Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Madeline's Talent Show

Last week Madeline participated in the Emerald Heights Talent Show. She performed the song, "Popular" from the "Wicked" CD. They had Madeline go last as the curtain call and she did a fabulous job. She really just comes alive on stage and exudes confidence.

She definitely sang to the audience and pointed to different people in the crowd singing, "....and even in your case....though it's the toughest case I've yet to face.....I'll make you popular!"

"Just not quite as popular as ME!"

We know we can take absolutely zero credit for Madeline's confidence. She was born ready to tackle the world. Tomorrow she's flying to Utah to attend a BYU folk dance camp. I asked her if she wanted to have her aunt meet her at the gate, or if she'd feel comfortable getting to baggage claim on her own and meeting her there. She shrugged and said, "I'll just meet her at baggage claim. I'm sure it's well marked."

Monday, June 11, 2007

Abby's Doll Party

Abby had her first "friend's birthday party" yesterday and she had a great time. The weather thankfully cooperated and everything turned out perfectly. We thought it was funny that all the girls showed up wearing dresses!
After lunch, the girls played "Pin the bow on the doll". You can see on the garage door the doll drawn by Lyle. Each of the girls picked a ribbon and in "pin the tail on the donkey" style, they were blindfolded. Only one girl actually got her ribbon touching hair, so it was easy to pick the winner!
From there, we moved onto "Musical dolls", and here is a photo of "Duck Duck Doll".
The "Find your doll" game turned out to be more challenging than I would have guessed! The youngest girl at the party, 3 year-old Amanda, just could hardly stand the suspense of watching! She'd yell out, "That's the WRONG doll!" or "Yep! That's right! You got it!"

Abby has had her eye on this Barbie cake for years. Every time we go to Albertsons, she stops and says hi to the Barbie. She was disappointed to learn that she wouldn't get the EXACT cake that was there on display, but the baker promised her she'd make Abby's cake look just the same! Before the cake, the girls broke open a pinata. I was a little worried that Abby had become "attached" since she'd named the pinata the day before. I wondered if she'd be able to give Leah the Unicorn a smack, but she seemed to have no trouble with it at all! Maya, however, was a different story! She kept saying, "Uh-oh! Horsey! Uh-oh!" She tried to stick its back end on and shook her head in disbelief. She repeatedly grabbed my arm and pointed saying, "Mama! Look! Uh-oh!" I think she was pretty sure somebody was in big trouble!

Happy 6th birthday, Abby! We love you!