Jun 30, 2011

Cille's 1st Birthday Luau, Part 1

Saturday, June 25th, we celebrated Cille's first birthday Hawaiian style with a wet and wild backyard luau.  Cille was very excited about her big day...
She had a great time relaxing in the pool with her friends Victoria and Katelyn...

Molly and Stella were ready to hula...
I think the kid wash was maybe a little too much fun for Cille...
She dried off with Aunt Sarah...
I was able to con Rosie-baby into wearing this getup...
Are those new seashells, Ariel?  No, just new coconuts for Sarah...
Pam wins the award for best Hawaiian attire, but after Stella's princess party we had no doubt she would take this prize...
I love this picture of Kristen.  She was cracking up because I was picking on her about the size of the pool...
Isn't our friend Lilly precious?  She was even sweet enough to let us use some of her water for the party! Thanks, Lilly!
I wanted to visit Hawaii for our tenth anniversary, but isn't this just the next best thing?
Mawmaw Shirley, Pam, and Aunt Ruby said "Aloha!"
Sisters!  I hope Cille and Stella are this close when they get older...
Here's Aunt Sheila helping the birthday girl exit the hot tub...
Stella chose to lounge for a little longer...
I love this picture of Molly Jane but it kind of makes me sad because she looks so grown up!
More party fun to come!

Jun 29, 2011

Learning to Swim - Videos

At the beginning of the summer, Stella took two weeks of swimming lessons with Mrs. Kathy Mabile.  We took video throughout the lessons to track her progress and record all her hard work.  She has become quite the little mermaid this summer! The first video shows her progress after just three lessons...


After 4...


After 8 days...


And at the end of swimming lessons.  (She ended up taking 8 and a half lessons because they got rained out one day!)


Thanks, Mrs. Kathy!  We are so proud of our little fishie!  Way to go, Stella!

Jun 27, 2011

Having Her Cake and Eating It, Too

Warning: If you are not interested in seeing many, MANY pictures of my beautiful daughters, you are reading the wrong blog post. Proceed with caution. You have been warned.

On the evening of Cille's birthday, Mawmaw and Pawpaw came to visit and give Cille birthday presents...
Cille's favorite thing in the world is to climb into Stella's red polka dot rocking chair, so we decided to get her a chair of her own for her birthday.  Now Stella wants a pink chair, too...
Wow!  This present from Mawmaw and Pawpaw is HUGE...
Cille was very excited about the gift, but unwrapping it was hard work...
She decided to start off with something smaller...
She loves her new beach towel!
Mawmaw brought dot-to-dot cards for the big sister...

Daddy found them quite challenging...






Dot-to-dot cards...fun for the whole family!
Even Cille got in on the act...
Stella also got some silly string.  Thanks, Mawmaw.  (Did the sarcasm come through in the typing?  Just checking.)

Gotcha!  No one was safe...

Once that big box was opened Cille helped assemble her gift...
Here she is supervising the project...

Checking to make sure it meets the safety code...
"It's good!"
Stella is quite the little roofer...
"Yep, it's straight!"
Taking pride in a job well done...
Cille really loves her playhouse...
Cille also started giving kisses a couple of days before her birthday.  Here she is planting a wet one on Stella...

After presents, we had dinner at La Carreta followed by birthday cake!
And a sip of lemonade...
Stella helped blow out the candle...
We have a strong suspicion that Cille is making this horrible face because she is allergic to dairy.  We'll visit the allergist and find out soon...

I told Damon to get chocolate cake...

Yuck!
I love how Damon is so involved with keeping the girls clean...
Who needs napkins?  Not Pourciaus!
The cake didn't magically regenerate.  These pictures are from a different camera...

Cille was very complimentary of our singing...

And she always shares....