I got the idea from a friend to make some cookies with Alanna and pass them out to our neighbors. This will be a forever tradition for us...it was SO much fun! We have only met one of our neighbors and we've lived here for 4 months now. This was a great way to meet them and chat with them. They were all so amazed that we would make something for them and thanked us over and over. We also prayed for them as we were walking to their house. Alanna came home and was smiling ear to ear and said she wanted to do this again! <3
Alanna's BFF in Vegas is Kennedy. For her birthday party, her mom invited 3 girls to come and have manicures together and then out to eat. These girls were squealing and giggling the whole time and each one had to have just the right amount of sparkles and glitter!! That nail salon will never be the same. HAHA. The workers were talking as fast as they could in Vietnemese about us crazy moms, I'm sure. One of them kept asking me, "you sure you don't want manicure too?" They couldn't believe we were just there for the little girls I guess.
They all chose different colors and sparkles and were SO PROUD of their choices! Kiera (on the left) just turned six last week, then Alanna is 4, Kennedy is 6, and Bryn is 4. They all get along so well.
We ended the night at Mac Shack (a custom mac n cheese restaurant that is fully organic) and had a Rapunzel cake for dessert. I think this is the way to go as far as parties are concerned and we might have to do the same next August for Alanna. (Plus it was a fun girls night out for us moms as well!!)
This was our first time to ever attempt a gingerbread house and I think it came out fairly cute. Of course it had to be a Mickey house and of course it had to be pink!
There were several broken pieces of candy and icing drips that just HAD to be licked and eaten too! =) I don't think we'll be winning any awards, but I do think we will make this a tradition from now on. It was a lot of fun to do as a family.
Alanna decided that her nativity set needed some 'extras' this year. She is adamant that there was a dog in the stable with baby Jesus and she is pretty sure there must have been a chicken too. I don't really disagree. I'm sure there were many animals. But I know for certain that there were no pink Mariposa fairies looking down on that special night that Christ was born. =)
Cie-J taught Alanna to play "Go Fish" and it is so much fun!! It's neat that she can understand the basic idea about cards because Cie-J is itching to teach her Dummy Rummy. =D Almost every night after supper, we play a game or two. Alanna is hysterical when she gets her cards and looks at them. She says "Woohoo! Yeah, baby!" if she gets matching cards in her hand. We have no clue where she would have heard that or gotten it from, but it's cute! It's a great way to unplug and just spend family time together. Alanna hugged Cie-J after teaching her and told him that it was her best night ever. She even won a game all on her own!
Watch out Grandpa, Grammy, and GG...we have another Brown card player in the making!!!
After ballet class was over, the teacher put on some music and told the girls they could have some free time to dance however they wanted. Alanna and Kennedy grabbed each others hands and danced around like this. Her mom and I just cracked up!!
Then they twirled around and around and around.
I asked Alanna in the car what they were doing and she said "Mom, we were dancing fancy."
One of our friends threw a Mad Hatter Tea Party at her house and requested all the kids to dress up as their favorite character from Alice In Wonderland. We immediately thought of Alice, but then I remembered this red dress in Alanna's closet and asked her if she wanted to be the Queen of Hearts instead. She got to wear a tiara and act like a princess all day long, so she was in!! Haha. And she was the ONLY Queen of Hearts amongst a sea of girls in blue dressed up as Alice. It was such a fun day!!
And she looked absolutely adorable!
But the sun was really bright and it was hard to get a good picture.
But she was over it pretty quickly.
On a side note...this was a Christmas dress from when she was 2 and it still fits!!! Crazy.
We took Alanna to the park and let her ride her bike. She had a blast and it was actually a bit chilly! Amazing to think that it gets cold in the desert. =)
Biggest accomplishment to date: Alanna can swing herself on the swings now! Pump your legs!
She called this the "spider web" and was thrilled that she could climb it all by herself. We almost never got her off of that thing. She definitely lives up to the name Monkey.
Funny story: She told me that she could climb all the way up to the top of the sausages. I couldn't imagine what she thought was like a sausage at the park until she showed me. Sure enough! It looks like sausage links. Only my girl...
And then daddy jumped on the swings and they tried to see who could get the highest! Fun day! And on a side note, this was around 4pm in the afternoon and look how dark it was!! The sun sets here at 4:30pm and it's so so sad. I hate it. But I love the climate and so much more, so I can deal with it. =)
My child has cracked me up nonstop this week. She has such detailed thoughts and asks big questions that a 4 year old shouldn't even be worrying about. Lately she has been obsessed about her future...
1. She told me that when it's time for college, she will move far away from me and that I will cry. (true) 2. She told me that her husband will drive a motorcycle and she will drive a car and that she will buy him a helmet for Christmas. (yikes) 3. Then she told me that she has changed her mind and that she will just drive to college during the day and then come home to my house and live there at night. (pinky promise?) 4. While taking a shower with me, she asked me when I will let her start shaving her legs! (Seriously!?!) 5. She also told her entire Sunday School class at church that her mommy had a baby in her tummy (WHICH I DO NOT) and I started getting many many congratulations from friends. =/
6. I also have this hysterical video of her that I happened to catch this week. I'll put that up next week.
Alanna couldn't wait for Mamaw to come and visit because she had promised to ride all the rides with her at Circus Circus. I was shocked to find out that they require the adults to wear a safety belt on the carousel. LOL! I guess those horses (and dragons and rabbits) can get pretty wild!
Alanna loves this horse with flowers. She calls it *her* horse.
This is Alanna's favorite ride at Circus Circus. She asked to do it over and over. Cie-J had to tag team with Mamaw because he was starting to get nauseous.
It cracks me up that there are four people squished into the front seat of this bus, and that all the other seats are open. Alanna told these girls that her Mamaw would watch out for them too. =)
This picture is my absolute favorite picture from the whole week that Mamaw was here. This is the look of pure joy. Alanna has no fear and was completely disgusted that she couldn't ride the big roller coaster yet. This ride seems like it goes really fast, but I discovered that it only goes 11.5 miles an hour.
I'm not sure who had more fun, Alanna, or Mamaw. =)
For days, Alanna was so excited about her first dentist appointment. They promised her a brand new princess toothbrush if she would come and get her teeth cleaned. She was ready! I just couldn't believe big she looked laying on that chair.
She was not nervous or worried at all! She literally sat perfectly still and acted like she had done this a million times before. The technician kept complementing how amazing she was.
It also helps though, that there was a TV above her chair with Ice Age playing. HAHA!