Illuminating Stella

The Rest of the Summer

The summer season has ended and we have moved on to our Fall Routine now; a new preschool, new hip hop dance class and the beginnings of a soccer career. But before we move on, I thought I’d document some of the fun we had in August, the bookend to a really nice summer in So Cal.

Birthday parties, the best ones have bounce house waterslides according to little Miss. Her fierce pose here makes me LOL.

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The pool is always a blast when you are with your cousins and a few water play Barbie Dolls at Gigi and Grandpa’s house. We have graduated to Barbies by the way. No turning back now.

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Afternoon playdates with Jane.

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The OC Fair, most fun was the pig races. Unicorn and rainbow face paint is so her.

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Bay Days and first rides in the kayak. Hard to believe my baby girl is big enough for such things, but there she was, no fear at all.

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Fun trip to the Bay Area to visit Cousin CC. We hit Fairyland with friends, had a great day in the city and ended up visiting more family in San Rafael and catching the Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead Songs and Storytime at Terrapin Crossroads. Stella loves her CC very much!

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End of summer playdate with our LB Playgroup. It was so hot, look at their sweaty brows.

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Trial day at her new preschool. She was a good sport and was very excited to be there.

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Knockerball and Taco Truck Birthday Party for Sofie’s Dad who turned the big 4-0!

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Dress-up playdates with Grace.

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Grady’s Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. These two were super cheesy cute together!

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Fun staycation at a little resort in Anaheim. Great “Pirates Cove” waterpark and a separate pool too. Just Ally, me and the girls and they were in heaven. Such a fun overnight getaway. The Barbies loved it too.

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Adventure City, which ended up being such an awesome little amusement park, affordable, no crowds and the kids had a blast.

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Brave little jumper at the Lakewood Mall. She had a blast!

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Still loves to paint and begs to paint all the time! See her happy face.

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First soccer practice. This is gonna be cute!

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Fun afternoon at the aquarium.

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Goodbye summer, you were very good to us!

Dance Recital 2016

Stella participated in her second big recital in July with her dance studio. She absolutely loved her “creative movement” class and the opportunity to perform on a big stage in a pink and white tutu getup was pure icing on the cake for her. The recital is a pretty big time commitment, beyond the once a week classes we had a few Saturday rehearsals, picture day and then a solid four day marathon the week of the show with a tech rehearsal, dress rehearsal and two nights of performances. For the second year John and I volunteered to watch kids backstage which is pure chaos when it’s going smoothly. Being cooped up in a room with about 30 preschoolers is wink wink….just awesome.

This year the ballet was Storybook Land and Stella’s class was Little Boy Blue’s Sheep in the Meadow. Since the recital Stella has switched to an Acro class which she is loving and then in September she will start in the Hip Hop Class, which I am pretty excited for. We are also starting Jamboree Soccer and a new preschool, so lots of change and new adventures for Stella!

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Midsummer Nights Dream

Summer so far. Here’s what we’ve been up to.

Fun day at Atlantis Play Center, we always love this place. The girls got to try out the splash pad for the first time too.

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Hot summer nights at the Farmer’s Market

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Park dates followed by fro-yo!

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A dip in the pool and BBQ at Gigi & Grandpa’s.

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Pajama Day at Preschool.

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Four year check-up at the pediatrician, she says this kid is looking good!

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Sleeping Beauty Week at Preschool. They are doing a Disney theme for the summer, highlighting a different movie each week and have activities and games planned around the theme. It’s been pretty cute, someone is a huge fan of the program.

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Rehearsals for the big dance production. Lemonade for good behavior. Blog post on the recital coming soon.

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Fourth of July. We went to a block/birthday party for one of Stella’s school buddies then on to BBQ and fireworks with at my Sister’s house. Great holiday!

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Pageant of the Masters and an overnight date in Laguna Beach for my birthday. Annual tradition.

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Breakfast at the diner with our “space cadet”. Love this cute tee which was a birthday gift from a friend who’s company called Indigo and Bloom sells on Etsy.

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Swim lessons Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons all summer. She is getting very strong with her skills!

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Concerts in the park.

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Visit from CC! We are heading up to the Bay Area to visit her this month. Getting excited.

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Baked pear from the garden with simple vanilla ice cream. Perfect summer dessert.

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Trips to the park, wearing a dress that was once mine. I need to find a picture of me in this dress to show her! She’s also becoming quite the acrobat at the park, makes me nervous. We are switching to an Acro Class at her dance studio for the month of August. Maybe that will fill her need to tumble.

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More fro-yo! Super Mario Brothers style.

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Something called “the cloud” at Snow Monster, the new ice cream spot on 2nd Street. This is a scoop of ice cream with a cotton candy cloud over it. Pretty ridiculous.

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Love my girl so much! Here’s to the rest of the summer. Hope it slows down a bit.

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