Mar 31, 2015

Christmas 2014

A long over due update on Cailyn and Christmas.  Christmas 2014 was filled with a lot of excitement.  Cailyn was excited for Santa.  We actually had a Santa call placed to Cailyn early in December to tell he that she was not on the nice list yet, but, if she kept doing all the right things she would make it in time for Christmas.  This put some good fear into her and she took the message to heart.  By Christmas Eve, Santa had placed another call to confirm that she indeed had made the nice list.  Christmas morning was what I had always imagined life with a child would be.  A very excited little girl awoke to see if Santa had finished his milk and cookies.

A very nice stocking ....

Very much a pro at opening her gifts!  And "she just needed" all of her gifts!

In advance of the actual holiday, Cailyn had a nice holiday party at school.  The kids were able to show off their jolly phonics and offer gifts to their teachers.  Parents got to spend time in the class and enjoy some snacks and drinks.  Cailyn likes to be the helper for Jolly Phonics.

Cailyn also discovered winking in December... She is winking at Miss Join this video.  Cailyn is VERY fond of Miss Jo.

Cailyn and her school friend Chelsea resisting the temptation to devour the treats!

And of course we did the Santa visit which I previewed in a previous post ...

We also went to Disney on Ice late December.  It was a fun day and very expensive.  We had decent seats however the show was a bit lack lustre.

Christmas Eve was special as we had our first Christmas with Cecilia, Cailyn's cousin!

Dec 22, 2014

Fall time wrap up!

This was the first year Cailyn really got the whole Halloween thing!  She made me very proud being a witch despite the fact, like every other little girl she had an Elsa costume in the closet.  She was a witch at school and continued on through the trick or treating as witch.  Proud mommy here as my girl chose outside of the popular choice.  We spent the evening with Lily and her family.  The weather was awful, raining and cold, so the girls did four houses.  In their minds, this was an amazing Halloween experience.  After trick or treating we came home, and Cailyn kept the spirit going with enthusiasm and greeting all the late trick or treators at our front door with Happy Halloween's and dishing out Candy. 

 Halloween at Dance Class...Cinderella and Aurora

 Halloween at School - webcam shot...

Trick or Treating:

The day after Halloween the community we live in hosted the first ever Pumpkin Parade.  All families in the neighborhood were asked to deliver their carved pumpkin to the park behind out house before 6pm.  At 7 pm all the pumpkins were lined up and lit up.  What a site!  There were 1,000 pumpkins line up along a walking path.  The community came together to enjoy each pumpkin.  The kids ran around and had great fun and the community group offered up hot chocolate.  We enjoyed this evening with friends and their two boys. This was the first time the neighborhood had a pumpkin parade, and it appears that the success of it means we get to enjoy it again next year,.

Dropping off our pumpkin.

As previously mentioned, Cailyn and Lily are enrolled in Dancing Machines.  My super shy girl struggled with the dance drop offs but now is a champ and is first in line at the studio door.  Dance has helped to break down some of Cailyn's inhibitions and allowed her to grow a level of independence.  She looks forward to dance every week and the tutu du jour as well.  I think Santa has two tutu's for Cailyn's stocking to add to her girly array.

Mark bought an electric car in June and we have been enjoying it.  Cailyn likes it and thinks its pretty cool to plug in daddy's car.   She still prefers my SUV as it is higher up and the view is better.

In Novemebr, we returned to Little RoseBuds Photography to have a family shoot.  Miss Cailyn refused to allow me to touch her hair for this, so, we managed to get some beautiful pictures of Cailyn with her "everyday" crazy hair. 

Now we are in December and all things Christmas are exciting.  Santa is a mystery - he is exciting and terrifying. 
This years pics again include Mark and I as Cailyn was to afraid to go by herself.  I was not prepared to be photographed again - you would think that last years experience would have taught me something...

Despite the girls/elves behind the camera, there was no distracting Cailyn.  After the whole ordeal Cailyn spoke of the experience as such a positive one and how excited she was to meet Santa!  Crazy kid!

Cailyns shcool pics arrived in early December and they are really cute.  In the one on the left we can see she was nervous yet relaxed for the picture on the right.
Cailyn continues to display advanced intellectual and emotional skills.  She speaks of taking dimensions and measurements for a pink couch for her room.  She is empathetic to pain and sadness. She is a leader and role model in her school. She self doses her vitamins and probiotics and can speak to the benefits of both. Things that come out of her mouth floor us daily.  She truly is an amazing little girl to be around.  Not a day goes by that we are not amazed at things she says or does. 
We are blessed daily.  Huge cuteness factor is when she tells perfect strangers that she is Indian.  Its a riot and we let her have her moment of glory.  She is a proud Indian girl :)  She recently went to a Sikh temple for a Paath for Lily's little sister.  Even Lily told everyone that her "Indian" friend was coming.  There was a cute level of confusion when Cailyn arrived and is clearly not Indian.  Like I said, it is a riot and we love her passion for India.  She is well aware of being Canadian, however, she enjoys playing up the "born in India" part of her life.

The Princess and the Popstar

Cailyn has developed into such a girlie girl, yet, she can throw mud as good or better than any boy.  The last few weeks of the summer were packed full of fun with friends.   Most importantly we have started Dancing Machines class.  Cailyn and Lily are three months into it and so far seem to be really enjoying it. At the parents viewing day I was a puddle.  I bawled through the whole class. It was one of those moments that caught me off guard.  I never thought I would experience these moments and sometimes the emotional overload becomes too much to handle. Seeing Cailyn stand up in front of a room full of parents and announce her full name loudly for all to hear and then strike a pose was a very precious moment.
Cailyn is also a super fan of the Princess and The Pop star movie.  The popstar happens to wear a one sleeved dress in the movie so we spent the better part of the summer and fall with Cailyn pull all and any shirts off one sleeve.  She quickly learned the word "nipple" as we were constantly reminding her to stop exposing hers!  We listen to the soundtrack every day (still) on the ride to school.  Thank god for iTunes and my iPhone!