Friday, May 21, 2010


So I guess it is officially Summer around here! Heidi finished up her preschool year last Thursday, Jason finished up BSF on Monday, I finished BSF on Wednesday, and Emma's last day of school was today. So, Summer begins tomorrow. :-) We will celebrate by NOT setting an alarm. We're thinking this is roughly the second time since Christmas that we've been home and not set an alarm. However, I'm guessing Emma will be up before 7.

Happy Summer!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Makes me smile

So I really often feel that I spend lots of my day telling Heidi "no" and "stop doing" whatever and disciplining her. But in the last week I've really tried to focus on spending more time with her and watching the things she does.

A couple days ago I was vacuuming our room. When I came out in to the hall, Heidi had "her vacuum cleaner" - the ball popper push toy and she was "vacuuming" also. But the real kicker was that she had the end of a jump rope at the handle and the rest of it was dragging behind her like a power cord. I just had to smile. :-)

You really become aware of your actions and words when you have children. Heidi recently walked in to the kitchen and said, "I just left Ella Kate a message; now I'm going to go send her an email." (Ella Kate is one of her preschool classmates.)

Then this afternoon, she had gathered a whole bunch of toys in her grocery cart. She likes to pretend to play store. The check out is usually the hearth of our fire place. I was sitting in the living room floor with Rachel and Heidi turned to me and said, "They don't take Discover." I just cracked up. Then she said it again, "I have a Discover, but they don't take Discover."

They can really make you smile and give you lots of joy if you let them. :-)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rachel at 8 Months

Rachel is 8 months old today. And in case you missed it buried in the Spring Break post, her first tooth came through the first week in April and her second one came through a couple weeks ago - both bottom front teeth. I haven't seen any signs of the top ones, but she continues to drool, so we'll see.

Mobility has begun...
She has become very proficient at rolling . We have had a quilt in the play room with her toys on it and we generally put her down on the quilt to play - kind of defining her space. However, she can now go way beyond the quilt - and frequently does. In fact, she generally rolls around a room until she bumps in to a piece of furniture - sofa, entertainment center, dresser, bunk bed... so I think she'll be showing off some bumps and bruises from now on. She also has started pushing up in to the crawling position and rocking a little. So I'm sure crawling is right around the corner. I'm not sure I'm ready for that.She continues to exhibit signs of being a picky eater. She nurses well, but she has had zero desire for baby cereal or baby food. She does eat Gerber Graduate fruit & veggie puffs - so I guess that's good. It's a start. Maybe she's just going to go straight to solids. We haven't tried any table food yet. So, we'll see.

No 8 month check up, so we'll get updated stats at her 9 month check up in June. But she's pretty much in to 6-9 month clothes now. In fact, it really needs to get warm and stay warm 'cause we don't have any long sleeve/pant outfits in 6-9 months! (OK, as I type this, it's 80 degrees outside. I think warm is here.)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Circus & Carnival

Saturday we went to the Yarrab Shrine Circus & Carnival. It's held at a county park not too far from us. We have known of it for many years, but have never gone. In fact, our first real interaction with it was the first year we hosted our boomerang tournament. We showed up to the field we had "reserved" for our tournament, and there was a helicopter in one corner of the field. The helicopter was giving rides as part of the carnival. For the rest of that story, we did manage to coexist for our tournament, but from then on, we always made sure we didn't pick the same weekend as the carnival. :-)Back to this year... Emma's bus monitor is a Shriner and he generously gave us tickets to the circus (this picture is with a Shriner after the circus - it is not Emma's bus monitor). So we definately wanted to go. We went to the 1 PM circus and really enjoyed it. If you live in the area, I highly recommend it. It's a true three ring circus with everything from acrobats and trapeze artists to elephants, horses, ponies, dogs, a llama and a camel. And of course there are clowns. It really is well done. It's over for this year, but look for it next April!Emma LOVED the circus. It was fun to watch her grin and laugh. She says her favorite part was the clowns.Heidi, on the other had, was petrified of the clowns. They didn't even have to be near her. In fact, before the circus even started, the clowns were milling around in front and she said she was ready to go. Then during the first actual clown act, she had her head buried in Jason's chest. It was cute and kind of sad all at the same time. She says her favorite part was the acrobats.After the circus, we took to the carnival midway. The girls were able to ride 5 rides each with the tickets we bought. They would have done more, but the wallet quit there. :-) Here are the rides they did:Heidi didn't last too long in the bouncy fire dog. But Emma bounced and went down the slide 'til her time was up.I don't know what this means for when they turn 16, but they had fun in this pink jeep! They both turned their steering wheel to the left the entire time.Heidi was so excited when she saw this train (actually from the pink jeep). But she spent the whole ride looking down at her feet. But then she also says it was her favorite thing - who knows.They always enjoy a carousel.That's Heidi, Jason and Emma sitting at the top (the photographer failed on this ride). They slid down sitting on mats.I think we'll definitely plan on going again next year! Maybe we'll make a tradition of it.