S: Mikaela Samone, Age 2 Years to 3 Years, December 2010 through December 2011
FC: Mikaela Samone | Age 2 Years to 3 Years
1: Published in 2013 | Made for Mikaela with Love. ~Mom~
2: Denver Zoo | Lights | December 17, 2010 | The fish were Mikaela's favorite lights this year!
4: MOVIE | Time | December 19, 2010 | Mikaela's first movie at the movie theater was Princess and the Frog at the Metrolux 14 in Loveland.
5: December 2010
6: We exchanged Christmas gifts between each other and just enjoyed spending time together. Mikaela got a Tag Jr. book reader and some fun Minnie Mouse pajamas! | December 23, 2010
8: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! | December 23, 2010
9: The night before Santa came, we all made pretzels in the shape of our initials. Then we read the traditional "Night Before Christmas," left cookies for Santa and oats for the reindeer, and headed off to bed.
10: Santa Clause Came!
11: December 24, 2010 | ...and in a big way, too! Mikaela was really into opening her stocking this year and was most amused by some vanity brushes she received. Santa also brought her a pretend BBQ grill.
12: December 15, 2010 | Christmas seems to last forever at our house! We celebrated with the Mayhew's on Christmas day. Bob and Carm came over, Abby was the family reindeer, and we played a fun unwrapping dice game. Carm won, but gave the Squinkie prizes to both girls. How sweet!
13: Final Day of Christmas | December 25, 2010
14: December 28, 2010 | A Royal Transformation | The girls had gotten a princess bath set from Santa for Christmas, so Mom decided to use her Cricut and give the bathroom a royal makeover!
15: Papa's 60th | December 29, 2010
16: Fun With Paints
17: January 6, 2011
18: Little Explorers | Denver Museum of Nature and Science
19: January 8, 2011 | Addyson and Mikaela both really enjoy going to the museum, checking out the animals, and pushing all of the buttons. This trip, Mikaela's favorite were the dinosaurs. Roar!!
20: We woke up to snow one morning. The girls loved it! Dad made an ice slide and Mikaela loved exploring the backyard with her best pal Abby.
21: January 9, 2011
23: January 27, 2011 | Puppy Photo Shoot
24: January 27, 2011 | Sisterly Love
25: What a Transformation! | Addyson and Mikaela wanted to get bunkbeds, so Mom and Dad spent the weekend transforming Mikaela's old room into their new bedroom. Addyson's old room was painted purple and became the new playroom. How fun!
26: January 29, 2011 | Mikaela wanted nothing to do with her roller skates at the beginning. | We met the Smith family at Roller Land in Fort Collins for an afternoon of fun!
27: Mikaela really got the hang of it!
28: JCPenney's January 19, 2011 | Family Photo Shoot
29: We had family photos taken for a project we were working on. They couldn't have turned out any better!
31: January | 2011
32: The girls had their hair done and Dad took them to the ball!
33: February 4, 2011 | Afterwards, they went to Red Robin for dinner.
34: Let's Eat! | We started off a fun day in Denver with a trip for yummy pasta at the Spaghetti Factory... | February 5, 2011
35: ...and ended at the Wells Fargo Theater to watch Mickey's Magic Road Show. In true Disney fashion, it was nothing short of spectacular!
36: February 6, 2011
37: We Love to Bowl | Brad and Jen met us at Sweetheart Lanes for a fun morning of bowling. Mikaela did really quite well...check out her score!
38: XOXO XOXO | DAY | February 7, 2011 | Mom decided she was going to make fortune cookies for friends and family for Valentine's Day. The best part: they tested as yummy as they looked!
41: February 13, 2011 | With Valentine's Day on a Monday this year, we celebrated the Sunday before so Dad could join us. We started the day off with pink muffins!Mikaela got her own camera and had a blast taking everyone's picture!
42: Lucky Dog | Abby's 1st Birthday | Her hat kept falling over! | Abby LOVED her peanut butter flavored dog cake!
43: February 13, 2011
44: Let's Go Eagles | Budweiser Event Center | February 23, 2011
45: We all enjoyed attending the Eagles hockey game. They won, too! | Mikaela was so tired from cheering | that she fell asleep on the way home!
47: February 2011
48: March 3, 2011
49: Let's Play Outside! | Mikaela loved riding in Cooper | Chalk was a favorite outside past time.
50: Of course, Mikaela's favorite part was meeting the Clydesdale horses. | Look how sweetly that Clydesdale is peeking at Mikaela from it's stall!
51: "Pop" Factory Tour | March 5, 2011 | Addyson and Mikaela both enjoyed touring the Budweiser facility. We told them it was a "Mommy and Daddy Pop" factory. They really enjoyed getting to drink real pop at the end, which doesn't happen very often.
52: Puzzle Time March 6, 2011 Mikaela had a great time putting puzzles together. She even helped out her sister with some "big girl" puzzles!
53: OUCH! March 6, 2011 Mikaela fell onto the hearth of our fireplace as we were getting ready for Brad and Jen's engagement party. | She cut her chin wide open and needed 7 stitches. On the way to the hospital, all Mikaela was worried about was missing the party and not getting to eat cake. We ended up going to the party after the ER and she was much happier. Funny thing is that the worst part of the whole experience was when they put the band-aid on.
54: March 17, 2011
55: We started out the day like any other...only when we poured white milk into our glasses, the leprechauns turned it green! They left coins on the table and we made rainbow cupcakes for dessert! Yum!
56: We Love Our Neighborhood March 18, 2011 On our way to Namaqua Park to play, we spotted a herd of elk in the field. We enjoyed watching for a bit before heading to the park.
58: Bouncy, Bouncy Fun | This shape was the best. | We made our own bouncy balls! It was fun trying to decide what colors and shapes to make each one.
59: Look how colorful they are! | March 19, 2011 | They stayed bouncy for about a week.
60: Zoo, Farm, Park, and Pizza
61: We spent the day with Nana and Papa at the Swetsville Zoo, the Lee Martinez Farm, and Lee Martinez Park. Then, we all headed to Beaujo's for a little pizza to end a perfect day! | March 19, 2011
62: Princesses and Cupcakes
63: Mom and the girls headed to the Butter Cream Cupcakery to eat cupcakes and meet Belle. Mikaela's cupcake of choice was vanilla bean with chocolate frosting. | March 24, 2011
64: An Underwater Experience | March 25, 2011 | The White family had gotten us tickets to go walk through the Denver aquarium. Upon leaving, we all agreed that the strangest thing we saw were the tigers. | Mikaela even got to take home a stuffed sea horse! | Watch out for the shark!
65: March 27, 2011 | Grandma and Grandpa took us all to see Disney on Ice, 100 Years of Magic. They even bought Mikaela a princess Belle necklace at intermission!
66: March 2011
67: Even when she's just woken up and her hair is a mess, Mikaela is adorable!
68: Preparing for Tea | March 2011 | Mikaela was such a big helper preparing for our Tangled Tea Party. All of her friends were invited and she was oh so excited!
70: April 2, 2011 | We Are Ready... | The Tangled tower cake couldn't have been cuter!
71: Everything from the paper lanterns, Flynn Rider posters, sun burst cookies, Rapunzel hair on the front door, Tangled buntings throughout the house, to the awesome food (including purple and yellow tea) was ready. All we needed now were tea party guests to join us! | Goody bags included plastic frying pans, paint sets, hair brushes, and little lizards!
72: Best Day Ever! | April 2, 2011
73: Lollilocks hair salon came and put all of the guests' hair in braids. We ate tons of popcorn, watched the movie Tangled, and sipped our purple "tea!" | Everyone had a wonderful time, and Addyson and Mikaela have such wonderful friends!
74: Fun in the Tub | April 4, 2011
76: What a great sport Dad is! Mikaela made is hair look fantastic at her salon... | Daddy's Girl
77: April 6, 2011
78: Here We Come! | Nana was taking Mom and the girls to Disneyland in the summer. We received our welcome DVD in the mail and HAD to watch it. SO excited! | April 9, 2011
79: I'm a Big Girl Now! | Mikaela had been asking to use the potty a lot, so Mom and Dad bought her some pull ups. They only lasted a few days, as she wasn't ready, but we were so proud of her for wanting to try! | April 10, 2011
80: April 23, 2011 | Hippity Hoppity
81: Easter's On Its Way
82: April 23, 2011
83: The night before Easter, the girls left a carrot cake cupcake for the Easter bunny. | He must have really appreciated it, because he left a lot of goodies in our basement!
85: April 24, 2011 | "He Came!"
87: "Bunnies are brown. Bunnies are white. Bunnies are always An Easter delight. Bunnies are cuddly The large and the small. But I like chocolate one The best of them all." | April 24, 2011 | We headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house and found that the Easter Bunny had hidden eggs there, too!
89: Silly | April 30, 2011 | We had some fun with an indoor kickball set that the Easter Bunny had brought. Oh, and we had to get in some upside down poses, too.
90: April 2011
93: Working on a Mother's Day project, we needed some family photos. These couldn't have turned out cuter! | May 1, 2011
94: is for CHORE CHART | Mom and Dad decided the girls needed a chore chart. So, the girls got to work painting Popsicle sticks. | C
95: Mom pasted faces to the tops and made pockets out of felt. | All in all, it turned out pretty cute and functional! | May 2, 2011
96: Yummy Corn | May 4, 2011 | The first corn of the season may not be the sweetest, but it means that summer is around the corner! Mikaela did a great job helping shuck it, too!
97: Lipizzaner Stallions | May 8, 2011 | Nana and Papa took our family to see the Lipizzaner Stallions at the Budweiser Event Center. Mikaela loved watching the horses perform their tricks!
98: Mikaela has such a personality! | What a beautiful day to be outside. We rode scooters, Cooper, and drew with chalk!
99: We love playing outside! | May 5, 2011
100: Jump! | May 5, 2011
101: May 5, 2011
102: Bubbles are Fun | May 7, 2011
103: Even Abby loves to chase and pop those bubbles!
104: Little Ladybug | May 14, 2011
105: Brad had gotten the girls a ladybug habitat for Christmas. It was finally warm enough to release them into the world!
106: We took a family trip down to Denver to check out some interesting bugs at the Butterfly Pavilion. They even had a spider you could hold and, while Mikaela was too young to hold her, she sat on Dad's lap while he held her. The spider's name is Rosie!
107: May 20, 2011 | Look at those beautiful butterflies!
108: is for PLAYDATE | We met Addyson's best friend Madison at Bounce for a play date. | May 21, 2011
109: Go, girls, go! | Of course, everyone's favorite was the giant slide!
110: May 28, 2011
111: Big step for Mikaela that day: she rode a panda on the carousel that went up and down! We were so proud of her!
112: May 29, 2011 | Punch a Duck was the girls' favorite!
113: Grandma and Grandpa met us at Chuck E. Cheese's for lunch and some games. Mikaela's favorite game was Punch a Duck. After lunch, we all went to Lee Martinez Farm to ride horses. Mikaela rode a horse named Sonny! | Maybe a veterinarian in the making? Mikaela loves animals! | After riding horses, Mikaela seriously said "Now let's go ride a pig!" We all laughed! | She looks good in that helmet
114: Sleeping Beauty | Mikaela was exhausted after the farm. | May 29, 2011
115: The first movie night of the season means only one thing: summer is literally around the corner! This year's first movie was "Gnomeo and Juliet." | May 29, 2011
116: Mikaela is so expressive with her emotions! | We left having learned a ton!
117: We went to the children's museum with our friends Sarah and Little Nicholas. | May 31, 2011
118: Summer has Arrived!
119: We can never resist riding the train sometime during opening week. This year, the girls got to ride twice! | June 3, 2011
120: A Little Park Time | June 3, 2011 | After riding the train, we had to spend a little time burning off energy at North Lake Park!
121: look at those two cutie pies riding a snail!
122: Mikaela really wanted a cookie, but we got taffy instead! | June 5, 2011
123: We escaped the heat in Loveland by traveling to our family's favorite day destination! | Estes Park
124: FORE | The girls even took time to smell the dandelions | June 5, 2011
125: Mikaela was a great putt-putt golfer and really got into her victory dance!
126: Mikaela's first day of ballet with Ms. Lindsay!
127: June 7, 2011 | Mikaela joined the Tiny Tots ballet class put on by the same teacher Addyson takes dance from. There were 3 girls in class and she loved it!
128: Fire Hydrant 5K | All of us really enjoyed running for the benefit of the Larimer Humane Society.
129: June 11, 2011
130: We spent Father's Day at North Lake Park with Mike, Kristen and Lilly White. We played games, rode the train, and even ate Icee Pops!
131: June 12, 2011
132: Train and a Show We "stole" Addyson's best friend Madison from school and took her on a picnic lunch at the park. We played, rode the train, and then headed to the Rialto Theater for a Tuesday Theater for Kids show. What a fun day!
133: June 14, 2011
134: Stylish Hairstyles | June 16, 2011 | Mikaela loved having her hair done. We called this style the crown.
136: June 25, 2011
137: SO Artistic!
138: They were practicing their balancing skills with pom-poms on their heads!
139: Tiny Dancer | June 28, 2011
140: We again stole Madison and had another park and theater day. | June 28, 2011
141: June 2011
142: Finally warm enough to set up the pool! | Even Mia wanted to participate.
143: hanging out | July 3, 2011
144: 3rd of July
145: We invited over all of our friends to shoot off our fireworks on the 3rd of July. What fun!
147: Sister Kisses!
148: Amazing Fun on the Fourth
149: Dad had gotten up early to secure us a seat at the lake for the show. | What a great view we had for a fantastic show!
150: Great Grandma had really wanted to ride the train with the girls. So she and Carm met us at North Lake Park. | July 12, 2011
151: Great Grandma's Train Ride
152: July 13, 2011 | Friends and Princesses
153: M E M O R I E S
154: We had a fantastic time in Disneyland with Nana!
155: Of course, Mikaela's favorite ride was Dumbo... | ...and her favorite meet and greet character was Minnie Mouse. | July 14th through 18th, 2011
156: July 21, 2011 | NIGHT
157: We love attending the free concerts at the Foote Lagoon when the weather is this beautiful!
158: July 24, 2011
159: The girls attended Wyatt's train birthday party
160: Fairy Party Prep | July 2011
161: We love having parties so much, we threw a fairy party just because!
162: A Fairy Tale
163: July 30, 2011 | All of the fairy guests that arrived had a fantastic time! We played fairy games, hunted for fairies in the backyard, transformed into fairies, and ate fairy delights such as ladybug Oreos and chocolate raspberry bowls. One thing is for sure...we love to party!
164: a. The season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to comprise March, April, and May. b. A time of growth and renewal. | July 30, 2011 | Mikaela was so exhausted from partying that she fell asleep!
165: A Smile As Sweet As Spring | July 2011
166: Larimer County Fair | August 5, 2011 | Mikaela sucked on her honey stick for an hour!
168: We love the fair at night!
169: August 5, 2011
170: IN THE SUN | We all spent the afternoon at Grandma and Grandpa's house cooling off in the pool. Mikaela loved pouring the water on her tummy!
171: Pool Time | August 7, 2011
172: Yep, Mom found an awesome castle on Craigslist. The girls were so surprised when Dad and Papa brought it to our house! | Royal Craigslist Find | Found on August 7, 2011
173: Mom spent a little time painting the details, adding a mirror and chalkboard, and making it a princesses dream come true. | Finished on August 17, 2011
174: Little Helper | Mikaela loved helping Mom paint the playhouse. This day she was dancing on the tarp and blowing kisses. Such an animated sweetheart! | August 12, 2011
175: No More Diapers! | August 10, 2011 | That's right, Mikaela is wearing underwear! Mom wanted to take a picture, but we had given her a jellybean for using the potty and she still had it in her mouth. So, we got this strange smile...but it's so her! Mom and Dad were so proud and happy to be done with changing diapers!
176: We got to play on the playground before the show started.
177: Mmm, funnel cake for breakfast! | Loveland Craft Show | We had to ride the train, too! | August 13, 2011
178: costume | party | A little Halloween preview... | ...we're going to be a family of superheroes for Halloween!
179: August 15, 2011
181: Loveland Valley 5000 | August 19, 2011 | Dad, Uncle Doug, and Grandpa all ran the race. Mom, Grandma, and the girls all cheered them on from the sidelines.
183: August 20, 2011 | Of course Mikaela's favorite part of the show were the puppies and kittens that did tricks. The elephants were pretty neat, too! | What a great time we all had at the Circus.
184: The girls started the day at Madison's birthday party... | She had her party at Bounce! Mikaela liked the chocolate cake the best.
185: ...and ended the day at home celebrating Dad's 29th birthdday. We even had trick candles. MIkaela thought it was hilarious that Dad couldn't blow out his candles! | August 27, 2011
187: Full of Hot Air | August 28, 2011 | We woke up bright and early that morning to check out the Sweetheart Balloon Rally. Mikaela was apprehensive at first, but soon got into it once the balloons began to fly. Her favorite was the purple and pink one!
188: Another Craigslist Find | August 28, 2011 | Yep,Mom found this swing set on Craigslist for $25. Dad and Papa put it together, complete with a tire horse named Chap.
190: August 2011
192: September 5, 2011
193: Last Train Ride of the Season
194: September 5, 2011
196: Beading | September 7, 2011
197: Mikaela was a pro beader, so we all spent the day making necklaces, bracelets, and then playing with Play-Doh.
199: We had some time to spare before dress shopping, so we found a really fun park. | It was themed after Peter Pan, had the crocodile, pirate ship, London Bridge, and Pan himself! | September 10, 2011
201: September 10, 2011 | Flower Girls | Addyson and Mikaela were going to be flower girls in Brad and Jen's wedding, so we all spent the morning shopping for dresses and shoes.
203: After finding the girls dresses, we went to the Butterfly Pavilion with Grandma and Grandpa. | September 10, 2011
204: September 15, 2011 | Art Projects | We spent the afternoon making fish out of plates.
205: September 20, 2011 | We also did some fun Halloween art projects this year.
207: We celebrated Mom's 29th birthday at Grandma and Grandpa's house. | September 18, 2011
208: September 2011
210: Good times are even better when shared with | Papa built the girls a deck, sandbox, and patio!
211: "Friends are Flowers that Never Fade" | October 2, 2011
213: Dad's the best at putting up our spiders Frasier and Rosie. | October 3, 2011 | Spider Time
215: Ready for the Pumpkin Patch | October 5, 2011
216: Pumpkin Pickin' Time
217: October 5, 2011 Miller Farms | Mikaela did so well this year. She actually walked through the patch by herself! Last year, she wanted nothing to do with it.
218: Estes Park
219: You can never make too many trips to Estes. | October 7, 2011
220: Addyson's class took a trip to the Pumpkin Ranch and Mom and Mikaela got to tag along. We got to pet the animals in the petting zoo and go through the maze.
221: It was a beautiful fall day to spend time outside! | October 20, 2011
222: October 22, 2011 | Cousin Tyler played snare for Legacy High School | State Marching Band Competition
224: October 23, 2011
225: Family Photos | Even Great Grandma came to take pictures with us! They turned out great!
226: October 23, 2011 | Both girls had a fantastic time at Savannah's Magical Birthday Party
227: Squirrel | Dad had to take pictures to show everyone! | His poor nose from scratching the cage | We noticed after we got home from the party that we caught a squirrel in our rabbit trap. We released him in our yard because he was so distraught.
228: There were finally enough leaves to jump in. This year, we even got to slide into the pile from the play set!
229: October 25, 2011 | It was chilly outside, so we warmed up with a little hot cocoa!
230: The day before we were playing in leaves. This heavy snow storm took out several branches on our Maple trees. | October 26, 2011
231: Mom and Dad spent the entire day knocking ice off of our tree branches.
232: Staying Warm | October 26, 2011
233: With the cold weather, we all stayed warm by spending time together inside. | Mikaela painted this Belle all by herself!
234: Mia's 7th Birthday
235: October 26, 2011 | Mia, of course, loved being able to eat on the table with us. It's the one time a year that it's allowed. She had a bone shaped peanut butter flavored cake.
236: What a Pumpkin!
237: October 28, 2011 | Fall Festival | The girls were excited to get their faces painted, tattoos, and paint pumpkins at the Bright Horizons fall festival.
238: October 29, 2011 | Trick or Treat | We all went trick or treating in downtown Loveland
239: Addyson won a fish! | Even Abby joined us!
240: Pumpkin Carvin' Time | October 30, 2011
241: Yum, lots of Pumpkin seeds make the house smell amazing. | Mikaela really got into it! | We even carved the smallest pumpkins.
242: October 30, 2011 at the grandparents' houses
243: Trick or Treat! | Trick or treating is so much fun, especially when friends join you. Savannah and Lily came over on Halloween to join us around the neighborhood! | October 31, 2011 around the neighborhood
244: October 2011
246: We started our special night in Denver at Hacienda Colorado. After that, we headed to the Temple Buell where we had a private balcony to watch The Lion King musical. It was a phenomenal experience! | ROAR
247: November 11, 2011
248: Wedding Prep | November 13, 2011
249: We spent the morning before the wedding playing games, getting our hair done and enjoying being together.
251: BEST FRIENDS | November 13, 2011
252: Like No One is Watching
253: November 14, 2011
254: Mikaela had a blast helping to set up the village. She gets more into it every year! | November 16, 2011
255: XMAS TIME | Dad really enjoyed setting up Thomas around the tree this year
256: Addyson and Mikaela spent all afternoon making movies about their pillow pets.
257: CHILD DIRECTORS | November 20, 2011
258: Always a New Adventure | November 20, 2011
259: We had a Dr. Seuss party coming up and needed some family photos. | Photo Shoot
261: November 23, 2011
262: We took these photos in Nana and Papa's backyard and they turned out fantastic! We were all so relaxed, which made for great photos. | Kuzmich Family Photos
263: November 24, 2011
264: The girls played the roles of Thing 1 and Thing 2
265: Prep | Party | Addyson was having a Dr. Seuss 5th birthday party. | "Shoes on a wall shouldn't be there at all!" | November 27, 2011
267: We played games, read stories, and of course ate lots of yummy food! Papa and Mikaela spent time admiring the fish. | November 27, 2011
269: Addyson's Real Birthday | November 30, 2011
270: Finger Painting
271: December 6, 2011 | Mikaela had never finger painted before. | It took her awhile before she started really getting into it.
272: Ho, Ho, Ho
273: December 10, 2011 | The girls met with Santa at the Denver Zoo Lights. We were third in line and they had their wish lists ready.
274: Mikaela's favorite light this year was the purple seahorse. She rode an ostrich on the carousel. After we were all good and cold, we went to Gunther Toody's for dinner!
275: December 10, 2011
277: December 14, 2011 | Mikaela's First Ballet Recital
278: Look Who's Three | November 15, 2011 | Mikaela was so excited to be one year older. She got her first Lalaloopsy's, a fairy table, and a Belle dress to wear to her party.
281: We didn't buy her a real cake, because her birthday party was only a few days away. | November 15, 2011
282: December 18, 2011 | Mikaela was having a princess Belle birthday. Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Babette, | We served Mrs. Potts' cake pops, Lumiere's candlesticks, Cogsworth's clock
283: Time to Party | Cogsworth all attended. We even had a magical rose. | parts. Everything was yellow and Mikaela had no idea what was to come...
284: Bonjour | Let the party begin! Mikaela's guests started arriving and we all started by coloring giant puzzle pieces.
285: December 18, 2011
287: Surprise! | December 18, 2011 | Princess Belle herself surprised Mikaela and her party guests. What a special day!
288: They danced, read stories, got their make up done and each had a special photo with the princess. | December 18, 2011
290: Time For Cake!
291: December 18, 2011 | Mikaela could spend all day eating if we had time!
293: December 2011
294: Photo | Shoot
295: December 17, 2011 | JCPenney's