Saturday, April 05, 2014

Cali is 7!!!!

Someone had a birthday! Our baby girl, Cali girl :) She decided that she wanted her big party for this year to be a surprise. And surprised her we did :) I used to think people that did this sort of thing were crazy or ridiculous. Well, I guess we are crazy now. Okay: we rented a pony y'all. In my defense, we only do parties every other year, so when we do them we do them right :) The cost of renting a pony was barely more than a party at a place or renting bounce houses, etc. And it was worth every penny! Cali loves horses, loves ponies, loves unicorns. Anything with hooves. Oh wait, not really. She hates goats. Wait, do they have hooves?Ugh, I don't know. Its late ;) Hahaha. Scratch that. But yeah, anything in the pony category, she is ALL OVER. We invited several of her little friends from church, school and the neighborhood to enjoy her pony themed party. We provided "horse feed" snacks...played pin the tail on the pony(Aubrey and Ella made the game themselves and it was perfect! Aubrey drew the pony picture and Ella created the tails out of yarn.) While they were playing the game, the people/company with the pony(and also 3 little bunnies..I thought it'd be good to have other animals for the kids to play with that were waiting to ride the pony, it was perfect!) were setting things up in the backyard and bringing the pony out back. We then lined them up and I got the video camera ready. When Cali came out, the smile was priceless :) She ran over to the pony and immediately was petting him and was up on his back in less than a minute :) It was SO CUTE!!! All the kids were just in love with the pony and the sweet little bunnies. Between the animals and just playing on our playgrounds, the kids had a really fun time. Our backyard was full of little girl giggles. Oh, and Wesley squeals(and screams...he did NOT want to ride on the pony as you will see in the pictures:) After all of the outdoor fun, the kids came in for cake, ice cream and present opening. Aubrey decorated the cake for me(I had injured myself the week before...that's another post...argg) and did a fantastic job with it. We had found an idea for a horse cake in a cookbook we have and she rocked it!  I really appreciate all the help that Joey and the older girls gave me for this party. I could not have done this without them! I had a hard time walking still :( They saved me and saved the party!! 

Cali, we are so happy you had such a great birthday! You are one special little lady. You have a giant heart and a tender soul. You can brighten a room with your radiant smile. You think of others feelings and always want to help(you are an especially great helper in the kitchen for your mommy!). You are also a friendly girl that can make a friend in two seconds flat. You are artistic and love to draw pictures and make cards for others. You've also got some pretty mean dance moves and booty shakes that sometimes I have to tell you to tone down ;) You make us laugh. LOTS. We love you Cali and are so grateful you are part of our family! Happy Birthday sweet girl!


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Ella's Rainbow Loom Creations

I posted in the fall about Miss Ella and her obsession with rainbow loom. I never posted pictures of her creations though, so here they are!! I finally took some photos for ya :) The first picture is of her case that she bought with her own money at Target . She decorated it with duck tape(with lots of purple of course!). You will then see how organized she has it with all of the colors separated out..and even the looms fit inside! She has made who knows how many bracelets! And not only bracelets but keychains, a cell phone case, headbands, necklaces, lanyards, a cover for the loom(to make it softer for her hands:) and other things I know I'm forgetting to name. She has even created her own designs. You should hear her talk about it-its seriously like a different language. And as you can see in the last picture she has even loomed her name into one(and recently she made one with Cali's name on it for her birthday :) She is very VERY creative and very talented! And when she makes a mistake or a band pops(after so much work which is frustrating) she doesn't give up and keeps going. She is a hardworking kiddo!! For her this isn't about the rainbow loom fad(that has pretty much come and gone), she does this because she loves doing it. It makes her happy she says :) And that makes me happy too.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Aubrey in Seussical Jr.

 So Aubrey did something very brave-she tried out for the school musical! She has no theater experience and has never sang in front of an to try out was really huge! (And if you remember shy little Aubrey as a child, I still can't believe it! She didn't even like people to look at her!) As part of tryouts she had to memorize and sing several lines of a song and perform it in front of the theater and music teachers and the other students trying out. She also had to read lines and do some acting as well. I was so nervous for her! There were lots of kids trying out so I wasn't sure if she would get a part, even though I knew she had it in her and does have a good singing voice. After the first round of tryouts, they posted the "call backs" and she made the list. She was beyond happy and couldn't believe it! After the second round, she found out that she made the part of one of the bird girls for the play(its a group of several girls that sing and dance throughout the show, they were so cute and fun!) It was an awesome experience for Aubrey. She looooved rehearsals. We figured out the other day that she spent over 40 hours in rehearsals. It was a lot of work but she just loved every minute of it. She loved the theater and music directors and all the kids involved. There were three different shows that we took turns attending with the kids(without Wesley-you can't take a raptor to a show:) The first show I was able to go to with Ella and Ammon. Joey picked out flowers for Ammon to give to Aubrey after the show. It was so cute :) Joey went with Cali the next day and then Ella and I attended the final show that evening(there were also two shows the following week for elementary schools..Aubrey had to miss the final show due to being really SO sad, especially because it was going to be for Ella's school/grade! They were both bummed. Oh well. Life sometimes...). I loved watching her up there. And the show was so great! Everyone did a fantastic job. Watching her do this was one of those moments as a mom where you just feel so proud. And I loved seeing her so happy and confident up there. She is growing into such a beautiful bright young lady and I'm so proud of her and her many talents. This will be an experience she will never forget!