Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rainbow Birthday

What type of first birthday party could a RainbowBaby have other than a Rainbow Party of course?  We had a simple party for RainbowBaby - just cake and presents in the backyard - but what a cake it was!  I found several cool examples of rainbow cakes online and had to try my hand at making one. 

Birthday cake - outside

RainbowBaby blowing out her candle.

Birthday cake - inside
How fun is that?

RainbowBaby even got her own rainbow cake all to herself!

What do I do with this?

Eat it???

In addition to cake, we had umbrella and raindrop cookies and cupcakes with suns on them. 

Umbrella and raindrop sugar cookies.  Yum!

Sunshine cupcakes

The cupcakes didn't turn out exactly as I'd pictured them in my head.  I used those sugar covered orange slices that you find in the candy aisle.  I flattened them with a rolling pin and then cut them into strips.  Some of them got stretched out making them look kind of like octopuses (or octopi? or an octopus?)

We also had party hats and decorations.  I loved the idea of making these tissue paper flowers, but then discovered that we didn't have anywhere to put them.  Oh well - they looked fun on the fence!

Birthday girl in a party hat!

We had so much fun that the birthday girl fell asleep in her swing! 

Oh when the mighty fall!

I can't believe that it's been a year!  Well, over a year now......RainbowBaby is 15 months old!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Skating camp - Solo Program

At last!  My video software and you.tu.be are done fighting and I was able to upload TinyDancer's solo program. 


Friday, July 22, 2011

Questions that are better left unasked - Part 1

I think that I'm going to start a new series on my blog called "Questions that are better left unasked".  The first question will be:

1.  Why is Barbie floating in the toilet? 

Every kid needs a special place to store their stuff right?  A place that their siblings aren't allowed to (or won't) invade to steal their stuff.  Well, RainbowBaby seems to have chosen her "special place".  It's not behind the couch or under a bed or even in a potted plant.  Nope.  She's chosen a throne.  A glorious throne that unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook) no one wants to reach in to remove stuff. 

In the past few days I've removed a comb, a book (sorry Nina Nina Ballerina), a crayon, and today a Barbie from the toilet.  Thankfully we've finally gotten my six year old to start flushing again and my three year old can't climb onto the potty by herself.  Otherwise we'd have some real.... uh.....prizes on our hands!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Skating Camp - Off ice program

Can you handle any more videos? 

I only have two more from skating camp.  Below is the off ice program that TinyDancer learned.  In addition to skating, they worked on stretching and ballet and a few other off ice things.  I think that TinyDancer enjoyed the dancing part as much as the skating!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Skating Camp - All Camp Program

I posted yesterday the skating program that TinyDancer learned with her class at skating camp.  They also learned a program that included everyone that participated in the camp.  TinyDancer has decided that she does not like synchro skating because it is "too hard".  8 )  I'm sure that it is hard when you have girls at different levels all trying to do the same thing. 

I hope that the video doesn't make you too queasy.  I was taping and RainbowBaby kept hitting my videoing arm.  8 )


Monday, July 18, 2011

Skating Camp - Group Program

A few weeks ago, TinyDancer attended a week long skating camp.  She had a blast!  Each girl that attended learned a program of their own and each class learned a program.  For some reason her solo program didn't upload to y.ou.tube correctly.  Below is the group program that her class learned.  I think that they are skating to 'California Girls' by Katy Perry.  OMG I am not ready for her to start listening to that type of music!  8 )


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

First skating competition

TinyDancer started taking skating lessons in September. She has decided that she is going to be an Olympic figure skater and an Olympic gymnast and ballet dancer and a singer and a 'mom that works' (as opposed to a 'mom that stays at home') and a bunch of other things. She has also promised that she is going to live at home forever and get up with me everyday and help me make breakfast and then make the beds. I love that she has both the confidence and the innocence to believe that it is possible to do all of these things at the same time. She started taking private lessons right around January and had her first competition in March.

I love watching her skate. She has no fear in general when she is racing around the neighborhood on her bike or her roller skates or her scooter. But she really has NO FEAR on the ice. She likes to see how fast she can go which does cause her to fall. A lot! Sometimes she'll fall just right and be done with skating for that day. But most of the time she falls and gets right back up and carries on. 8 )

Here is the video from her first competition. She competed in two events - basic elements and a program.


Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

We had a great day and hope that you did too!