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Easter 2019

We hit a couple of fun Spring festivals this year.

Maia enjoyed playing games (and, of course, winning prizes).

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Face paint attempt #1 lasts 30 seconds.2019-04-13 albany spring fest 5

Yay, eggs!
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Face paint attempt #2 is more successful.2019-04-20 berkeley spring fest 2

More eggs.

2019-04-20 spring festival egg hunt 2

Maia likes bunnies.
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As Maia would say, “Mama mess it up” — I bought brown eggs for dyeing.  Still fun, but obviously would’ve gotten better colors with white!

2019-04-21 egg dye 2

Maia goes skiing

Here is a late post about our Tahoe trip from the end of March!

Maia said she wanted to ski (where does she get these ideas?) and we last minute decided, why not?  Let’s go!

First night we went ice skating.  This rink didn’t have seals to hold onto, which meant it was a whole lot harder for the bean, too hard really.2019-03-29 northstar ice skate 1

Nevertheless, we had a fun evening of climbing on snow piles, throwing snow balls, and chowing down on pizza.

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The next day Maia took a lesson with this very nice instructor at Boreal.  After the lesson, she wanted to go up the lift with mama and dada, but then she threw a huge fit and wouldn’t ski down the hill!  She plopped down, wouldn’t budge, and demanded to be carried!  After much coaxing she skied down holding onto dada’s poles, and, surprise, surprise, requested another lesson for the next day.  We were lucky to get the same instructor, and except for that one tantrum, Maia had a pretty successful intro to skiing.

2019-03-30 first ski lesson 22019-03-30 family ski lift2019-03-30 ski with dada 3

Guess who was stoked to find this puzzle in our AirBnB?

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Eating chicken tenders with nutella and goofing off with dada after skiing:

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Hopefully I will add a fun video to this post in the next few days!  Video is here!


We watched the movie Frozen a couple months ago and Maia loved it so much we’ve watched it three more times since.  Tom is a bit nuts and he bought Maia a 701-piece Frozen Lego set.  The pieces came in seven bags to build sequentially.  The Elsa mini-fig was in bag 1.  Anna was in bag 5.  Maiabeanie built at a brisk clip of one bag a day until she got to the Anna mini-fig.  Then she just wanted to play with her figs.  😀  So it took another few weeks to finish the build.

2019-03-22 frozen ice castle box 2019-03-22 frozen ice castle in progress 2019-04-05 finished frozen ice castle 2


Today Maia pointed out her birthmark in the mirror and asked me, “Mama, why do I have this?”

I told her it’s her special spot which is a birthmark from when she was born.  I showed her my birthmark (near my armpit) and mentioned that Dada has a birthmark on his leg.  She accepted this response and moved on to other things.