Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ingrid's First Steps!

Finally! On Thursday, October 9, at approximately 9:45am, Ingrid took her very first solo steps. She was in a physical therapy session at the time. Since then, she has taken many more steps!

The PT had the brilliant idea to create a "crash pile" of pillows, since Ingrid appeared to be scared of falling. We made falling a game, and she was willing to comply with some walking. She still isn't interested most of the time, but she *can* do it and if the past new skills are any indication, she'll soon be compelled to practice this one on her own too.

It has been a lot of fun so far to watch her be so proud of herself taking these little steps and moving her body just like the big kids do!

My hope is that she will be doing some more practicing on her own of her new walking skill by Halloween, and basically proficient in toddling sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the meantime, it's finally somewhat fun to help her practice walking - and we've waited a long time for that! And so has she!

Friday, October 10, 2014

First Grade

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cousin Isaac

Uncle Paul and Aunt Megan welcomed to the world their new baby, Isaac David, this past week! He was born on October 7th at 1:56pm. He did lots of growing over the previous 41 weeks, and came out at 9lbs 5oz! He was 22 inches long. He is the sweetest, most darling baby I have ever seen. I wonder if they have stopped kissing those adorable cheeks 24 hours a day yet. :) I am SO excited to get to fly out and meet him at their home in Texas in a couple of weeks! Elijah and Kirsa are very excited about him and it's been fun to look at his pictures and learn all about him.

Grandpa & Grandma Visit / Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend, Chris' parents drove out to visit us. They arrived Friday night. On Saturday morning, we all walked to the neighborhood garden center, which hosts a pumpkin patch with lots of fun kids' activities every fall.

First we checked out the giant pumpkins that people were hauling in for weighing later in the day.

Then we went inside. We decided to start with the train ride. Kirsa had been looking forward to riding the train all week, but decided as she got on that she no longer wanted to. After about 15 seconds, though, she changed her mind, and thoroughly enjoyed the ride!

Next we went to the pedal cars. Kirsa doesn't really pedal yet, so after a few rounds with major help, we decided she should take a ride in the back of a car with Daddy pedaling. That went much faster, and they even raced Elijah! Then Ingrid had a turn too, and loved it!

Next up was the maze. Elijah ran through it quickly. Next were Kirsa and Mommy, then Ingrid holding Daddy's hand.

Then on to the bouncy castle. It was quiet and early in the morning, and the kids had it all to themselves, so they used much more than their allotted 10 minutes for jumping!

Then the tractor ride of terror, which Grandma and I rode with the three kids. No one seemed terribly scared but they were a little nervous!

And finally we went to choose our pumpkin, give it a bath, and head home!

The next day, Chris and I went on a little getaway! Grandpa and Grandma stayed with the kids, getting them to and from school, feeding them, and all the important things in between. We are SO grateful they could come and stay so we could head out of down for a day!

Saying goodbye wasn't too bad since we are looking forward to seeing them again very soon!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When September Ends

This is what the end of September and beginning of October looked like for us. We did another short family bike ride one morning, not pictured here, on a beautiful day, and played at the playground at the preschool. I spent mornings in the backyard with our two darling girls, encouraging Ingrid to stay on her feet, and watching Kirsa "fly" around through the grass.

In the afternoons, we'd pick up Elijah at the bus stop, and come home to play some more in the backyard and hear about his day. Every day he practices his spelling words for his weekly spelling test on Friday.

One day, when it was time to pick him up at the bus stop, we had a colossal hail storm, and got hail damage on our nice Suburban. Thankfully insurance will cover almost all the damage. Once it turned to rain, the kids insisted on playing outside anyway!

Elijah is "Star of the Week" this week and gets to present a poster about himself at school, among a few other special things. He worked very hard at this poster, chose his pictures carefully, and made those beautiful letters for his name!

We also had Elijah's parent-teacher conference, which went very well. His teacher seems very happy with his behavior, social adjustments, and school works. He is rocking math, and doing very well at reading. He's still working on retelling a story after he's read it. We enjoyed getting to spend a few minutes with his teacher discussing his time at school!

The girls have continued at preschool, bringing home their little crafts and such, like this monster that Ingrid made with Grandma when she visited. And Ingrid still has PT on Thursdays. So that has been our transition from early fall into the heart of my very favorite season of the year!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Family Fun and terrible iPhone photos

This past week, we did a few fun things as a family. On Saturday morning, we went to a playground a few miles away. Elijah rode his bike, I rode my bike with Ingrid on the back, and Chris ran with Kirsa in the jogging stroller. The kids had a blast!

Then on another afternoon, we went mini golfing and out to dinner at our favorite Greek restaurant. This was fun but it was hot outside and then the restaurant must have shut off the AC for the winter already because it was absolutely sweltering in the restaurant. But as you can see, the kids still had a great time!

A forgot my camera for both outings so the pics are all courtesy of the iPhone.