'm ready to go and tell the kids to get ready, she goes and puts her shoes on and grabs her purse.  She prefers sparkles and pink and dresses and doesn't mind if I put hair bows in her hair (her sister hated it) and actually brings them to me to put in her hair.   So far, the two's aren't terrible, so we're calling them the terrific two's and are happily enjoying watching this cutie learn and grow.  We love you Lillian!  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Main Man Berkeley!

How has my little boy turned into a 9 year old!  He is getting taller and taller and eating more and more…

A little about this handsome guy:
He still loves the color gold.  He's asked for a small piece of gold for his birthday…if only the price wasn't so atrocious at the moment...
He's still good with numbers, math comes very naturally to him.
He loves sports and is very competitive.  He plays soccer, basketball, baseball (his favorite), swimming (his least favorite) and football (my least favorite).
He's full of emotions, but hardly shows them (unless your his mom).
Strong silent type.  All the way.
Loyal and honest to a fault.  You are lucky to be his friend, he will never betray you.
Pumpkin pie is still his birthday cake of choice.
Favorite meal… Meat.  Meatball subs, steak tacos, Salmon.. Meat.  I hear, "Mom, I want some meat.." at least once a day.
Loves Video Games and is currently all about Minecraft.  He's crafted a boat house, a roller coaster and multiple other "crafty" things.  Which leads me to my next character trait,
Creative.  Berkeley loves to create.  I found a statue in his desk made from the wax that went around his cheese at lunch.  I was impressed by the statue and the medium that he chose.
Entertainer.  Berk loves to entertain and be funny.  Lillian is his favorite audience.  She loves to play with Berk.  It's a very cute bond.
Piano.  He tolerates it, but is doing well.   He did do exceptionally well at the recital, he played each piece perfectly, even though he was the most visibly nervous.  We were impressed.

For his 9th Birthday Party we went with a Minecraft Theme.

Funny note about this picture.  When I first met Dave in college, he did this same pose a few times during conversations with my roommates.  We knew another Dave, so the nickname we gave my hubby was "President Dave" because he did this pose, so I find it hilarious that Berkeley also does this pose.  I'm glad we got this pose on camera!
 Ev and Lillian got Berk tickets to see the new Lego Movie!

 Lovin his pumpkin pie!

 Birthday Party at Cub Run Rec Center, his cousins Cam and Tristan.
 Berk and his friend Will
Two cuties!
 Berk and Friends
 Alyvia and Friends

Minecraft rice crispy cake.
Devouring the cake!  It was a fun party and Berkeley is now officially 9!