Monday, October 24, 2011

Tom 6, Abby 3

Well, it finally happened. About 10 months after Abby lost her first two teeth (on the bottom) she finally lost a top tooth. She looks like a jack-o-lantern just in time for Halloween!

Tom has lost 6 teeth already and his top two in the front have come in with a nice gap between them which I'm sure will fill in as he gets more adult teeth. I'm hoping this means he will not need braces.  On the other hand Abby's two front bottom teeth have come in crooked. Her poor mouth is so tiny, just like the rest of her and I think she inherited my big teeth!

Cheese!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cheerleading

On Saturday, October 8, The UC Davis Cheer and Dance Team had an "Aggiette" cheer clinic for children ages 5 and up. They took the kids in at 1pm, taught them how to cheer and dance, fed them pizza at 4:30 and then they got to cheer from the sidelines at the UC Davis football game from 6pm-7:30.  At 7:30 they did a half time performance.

Abby was absolutely in love with being on the field cheering with the cheerleaders. She asked me why she can't do this every week! At 40 bucks a pop, I can see why it's only once a year! Those poor cheerleaders had a couple dozen little girls to babysit for 6.5 hours.

Abby was the only one in a pink skirt, so she should be easy to pick out of the crowd in the photos.  Keep in mind, Paul wasn't there, so the pictures aren't as good as he would have done.

Abby on the sidelines:



Abby at the half time show:






Abby at the half time show finale. 



Friday, October 07, 2011

Birthday Madness

It happened. A week ago my babies turned 7. At least they still like to be called my babies and they still think that I'm the smartest mom in the world. I know this will not last long so I am living it up!

On Friday night, the day before the birthday we took the twins to their school carnival. The carnival name changes from year to year, this year it was called the Harvest Festival. Nothing like dropping a hundred bucks for luke warm catered food and balloon animals. The twins had a blast and I think a lot of money was raised for the school PTA so that's all that matters.

John and Fran arrived for the weekend festivities that night and the twins were thrilled to see them!

On Saturday we had a family party after soccer-palooza.  Though Tom had 3 rare shots on goal, his team lost but put up a good fight.  Tom's game ended at 1:30 and we headed home for the 2pm festivities.  Paul did a fabulous job creating the perfect cupcakes and homemade ice cream. The twins opened plenty of lovely gifts. Around dinner time all the guests stuck around so we headed to a chinese/Mongolian BBQ restaurant only 1 mile from our house. I love the proximity of this place, close enough to bike to in the summer and the food is de-lish!

Round 1 of singing and cupcakes on Saturday.



Here are the big group shots from Saturday's party.



By Sunday I was spent. I was so over the endless commitments but there was more to do. The twins had their party at a local amusement park for small children called Funderland. It really was a breeze to be able to pay someone to entertain the kids. Well, parents stayed and watched their own children, but having the rides to play on instead of a party at home was definitely the way to go. No mess and the cost is really about the same. Somehow at $13.95/head we had 20 guests ride for 2 hours for only $219. So apparently math isn't Funderland's strong suit, but I wasn't going to complain.

The twins spent most of the day with their eyes closed, but you can tell they were enjoying the roller coasters!



More singing and more cupcakes.
This is the aftermath from the second party.


Totally unrelated but thought I should mention it, Tom tied the school's fastest second grader in the jog-a-thon last month. They both ran 3.06 miles (17 laps around the half track) in 30 minutes!!! Way to go Tom! He has some serious lungs on him. Abby ran about 1.5 miles, which is the furthest she's ever run at one time before. So proud! The jog-a-thon also raised enough money to keep the librarian for the rest of the school year and extra money to keep her around for the start of next year as well.