Friday, September 6, 2013

Lexi turns 9!

An interview with a 9 year old:
name: Lexi
color: pink
holiday: birthday
activity: school
show: Adventure Time
book: Boxcar Kids
food: tortellini and pesto
number: 55 (grandma's age when she passed away)
song: Good Girl
band: Justin Bieber
board game: Cheese Touch
 What is your happiest memory? Camping with my family
Why do you like being a kid? Kids get to do more things than adults do and they get more things, like dolls.
One word to describe you would be --Caring (mama agrees)
What advice would you give your parents? To be who they wanted their parents to be. (wow, that's seriously great advice!)
If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? Dog, because they're cute, friendly and love to play.
Tell about a funny time in your life. When Kyler sent me a picture of Ari's potty chair filled with poo. (Wow, of course)
What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? Play outside.
What do you love most about your sibling? They are funny, sweet and stick up for each other.
What was the nicest thing you did for someone? When someone got hurt really bad, I helped them.
What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now? I'll probably work at Justice.
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? Spend time with family at the beach.
What would be the ideal allowance? Tell me how you would use it. $10 a week and would spend it on stuff for my family.
What was the biggest moment of this last year for you? Disneyland
Tell me about Grandma Pam: She was sensitive, sweet, feisty and she loved us.
What do you think makes a person good-looking? To not smoke, to do your hair, to dress right and think that you're beautiful and also be beautiful inside.
Name two things we should do as a family on the weekend. 1. Go shopping 2. Go camping.
What is the grossest thing you can think of? When Ari pooped in her car seat and made a pool. (It was pretty crazy, she was about 6 months old)
What do you want to be when you grow up? Teacher
How many kids do you want? 3. 2 boys and 1 girl
Where do you want to live? in a 2 story house in California.
Where do you want to go to college? Same place Kyler is, MIT.
What kind of car do you want? a convertible.
dogs or cats? dogs
Your famous quote? Follow your dreams
Most embarrassing moment? When I ate dish soap and puked.
Any last words? People are beautiful inside and outside.
Sept 4: Lexi's first day of 3rd grade. This is the first year the kids have experienced the same teacher. Mrs. Walker was amazing for Kyler and has been anxiously awaiting Lexi in her class (as we have, as well!)

 Her first year going to a school without her brother

 Sept 5: Lexi's birthday.

 My tradition of the special birthday breakfast. She chose cinnamon rolls, watermelon, pineapple and hot cocoa.

 We took her lunch at school

 Thanks to birthday gift cards and money, Lexi had a shopping spree at her favorite store-Justice!
 Now that school has started and Ari was super disappointed to not be able to attend, we do preschool time everyday. She impresses me!
 Taking Lexi birthday treats to her class.
What an amazing daughter Lexi is. I am truly proud of her. She always chooses to be moral, sweet, loving, happy and helpful. I can't imagine a world with her tender heart and unrelenting love. What an honor it is to be her mama.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lexi's birthday party, family visits and Kyler starts Jr high

Lexi's tea party birthday party:

 I had been planning the party and sorting ideas for a month, then spent weeks preparing--making tissue flowers, paper hats, shopping for tea cups/pots/gloves/hat/dress, the cake decided to be difficult, I was busy, exhausted and ready to give up. But I had a vision of the perfect, girly tea party for my super sweet (nearly) 9 year old and I persisted. The outcome? An overworked, grumpy mama with a happy birthday girl.
I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.
 While Grandma, Grandpa and aunt Nicole were here, we decided to stay on the coast. The weather was absolutely perfect.

 Kyler's first day of Jr. high (6th grade). I know we've all heard the generic "time flies" before. But...what happened!? My baby boy seems to be growing into a young man in the blink of an eye. I'm glad I can say I am truly proud of him and honored I get to be his mama. I am positive his greatness will continue.

and yes, I cried.