Monday, February 23, 2015

Chick's Big Days!

Chick turned 8 recently!  That's a big birthday for our family, since it's the age that kids can be baptized! 

Her birthday was on a Saturday. 
She chose Blueberry Breakfast Cake for her breakfast, and then we headed over to "Enemy Tattoo" to get her ears pierced.  We'd gone there for Owl and Otter's piercings and were really happy with them.  This time the piercer was different, and he kinda pushed things out of our comfort zone.  He had a forked tongue, as well as a big gear thing under the skin in his hand!  Not to mention the usual tattoos and piercings.


Anyhow, it was not super fun going there this time, but he did a good job, and I feel that it's more sanitary and safe than going to the mall.  I'll probably go back when it's Monkey's turn...but I'm not looking forward to it.

At any rate, Chick, who doesn't like pain of any sort, was a total trooper.  She didn't cry or scream or anything.  She didn't even really complain.  And she's been really good about not touching her ears, so they've healed up really nicely.

After that we ran a couple of errands: to Barnes & Noble for her free birthday goodie, and then a couple of other stores for things that I needed.

Fast forward to the evening (because I can't remember what we did after we got home!).  Her birthday dinner was Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup.  And her cake was an ice cream cake that was decorated with oreos.  It was my first ice cream cake (making one, I mean), and I was happy with how easy it was to make, and how delicious it was to eat :)  Chick was happy with it too, and that was the important part.



The ear piercing was her main birthday gift.  From Fox and I she also got an Ever After High book, and a stuffed wolf (because she wants me to change her nickname from Chick to Wolf, and I've said no, but the least I could do was give her a little wolf friend).


And just like that, she's eight.

*****



The next weekend was her baptism.  Everything went well.  Dave performed the baptism.  Lots of family and friends came to support and celebrate her big day.  Both of her grandmas gave talks, and they were both fantastic. 

 
Chick was surprised to get gifts on her baptism day.  I'd made her a charm bracelet with symbols to remind her about the Holy Ghost (patterned off of the one found on Jonesing to Create).  And her Grandma and Grandpa J gave her a new set of scriptures in a cute green purse-bag.  She loves it and has taken good care of them.  She also got a few other things that are special reminders of the day, and she felt very loved and happy.


After the actual baptism we headed home for a luncheon with the extended family members who had come to the baptism.  Everything went well...I didn't take any pictures, but I think it was a nice luncheon.  A special thanks to my sister J and my SIL B, who got everything going while we were still finishing up at the church and heading home.


*****

We had a sweet talk on the night before the baptism, as I was braiding her hair.  And she's talked about getting baptized/related topics several times since then.  It's been pretty sweet to hear her thoughts and see her figuring new things out and feeling God's spirit in her life. 

Oh how I love that girl!  She's a special person, and I really feel honored to be her mom.  I really can't imagine our family without her...she helps me to see things in a different way. 

Happy birthday, dear Chick.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chick's Photo Date v.8

Yesterday was Chick's photshoot date.  Everyone else is getting theirs late, but Chick's was early...because she's getting baptized in three weeks!  So I needed some pictures for the invitations.

It was cold...she didn't want to stay in the dress for long. 
At least it didn't rain, as I was worried that it would. 

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That was it for the dress.  Just too chilly out.

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Tights, Stretch pants, jeans, boots, shirt, tank top, two sweaters, and a scarf.  Much better.

It's interesting to note that while you can't see the shirts underneath, she's wearing the same white shirt and blue tank that she's worn for the past two photo dates!  I don't know how she still fits it all, but I think it's cool that her favorite style clothes from two years ago are still her favorites.

 
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{This is when she saw skydivers}

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Chick also did some impromptu nature art...she fashioned a hat.


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We went to downtown Snohomish.  Lots of character and texture.  And when we were done with the pictures, lots of yummy choices for our treat!  Chick picked a bakery, where we both got hot cocoa and a treat.  She got a blueberry strussel muffin, and I got a blueberry scone.  Mmm, so yummy.

 
{She's already requested that next year be in Snohomish as well so that we can revisit the bakery.  Sounds good to me!}

 
Before leaving town we stopped in at the library, because Chick is a bit of a bookworm.



It was fun!  We got a ton of good pictures, and explored a few new spots.  I love that girl!
Now to pick which picture should go on my wall....
Which would you pick?  It needs to be a close-up.

Last Weekend's Adventure

Chick
Last weekend there was a free Ice Skating event.  Monkey and I got home from our photoshoot date just in time to get everyone dressed for the ice, and we headed out the door!

None of the kids had ever skated before.  Honestly, I thought it would be a half hour before we heard the chorus of "I'm Cold!" "I'm Tired!"  "I don't want to skate anymore."  And then we'd come home.

Moose

I was COMPLETELY wrong.  They all loved it, and didn't want to leave...even when the rink was closed and everyone got kicked off the ice.

Chick, Monkey, and Moose all did well on their own.  They preferred using the supports...but all three could skate without them by the time we went home.

Owl and Monkey
 

Owl liked skating the least... which is what I'd expect from a toddler.  She did like it ok, she just was the least.

Otter!
Otter was the one that surprised us all.  She LOVED it.  If I stopped to talk to one of the other kids for too long, then she'd start going without me.  She never wanted to be stopped, and just went around and around and around.  She seemed to feel encumbered by pushing the support thing, and would sometimes start skating off without it (though she wasn't quite skilled enough to do that for too far).  At one point she took a break on the side with Mr. Fox...when I started taking her back out onto the ice she actually squealed with excitement! 
It's rare to see someone take to something so much...it was so much fun to see.  We're probably going to get her lessons for her birthday (They don't start until age 3 anyhow).

Otter (again)
A great time was had by all.  Even Fox and I, going slow and helping kids, had a fantastic time.  I think it was one of those special outings that we'll remember fondly forever.  And hopefully we can get back out on the ice soon.

Fox and Owl at closing time

Monkey and Me

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Monkey's 6 year photoshoot date

Monkey and I went on her annual photoshoot date yesterday!  It was rather a gray, cold, drizzly day...but she really wanted to go and the kids insisted that it wasn't really all that rainy out.  It really wasn't, but it still wasn't a great day.  Which explains why she never took off her coat, and rarely took off the hood.  But I am totally digging the Eskimo look : )

We went to a park that I'd never been to, and it was really cool.  She was a good sport about me taking her pictures.  When she was set free to play she made nature art with shells.  I love when my kids do that kind of thing. 

Anyhow, afterwards we went to TCBY for some frozen yogurt.  Hers was pretty candy-laden.  It didn't look all that appetizing to me...I mean, where's the chocolate?!  She liked it ok, despite her grimace in the final picture. 

It was a lovely date.  She's a sweetheart (most of the time).  I love our photoshoot dates :)

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Her hair got curlier from the misty weather.  I love it!
 

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Feel free to let me know which one you like best and why!  I am not a photographer, and I don't have a fancy schmancy camera (in fact my camera is getting rather old).  I love doing the photoshoots, though, and I love to take pictures of my kids.  Feedback helps immensely, thanks!