Friday, December 31, 2010

Highlights from Denver

We've recently returned from Denver and I wanted to share some of the highlights of our trip out West.

Here I am in the airport, waiting for our plane. Mommy and Daddy brought a quilt for Alice and Gabi to roll around on, so I took advantage of it while we waited for people to board the airplane.

Grandpa Tom and Grandma Stephanie were in Denver for a few days. We went out to Mt. Fuji with them for dinner.

Grandma Gail and Grandpa Joe had a blanket on their floor for Gabi and Alice. I liked to roll up in it like a burrito.

We went to Grandma Marge's house to decorate cookies. It was lots of fun and I got to eat lots of cookies.

Here I am with Mommy, Gabi, Grandma Marge, Aunt Diann, and Alice.

Grandma Gail bought a gingerbread house kit for us to make. It was lots of fun.

I think that the present I got that I like the most is the train set. I can't wait to set it up in Oberlin.

Uncle Kevin likes to pick me up and swing me upside down.

Just a nice picture. Don't you think?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chopsticks

We are in Denver for the holidays. Last night Mommy and Daddy and I went out for dinner with Grandma Stephanie, Grandpa Tom, Aunt Diann, and Uncle Kevin. It was a hibachi restaurant called Mt. Fuji. The fire that the chef made really scared me but I liked the steak and rice that I had for dinner.

And I got to use chopsticks for the first time.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Recital Time!

So, I played my first recital on Friday night. We have been playing "recital" at home for a week--one of my favorite cello games. We line up stuffed animal families and all the students take turns playing their recital pieces, including me. First the pianist goes, then the violins, then the clarinets, and finally the cellos.

Alas, when we got to the real recital, they decided to do the program backwards! Cellos first! Mommy thinks the piano teacher wasn't there yet...

So, I went second. When it was my turn, Ms. Joanne got me set up and I looked at mommy and said: "Mommy, I just got shy. Can you sit with me for a few minutes?" Mommy said "no." But, she did offer to sit next to me on the floor (with Alice!) while I plucked my twinkle twinkle. We brought suss Bob (or is it suss Charlie?) to be in the audience, and looking at him really helped me keep going. I also decided that my cello was going to make shy sounds too. Hope you can hear me!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Chanukah

This was the first year that I really "get" Chanukah. Mommy and Daddy had lots of menorahs for me to pick from and they let me light the candles myself.

The big present from Mommy and Daddy was a build-it-yourself marble run. I really like it.

So does Gabi.


And here is the toy in action. It's lots of fun.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We got back from Pittsburgh in Thanksgiving today after a great visit. Here are some highlights:

Whenever lots of the cousins are together, Grandma Arlene likes to get a picture of all of us. Here we are: Yael (Florida), Emma (Ohio), Gabi, me, Hannah (Florida), Alice, Naomi (Florida), Sarah (Ohio), and Phoebe (Ohio).

The weekend before Thanksgiving, we went to Marissa's bat mitzvah. They had a balloon artist who made me a dinosaur.

Grandma has an apple butter kettle in her house that I really like to play in.

And here's Grandma's infamous rocking elephant.

Monday, November 15, 2010

what a difference two years makes!

Seems like just yesterday when I was standing in front of my fridge trying to sing my ABCs. (check me out here: December 2008. Look what I'm doing now with that tune (although, for cello, we call it twinkle).


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Aunt Diann

Aunt Diann came to visit and help Mommy when Daddy was traveling for work. We had a great time and she got me Dora the Explorer Scrabble for my birthday, which I really love.

One of the things that I really was happy about was getting this picture taken.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween

Daddy came home from his work trip just in time for Halloween. Last year I wanted to go as Ziggy but I ended up not going out trick-or-treating. This year was going to be different: I was definitely going to go out for candy.

Here are the three Levy girls, dressed as a pumpkin, a bear, and Ziggy.

The prime street for trick-or-treating in Oberlin is King Street, where Larkin lives. Here we are with Larkin (in purple, dressed for her jellyfish costume) and Tess (the ladybug).

When Grandpa Joe and Grandma Gail were visiting, we made a jack-o-lantern. It's awesome!

Here is the full Ziggy costume, in all of its glory. That you Kira for making the tail.

Here's the haul! Thank you everyone for buying M&Ms -- they're my favorite!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

It's hard to believe, but I'm 4 today. Or, as Mommy likes to put it, "It's my 4th anniversary of being a Mommy."

What did I do? Well, Daddy took the afternoon off from work and we all went to the Natural History Museum. Had to see the dinosaurs. Here I am on the Stegosaurus outside the museum.
I've been asking for a training wheel bike for a while. Mommy and Daddy got me a great one. Alice and Gabi got me the basket. I can't wait to ride it over and over.
I wanted a chocolate cake more than anything else so Daddy made one for me. It's three layers of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting between the layers. On top? Those are triceratops pound cakes.
What a great birthday girl smile!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Update

So, it's been quite a week in the Levy-Miyake household. Here are the highlights:

On Wednesday, Mommy took me to the doctor for a check-up. Dr. Sanderson is really nice so I don't mind going to see him. First they checked my height: 41.5 inches. Then they checked my weight: 41 pounds. I read the letters on the eye chart and passed the hearing exam with flying colors. But then the real test came: I got the flu shot. And I didn't cry at all!

I got a package in the mail this week: a doll from Mommy's great-aunt Bessie in Colorado. Isn't it amazing how much my haircut and the doll's haircut look the same?


Yesterday Uncle Jason and Aunt Meredith came for a visit. We had a good time and they brought me two fun birthday presents.


After Uncle Jason and Aunt Meredith left and after we ate dinner, Mommy's friend Romi came for an overnight stay. She was in the area so she drove to see us. I like Romi -- she brought me a bracelet made out of seeds and beads the last time she was here.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Apple pie

Grandma Stephanie and Grandpa Tom were in town this weekend, which meant that Grandma and I got to do some baking: apple pie!

Here we are making the crust. No store bought crusts for us.

Here I am rolling out the pie crust.

Here's the second-best part: licking out the mixing bowl!

And the finished product! It's fantastic. Thank you Grandma.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What Was Daddy Thinking?

So this is the harvest from our garden over the past couple of days. Remind me why daddy bought 6 tomato plants?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dinnertime Conversation

Some people talk about their day at dinner. Others talk about the weather. Some like to pontificate on the economy or sports. Not us.


Monday, August 23, 2010

My First Cello Lesson

Last Friday, I met Ms. Joanne, who is going to be my cello teacher. She sent me home with a "pretend" cello to practice on. But, I only had to use the pretend version for a day because the next morning, Daddy and I went to Cleveland to rent my 1/8 size cello. I'm very excited about it and can't wait until my next lesson!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Maine 2010: The Revenge of the Ice Cream Cone

We went back to Maine this summer and I had the greatest time. Especially eating my ice cream cone. The cone got the best of me last summer, but it didn't stand a chance this year.





Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Silly Name Song Made Sillier

I'm having fun with my sisters' names! You might be able to hear the backup they provide: Gabi on fussing and Alice on hiccups.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Garden Strikes Back

We were in Maine for the last 10 days and when we got back, we were all really surprised at what had happened to the garden. Just 8 weeks ago, we planted everything and had plenty of room around all of the plants. Now it's impossible to walk anywhere.

Here's some of the fruits of our labor:

4 muskmelons and 2 watermelons.

A couple of ripe tomatoes (most of them aren't ready for picking yet).


A couple of kinds of peppers. We're hoping for green and red and yellow ones.

Daddy cut up the watermelons and muskmelons last night. Let's just say that Daddy should stick to his day job of admitting students to Oberlin. The melons were terrible. Maybe some extra time on the vine would have helped...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Return of the Dinosaur Memory Game

I guess Grandpa Tom didn't learn -- I'm great at the dinosaur memory game. Here we are playing. So far, so good.

Here are the pairs I found.

And here are Grandpa's pairs.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Dinosaur Memory Game

My most favorite game in the world is the Dinosaur Memory Game. Daddy got it for me at the Natural History Museum in Cleveland and I play it every single day. Uncle Jason and Aunt Meredith came to visit today and he accepted my invitation to play a game. Silly Uncle Jason!

Here's Uncle Jason setting up the game. 9 rows of 8 cards.

Here we are in the middle of the game. Uncle Jason isn't doing so well. Yet.

Here's my stack at the end of the game. 22 pairs.

Here's Uncle Jason's stack. 14 pairs. As I said to him while we were playing, "I don't think you have a very good memory!"