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Maya had her second, and last, camp of the summer this week, Art Camp! She was really looking forward to this camp and it didn’t disappoint. She had a great time and came home with an amazing little portfolio.

Back in the early spring when I was finding camps to sign her up for I stumbled across a bunch of art camps offered through Museo Art Academy in downtown Issaquah. Each camp was a week long (4 days) and had a different focus. There was drawing, clay sculptures, mixed media and painting. I asked Maya if she would be interested in doing and art camp and if so which one would she like to do. She was totally up for it, not a surprise coming from our little artist, and decided on the painting session. I got her all signed up and her little friend, Ava, decided to join in the fun too.

She had a great time. Every day when I picked her up she was beaming and said she had a great time at camp that day. They came home with little free drawings they had done throughout the morning but the paintings were kept until the end. I couldn’t wait to pick her up today and finally get to see all her projects. I knew they would be good since Maya loves art and puts a lot of thought and effort into her projects, big or small. Her little portfolio was incredible. It contained 7 paintings. They learned about many different types of paintings including still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She is so proud of her collection.

I need to pick up some frames and display a few of these pieces!

I’m so glad she enjoyed the camp and I’m so proud of her creations. She said she’d like to take art classes there this year so I’ll have to look into those.

Things have been a bit crazy around our house lately, at least for me anyway. Between getting things ready for the upcoming arrival of Baby Girl #3 and getting things ready for Maya to head to kindergarten I feel like I’m constantly shopping, organizing, putting things together and, basically, never sitting down.

In 2 weeks my first baby will be making her big debut at kindergarten! Seriously, how is she old enough to be in kindergarten and who said she could grow up so quickly. Since the enrollment process started in the spring it has been non-stop filling out forms, dropping medical supplies (epi-pens and doctor’s orders regarding nut allergy), and attempting to get everything in place for her big first day. Thanks to all that and the fact I’m pregnant and due right around the start of school means time has flown by. I’m not sure I’m ready, emotionally anyway, for this big milestone yet.

Maya is excited about starting kindergarten. I know she is a bit nervous, she says so every so often, but all in all she is ready and excited. We’ve met a few kids in our neighborhood who will be attending kindergarten as well so she is anxious to see if any of them will be in her class. The incoming kindergarten class this year is the biggest ever, there will be a total of 6 classes, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that at least one or two of the kids we’ve met and she has bonded with will be in her class. I know having a familiar face in the crowd will make the transition that much easier for her (and me too).

We are almost all ready for the big day. School supplies will be waiting at school for her (thanks awesome PTA program!), back to school clothes are almost all purchased, and I’m psyching myself up emotionally. 2 more weeks, I can’t believe it.

Maya spent every afternoon last week at Cheer Camp at the same gym where she takes her gymnastics classes. To say she had an awesome time is an understatement. On Friday after the last class she was begging me to sign her up for cheer camp again, unfortunately they only have one each summer. At least I know for sure she’ll love it next year when I sign her up again.

At the end of each day the parents were invited to come back 10 minutes before the end of the camp day to watch the cheer they had learned for the day. I can’t even begin to tell how cute it was watching 4-8 year olds so proudly (and loudly) doing their little cheers. Some of them, like Maya, took great pride in doing the cheer just right and we very careful to follow all the moves and say all the words just right. It was so fun to watch.

I know Maya can’t wait for next year when she can sign up for Cheer Camp again, but really I can’t wait either. I can’t wait to watch those little cheers at the end of each camp day!

Last week was Show Week at Maya’s gymnastics school. It is an opportunity for the kiddos to showcase all the new skills they have learned throughout the year for their proud parents. I always find their demonstrations so adorable.

Maya has had a great year in gymnastics. She has come so far and learned a ton of new skills. The days of being scared to go into class by herself and being too scared to participate in Show Day are long gone. She demonstrated every skill very well. We are so proud of her.

Maya is very good at gymnastics and has learned a lot of new skills this year. In fact, she has become so good so has been invited to join the advanced class at her gym. The class requires a skills assessment to join so all the kids in the class are at a certain skill level which allows the teachers to begin focusing on new and more challenging skills. Their is more time spent on skills training in the class, which is Maya’s favorite part. She will start in the class this summer in order to hone one remaining required skill that she is still struggling a bit with and then be ready to stay on with the class in the fall and participate in their shows and competitions. She, her teachers and we are very excited for this new step!

Last week we all boarded a plane and headed back to St. Louis to spend some time with some of our favorite people in the world. As much as we have loved living in Seattle so far it just doesn’t quite feel like home yet because a few people are missing from our day to day lives, our dearest and closest friends. Heading back to The Lou to see everyone was so refreshing.

We spent the week staying with my very dear friend, Heather, and her family. Thank you Heather! Maya got to play with her bestie Claire every day which made her happier than happy.

The week flew by way to fast. It was filled with fun moments with our dear friends and I could have spent at least another week and still not felt like I had enough time with everyone. I miss our friends in St. Louis so much. I’m glad we got to spend a little time reconnecting with them and just hanging out like old times. Watching Maya and Claire pick up right where they left off, like no time had passed at all made my heart smile.

Thank you to all our dear friends who made our trip back so much fun. We love all of you and miss you dearly. Can’t wait to see you all again, hopefully soon.