Friday, December 17, 2010

Yo Ra Na!!

Teya joined a Tahitian dance group a little over a month ago. Because she joined the class so late in the season she only had a few practices before the big performance on stage. But she didn't mind because she knew as long as she just shook her hips she'd look like a "real Tahitian dancer!" The class will pick back up after the holidays in January, so she'll have many more chances to show what she learns over the next year. 
 This is her best little friend Rhiannon and her older sis Rachel.

For some reason they put the tallest girls in the front of the stage and the tiny ones behind in the back... didn't make much sense to me as it was so hard to see Teya and Rhiannon. Hopefully at the next show she'll be more visible. What I did catch though is super cute :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hip Hip Hooray!!

For Teya's birthday this year I wanted her to feel really special and have the day be something memorable. Four is a fun age for kids when everything is magical, I have lots of memories being that age, so I really wanted to put on a classic kids party for Teya. So that what we did, pulled out all the classics. It was a balloon theme. The invitations and some confetti were stuffed into an inflated balloon that read "Pop Me!" At the party we had at least 80 balloons here there and everywhere. The classics were played: Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Hot Potato, and Freeze Dance, all accompanied by prizes and gift baggies.
 Two of Teya's little besties: Taylor above, Rhiannon below

 We did "Heavy Heavy Hang Over Thy Poor Head" to receive the gifts, of course.
 Teya got the jackpot with gifts this year (makes Christmas simple now...) It's a good thing we'll have a two bedroom at TVA because her toys have now completely taken over our front room!!

 Phil as the photographer at the party must like the "looking down position" because in 40% of the pictures the subject is, you guessed it, looking down.

 I like this lucky shot with Teya's face perfectly framed by that crazy hat!
 Can anyone guess what her cake is supposed to be? She made the request herself......
 It's a gum-ball machine! The white center is a stawberry cake, and the pink ends are red velvet. The round center was cooked in glass bowl, did you know you can do that?? I didn't until I made this cake, but it turned out really cool and was fun to try something different.
 We realized we didn't have any matches or lighters only when it was time to light the candles, so Phil started a paper towel on fire from our electric stove top and hurriedly transfered it to a candle. Nice job McGuiver!
 Trying out her new toys: that the blissful face I want to see at the end of her birthday!! It was a success:)

Femme Fatal!!

My Sister in Law is a HOT BABE!! I've been meaning to post this for the family since Oct or Nov... just had to let you all know how smokin' Steph is these days:)

So I Married and Iron Chef...

Its slacker catch up time for me. I will be short on the clever narratives and quick with the pictures because I'm backed up all the way from Halloween!!
Phil's dream job is to be an Iron Chef. If you haven't seen an episode before, check one out on the Food Network. Each episode revolved around a "secret ingredient" that is revealed at the last moment and must be used in each dish. For Halloween I was the "secret ingredient." Fortunately I'm not in any pictures:) I was just dressed all in black with a giant white question mark on my stomach. Clever clever.

Teya and Ava matched this year, both as Cinderella, and we didn't even plan it... maybe they have ESP just like their Mammas!! It was after both costumes were ready that we realized it, only Jessie gets the gold star because she MADE her detailed costume and I just dropped the cash-money-flow for Teyas!!

Trunk or Treat!!! My first one, (somehow always missed them in LA) so I had to pitch in and deck out our trunk... and those decorations only just got cleaned out of our trunk two weeks ago. Ha, oops.
Like our sweet ride?  Its a Honda Civic 91 baby!! No, A/C is not included:(