Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Alaina's 4th Birthday

It's hard to believe but Alaina turned 4 last week. 4!  Seems like just yesterday when I was in the hospital holding this 8lb, 10oz baby girl in my arms and now she's a beautiful, intelligent, hilarious, energetic preschooler.  I cherish every moment with her but I wish that time would slow down.

Due to being born at Thanksgiving time we've always had to spread her birthday celebration over a span of about 10 days.  This year was no different.  I suppose you can call it Alaina's Birth Week instead of birthday?  She's not going to be feel entitled AT ALL when she gets older.

Alaina's "friends" party was on Saturday, November 17th at Chuck E Cheese's (per her request).  She absolutely LOVES it there and gets excited every time we drive by it.  We did things a bit differently this year, though, because she's old enough now to have her own friends.  We didn't necessarily invite friends of mine and their children as much as we invited playmates of Alaina (though admittedly, her playmates' parents are all friends of the family).  Nine children celebrated with Alaina this year:
  • Brady
  • Sophia Bostian
  • Sebastian Duthoy
  • Emma & Mady Lawver
  • Riley & Taylor MacDonald
  • Catherine Waskey
  • Rory Wilson
The kids had a great time at Chuck E Cheese's.  They played games, ate pizza and cupcakes, and danced in the show.  Alaina is already asking to go back next year (though I'm hoping she might opt for a bowling party).  Here are some pictures from Alaina's party at Chuck E Cheese's:

On November 24th we had Alaina's "family" party at our home.  Alaina's parents, brother, Meme and BawBaw, Uncle Jeffrey, Aunt Michelle, Ryan, and Uncle JB were there to celebrate with her. Later that afternoon, Aunt Cindy, Lauren & Andrew came over to celebrate with us.  Alaina chose to have a Barbie cake this year.  We had a great time!

Then finally, it was Wednesday, November 28th.  Alaina's 4th Birthday. Officially.  Alaina's preschool teacher scheduled Alaina to be Star of the Day on her birthday so I provided cupcakes for her class.  Alaina brought her new Angelina Ballerina stuffed animal (see picture above) with her for Show and Tell.  At snack time, Alaina got to wear a birthday crown and her class sang to her:

After school was over, we went home and had lunch with Daddy and Brady and ate cupcakes from Wegman's.  It was a great day!  Thus ends Alaina's Birth Week Celebration till next year.  :)


Halloween 2012 was a whirlwind of fun as it is every year.  We celebrated Trunk or Treat at the church on October 20th then we went a Halloween party the night of October 27th.  Rob and I dressed up as Lucy and Ricky.  What do you think?!

Then of course came Halloween night and all of the excitement of Trick-or-Treating.  Rob stayed home to hand out candy and scare the neighborhood children who dared to ring our "dingbell" (as Alaina calls it), while I took Alaina & Brady Trick-or-Treating around the neighborhood.  I piled the kids in the wagon at 5:55 PM and at 6:00 we were out the door and on a Candy Mission!  We hit every house for the next hour when Alaina suddenly announced that she had had enough and wanted to go home.  I was like, "Huh??  There's a whole 'nother left!  We can get so much more candy."  She said, "No Mommy.  I want to go home."  So I obliged and took Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf home to enjoy their yummy candy.


Our nephew, Ryan, was born on August 28th and our family was so pleased to welcome the newest addition into our family.  Ryan is such a sweet baby and Jeffrey & Michelle are such proud parents.  Alaina was over the moon to have a baby cousin to hold and cuddle.

Our family's first trip to Knoebels

I grew up in south central PA but never went to Knoebels as a child.  Instead, my parents would take us to HersheyPark once a summer so I grew up riding the Comet and Sooper Dooper Looper.  Well, having two small children somewhat precludes us from taking them to a full-fledged amusement park so we were considering other options -- mainly, Sesame Place or Knoebels.  I had read so much about Knoebels from friends of mine on Facebook who had small children so Rob and I decided we would check it out this summer.  We invited my sister and her children to come along with us so on July 21, 2012 we took Lauren, Andrew, Alaina, and Brady to Knoebels.  What a fun time!

Knoebels is located in Elysburg, PA (north of Harrisburg, near Sunbury) so the drive to get there wasn't too bad.  The park is set up similar to a fair in the sense that there is no admission to enter the park; instead you just pay tickets to ride the rides that interest you.  This is a perfect set-up for small children who can't ride much of anything.

Alaina and Andrew were just shy of the 44" required to ride most of the adult rides (a few of the roller coasters required riders to be 48" so they really couldn't ride those).  However, they were able to ride many fun rides including all of the kiddie rides (including a children's roller coaster plus several of the "big kid" rides like the log flume, boat ride, haunted house, pirate ship, and the swings!  Alaina was pumped to ride the swings.