Sunday, December 9, 2012

La fĂȘte de Teya

I love these sister moments, sharing a Popsicle and puzzles. 

This seems to be her new camera smile :) 
 Okay now where did she learn that shoulder pose....?
 Oh, right, of course!
 All together now, lets cheese it!
 This is Teya in anticipation of her friends coming over and the party starting, literally dancing like a maniac around the house and bursting with joy. I love seeing the birthday girl feel like a Queen for a day. 
 Some booty shake in front of the fireplace. Appropriate.
 Oh it feels so good to be 6! She told me later on, while dressed in her new head to toe outfit from Grandma Bella (Thanks Mom!) that she feels like she's 16, and that she thinks she looks like she's 16 too. Oh no.....

 We have a very similar picture of me sitting on a couch like this, around this age... and I kind of see a resemblance in her for the first time here. Ah, my girl. 
 Now for a photo-monologue of Teya's birthday enthusiasm. 

 Wow. That was intense. 
The first game of the party, Pin the Hair, Eyes, and Boots on Cartoon Teya. 
 The complete look.
 A genuine caught on camera reaction to the first gift I let her open, Steve Madden boots from G-ma Bella. Super super super win on this one Mom!
 Daddy comes home just in time, and he gets his "gros calin" from Eden. She's always the first to run up to him at the door. 

 After a successful game of pass the parcel, it's pressie time.
 'Sup homie?
 "Heavy heavy hang over thy poor head, what do you wish with a BUMP on the head?"
 Alex, from Spain, just moved here and in Teya's class at school. They are besties and I approve. He's a cute kid and they get along well. His Spanish is clearly flawless, so says Phil. Hm, now it's a toss up between him and Popo, but at least she has a consistent preference for foreigners. 
 Eden rightly doing what little munchkin sisters should do at birthday parties, slyly in the background sneak pressies when no one is looking and tear into them. (...remembering the old classic film of Jessie's 4th birthday girls?)
 Teya's other best friend here, Jordie. Phil on the couch there? Ya, he was dead asleep 5 minutes later and I took him to his room and tucked him under the covers. He slept the rest of the party. 

  I never got a picture of the sliced cake: It's alternating 2 purple and 2 white layers, vanilla-almond cake with cream cheese frosting. 

 After Teya left for a 2nd party at another friend's house (a Christmas movie sleepover party) Eden didn't leave this chateaux nor the pet shoppes the rest of the night.  
 The Spoils of the Night
One last gift to open. Is she really still small enough to fit inside a bag?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Some of the Reasons

I've grown fond of Salem really quickly. I'm not sure I'd like to stay here forever.... let down deep roots.... the commitment-phobia to location hasn't left me yet. But it's charming here, just the right size of a city, it seems authentic and varied enough to be lots of fun for a few years.  
These are random images of the moments we spend here in Sizzalem
daddy daughter bonding time, this is what they do: practice pushups of course

 Lots of rainy skies also means lots of inside reading time for Teya, she loves it fortunately. She is very much into books now, we currently have 35 rented from the library!

 Eden's rainy day obsession is PUZZLES. In French they're called Head-Breakers, le casse-tete, and she loves mastering them, never ending repetition doesn't bother her

 Phil's rainy day obsession is TV. Duh.

 Bush Park, what Central Park is to NYC only appropriately scaled down to fit a Salem size city. Many long walks happen here.

 This isn't our neighborhood, I just like walking around these streets that have super old and charming houses on them, with great landscape architecture because stuff just grows here. This is an oooooooold house
 The everything must be red corner
 This is definitely a plant lovers paradise. 

 And an old Architecture lovers happy place

 Moss holds the city together I'm pretty sure, Salem's glue. It's on everything, even old trucks driving around. 

 I'll take that chimney

 There's too many of these, but they do stay outside.... so far anyway.....

 Craftsman house with these great plants

 Monstrosity tree with a deck build around it

 Gnarly tree, I want this one in my yard, any idea how i can get one??!! (same tree above and below)

We put up our tree when we got back from Utah.... we couldn't wait! It had to happen, it's been waiting in storage since Phil and I were engaged and it's all brand new, never used, super high quality. Teya of course soaked up the whole production and Eden even had a great time overloading the bottom branches with too many ornaments, but I left them all there. That's how it is :) My hands, however, are less happy as they are literally torn to shreds from setting the tree up while Eden napped. Small sacrifice to pay.

 There's only half and inch from the top of our tree to the ceiling.