Wednesday, August 24, 2016

An interview with our 7 year old...

May 31, 2016
Weight - 49 lb 40 percentile
Length - 49.25 inches. 74 percentile

From the birthday girl herself: 
1. What is your favorite color? Pink and indigo. 
2. What is your favorite toy? My favorites thing to do are play piano and color.
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries and grapes.
4. What is your favorite tv show? A.N.T Farm
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Chocolate sandwich
6. What is your favorite outfit? My two long, maxi dresses.  
7. What is your favorite game? SORRY!
8. What is your favorite snack? Pretzels. 
9. What is your favorite animal? African Elephant (she did her 1st grade report on this animal) and a flamingo.  Because they are cool! 
10. What is your favorite song? Right now my favorites are from our VBS this week.
11. What is your favorite book? I like all the Weird School books. 
12. Who is your best friend? That's easy...Georgia!
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios. 
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Ride my bike or play basketball. 
15. What is your favorite drink? Water.  Chocolate milk.  Pink lemonade.  Regular lemonade.
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas because I get to spend time with my family and Easter because we get lots of candy!
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My book!
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Chocolate chip bars. 
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pizza.  La Pizetta And cake.  
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?   A singer.  A dancer.  And a mom!  

Thoughts from Mom:

1.  What is your favorite personality trait? Lily has such a huge heart. She had four special needs children in her first grade class, and she took it upon herself to walk these friends to lunch, help out in the classroom when they needed a little extra assistance, always talk kind to and about them.  She is the best big sister and such a loyal friend.
2.  What is your favorite memory this year? Watching Lily learn to play the piano.  I think we've finally found a perfect fit for our girl.  Her face lights up when she plays and she absolutely loves her lessons!
3.  What is your favorite book to read together?  Now that we have an independent reader, we don't read books aloud together as much.  She will normally read me a few pages of her latest book in bed before reading a few chapters on her own before turning off the lights.  
4. What is your favorite activity to do together?  Lily is one amazing shopper! I have so much fun running errands with her and seeing what hilarious items she 'has to have'!  And any time I can get Lily all to myself, I love just listening to her (non-stop) stories and thoughts.  
5. What is the most difficult part of parenting this year? Lily often struggles with new classes, activities, and any changes.  Dealing with her anxiety is difficult for me as I don't really understand how she feels and why she can't just "get over it" or "deal with it".  I am constantly reminding myself to be patient and kind while helping her through it.  Plus it's always hard to see our girl upset or scared!
6. What is the best part of parenting this year? Watching Lily become such a strong yet sweet young lady.  While she continues to have a strong personality, she is also so kind, sweet and loving to her friends and brother.  
7. What is your favorite song Lily sings? Lily has discovered POP music and loves Beiber, Timberlake, Arianna Grande, Taylor Swift, etc.  Oh boy, the teenage years are going to be fun! While not always my choice of songs, I can't help but enjoy her enthusiasm.  
9. What is one parenting trait you wish to improve.  Don't we all wish we were a little more patient!?!  7 years have flown by and I wish I could slow myself down, take the time to listen to her stories, play a quick game, or just sit down and snuggle.  She is such an amazing young girl, has so much to say and offer the world, and I just hope I'm not too busy or distracted to miss it.  
10.  Any last thoughts  I love our sweet, spunky, sassy and silly girl so very much!!

A life moment

Mom.  Seriously.  Think about it.  If you didn’t have any kids.  Can you imagine when dad is on a work trip and you didn’t have William and I interrupting your shows? Or talking to you while you’re trying to get work done?  How bored would you be?  You are pretty lucky you have us!”

Dear Lily.  You have NO IDEA.  I can't tell you how thankful I am for you, and the AMAZING young woman you are becoming.  

Yet... 

sometimes...

oftentimes after 8pm...

you.drive.me.bonkers 

AND

I. just. want. to. watch. a. show. by. myself. 

SO

go to bed. 

NOW. or. I. might. hurt. you

just kidding.  love mom. (i'm only kinda kidding) 

SERIOUSLY go to bed NOW!!!! 

Love you!

{kissing face emoji.  heart eye emoji} 

unless you come backdown stairs.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

7 years old!!!

I can't believe she is 7 years old!  We had multiple celebrations for our sweet, sassy, spunky girl!

Auntie M and Uncle Casey were visiting over Memorial weekend.  The girls snuck out one morning for an early birthday lunch at the American Girl cafe followed by shopping for a few new accessories.   


On her actual birthday, we invited a few friends to meet us at the pool for donuts and a morning of swim.  Summer birthday problems!  

And of course celebrated at home with Daddy and birthday cake!








Friday, June 24, 2016

Last day of school

That's a wrap on 1st grade and the Quail class at preschool.  It was a great year! 




Performances

End of school performances

Lily's art fair and music performance.  Her grade sang a handful of songs, and she played the symbols as well.  Great job Lily!


William also had a singing performance at his school.  He sang the words but wasn't interested in also doing the actions.  Sweet boy!




Lily recently started piano lessons.  New classes, sports, etc make her very nervous so the original plan was for Ryan and Lily to learn to play together.  However, after a few lessons, Ryan decided to sit outside and let her try it on her own.  Afterwords, her instructor said Lily did much better without him and recommended that she continue by herself.  Daddy got kicked out, ha!  

She absolutely loves it.  She practices on her own, multiple times a day, and is excelling.  After just a couple months, she performed two songs in the recital and was nearly flawless.  And even more special for her parents, not one ounce of nervousness or anxiety that we often see from our girl.  We are beyond proud of her!


April/May 2016

Ryan's award trip took us to Palm Beach, Florida to stay at the iconic Breakers Hotel.  We had an amazing time as always, and enjoyed some adult time together while Nanny held down the fort back at home. 




How do we get so lucky to have extended family visit us so often?  Pam had a work conference in Phoenix and Uncle Tom tagged along.  Ice cream treats at Sugar Bowl in Old Town for the win!


Lily and I snuck away one Saturday for a special girls only afternoon with friends Georgia and Michaela.  The Little Mermaid play by the Youth Theatre in downtown Mesa was a blast!  




Mothers Day with these two is always full of laughs and lots of orneriness.  I thank my lucky stars that they are mine! 



Friday, April 29, 2016

Easter morning

Easter morning.  William was being his typical goofy self and Lily is 6 going on 16! 






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