Illuminating Stella

October 2015 archive

Our Little Cheerleader

Stella participated in a cheerleading fundraiser for the Mary Star of the Sea High School over the weekend. My friend’s daughter is a Senior Cheerleader and they invited Stella to be in the clinic, which was so nice of them. It was from 10am-1:30pm on Saturday. I was nervous about Stella being able to last for 3.5 hours and not get totally nuts and drive the girls crazy. But, she had such a great time and was mostly well-behaved and happy just to be there.  I think Cheerleaders might even now rank higher in her esteem than the Disney Princesses. Honestly, they were so great with her and are such wonderful role models. Their poise, polite manners, great attitudes, friendly team dynamic and athleticism was all very impressive. She loved all the attention from the girls and definitely wants to be a cheerleader now. It all brought back such great memories of my days on JV and Varsity Cheer. Sorry for the blurry Iphone pics, I really wish I brought the good camera, also that uploading video wasn’t such a pain, because the video is so adorable. If Stella has as much energy and fanciful flair in her teen years as she does now, it might just be the perfect sport for her.

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Tanaka Farms 2015

We’ve taken the girls (Stella and her cousins) to Tanaka Farms the last four years now. It’s pretty amazing when you look back at the photos over time. So much changes in a year, but looking back over the span of four Halloweens is almost unsettling. How can the tiny baby who was only 4 months celebrating her first pumpkin patch event be such a tall, wild and commanding force of nature now? Looking back at that baby, propped up on pile of pumpkins could anyone have guessed the cascade of wild curls, the sassy attitude, the tenacity, the sweetness, the drama and overall huge personality in the works there? We had no idea what we were in for. Today, our trip to the pumpkin patch was cut short by a pretty intense melt down that nobody enjoyed. Stella had a big weekend that included a four hour cheerleading camp and a cousin sleepover, both of which she was very well-behaved for. So who knows if overstimulation got the best of her. We all tried to reason with Little Miss S, but to no avail. Guess there’s always next year! Hoping to make some time for a few more posts to include what we’ve been up to lately.

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