Pfitzauf et Maya Bee dans les Alpes

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

November 22nd, 2010

I know Thanksgiving isn’t until Thursday, but since it isn’t a holiday here, we celebrated it yesterday with some family and friends.
Here are some things that I am very thankful for:
1. I am thankful for my husband for being so supportive during this last year that has been very difficult and stressful. He has giving the best gift ever, my beautiful daughter!!
2. I am thankful for my beautiful little girl, who makes everyday new and special. She makes me complete. Everyday is an adventure with her.
3. My family. (Immediate and extended) I miss you everyday. Thank you for always being there for me.
4. My in-laws for being just like family. I love you for accepting me like a daughter!
5. My friends, old and new, you make my life so much fuller.

Even at this difficult time, I am relieved to see that I still have so much happiness in my life and I thank you all, family and friends!
The guest of Honor

We had a very fun Thanksgiving with my mother and father in-law, my niece/god daughter Johanna, our new good friends Annie and Derrick and their little boy Oliver (whom are American), Jean-Marc, Maya, and myself. It was nice having other Americans, and was glad that we didn’t scare them off. We had a very traditional Thanksgiving meal that I prepared. We had turkey, of course, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, turkey gravy, mushroom gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie and banana cream pie. Silly me, forgot the corn and cranberry sauce. Oh well, there is always next year, I guess. Of course with fresh corn and cranberry sauce. Maya was in heaven with the two other kids there.

Little Scratch and Sniff

After dinner, we relaxed and chatted in the living room, then headed downstairs to the trampoline!!! (OMG, I completely forgot to put the pictures of Maya’s favorite b-day gift!!!To come) Anyway, The kids were so cute in the trampoline! Great exercise and great to get them to sleep at night!!

After a bit, the Olivier and his family headed home.

That evening, Maya had her first sleepover with her cousin Johanna!!!! Let me tell you, Maya was so excited that she got up a few times to make sure that Johanna was still there!!! It was the cutest thing in the world. She really is growing up so fast. They were so well behaved!! Maya can’t wait to do it again next weekend!

The next morning was tubby time, which the girls love to do. They are both little fishes. Also, they love that I have colored soap, like paint. They love to put it on themselves and each other. Then I did both their hairs, nails, and got them bundled up to go up into the snow for a walk.

I stayed behind to make some yummy turkey noodle soup for lunch. After lunch, they headed home.

What a wonderful weekend!

Pretty Elmo princess

November 12th, 2010

So, I have been enjoying myself and the arts and crafts. Here is the outfit that I made for Maya! I made the tutu, the barrette, and put the shirt together with the corkscrew ribbons on the shoulders and put the iron on.
It wasn’t easy, but here are couple of pictures:

Chef Boyar”Bee”

Couple of Halloween photos

November 10th, 2010

Maya’s pal Olivier. He and his parents are American like Maya and her Mommy, Californians, but we will forgive them for that (just kiddin’):

Another year has gone by!!

November 9th, 2010

Well, Miss Maya Bee had her big ELMO birthday bash Saturday, November 6th, 2010. She seem to have a ball. Mommy put a lot of love into the birthday party. Here a couple of pictures of the decorations handmade with lots of love. The large pompom Elmo flowers are made from red cotton fabric, which was inspired from one of my favorite websites “Prudent Baby”. Then I continued with the idea and made mini yarn pompom Elmos that I attached to pencil that I drilled small little holes and attached. Next, for the goody bag, I made home-made bubbles and sewed up a couple of pages to make an elmo coloring book.

The party commenced at 12h00, which had Maya still in bed for a nap. Trying to wake her up was a bit tedious and took her a bit to get into the party groove. Maya wore a special outfit that Mommy made and put together. It consisted of a handmade quad-colored tutu, t-shirt with a bejeweled Elmo iron-on and handmade corkscrew ribbons attached to the sleeves, as well a a handmade corkscrew ribbon barrette.

Maya’s friends that came to celebrate with her were:
Peio and his parents
Manon – her parents
Olivier – his parents
Emelie – her dad (her mommy just brought a beautiful boy into this world on Halloween)
Cousin Johanna – her mom Auntie Valerie
Uncle Fiffine
We were sad that a couple of her friends couldn’t join us, as it seems to be a vicious cold and flu season.
We started with lunch that consisted of homemade individual pizzas for the kiddies and ordered pizzas for the adults, since that is Elmo’s favorite food, Oriental Cold Slaw, veggie platter and a homemade herb, curry, soy sauce dip, chipotle and tomatoes chip dip and a pepper chip dip.

We were blessed again with beautiful weather and ate outside, while the kids ran around and played on the swing set.

Next the fun started. We planted some tomato seeds and decorated the pots with elmo stickers. This was a bit messy, as the kids were more interested in playing in the dirt, than planting the seeds. Next we played a game of beach ball basket ball, which was a lot of fun. Then, we played pin the nose on Elmo. All the kids did well, but Maya decided that Elmo needs to show some manhood and put the “oval” nose in special place. We tried to play knock down the cup pyramid with some sponge balls, but they were still a bit young for this. So, we headed inside for some arts and crafts( mommy’s domain). Maya has another character that she loves, her name is Kai-lan. We did some Kai-Lan inspired pinwheels and learned the Chinese word for blow “chui”. They drew on them with crayons and markers and stuck stickers on them.

They enjoyed the stickers. Next was the highlight of the party, FINGER PAINTING”!!! Now, you probably think that I am crazy, but these little tikes stayed on the paper and did a great job. I think that everyone was impressed with their child that day! They were so welled behaved the whole day.
Now came my “Pice de rsistance”, not one but 2 homemade cakes in the form of Cookie Monster and Elmo!!!!!

We gave Maya the Cookie Monster cake to dig into. I was thrilled with how the cakes came out. She still loves icing, but was more proper this year, because I didn’t take the cakes out of the fridge early enough to soften the icing. Oh well, everyone still enjoyed the cakes.

We headed back outside to open gifts. She got some really cool gifts. Then nap time came around for the little ones and everyone left. It was a great, great day. What will next year bring ????

One of Maya’s favorite gifts was having her big cousin Johanna to hang out with during the weekend. She was thrilled!!

Happy Halloween 2010

November 1st, 2010

Halloween isn’t quite the same here in France that it is in the USA. The parties that we attended were fun, but the actual day isn’t much. What happen was the big chain store did such a marketing scam that the people just didn’t really take to it. Which is fine by me. The problem that I had was that Halloween just didn’t have the same feeling, such as they would do trick or treating earlier in the week, since they would be on vacation. They didn’t understand that you do trick or treating to see your neighbors. I loved going to all the neighbors houses and seeing them. I hope that Maya will get to experience this some day.

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