Saturday, November 10, 2007

Kate loves to play peek-a-boo! She was putting a bath mat over her head and thought she was pretty funny.

Allie still has her binkie, which she calls a "mim" for some reason. The doctor told us we better get rid of it or else we're going to have some major dental bills in the future.
Allie and Chad were outside putting water in the fountain, and Kate was sadly watching them, wishing she could be outside with them.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Halloween 2007

Allie dressed up as a princess and Kate dressed up as a cow. St. John's had a festival, so we went there and the kids had a ball. Each classroom had a different game, and the hall had a bunch of activities going on. Kate finally was able to get some "down" time, which she spent digging in a big tub of candy. She was in heaven. After going to St. John's, Grammy and Bocky took Allie down the street trick-or-treating. She had a blast!

Allie wore the same cow costume for her first Halloween, but the difference was that she was a "mad" cow! She wasn't feeling well and was fussy the whole night. Kate, on the other hand, was a happy cow, supporting the commercial's claim that happy cows come from California!

I bought Allie some real jewelry, which I thought she'd be so excited about, but after wearing it for about five minutes she wanted it off and wanted her "real" princess jewelry on. So much for my great ideas!

Daddy and Kate, the mellow cow.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ballet, Tap & GymMastics

Allie loves ballet and tap. She loves everything about it--the leotards, or "reotards" as she calls them, the shoes, the hair, and Miss Hannah. Sorry about the blurry pictures--I'm taking them through glass so they're not very sharp.

Allie also loves gymnastics. She got to ring the bell on Wednesday for knowing the entire course without having to be reminded of any step. She was so proud of herself!

Gymnastics, or "gymMastics," as Allie calls it, is perfect for her. She doesn't show any fear, and she loves the challenge of each task. She definitely has a competitive spirit and loves to please her teachers. As you can see from the three consecutive pictures below, she always has to be the winner. Not only in gymnastics, but also when it comes to walking in a store, getting out of the bath, getting dressed, etc. She actually gets upset if anyone else wins, and will let you know!

There is no way that Allie will let anyone be first. She was on a dead sprint at this point and was determined to be the winner. The good thing about her wanting to win is that it works really well for leverage when I want her to do something. She's opposed to Kate winning about 99.9% of the time!

Miss Hannah is Allie's ballet and tap teacher. For some reason Allie thinks she needs to tilt her head to the side for this sideways skipping move (I don't know the correct ballet term). It's pretty hilarious to watch--in fact, I think all the parents laugh (or I should say, try not to laugh) when Allie does this move. I'm sure she wouldn't appreciate it much, but we're on the other side of the glass, so she'll never know!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy 70th Birthday Dad!

We celebrated my dad's 70th birthday this weekend at my sister's house in Newport Beach. My dad's sisters, Mary and Linda, and my cousin Stephanie are visiting from the East Coast, so it was extra special. We had a great dinner on Friday night, then on Saturday we walked around Balboa Island and crossed the ferry to the peninsula. Grammy, Allie, Marelle and Cody went on the ferris wheel. At one point Allie looked over the edge and said, "Grammy, this is freaking me out!" After watching the kids play for awhile, we went to El Torito Grill for dinner. We had a great time! I'll download pictures soon!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

GymMastics and Ballet/Tap Combo

Allie started "gymmastics" and a ballet and tap combo class. She loves both classes. I think she likes tap the best (probably because of the shoes) but gymnastics is a perfect fit for her. She's constantly climbing and jumping off anything she can, and has absolutely no fear in doing so. She's been practicing at home (she uses the fireplace hearth as a beam) and wears her leotard and tap shoes as much as possible.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Another Weekend at Grammy and Bocky's

We went to Grammy and Bocky's again last weekend since Jaidyn Steinberg was having her birthday party on Sunday. We had a lot of fun, as usual. Allie wanted to see Miss Carol, so my mom took her and Caitlin by. Allie was thrilled to see her. Caitlin turned 8 months old, which is so hard to believe! This weekend we are at home relaxing and trying to get caught up on cleaning and laundry. So exciting!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Weekend at Grammy and Bocky's

Allie, Caitlin and I went to Grammy and Bocky's (my parents) this weekend. Each of us gets spoiled in her own way--Allie gets to do (and eat) whatever she wants, Caitlin gets held most of the time, and I get to sleep and work on the computer. Grammy made Allie a blue Cinderella dress. Allie was so excited! She also bought her some "glass" slippers. They're a little big and give her blisters, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices for fashion!