Monday, July 14, 2014

Glad Camp

Last week, Natalie was at GLAD camp. It is a day camp for girls, based on developing girls’ confidence and positive self-image.

The camp put a video together with pictures from the 5 days the girls were there. They played it for the parents at the closing ceremony on Friday. If you are patient enough to watch it (it's kinda long), you'll see Natalie in quite a few pictures (Hint: There are some good pictures at around 2:26 and 8:30). I think this was a great experience for Natalie, and she really seemed to enjoy it!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Toys, toys everywhere...

Natalie's latest obsession is to make elaborate displays of her toys. Here's one using her dolls:
Arranged in groups by size, etc...
She'll even do it with her "friends" (a.k.a. stuffed animals) in her bed:
Fortunately, she still has room for herself, too - but just barely!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Girls night out

Sometimes, girls just wanna have fun... So Natalie and I had a girls night out.

We started by going out for dinner. The dessert was pretty special, so Natalie wanted me to take pictures of her (we texted them to Karsten so he could see all the fun we had):
Gotta love the expression on her face. Had to include this picture, even though the light i a bit off.
And here's another cute one!

After dinner, we went to Chuck-E-Cheese. Natalie got really hooked at this "jump-rope" game - and she got really good at it, too:


Friday, March 21, 2014

Just a couple of cute pics

The other day, I was cleaning up looking thru some of my pictures on my phone, and I came across a couple of cute ones that definitely are worth sharing:
On our way to jammy-day at daycare.
On our way out to go to a hockey game. Natalie had won the tickets at school thru their jump-rope for heart program.
At Barnes and Nobles - having lunch. Her school had a reading program / book fair at the bookstore on a Saturday, and of course we went. We had a great time listening to the teachers and some of the older classes read stories / do plays / sing in the chorus, etc... We decided to have lunch at their cafe. Don't worry, Natalie had "real" food first before this huge desert.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Family activity night at school

Natalie's school had a family activity night. One room was filled with board games, etc. The other room was the gym filled with fun things to do. Knowing Natalie, it isn't surprising that we never made it to the board games...
Slalom obstacle course - Natalie competed against one of her friends.
Natalie loved the climbing wall...
... and she was really good at it, too!
But I think her favorite was the hula-hoops:

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

This year, St. Patrick's Day really started the evening before. Natalie made a really cool leprechaun trap. Well, it really was more like a house than a trap - made out of shoe boxes and doll house furniture:
The living room, with a bridge into the pink reading room...
The pink room, the bathroom, and the kitchen.
The Leprechaun came overnight. He went in the window and out the door. And he even dropped a couple of gold (chocolate) coins:
Leprechaun footprints.
The day itself was also full of fun:
Traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast: Lucky Charms and green milk.
And no St. Patrick's Day would be complete without the treasure hunt for the pot of gold (or other goodies) at the end of the rainbow:
Reading the next clue.
Where to go next...
The goodies included a big beach towel this year.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Swimsuit model

Before going to the waterpark for Karsten's birthday, Natalie had to check if her swim suits from last year still fit. So, she put on a fashion show:
Pose number one.
Ready to take on the world.
The sassy one...
As you can see, it turned out they all were a little small on her, so we ended up picking up a couple of new suits. But the fashion show pics were just too fun not to post.