|Birthday Outfit for School Today|
I usually like to start with a picture from her birthday party, or something similar. Among the girls in her circle, this is the year of the ROLLER SKATING PARTY. Many of her friends have had their parties at the rink, so she'll be doing the same in a few weeks. Santa even brought her her very own rollerblades for Christmas. I admit to loving the skating parties. I flash back to the 80's, and I have vowed to put on a pair of "quads" for the party. I figured it was time to start embarrassing her...let her get used to it now before she's a teen-ager.
Andrea spent another summer last year playing softball with Daddy as a coach. She likes it well enough but doesn't love it. Most likely, this was her last summer, since we'd rather not push her if she's really not crazy about the sport. She's still taking swim lessons at the Y, and just starting learning to ski. We have NOT had a good winter for the skiers - Andrea got one lesson in, then the second was canceled due to lack of snow. We're hoping for enough cold weather to get in a few more classes before spring, but I'm not optimistic! She's also expressed an interest in learning tennis, so getting her started there is Daddy's next assignment.
After a few weeks at Camp Discovery again, we went on our first family cruise. Andrea loves traveling (just like Grammy!) so is usually happy to go anywhere at any time, but she LOVED being on the ship! We went to Bermuda, but I think Andrea would have been fine never getting off the boat. She loved the pool, of course, but also the never-ending ice cream at the buffet. Her favorite thing was the Pullman bed that came down from the ceiling of our cabin. If we could install one in her room at home, I think she'd be in heaven. While on the cruise, we went snorkeling. As much as Andrea likes the pool and even the ocean, she didn't love snorkeling. I think the mask was hard to get used to. She and I just wound up swimming around while the guys looked at fish.
|Getting ready to snorkel on the cruise|
|Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Peppers|
She's also decided that she's big enough to scoop out her own Halloween pumpkin. You can see from her face that she was not a big fan of the insides. She wasn't interested in trying the roasted seeds, either. We wound up putting everything outside for the squirrels and deer.