Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July!

 We started our 4th of July with a bike ride from Annie & Clara's house to downtown Corvallis for the annual parade.  It was Annie & Allison's first bike rides that far on their own and they both did great.  Allison had a hard time on the first hill but made it to the top of the second.  Clara rode with her Dad, but posed for a pic on her balance bike! 
 Girls ready for the parade!

 Target has the best 4th of July toddler clothes...and I'm a sucker for them.  I'm glad I managed to get some pics of her (and all the girls!)

Allison's Karate Kick

Allison has been trying all sorts of new activities in her summer day camp.  The latest favorite has been karate.  She kicked a board in half in her last day of karate - so proud of herself!

Heidi the Charmer

 Heidi loves posing for the camera!  If I pull my phone out at all she immediately asks me to take a picture.  Which means I collect all sorts of crazy pictures of this girl!

Finished in 2015 No.4

 I made another quilt with the Emmy Grace collection for my friend Jenny's new baby girl Lois.  this is one of my all-time favorite fabric collections... and now all I have left is scraps :).

Visit to the Farm

 The girls & I took a visit to 'The Farm' on Friday since we all had the day off.  We enjoyed lunch with Nana Carol.  Allison helped cut up a peach, she considers herself an expert in cutting fruit after a week in 'Benny's Kitchen.'
 Allison & Heidi convinced Nana Carol to play the organ for them so they could dance ballet.  Heidi is very excited to do real ballet sometime soon.

 Allison tried playing the organ herself - it was a lot of work to keep the pedals going but she gave it a good try!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Snapshots - June 2015

 The Heidi-bug loves her babies - and taking pictures with them!

 And then Heidi wanted Allison in the pictures, too!
 Allison's birthday happened to be National Donut Day....we got donuts, of course!
 First day playing in the pool!
 Happy Last Day of School!

 Birthday outfit from her cousins....and a donut shirt that she wore after her recital (the night Bekah came and brought her flowers!)

 Heidi, waiting for Allison's recital.
 Heidi loves making a grumpy face....Allison tries, too, but she needs more practice (unless she truely is grumpy!)

 Allison went to the OSU women's basketball camp last week.  I won a bag in the parent's free-throw competition.  Coach Scott was so proud!  He is definitely one of the best coaches ever!

 Heidi's preschool has 'Waterpark Fridays' this summer - she goes to school wearing her swimsuit and bringing her swim bag with a towel and a change of clothes.  She loves it - I think it makes her feel like a big girl just like Allison!! 

 She said 'take a picture Mommy' - of course I obliged! :)
 Raspberry season around here - 20 jars of jam!  Should last for a little while!
 Love this sleeping girl - not much a baby anymore!
Allison has been in KidSpirit camps this summer for two weeks now.  Her favorite activity has been gymnastics and her 'coach' has been telling me she is working really hard.  We're glad she has an activity that she is really working at - I loved getting her report card this week.  She'll have more gymnastics sessions later this summer.  (She got a swimming report card, too, but it was torn by the time she got in the car - wet from her towel - she was so exhausted she couldn't deal with the fact it was torn and there were a few tears shed over it even though it was still perfectly legible!)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

First Ballet Recital

 We have just weathered our first ballet recital weekend.  With three performances and a dress rehearsal over three days we are exhausted.  But Allison loved it - both the performing and watching the other dancers so I suppose it was worth it.  Her Tuesday pre-ballet class were 'flowers' - they started all tightly scrunched up as 'buds.'

 By the end of the weekend I was also impressed with how well I could make a bun out of Allison's hair - and have it stay in place for two performances and lots of running around in between!
 Allison had several pre-school, kindergarten and CAPS friends also at the recital - it was really fun to get to reconnect with friends we hadn't seen in a long time (or since, well, Wednesday!).  I was backstage for two performances and had fun with all the kiddos from the girls' preschool (these two and their buddy Payton all have siblings in the toddler class right now).