Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Amelie!

Amelie turned 6 on Saturday!

She requested a dutch baby pancake for breakfast (she wanted one today for breakfast, too). She requested Chef Boyardee for dinner (I didn't stick a candle in that, but I thought about it).

We celebrated with a party at a gymnastics place in town. Here the kids are listening to the rules. Don't they look thrilled?

Jumping was more fun.

There were cupcakes - and we managed to fit 6 candles on one.

There were also balloons (only slightly droopy)



She had a big day with me, going to the party store to get the balloons and then Sam's club to get the juice boxes and veggie tray for the party. We made cupcakes and she got to lick the beater. Her boyfriend from school got her a Captain Underpants book, Nana Jana sent water balloons and temporary tattoos (which were a big hit), and she got to open cards from Grandma Doris and Aunt Tara.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Birthday Interview: Amelie is 6

I think this is our third year running with the birthday interview. We did it today right before her party and I was surprised by a few of the answers. 
  1. How old are you? Six
  2. What is your favorite color? Pink 
  3. What is your favorite toy? Ummm, let's see - all toys. Okay, which toys do you like? All of them
  4. What is your favorite game? Hyenas
  5. What is your favorite song? Ummm, I don't know. I like a whole group of songs that we get to do from Art. Basically they're videos of singing
  6. What is your favorite animal? Unicorn
  7. What is your favorite book? I don't have favorite books. What are some books that you like? Captain Underpants
  8. What is your favorite movie? The Circle of Life from Lion King 
  9. What is your favorite thing to eat? Mac and Cheese and Chef Boyardee 
  10. Where is your favorite place to go? Let's see - the movie theater 
  11. Who is your best friend? Kaitlin and Cormac
  12. What is something you learned last year when you were 5? Let's see, that I'm not supposed to hit 
  13. What is something you'll learn now that you're 6? More math! 
  14. What is hard for you to do? Hmmm. Hard for me to do? Ride my bike 
  15. What is your favorite thing to do? Play games. Like what? Hyena You can't see it, but I added a lot to it. I even changed the name. I even changed the name. What's the name? Cartoon Mountain. Since I added all of the cartoon characters and a base that's a mountain. It was too hard to play just hyenas because that's basically a two-person game
  16. What do you like about Me (Mama)? You let me do more stuff than Dad. Like what? Go to the park when we have popsicles that are about to melt. 
  17. What do you like about Dada? When he gets angry, he doesn't get mad like you do. 
  18. What do you like about James? Nothing. Is it ever nice or fun to be with James? Never. 
  19. What do you like about yourself? I'm nice to almost everyone. I think that's basically it. But it is a very good characteristic. (I should have asked, "What about James?" !!) 
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Dancer or a singer

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nature Walk

We went on an Earth Day nature walk at church. Amelie took notes about all of the things we saw.

Here's a closer look: 
The W's are for walnuts and the T is for the turtle. I think the P is for poison ivy & the H is for a hole we saw. I'm not sure about the others. 

 We identified poison ivy & then stayed far away:

There was a turtle!


They are looking at a spider I caught in the big petri dish:

James enjoyed the doughnuts:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shaving Cream

The kids played with shaving cream (an idea I took from my friend Amanda).

It was super fun.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bath Colors

I got the kids bath colors, and they love them. The best is when we start the bath one color and then add another partway through.













Sunday, April 10, 2016

Girl Scouts

Amelie joined Girl Scouts! She's a Daisy. There are 5 girls from her school in the troop.


She was pointing out her Daisy pin and troop number.


The pockets are also pretty nifty.






Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Baby Owen

Baby Owen and Mom (and Dad, not pictured) came over and entertained the kidlets - seriously. I would maintain that they're younger and have more energy, but you notice that Maggie's also holding an infant. Amelie looks excited about the baby, and she's also holding our ice pack, which had to come out not once but twice due to roughhousing bonks.