Finley's school hosted a gingerbread house Christmas workshop for all the students in the lower school. Each family got a gingerbread house and an enormous candy buffet was set up in the hall. Finley was so excited to select all the different candies to decorate her house, she was quite proud of her creation. I think nearly everything was covered in frosting by the time we were done.
Finley's bottom tooth has been loose since before Halloween. It really didn't seem to be progressing very quickly until last week and all of the sudden it was super loose. On Saturday night, she brushed her teeth and out popped the tooth! She was so excited to wrap it in pink tissue paper and put it in her new tooth fairy pillow that Miss Courtney made for her. She still hasn't taken the dollar bill out of the pocket!
Finley turned six years old on Sunday. We started the day opening presents. She got a nightgown for her doll, a matching one for her, a Lego Eiffel Tower and a new doll bed for Marie-Grace. She had a letter hunt around the house and was so excited to follow all the clues to find the bed. That afternoon, we had a party with Max and all her school friends at the bowling alley. The kids had a blast bowling, eating pizza and having cupcakes.
We went over to Aunt Rose and Uncle Ferrell's for their annual haunted house and for some trick or treating. Finley had so much fun riding on the tractor and going through the haunted house. She also showed off her Thriller dancing skills when the video played. Faith had baked a pumpkin pie for Clifton and she had also made an awesome coffin cake.
No big trip to the pumpkin patch this year, so it was a short trip to Kroger instead. With a visit to Arne's (Finley loves it there, so much to see) beforehand and a stop for bubble tea after. Finley selected two pumpkins to carve for our porch. She later "decorated" them with flower petals.
Finley was super excited to attend Zoo Boo today in her Lilo costume, she even brought along her bear dressed as Stitch. There was a pumpkin patch, lots of candy stations and zoo tattoos. She also participated in the costume parade and Thriller dance lessons with the animals.
On Sunday, Grandad picked Finley and I up to go to the brand new TDECU Stadium for Community Day. TDECU is the new home for the Houston Cougars and Grandad is lucky enough to go to the game (we will be in Disney World.) No worries, once it cools off, Finley will be happy to go and cheer for her favorite team, the Houston Cougars. It was really hot, but we all enjoy the $1 hot dogs and popcorn in the shade. Finley has most enjoyed playing with the megaphone she got in her new UH tote bag. That night, she set up a stadium in our living room. It was a fancy place, she delivered snacks to you.
Finley had an amazing first day of Kindergarten. It was actually a half day, so we picked her up and took her out to lunch. She chose her favorite restaurant, Pappasitos. Cheese enchiladas, double beans and a brownie sundae for dessert. Finley was so happy to see her friend Mateo from her old school in her class, as well as several of her friends from dance class. She loves her teachers and loves school. We gave her a desk for her American Girl doll to celebrate her first day of school, so she can go to school too.
We spent the fourth swimming at Grammy and Grandad's and then headed home to try and see some fireworks. The weather had different plans. We were able to see a few from our roof deck, but the rain drove us inside after a few minutes. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!
We drove up to Glenwood Springs this afternoon to hike up to Hanging Lake. It is a two mile hike up 1000 feet of elevation. Finley did amazingly well, her favorite thing to do was play in the stream alongside the trail. She was a huge fan of the water.