Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Sophia!

Happy 7th birthday Sophia! This has been another big year for Sophia. A new school and new friends. She has done so awesome and made the transition seamlessly. Her teacher described her as a very kind and sweet girl. She is so fun to hang out with. She has not only excelled at school but also in athletics as one of the stars of her soccer team. Watching her head up the quad lift skiing in Santa Fe after only two days on skis I couldn't believe how well she was doing.

She had two parties. One family celebration with the Vanheukelums and a dinner at Ron of Japan with her BFFs Grace and Jenna.

Here are some photos from the pizza party we had at home:

Ron of Japan was a blast. It felt like we were entering Japan circa 1970. The big girls kept disappearing and I realized they were staring at a small tv looping sumu wrestling matches.

I love all the missing teeth:

Ella was the only one not appropriately scared by the fire. In fact she found it quite entertaining. I made a note to myself that night that we're going to have to keep her away from matches. You can see in this picture that she is really enjoying it.The girls loved the dinner. At one point Sophia told the chef that he is the BEST COOK she has ever seen!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


We've had a lot of snow and built a snowman in the front yard with some help from the Sullivans and Hoepers. I did the heavy lifting but the girls did a great job rolling the snow to make the parts.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Look who got into the new makeup kit Sophia got for her birthday....
I came downstairs in the morning and saw the makeup kit all over the basement floor. My head started snapping around trying to find who had gotten into it when Kate and Ceci popped out from behind the couch with huge grins. It was hard to get mad at them. I did have to promise Sophia that I'd buy her a new one though.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gym time

Entering the gym locker room with Ceci and Katie feels like walking through a minefield. All the naked women of various shapes and sizes is too much for them to ignore. They have not mastered the "no eye contact" walk down the aisle and aren't afraid to stare and point as we make our way to the row closest to the pool entrance.

Yesterday after swim class Katie pointed at a large woman changing next to us and said:

"She has BIG underpants!"

I looked over and she did indeed have large underpants on. I just said: "Yes, she is wearing underpants. We all wear underpants."

Katie: "No mom. I said she has BIG UNDERPANTS!"

Ceci looks over now: "Those are BIG WHITE underpants!"

Now the whole row is snorting trying not make eye contact with the big white underpants or anyone else because we'll all lose it.

No more damage control can be done at this point. I just give the smile and shoulder shrug I've done many times.