April 24, 2014

Lillian's 7th Birthday

Lillian turned 7 this past week, and despite the whole family getting sick with a stomach bug, we managed to pull off a pretty awesome birthday celebration. We celebrated in her classroom on Friday with her birthday buddy Jaz, who shares the exact same birthday as Lillian. The party had to be delayed due to Passover and her illness, but by Friday both birthday kids were ready to share rainbow fruit-kebabs and 'frutamilas' (animals made out of fruit) with their class.

Lillian specifically requested a blue princess cake with white flowers for her birthday party. Eric was able to deliver on the request with some pretty awesome results. Eric baked the cake and layered it up with jam, custard and whipped cream, while Lillian helped out sculpting the flowers out of marzipan all by herself. The cake was a masterpiece, and kids and parents agreed and quickly gobbled it up. 

April 21, 2014

Everything is Awesome . . . at Legoland

We made a requisite trip to a theme park while in Florida with a visit to Legoland. We've been hearing great things about Legoland in California, but haven't make it down to San Diego yet so we decided to eschew Disney and opt for Legoland instead. Legoland has taken over the former Cyprus Gardens in central Florida and the former gardens are still there, complete with Lego ladies in fancy dresses and Lego-men water skiers. The main attraction is the grotto full of fantastic Lego miniatures of landmarks from around the country. Nathaniel could have spent hours checking out the creations, but there were a lot of other things to see, such as meeting Emmett from the Lego movie.  The most memorable ride was "driving school," where kids were able to drive little Lego themed cars around a track. Nathaniel tried out the one for kids 3-5 with some pretty entertaining results (2 and 5 months counts as 3, right?). He really had no clue what he was doing and didn't manage to get the car to go more than a few feet from where he started. Lillian got to try out the version for kids 6-11 which featured a realistic road with traffic lights, stop signs and intersections. Lillian did marginally better than Nathaniel since she was able to get her car to go, but proceeded to drive on the wrong side of the road, ignore signage, and get her self stuck against the curb many times. Thankfully, we've got 9 more years before she actually starts driving.

Spring Break

We spent our spring break visiting Grandma Betty and Grandpa Terry in Florida. We spent our week visiting the Ringling Museum, going to the Beach, and swimming in the pool. Nathaniel loved splashing in the water and we eventually discovered that a pool noodle could be used to keep him afloat in the deeper water. We capped off our week with an early birthday celebration for Lillian.

April 15, 2014

Dia Del Niño

Lillian's school has a carnival every spring to celebrate Dia Del Niño, which is a holiday to celebrate children in Latin America. This year Lillian got to preform with the schools Mexican folkloric dance troupe. She has been practicing every week after school for the big day and finally had an opportunity to display her skirt twirling skills with the fancy skirt that her Grammy made for her.