Sydney's 'SEW' cool party!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
We lucked out this year with Sydney's Birthday being on a Saturday, so we could do all of our celebrating in one big fun filled day.  She woke up as early as she could, we ran out and got donuts.  Yum!  And then, after lunch, it was time to collect her best buds, and head off to do some sewing!

Here's our cute & fun crew once we arrived at the stitch lounge:

Syd prepping and planning her stylish skirt:

And stitching away...

All the girls were amazing sewers, they sat so focused.

Until I told them to look at me! :)

We were so glad to have Jason around to help.  He became quite the hem ironing master.

Here are all fo the girls with their fabulously complete skirts!

And by request, one more shot with "Licorice", the super cool shop dog...

Birthday girl plus parents...

And a few more poses outside with my cute girlies...

Then it was time to go back to our house for cake!  Syd "designed" this cake all herself.  She was pretty proud of it.  Brooke figured it was way too small ;).

TEN candles to blow out this year!!!

Brooke and her neighbor buddy joined us for cake too...

I had Syd come out and model her skirt for me.  She really enjoys designing things, and added as many little extra details as they would allow.

Here's a close up of the front - the brown is a pocket she made.

And, the back, with three extra patches and some criss-cross ribbon on the other side.

After the big party, she chose to go out to Denny's for dinner...yum (for her, anyway).

She had a fabulous 10th Birthday, she now wants a sewing machine for Xmas also!

Craftin' & Swimmin'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The girls got to do the big reveal of their t-shirts that they made at camp yesterday.  Super cute!

And then, we went from camp to our buddy's house to swim, it was a good day!

Check out the view we have while we swim...doesn't get much better!  And Syd's swim's our new solution for not having huge unremovable knots after swimming!

Having fun at craft camp!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This week brings the girls' first camp adventure.  A good friend from our school puts on a little camp at her house (just up the hill, which is fabulous) where they do two crafts every day.  My girls are in heaven!

Yesterday was the first day.  They made magnetic boards.  I can't wait to see the final finished product today.

Brooke is in the "young group", with her little buddy Carmen.  They are thrilled to be together...

And Syd has a ton of girls her age...

The second project for yesterday was t-shirts!  They masked off parts of the shirt and picked out paint.  The grown-ups were going to paint them over night, so today they get to do the big reveal to see how they turned out.

Here's the entire camp crew!  I giggle at this one because I know how Brooke hates to look into the sun at a camera...

We're excited to see what day two brings!!

Trying to catch more tricks

Friday, July 12, 2013
She speeds on her scooter at the speed of light, and jumps.  I try to catch it in a's tough!  We will try again when we have more time :-).  For now...we have this...

Getting tricky on the monkey bars

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This year the playground was all about the monkey bars for Brooke.  She was determined to figure out how to do them, whether her hands were blistery or not.  She tried every day, and was SO excited when she figured it out mid-way through the year.  The other day we played while waiting for Sydney's tennis lesson, and she decided to get tricky...doing spins on the bars!


Saturday, July 6, 2013
How is it possible that this kid is going to be ten in just 21 days??

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