Friday, April 13, 2012

Gabi's Artwork

Gabi has been working hard at art class this semester, and I want to show off more of her fabulous drawings.

Gabi's castle has a flag for each person in her class.

I am impressed by Gabi's rendition of the Taj Mahal.

Gabi was creative with her coloring of this stuffed elephant.

She chose more realistic colors for these other animals:

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Snowmass Village

Here are some more pictures of our Snowmass vacation over Katarina's birthday weekend. We had a great time skiing with Christine, and again enjoyed beautifully fresh powder.

The girls also enjoyed playtime with Lolo and Lola. They explored a mastodon exhibit to learn all about the mastodons and other ice age mammals found in Snowmass last year. The museum worker was impressed with Katarina's interest in (and ability to pronounce) "mastadon." Once he learned that one of her first words was "dino" he declared her a future paleontologist!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kati's 2nd Birthday

My baby girl isn't a baby any more! We celebrated Katarina's 2nd birthday in Snowmass Village with Lolo, Lola, and Tita Christine because Lola was lecturing at a conference there.

Katarina was thrilled to have her very own slice of chocolate cake with ice cream! After we sang "Happy Birthday" and everyone else grabbed a spoon, Kait-Lily grabbed the plate and declared "Mine!" We were each granted a bite or two in the end, though.

Yum, yum, yum! Birthday dessert is all finished.

Nuzzling noses with Tita:

Being too little to ski just meant that Katarina enjoyed being spoiled by Lolo and Lola her entire birthday weekend. Her birthday lunch (while I was on the slopes) consisted entirely of French fries!

Katarina now weighs 23.4 lbs, measures 31.25 inches tall, and has a head circumference of 18.25 inches. All of her measurements are around the 5th percentile.

Katarina's preschool teacher fixes her hair in a new style every time she attends class. She's always very cute when I pick her up.

My "big" girl, painting a picture:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Gabi's 7th Birthday

Gabi's 7th birthday was on a Saturday, so we held her party on her actual birthday. Lolo, Lola, and Tita Chrissie were all here to celebrate with us, too!

As Gabi's guests arrived for her party, we painted their nails and decorated them with heart and flower stickers.

Then the girls made two kinds of friendship bracelets together.

Of course the girls took time to play and act silly!

Gabi chose a "Hippie Chick" birthday girl theme for her party decorations.

For lunch, we served sandwiches and let the girls cut them into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Then we had sugar cookies to decorate for dessert! Some of the cookies were 3-D animal shapes, like these seals:

Before we ate our decorated cookies, we sang "Happy Birthday" to Gabi.

At the end of the party, Gabi opened her gifts.

Friday afternoon, Gabi brought cookies to school for a birthday celebration with her whole class. The kids sang "Happy Birthday Cha-cha-cha!"

Gabi's favorite birthday gift is the pulley that Bella gave her! Gabi's friend Max has one in his room which she thought was cool, so she'd asked for one. The kids enjoyed sending toys upstairs and down in the bucket, and now it is installed on the bunk bed (which of course keeps them up a bit later every night, passing stuffed animals back and forth).

Gabi's big birthday gift was a new bicycle! The weather has been gorgeous and sunny this week, so we've spent some time riding bikes on the Greenway.