Friday, September 18, 2009

Better Late Than Never

Many moons ago when life was a bit calmer, Alysee celebrated her seventh birthday. I feel bad that a month later it is just getting posted. Our home is slowly all starting to come together since the water incident...but that is another post itself.

Back to Alysee...
Alysee's birthday was a bit unique this year. She was able to celebrate it in Spokane with her cousins. Her aunts and Grannie put together a great party including a cute pink cake. I don't think Alysee even noticed that her family wasn't there singing along to "Happy Birthday."
This birthday was even extra special because Ami and Poppi and Birch and I gave Alysee a week of Ballerina camp lessons this summer. Oh my, she looked forward to it each day. The last day she preformed her little three minute number for all the parents to watch. I'm not sure I have ever seen her so excited.

Another fun gift that we did while Alysee was gone was redecorate her room. Alysee has begged for a pink room for years...well, it still isn't pink but it sure turned out cute! I wish I had a wide angle lens so you could get the real effect instead you will get bits and pieces.
Light fixture from IKEA
My sister-in-law Annie made all these cute vinyl ladybugs to go all around her room. The saying "Butterfly Kisses and Ladybug Hugs" fits just perfect too.
I can't remember where I got Alysee's bedding but I love it!
Ladybug crib bedding from Target
Curtains from IKEA

I had this idea while Alysee was gone at her cousins to put together these cute digital scrapbooky framed pictures. I LOVE them!!! They are all framed in black and line the back of her wall.
Chloe - 11 mos

When Alysee came home we had our own little family party. She was in birthday heaven!

What can I say about this pint-size girl? She started out as just a little thing seven years ago. Our smallest baby at 5 lb 5 oz and 18" long. For the first month or two she wore doll clothes and people were scared to hold her in fear she might break. She hasn't gotten much bigger in size but boy is she full of personality. WOW!! As she has gotten older her bi-polarness seems to have tamed itself. Alysee is a great sister to Chloe and loves to haul her around. She still loves to pretend play school, church, family, etc... She loves to read, draw, write stories, and is always creating new little habitats for her stuffed animals. Oh yea, she loves to collect little things. In fact don't tell her this but while she was gone to her cousins I took the liberty to sort through some of her treasures and weed out the garbage. I was lucky because she was so excited about her new girly room that she hasn't even missed the disappearing treasures. Alysee is a great student and especially loves the social aspect of school.
Sure do love this girl!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Blessed by the best...pass it on

Mid August our family was treated to a few days with Birch's mom's side of the family--the Harvey's in Newport, WA (right on the Pend Oreille river). The reunion was held at Bear Paw Camp. The location was AWESOME and the facilities were perfect for our large group of 64.
The reunion's theme was "Blessed by the best...pass it on" -- it was a tribute to two wonderful grandparents that now have a posterity of 102. It had been years since our family had attended a reunion so many faces were new to us.
Coop enjoying his licorice/fruit loop bracelet that he made.

I think the kids consumed more candy of the four days that we were all together then they do on Halloween. One of the highlights was Tulua's Store. The kids each were given a chain bracelet and then given the challenge to do good deeds for others. When they did something they were rewarded with a bead to add to their chain. Then a couple of times a day Tulua's store would open and the kids could "buy" things with their accumulated beads. The kids stocked up with candy and all sorts of Dollar Store type toys. They were in heaven.
When I think of the Harvey family a few things come to mind...VERY competitive Rook tournaments, ping pong, and lots talent. I think Grandma Harvey might have played Forrest Gump back when...Birch and his uncle played a tough game against Grandma Harvey and Blayre. As you can see from the picture Birch is dying at Grandma and Blayre's little victory dance they did each time they made a point.
Tyler loved playing tennis with the other cousins.
One night we all got to participate in the family talent show. We were hard up for an idea until the afternoon before we left for the reunion the kids all started coming upstairs in their superhero customs. Within a few minutes I found a cute and cheesy song called "Superhero Medley" and so we all ended up lip syncing to it.
We had two spidermans (Tyler and Alex), Alysee as Wonderwoman, Nate as Superman, Coop as Bateman, and Chloe was Robin. Birch and I were the singer people.
Alysee and cousin Lucy had a fabulous time in the outdoor swimming pool.
All the boys got to make marshmallow guns while the girls made cute little paper bag scrapbooks.
One evening we brought out our water balloon launcher and instead of launching water balloons, all the leftover candy was launched. Aunti Tami did a great job flinging that candy.
As you can imagine the kids went crazy...kind of like a pinata on steroids.
Chloe flirted with everyone but made sure that they kept their distance from touching her. She has such an infectious smile.
Nate and cousin Addision enjoying their dinner--these boys LOVE being with each other.

The meals were all super yummy and very well divided. One of the aunts put together a schedule so each meal had a chairman and then a committee of helpers. It was a great way to get to know other relatives. There was even a commercial dishwasher so clean up wasn't even too painful.
Aunti Blayre is well-loved by ALL the cousins. These girls couldn't get enough of her.
Lastly, Birch and Chloe showing off their reunion t-shirts. I especially love the apron that I came home with that also sports of the reunion logo.

We had such a great time and we're looking forward to 2011!