Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Extra Long Weekend

 Sora had two extra days off of school, so Sora and I headed north to visit my parents. Kyle had to work up at camp. We left Friday morning and got to take our sweet time making the 4+ hour trek rather than just powering through.

We stopped at a sweet park in Bothell (Miner's Corner). It was small but awesome and will be on every trip up North where we decide to stop and play.

 It was warm out so Sora took advantage of the nice weather and took off her shoes for some water/sand play.

 We also stopped at a favorite toy store before getting to my parents house. Saturday was Valentine's day. Papa bought us both cookies which we enjoyed for breakfast.
 For Sora's birthday, grandma gave her some cash and took her to the mall to help buy a 6 year old wardrobe. While we were enjoying lunch, some nice kiddos gave us Happy Valentine's flowers. So sweet!
 After shopping and finding some great deals (which impressed me and grandma more than Sora of course), we went to a Valentine's party put on by the parks department.

 Sora loved the games, crafts, and cupcake.

 We also went to the park nearby where Sora spent an hour playing restaurant.
 Since my parents were in Hawaii on Sora's birthday, we did cupcakes and ice cream to celebrate Sora turing 6 a week late. Sora stuffed herself on grandma's pork balls for dinner so she only had a few bites of her ice cream and none of her gluten free cupcake (which was really a good choice in the long run). The next night, we had pizza and she made sure not to eat too much so she had room for dessert (we had pizza at the YMCA the other day and Sora ate 4 full pieces - more than I could eat!).

 On Sunday, we spent a lot of time at my parents house relaxing, riding the horse, and just playing. We did get out and enjoy a new (and very crowded) park. Sora loved the merry go round.

On Monday we headed home and stopped at another park on the way to visit with my uncle and 5 year old cousin - I love all this warm park weather!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sora is 6!

Sora has been counting down for a very long time, and today was finally her birthday! She started her birthday off right by letting Kyle and I sleep in for an hour while she entertained herself. Then we opened presents (the Cinderella dress I made her was a giant hit).
 While I made her favorite breakfast (banana pancakes with whipped cream and sprinkles), Kyle read her Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss.
Kyle took her to do the Home Depot craft and get some last minutes supplies while I cleaned our house thoroughly. It was gratifying for all involved.

After hours of waiting, Sora's party finally started. She settled on a princess theme, of course, and some of Kyle's wonderful summer camp staff graciously volunteered to help out. Two of them dressed up too! Sora and 6 of her friends did crafts (crowns and wands):
 They got their faces painted:
 They played Follow the Princess, Race Around the House, and Dance Party.
There were refreshments (Snow White's Apples, Ariel's Fish Crackers, and Belle's Tea Party Sandwiches) as well as strawberry cake and ice cream.

After presents, Sora's friends went home and her grandparents came to go out to dinner. After much debate, Sora chose burgers and fries for dinner. While we didn't choose the greatest place in town (we tried somewhere new), we enjoyed the company! What a difference a year makes - last year we were celebrating Sora's birthday with my brother's family at Wisconsin Dells worried about how we would move back to Washington and make our next dreams all work out and a year later, here we are living the dream! I should also mention that it was 65 degrees outside today. It was a bit windy (one of the balloons we tied on the porch blew away), but Kyle was happy to entertain some parents with younger siblings in the backyard on such an amazingly beautiful day!