S: Mikaela Samone, Age 3 Years to 4 Years, December 2011 through December 2012
FC: Age 3 Years to 4 Years | Mikaela Samone
1: Made for Mikaela With Love. ~Mom~ | Published in 2013
2: December 17, 2011 | Santa Clause came to Dad's work to meet with everyone. He brought Mikaela a Barbie and Barbie car. There was also a pinata that Mikaela decided to take a swing at!
4: December 20, 2011
5: We celebrated the first night of Hanukkah at home by spinning Dad's homespun dreidels and opening a gift...Pillow Pets!
6: We celebrated Hanukkah with Nana and Papa. We lit the menorah, made potato latkes, and opened gifts. The girls even received an awesome pedal car from Papa! | Dreidel Games | December 21, 2011
8: We celebrated Christmas with each other and had a great time. Even Abby got into opening gifts this year. Mikaela received a Leap Pad from Mom and Dad! | December 23, 2011
9: The 1st Day of Christmas
10: TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING, NOT EVEN A MOUSE... | December 23, 2011
11: Santa even left footprints on the fireplace!
12: CHRISTMAS CHEER
13: It took us hours to open all of the gifts from Santa. | The girls received a bunch of Barbie items and an Xbox! | December 24, 2011
14: When we were all done upstairs, Mom found one more gift wrapped under the tree. It was a note that told the girls to head downstairs... | ...Santa brought the girls a new roller coaster! We spent the rest of the day riding the rails!
15: December 24, 2011
16: Christmas with the Mayhews | First, we made a stop at Nana and Papa's house to see Sam, Cathy, Karla, and Spencer. Then we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's and spent the rest of the day there. Mikaela got a robotic dog named Biscuit!
17: December 25, 2011
18: Goofy Girl!
19: December 2011
20: Let's Bounce! | We met Grandma, Grandpa, and Great Grandma at Bounce for the morning.
21: January 2, 2012
22: L I V E | L A U G H
23: After Bounce, we all headed back to our house to play some games. What fun! | January 2, 2012
24: FIRST DATE | January 12, 2012
25: Mikaela had her first ever date with Papa. He always brings flowers for the first date, and brought this pretty bouquet for her. Her lunch place of choice: Olive Garden!
27: We met Brad and Jen at the Lincoln Center to see this fantastic show. The girls were banging on everything for weeks after! | January 14, 2012
28: January 17, 2012 | We needed a few photos for a Valentine's day project we were doing. These turned out great!
29: These girls have great smiles!
30: January 17, 2012 | Yep, we made lego puzzles for the grandparents!
31: January 2012
33: Snow Day | February 3, 2012
34: Let's Dance | February 3, 2012 | All prettied up to go to the Butterfly Kisses dance!
35: These girls were ready to dance the night away with their prince charming. After dancing, they went to Red Robin for dinner. | Look at Mikaela's curls! | Dad gave them each a necklace!
36: We Love Cheesecake!
37: February 4, 2012
38: Wells Fargo Theater February 4, 2012 | Phineas & Ferb
39: These girls love Phineas and Ferb, so we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see "The Best Stage Show Ever!"
40: SNOW ANGELS | February 5, 2012
41: SNOW BUNNY
42: my | February 7, 2012
43: Mikaela made valentine's for all of her friends by painting them pretty sun catchers.
44: February 12, 2012
45: happy valentine's day! | We celebrated Valentine's day early so everyone was home. Mikaela received a talking Belle doll!
46: Happy 2nd Birthday, Abby
47: Blowing out her candles... | Of, course, we had to help her celebrate. We got a cake for her and Mia, and a cake for us humans! | February 13, 2012
48: Squirrel | We had a squirrel in our yard that would just not go away. He loved using the girls' swing set to get between the trees. | February 14, 2012
49: This squirrel loved torturing the dogs!
50: Our goldfish Garfield kept getting stuck in the rock!
51: February 2012
52: PARTY TIME | March 4, 2012
53: The girls were invited to a birthday party at Pump it Up for their friend Rebecca. Mikaela's dress kept getting in her way on the slide!
54: Beaujo's for Dinner | March 4, 2012
55: After bouncing all afternoon, we were hungry, so we went to our favorite pizza place for dinner. Mikaela was SO animated that day!
56: BLOW | OUT THE | CANDLES
57: We love celebrating cake days. This time, we helped Great Grandma celebrate her 80th! | 80 | March 11, 2012
59: "The more you laugh the longer you live" | March 16, 2012
61: This year, that silly leprechaun left the girls a few fun things on the table. He also used our toilet! We made sure to eat all green foods that day, including green strawberries & cream scones for breakfast and green mac 'n cheese for lunch. Yum! | March 17, 2012
62: March 17, 2012
63: Of course, we had to put on clover tattoos an dye our hair green to celebrate the day, too!
64: Mom was asked to assist the Disney princesses in creating a princess wonderland for their fairy tale ball. All of the princesses were there, including Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Tiana, Ariel, and Rapunzel. We had a great time listening to them sing and then meeting them afterward! | Fairy Tale Ball
65: March 24, 2012
66: Mikaela held Rosie for the first time! | March 28, 2012
67: Butterfly Pavilion | After, we went to Gunther Toody's for lunch.
69: March 2012
71: Day at the Museum | April 2, 2012
72: Fried Marbles
73: April 2, 2012 | Mom found this idea on Pinterest and we just had to try it. The idea is you heat the marbles up in the oven, then drop them in a bucket of ice water and they crack beautifully on the inside. We tried 5 different batches to find out the best method for cracking!
74: Look at these cool toys she earned! | Dad met us for Pizza at Chuck E. Cheese
75: After pizza, we made a stop at the Buttercream Cupcakery to pick up some delicious cupcakes. Then, we took them over to Great Grandma's house and shared them with her! | The water shooting game was Mikaela's favorite this time! | April 3, 2012 | Game Time
76: We went to Roller Land in Fort Collins for a morning of fun! | Skating Time | April 4, 2012
77: We met Dad at BeauJo's for lunch after we were done. | She didn't want to leave! | Go, Mikaela!
78: LIVE | L A U G H
79: We spent Nana's birthday in Estes Park, and then celebrated that night at home with cupcakes and ice cream! | April 5, 2012
80: Time to Paint
81: April 7, 2012
83: We went to Grandma's work for an Easter egg hunt and some games. We even met a live bunny! | April 7, 2012
84: The night before Easter, the girls wrote a nice note, left out some milk and a carrot cake cupcake, and headed off to bed. | April 7, 2012
85: Preparing for the Bunny
87: He Came! | April 8, 2012
88: More Egg Hunting | After hunting for eggs at our house, the girls got all dolled up and we headed to Grandma and Grandma's house to hunt for eggs there. | April 8, 2012
90: making | Mikaela was becoming a pro at bowling. She even refused to allow us to help her put the ball on the rack! Look at those muscles!
91: April 17, 2012
92: April 18, 2012 | We went to the WOW museum with Grandma | Mikaela put on an AWESOME
93: puppet show!
94: On Grandma's birthday, we spent time at the zoo. It was fun exploring all of the different animals!
95: Swetsville Zoo | April 19, 2012
97: Grandma's 50th | The girls helped prepare for Grandma's surprise party by making a cake like Brad and Mom had made for her when they were little. They had done a great job keeping the secret for the past 4 months! | April 20, 2012
98: SURPRISE! | Mom had pulled together a party that had a bunch of fun facts about Grandma throughout the house. She was VERY surprised when she walked in and found everyone standing there!
99: April 20, 2012
100: April 30, 2012
101: The girls were preparing for their spring ballet recital. The theme of the recital this year was Cruising Around the World. | We love dancing!
102: We went to a Colorado Ice Arena Football Game. | Mikaela was so excited when we got her a cow bell.
103: April 28, 2012 | It was superhero night!
104: Swing, Mikaela, Swing! | How fun!
105: What a silly girl! | April 2012
107: Weather & Science Day | Brad works for Steve Spangler and video taped Weather and Science Day | May 2, 2012
108: Play Ball! | Of course we stayed for the game, then! Go Rockies!
109: May 2, 2012 | The girls were excited to meet Dinger!
110: Mom took the ballet formal photos this year. They turned out great! | What cuties in their sailor outfits! | Dance Photos
111: May 5, 2012
112: Recital Time | May 20, 2012
113: The ballet recital this year was adorable! It was held in the Magnolia Theater at the Lincoln Center. The girls had a little time to play and get ready before their big debut on stage!
114: Mikaela's first dance was to the song Sea Cruise. Her class came out first and led the show! Mikaela was so intent on getting all of the steps just right! | Showtime
115: Mikalea's second dance was to Little Grass Shack. They hula danced and listened to the music. Dad brought roses for Mikaela after the show was over! | May 20, 2012
116: Butterfly Pavilion
117: May 23, 2012 | Addyson's class took a trip to the Butterfly Pavilion and Mom and Mikaela got to tag along!
118: First Train Ride of the Year
119: May 28, 2012
120: What a pretty smile!
121: We love the parks! | May 2012
122: We threw an end of the year bash for all of our friends! | Record chandelier | Hamburger cookies | Licorice Sticks | Our garage was transformed into a 50's dance hall!
123: Let's Go to the Hop | French Fry cookies | Lemonheads | Pudding root beer floats | Ice cream cake pops | Records galore | June 2, 2012
125: June 2, 2012 | We danced, played games, and ate at the soda shop! | Limbo, Hula Hooping, Bubble Blowing contests and more!
126: June 3, 2012
127: Sandbox Time
128: Time for a Haircut | Before | After
129: June 4, 2012
130: Park #1 | We decided this summer to do a tour of the Loveland parks. | Centennial Park | June 5, 2012
131: Park #2 | June 8, 2012 | Civic Center Park
132: Park #3 | Derby Hill Park | June 8, 2012 | This was by far our favorite park!
133: Fishing with Papa | June 12, 2012 | Boedecker Lake | Although no fish were caught, the girls enjoyed driving the boat!
134: Fire Hydrant 5 | Uncle Doug ran this year with us.
135: June 9, 2012
136: High Park Fire | On June 9, 2012, the High Park Fire started due to dry conditions and a strike of lightening. Over the next few days, thick smoke settled over Loveland and Fort Collins. The fire wasn't contained until June 30, 2012 and destroyed 87,250 acres when all said and done. | The planes dropping fire retardant flew right over our house.
137: Park #4 | Dwayne Webster "Canon" Park | June 13, 2012
139: That's Right, More Bowling! | June 13, 2012
140: Mikaela attended a party for Haley at the Farm. She got to ride a horse named Brownie! | June 16, 2012
142: Park #6 | Edmondson Park | June 16, 2012 | Park #5 was Eagleview on June 15. We forgot to take our camera. Oops!
143: Park #7 | Estrella Park | June 21, 2012
144: June 17, 2012
145: We celebrated Grandpa's birthday with a larger than life Jenga set!
146: June 20, 2012 | Hiking
147: DAD: The Man, The Myth & The Legend | We enjoyed a beautiful day with Grandma and Grandpa in Rocky Mountain National Forest.
149: June 20, 2012
150: Park #8 | Fairgrounds Park | June 21, 2012 | Addyson's friend, Michael, was there! | Dad got soaked at the water park!
151: Park #9 | Kirkview Park | June 24, 2012 | Park #10 was Kroh Park, but the storms rolled in so our camera stayed in the car.
152: Park #11 | Loch Lon Park | June 26, 2012
153: Park #12 | Loveland Sports Park | June 26, 2012 | This was our least favorite park.
154: Park #13 | McKee Park | June 26, 2012 | We got half way through the parks in the month of June. We'll pick up where we left off next year!
155: We're Moving | We all knew living in a mess would be hard, but that our hard work would be well worth it in a few weeks... | July 2, 2012
156: July 3, 2012
157: Frosting cookies for Independence Day!
158: July 3, 2012
159: We went to the Drive-In theater and saw Brave and Avengers.
160: Amazing Fun on the Fourth
161: Aren't they adorable! | July 4, 2012
162: It had been so dry this year, that we weren't allowed to have fireworks. We also weren't sure if they were going to be shooting off fireworks at the lake, so we didn't go. We found a good spot to watch from a local field at the last minute. We had perfect seats! | Since we couldn't shoot of fireworks, we did Mentos & diet soda instead.
163: Amazing Fun on the Fourth
165: EMBARKING ON AN | July 6, 2012 | We spent a weekend as a family in Vail before our big move.
167: Sometimes, it's just nice to get away. It was SO foggy the next morning! | July 7, 2012
168: We got lost in the maze and rode the alpine slide a few times! | Our first stop was the Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park. | July 7, 2012
169: Then we got to go mining for gold. | Mikaela loves rocks, so this was perfect for her!
170: Don't forget the horseback rides! | July 7, 2012
171: MIKAELA'S FIRST ROLLER COASTER | That's right, she rode her first coaster and had a blast barreling down the mountain!
173: We'll definitely be taking another summer trip to Peak 8 in the future! | July 7, 2012
174: Moving Day | The day had finally come to move into our new house! We couldn't be more excited!
175: July 14, 2012 | All of our stuff was packed and ready for the movers.
176: Welcome Home | The girls were nervous but excited for the big move. Once we had the keys to our new place, we headed straight over to take a look.
177: We closed on our new house on July 13, 2012. We spent that day cleaning the place up. | Our new house was a lot bigger than our old one, at just over 5000 square feet! | The girls were most looking forward to spending time at the neighborhood pool.
178: July 2012
179: Finally Settled
180: Our new home has a beautiful garden, complete with daisies, roses, and several butterfly bushes! | Our Garden
181: We also battled several hornets nests that year! | July 29, 2012
182: Mikaela's favorite part of the fair this year was the Jumping Jumbos Dumbo ride. She got to ride with Grandma.
183: We played in the early afternoon at the fair, checked out the animals, and then stayed late to watch the fireworks at night. What a fun day at the fair! | Larimer County Fair | August 4, 2012
184: We got up early to catch the Sweetheart Balloon Rally. However, it ended up being too windy and we only saw one balloon inflate. So, we headed over to the fairgrounds for free pancakes! | August 5, 2012
185: Pancake Breakfast
187: Dad found this turtle in the road. We brought him home for awhile then released him in a pond. | August 7, 2012
188: Putt - Putt with Grandma | August 8, 2012
190: Aerial Tramway | August 8, 2012
191: After putt-putt, we all rode the tram to get a great view of Estes Park.
192: Helping Grandpa | Dad | So pretty | Stretching with Grandpa | Preparing to race | Valley 5000
193: After the race | What a pretty girl! | Go, Dad, go! | Almost there | Aunt Carm | August 17, 2012
194: Fireside | Even Abby liked them roasted!
195: One of our favorite places to be this summer was on our new patio next to our new fire pit roasting marshmallows! | August 2012
196: Dad turned 30 this year. We celebrated with close friends and family and a pasta bar at home.
197: August 25, 2012 | Of course that's his favorite...carrot cake!
198: August 27, 2012
199: Mikaela started Pre-K on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Bright Horizons. Her teacher's name is Ms. Rhonda.
201: August 2012
202: September 3, 2012 | We went to North Lake park | and of course some play time, too! | For the last train ride of the season
203: Silly girl!
204: The New Ride | September 6, 2012
205: The girls have their own Mini Cooper! Mikaela helped to clean it up a bit!
206: We chalked up our new drive way for the first time. We also had some fun with bubbles!
207: September 8, 2012
208: Fun on Two Wheels
209: September 14, 2012 | One thing is for certain...Mikaela loves to roll on two wheels! She was hesitant to get rid of the tricycle, but became more confident the more she rode.
210: Going to the Zoo
211: "September 15, 2012
213: September 2012
214: Sprague Lake | September 29, 2012
215: Two bull elk followed us all along the trail while we took photos on this beautiful September morning. | Family Photos
217: After finishing up at Sprague Lake, we headed to the Alluvial Fan for more photos. We couldn't believe it, but it was even more beautiful than our first picture spot! | September 29, 2012
218: Mickey Here We Come!
219: We made a Disney countdown chain out of paint swatches we found at Home Depot. Mom felt bad taking so many, but knew that the end result would be worth it. When we got home, we all sat around the table punching Mickey heads out and writing down numbers. On the date we made the chain, we had 38 days left before our trip! | October 3, 2012
220: Pumpkin Pickin' Time
221: October 3, 2012 Miller Farm
222: The girls were invited to Carley's 3rd birthday party, at which, Cinderella made an appearance! | October 6, 2012
225: When we got home from the birthday party, we found our house over run with giant spiders...inside and out. Ewww. | October 6, 2012
226: October 7, 2012 | Viestenz-Smith Park
227: Photos | Mayhew Family
228: Kuzmich Family Photos
229: Benson Sculpture Park | October 13, 2012
230: We met Bob, Carm, Grandma, and Grandpa for some fun | October 21, 2012
231: Fritzler Corn Maze
232: Happy 8th Birthday, Mia
233: October 26, 2012 | Mia's cake was once again peanut butter flavored. And we found this awesome puppy human cake at Walmart. Yum.
234: Fall Harvest | party | Mikaela's school had a fall party, in which the girls painted pumpkins and other fun games!
235: October 26, 2012
236: Mikaela was into carving for about 30 minutes this year. Each year, it seems she becomes more and more interested! | October 27, 2012 | Pumpkin Carvin'
237: We even carved the little pumpkins! | Yum, Pumpkin Seeds!
238: Mikaela's First School Party | Mikaela was Jewel Sparkles this year!
239: October 31, 2012
241: Trick or Treat | October 30 and 31, 2012
242: October 2012
244: We have less trees at our new house, but made a pile big enough to jump in.
245: November 3, 2012
246: Party Prep | Mom and Dad were making props for Mikaela's upcoming party... | November 4, 2012
247: ...Like this life sized dog house!
248: Melted Crayon Art
249: Mom had been wanting to try this art form for awhile, and they couldn't have turned out better! Mikaela had fun watching it take shape! | November 6, 2012
251: November 10 through 17, 2012 | Our Disney trip this year was a blast. Mikaela rode the Barnstormer for the first time, Dumbo several times, and really enjoyed the characters. Although she had croup AND the flu while we were there, we made the best of it!
252: BIRTHDAY | celebration | Addyson turned 6!
253: November 30, 2012
255: Even Mikaela got to blow out the candles! | November 30, 2012
256: Howdy, Cowgirl | December 2, 2012
257: Addyson was having a cowgirl birthday party and our house was turning into the perfect ranch. Mom made pool noodle horses and we had plenty of food to make our cowpokes happy.
258: The doorbell rang and...surprise! Four horses showed up at our house. Two were for ridin' and two for pettin'...these cowboys and cowgirls had a great time.
259: December 2, 2012 | We got lucky that it was such a beautiful day!
260: Time for Cake
261: "Good times are even better when they are shared" | December 2, 2012
262: Aladdin and Jasmine | Belle
263: Our family was lucky enough to attend a sing along with the princesses. All week after, Mikaela would always say "The princesses sang that" if we heard a song on the radio! | Ariel | Rapunzel | December 8, 2012 | Princess Sing Along
265: Mikaela's First Holiday Program | December 13, 2012 Bright Horizons
266: We celebrated Mikael'a's birthday early this year, because her real birthday fell on the same day of her party. You can tell what interests her this year...puppies and Lalaloopsies! | Look Who's 4
267: November 13, 2012
268: December 15, 2012
269: We met Santa at Grandma's work this year.
271: Time to | ........................................... | December 16, 2012 | It wouldn't be a Kuzmich party without themed food!
272: Mom made leashes, collars, dog blankets, themed stickers, and more to go along with the theme! | Paw-ty Decor | .............................................. | December 16, 2012
273: The theme of the party was Mikaela's puppy shop. There were four stations...the adoption station, Puppies 'R Us, the grooming station, and the vet station.
274: December 2, 2012
275: All in all, the puppy dog theme really came together! | We even had paw prints and balloons leading to the front door!
276: The entire family was ready to paw-ty! December 16, 2012
279: The guests arrived and the party began! Right down to the puppies on the cake, this party was a dog-gone good time! | Woof, Woof! | .............................................. | December 16, 2012
280: Hard to Believe | ................................ | December 16, 2012 | Mikaela and her guests had a fantastic time. Her favorite gift this year was her pink poodle puppy Cuddluppet from Grandma and Grandpa.
281: We can't wait to see what the next year brings!