Sunday, November 15, 2015

Campeones, Campeones! Ole, Ole, Ole!

This fall Ava's entire team returned for Icebreakers 2.0.  Despite facing injury and illness, the Icebreakers ran the table and finished as regular season champions going undefeated in all 9 games.  In the post-season tournament the Icebreakers made it to the finals before losing a heart-breaker 1-0.  Most importantly, the Icebreakers played with heart, determination, and good sportsmanship, and had fun doing so.
For their efforts, the team was presented with "Champions" t-shirts at their year-end party.  The girls are looking forward to one final go-round this fall at the La Jolla Rec All-Star Tournament before re-teaming in the spring for Icebreakers 3.0.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summer, summer, summertime ... Part 2

Ava was a busy bee this summer with lots of camps including tennis, gymnastics, and science camps all here in Irvine.
A little further away from home, Ava attended Camp Torrance, which included a trip to the Griffith Observatory, sweet treats, playing with her tortoise Divot, and lots of practice taking selfies.
Even further away from home, Camp Oakland included a camping excursion to Hendy Woods complete with s'mores, local wildlife, floating on the river, and scootering.  Ava also had the chance to visit Auntie Hannah, Uncle Rob, baby Henry, and (most importantly for Ava) cousin Gil.
Ava is looking forward to more camps next summer but needs to survive third grade.  Will she able to make it?  Keep following along to find out. 

Summer, summer, summertime ... Part 1

This summer has been extremely hot, but that didn't stop Ava from spending loads of time outside.
She found ways to cool off at the park, pool, and beach.
Ice cream sandwiches and air-conditioned movies helped Ava beat the heat as well.
Our sports focus for the summer is always the national pastime. 
But Ava still makes time for soccer too. 
Our big family vacation occurred over spring break but we were able to take a short trip to San Diego for laughs, some history and culture, and blushies.
Ava celebrated her eighth birthday this summer with lots of great presents and a very special dinner at Selanne's
The biggest celebration, however, was a Beanie Boo themed gymnastics birthday party.
After jumping and tumbling around with her little friends Ava still had time for her older friends. 
Ava's summer was capped off with a much anticipated visit to Claire's where she got her ears pierced.  Despite a bit of anxiety the ear piercing went smoothly.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Ava's summer adventures . . .

Monday, June 1, 2015

Everything Is Awesome

After a very long wait, Ava was finally able to take her dream trip to the Legoland Hotel. Upon arriving to our pirate-themed room, she said that she wished she could live there.  
The Pirate Captain was everywhere in both mascot/character form as well as in Lego form.
Each room had a locked treasure chest that could only be opened by exploring the hotel and answering the questions.  Hannukah came early at the hotel as Ava got all the answers correct and was rewarded with Minifigures and chocolate coins .
The main lobby had a Lego castle and pirate ship, as well as plenty of Legos to play with.
Even the pool was Lego-themed (and heated), and Ava built her own raft.
Spending two days at Legoland allowed us plenty of time to enjoy some of our old favorites...
And to try new rides!
With the opening of Heartlake City, we got to explore the world of the Lego Friends.
For the first time Ava played at the LegolandWater Parks where she enjoyed water slides and the lazy river.
At the adjacent Chima Water Park, there were more slides and even a wave pool.  
We'll certainly be back as Ava like Legoland better than Disneyland.