On Sunday Maya celebrated her 6th birthday by hosting a fun birthday bash for all her little friends at The Little Gym. Maya loves gymnastics and The Little Gym has become a sort of home away from home for us the past year, so having her birthday party there seemed like a fantastic idea. Plus, they do all the work which was a great added bonus!
The party was a blast. The girls had such an amazing time. It was so fun watching Maya interact with all her friends and enjoying being able to spend time with them just goofy off and having fun. She has made a lot of friends since moving here which has helped her feel very at home here in Seattle.
After playing their little hearts out in the gym the girls gathered in the party room for snacks and cake. The cake I ordered turned out beautifully and the girls loved it!
I still can’t believe she is 6! I’m glad she had a good birthday and got to spend a wonderful afternoon partying like a 6 year old with her friends
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
This past weekend we went on our first camping adventure of the year. It was actually Anna’s very first camping trip ever as we didn’t get a chance to camp at all last year. After much research Lorne picked Deception Pass on Whidbey Island to be our first camping destination. Washington State is full of beauty and we have certainly seen our fair share of beautiful locales since our arrival last year, but let me tell you, this place was breathtaking.
With Puget Sound, the ocean, and lakes all around, plus gorgeous outcroppings of rock all over the place you really couldn’t ask for a prettier spot.
We arrived at the park Saturday afternoon after a short 1.5 hour drive. Our campsite was awesome, and huge! The girls had tons of space to play and we had our pick of spots to place the tent. We got busy setting up our gear as soon as we got there. The girls had fun
getting in the way playing in the tent while Lorne and I tried to get everything set up and organized
Once our stuff was all set up we headed out to explore the park. We headed to the beach, which happened to be crazy busy and opted to play on the shore of the Sound instead. The girls had a blast throwing rocks in the water and climbing around the mounds of drift wood gathered along the shore. Maya and I had a contest to see who could find the prettiest rocks. It was a great afternoon.
After dinner we headed to another gorgeous spot in the park, it ended up being our favorite (and most frequent) destination, North Beach. Lorne and Maya climbed on the rocks and the girls spent more time rearranging the shoreline by throwing tons of rocks in the water. We also caught a little presentation put on the parks system about whales that featured a huge Gray Whale skull.
Once we’d had our fill of exploring and learning about whales for the day we headed back to our campsite for our first camp fire. We sat around the fire eating s’mores, telling stories and relaxing.
The next was more of the same, lots of exploring the park. We found a nice little spot with a little (mostly) sand beach kind of nestled between West Beach and North Beach. Maya and Lorne spent much of the time climbing around on the rocks. Anna napped for a bit and then had fun playing in the sand and attempting to climb the rocks herself.
After lunch we headed back to our favorite spot, North Beach and explored further down the beach. The afternoon featured more the same, rock climbing and rock throwing.
That evening, after dinner and before we settled down for the evening with another camp fire, we decided to take a little walk over to West Beach. The sun was getting lower in the sky and casting a beautiful light on the beach. We spent most of the time climbing on the piles of driftwood. It was a nice way to end a spectacular day.
Our last day was a short one as we had to head home so we could avoid rush hour traffic. Once the van was all loaded up we headed to the little sandy beach we had found the morning before as Maya wanted to do a little more rock climbing before we headed home. We spent about 30 minutes exploring around the rocks and playing on the beach on last time. The sea was a lot rougher than the previous two days as a result of an onshore wind. It was beautiful.
We really did have an amazing time. Anna loved her first camping adventure. Maya didn’t want to leave. Luckily we have another camping trip planned in a couple of weeks so she doesn’t have to wait too long to do it all again.
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