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On November 8th, 2007 we welcomed this adorable little bundle of awesomeness into the world and our lives were forever changed.

Maya, watching you grow up over the last 6 years has been so amazing.

You have turned into a pretty awesome kiddo. You make us laugh all the time. Sometimes you make us want to pull our hair out. But, always, you make us understand a whole new level of love. You are strong, funny, smart, and beautiful and we couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. Happy 6th Birthday, Maya!! We love you to pieces.

Tired doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel today. Exhausted doesn’t even really seem to do it justice. I seem to have reached a whole new level tiredness that doesn’t even have an adequate name for it.

This past weekend was crazy busy and I got to single parent my way through it. The weekend before Halloween always seems to be so busy for us and when you add 2 big girls who decided to get up earlier than normal and a baby who had a rough night into the mix it spells a recipe for disaster.

Saturday the girls attended a Halloween Bash at The Little Gym and Maya had a show performance with her gymnastics team. We spent about an hour playing around on the gym equipment before Maya’s little performance. There were A TON of kids there, chaotic doesn’t even begin to describe it. I felt like I had whiplash by the end of it trying to keep an eye on both girls! Maya’s performance was awesome. This time they did their performance with the older kids’ show team. The younger ones would demonstrate a skill, like a handstand or a cartwheel, and then the older girls would do a more complex version of the same skill. It was fun to watch. Maya is really inspired by the older girls so she loved getting to perform with them.

Here is Maya in mid-handstand warming up for the performance and demonstrating her straddle hang and dismount on the uneven bars.

Sunday we hit up the Halloween Carnival put on by our community. It was held at Maya’s school. They turned the gymnasium into a little carnival filled with games, bounce houses, face painting and a balloon guy. The kids had a great time. Maya played pretty much every game. Anna’s favorite part was the balloon guy, although she was rather confused when he asked what she wanted him to make, she kept responding “balloon”. He made her a little bear and she looked at it with the most confused look on her face. She clearly would have been happy to just get a balloon! A few of Maya’s friends were at the carnival too and she loved getting to run around and spend time with them.

By Sunday evening I was so incredibly tired I couldn’t see straight and my whole body hurt. At least Nora was back to sleeping well last night and big girls slept until I had to wake them up at 7 (of course, since I didn’t have the option of sleeping in!).  I think this afternoon calls for a nap, hopefully Anna and Nora agree 😉

It is that time of year again, time to get ready for the ever fabulous season of summer!! I’ve always loved summer with its lazy days spent by the pool, spending endless hours outside, colorful flowers filling the gardens and enjoying long days and evenings with my family and friends. I love how full of endless possibilities summer always is.

Last night we went to our neighborhood pool for a little swim before bedtime. The girls had a blast and it really made me feel like summer was here, that we were in the midst of all its splendor. There is nothing quite so relaxing as leisurely swimming around a pool on a warm summer evening, ahhhh.

The end of the school year is just around the corner. Maya has about a week left of school and then summer will officially begin. My plan for this summer is to enjoy it and relax and have fun with my kiddos. I have Maya signed up for a couple of camps and my Mum will be in town for a couple of weeks in July so it promises to be a funfilled and busy summer. Plus, I need to spend some time getting ready for Little Miss #3.

Now excuse me while I go outside to my gorgeous warm, sun-filled front yard and water my garden and watch my girls play :)

Yesterday found us driving an hour and a half north of Seattle into Skagit County for the Skagit Tulip Festival. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate completely, it was cloudy and on and off rainy all day, we just had to head up north to check out what all the fuss was about. We were not disappointed.

Every year, during the month of April, the small town of Mount Vernon puts on this festival. The town is surrounded by fields filled with daffodils and tulips. Little activities and art shows are set up throughout the town. The big draw, of course, is the acres upon acres of tulips. It really was quite a sight. Anna kept saying “Wow, wowwers!” (her adorable word for flowers).

It was so breathtakingly beautiful. I can’t wait for next year’s festival! Maya and I are inspired to plant a ton more tulip bulbs this fall so that my front and back yards look like our own little tulip festival :)

We had a wonderful Easter this year. Thanks to a weeks worth of gorgeous spring weather we had daffodils and flowering trees blooming and tulips just about to bloom. Flowers at Easter always makes it feel more like Easter to me. The weather was gorgeous for both our neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday and for Easter yesterday.

The girls had a great time at our neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. The volunteers hid over 3000 eggs around one of our local parks. There were lots of kids there, but since there were so many eggs hidden around the park everyone walked away with a ton of eggs. Anna missed out on the itty bitty kids egg hunt as they started it early and we didn’t get there in time, but she did manage to pick up a couple of eggs during the big kids hunt (thanks to help from mom) and she held onto those eggs for dear life :). Maya had a blast and managed to completely fill her basket!

Easter morning Maya woke up bright and early since she was so excited to see what the Easter Bunny had left her and to hunt for more eggs. She actually woke up before Anna and I had to make her stay in her room playing until Anna finally woke up. The girls were very happy with their Easter baskets and had a great time looking all over the house for the eggs the Easter Bunny had hidden for them. Anna was especially excited when she managed to get one of the eggs open and realized there were jelly beans inside!

We planted magic jelly beans in our garden again this year and Maya and Anna were super excited to discover they had blossomed into chocolate carrots :)

We spent the rest of our Easter outside enjoying the absolutely perfect weather. The girls were exhausted when bedtime rolled around last night. We had a wonderful spring/Easter weekend enjoying our little family and the glorious spring weather mother nature decided to bless us with.

I hope everyone had a great weekend/Easter.