Last Saturday, we went to Build a Bear! We had accumulated a stash of coupons and gift cards, so we decided to go. We arrived right before the store opened, along with about 15 other kids and their families. Fortunately the kids had enough time looking through the windows to decide quickly what they wanted, and we grabbed our bears and got started.
Elijah chose a bulldog which he named "Lucky Dog" and even recorded his voice to go into it! Kirsa chose an "Elsa Bear", and Ingrid got a brown bear which we named "Lollipop". She is now obsessed with Lollipop and drags it all around the house, which I am thankful for because now her sleeping bear (which she calls "HeyBear") can stay clean in her bed. (They are also pictured here with Little Bunny and Beautiful Bear, which Elijah and Kirsa made last February when Grandpa and Grandma took them to Build a Bear).
In other news, it's apparently "Movember" and all men are reminded to go to their doctor's for their checkups and such. Chris has been growing his facial hair, now shaved down to a mustache, in honor of men's health.
I returned from Texas to discover that Elijah had started a notebook for him and me, which we are to pass back and forth, writing letters to each other. He wrote me a couple (extremely sweet!) letters while I was gone, which I had to photograph and save forever!
The kids have been busy in school too, and coming home with lots of projects. Elijah made this poster after learning about community helpers, which says that he wants to be a "road worker" when he grows up. Kirsa made an "owl baby", and Ingrid made two different turkeys and a leaf painting.
We had lots of snow and very cold weather a week ago, and had to remind the kids how to put on their snow stuff and stay outside for more than seven milliseconds in the cold. The snow is mostly melted as of today, and no more forecasted anytime soon. Now our 9th Anniversary, and Thanksgiving, are coming up next week!
Last week, I left my sweet kiddos with Chris and flew to Texas to meet my darling new nephew Isaac, visit with his parents, and see Louise, who is one of my relatives from Denmark. It was so much fun!
Isaac is essentially the most darling baby in the history of the universe. He is sweet, curious, interactive, and an amazing sleeper. I spent most evenings putting him to sleep and then just laying him across myself while we watched a movie or chatted. It was fun to give him a bath, help change and dress him, deliver him to his mama for feedings, snuggle and kiss and love him, and get to know him a little bit.
It was also super fun to see Louise! I had met her before, way back at Paul and Megan's wedding, but of course she has grown up a lot since then. It was fun to hear about Denmark and her perceptions of America, and especially to eat the Danish foods she made while I was there. She is just delightful and I can't wait to see her again at Christmas!
Most of our time revolved around Isaac, as it should, but we also managed to watch a few movies and eat delicious meals. I came home thinking I should probably get back to cooking great food again now that my kids are no longer infants and needing to be held constantly during the dinner hour. :) Paul and Megan look like they are perfect new parents, and their new baby is a pretty relaxed little guy!
It was such a wonderful time, and we were sad to say goodbye. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again at Christmas!
Happy Halloween! Chris and I realized on the morning of Halloween that we had not carved the pumpkin yet, so he left work early to be able to carve it in the afternoon. The kids had fun watching but still don't want to help with any part of the process, although Elijah drew the sketch for the face. I think it turned out wonderfully, and they were all very happy with it too.
After dinner, we all waited in anticipation for 6:00 to roll around so we could start trick-or-treating. Ingrid was very confused and kept trying to go upstairs to take her bath. Finally we got started! Ingrid came along for our cul-de-sac and the one next door, and then I took her home for her bath, milk, and bed. She went right to sleep and stayed asleep, despite trick-or-treaters coming to the door right under her bedroom for several hours.
Elijah and Kirsa stayed out with Daddy and went around part of the neighborhood before coming back with loads of candy a little after 7:00. They took quick showers and hopped into bed. Chris and I stayed up to sort candy and hand out to the trick-or-treaters at the door, who were all cute and polite and funny. One of them, about 10 years old, confidently offered to buy our house for $11. Another said, "Ooh, you got the good candy! God bless!" It was pretty fun.
Overall it was a happy and successful Halloween this year!
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Me: What ever happened to those tie-dyed t-shirts you guys made at school?
Elijah: I don't know.
Me: Well why did you make them?
Elijah: For fun. It was a fun raiser, so we just did it for fun.
Elijah: I like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Dad: Have you seen the show?
Elijah: No, not yet.
Dad: Well, do you know their names?
Elijah: Yeah. One is Rudolph, and the other one is Michael Jackson.
Showed Elijah how email works tonight. His response: I want to send an oatmeal!
Elijah: Mom, what would we do if we were in towers and they were falling?
Mom: Where did you learn about this?
Elijah: At school.
Mom: What happened with those towers?
Elijah: Um, one day, on September 11, a REALLY LONG TIME AGO, there were two towers and planes were hitting them and they fell and people died. September 11 was the saddest day ever.
Mom (hugging Elijah): I am so proud of you!
Elijah (drawing back in horror): That's not good!
Mom: Why not?
Elijah: It's not good to be proud. You should be humble.
Mom: So I should be humble of you?
Elijah (firmly): Yes!
Mom: At school, you'll need to follow the rules and behave nicely. We don't run in the classroom, we use an inside voice, we share, we don't pester others...
Elijah: ...even though it's fun...
Mom: What will you do if you can't find something at school next week, or you don't know where to go?
Elijah: I would go to my teacher or the Pernikipull.
Mom: Let's look around a little [at Barnes and Noble]. Some of these books you're going to be ready for very soon, so I just want to show them to you. For example, I hear a lot of people like this 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series...
Elijah: Yes, I want Diarrhea of a Wimpy Kid!
Mom: I'm so proud of you for hiking all the way up your first 14er!
Elijah: Yeah! And I'm so proud of you for taking care of the girls without me!
Mom: The next chapter is about Pippi and some burglars. What's a burglar?
Elijah: Someone who grows burgers.
Mom: Well, not quite...
Elijah: I mean someone who MAKES burgers!
Elijah's favorite part at the fireworks was "the grand fioli!"
Elijah: Mom, Mom! I have a blessing that God gave me! It was to make paper airplanes and throw them. And God says you have to use your gifts. So I'm using it. Watch this airplane go!
Elijah: It's a good thing I'm tough, because they put me in a REALLY tough class at my school! But there's no crying at school and there's no crying at baseball.
Elijah (who has been writing a lot of thank you cards since his birthday + party last week): No one ever sends us a thank you card!
Mom: Have you given anyone a gift?
Mom: Well, you have to give a gift in order to get a thank you card back.
Question in Explode the Code workbook: Would you furnish a tiny shack with thirty pink carpets?
Elijah's answer: Yes.
The Science Experiment Elijah made up, wrote in his notebook, and carried out: "Fill a jar with water and the other with milk. Then put the caps on. Then put them in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then we see what's in them. If it looks like a food, we eat it."
Elijah: I know how to live to 100. You just have to keep your heart beating, that's all. And eat plenty of healthy foods. Soup and apples are healthy.
Elijah: If the groundhog sees his shadow, it means we'll have six more months of winter!
Kirsa, age 3
While putting on socks, Kirsa held out her right foot and exclaimed, "Ooh! This foot smells like my right foot!"
Kirsa: Look! They re-flated the bouncy castle!
Me: Yep, they inflated it. At night, it was deflated, wasn't it?
Kirsa: Yeah! Those are opposites!
Kirsa: Time for preschool! Can you help me put on my packpack?
Kirsa: I'm just imagining. It's just peetend.
Kirsa: I need another blanket. Can you get one from the tintin closet?
Kirsa: Look at me! I'm Kirsa with the golden hair!
At the store in the toy aisle, looking for a gift for Elijah to take to a girl's birthday party, Kirsa looks around and says, "I don't need any of these toys. We already have all of these at home."
Mommy: Who was the community helper that came to your class today?
Elijah: A lady who makes people happy for her job.
Mommy: You mean a therapist?
Elijah: Yeah, a therapist for kids. She makes people happy.
Kirsa: I want to do that job when I grow up!
Mommy: That's awesome! You know, before I had you guys, I was a therapist and made people happy. It's a good job.
Kirsa: Yeah! I want to make ME happy!
When we were in Minnesota, Kirsa got to see Aunt Megan's 6 months pregnant tummy. She felt it and looked a little confused as we explained that there was a baby in there. Then the adults went on talking, and after a minute we looked down... and there was Kirsa on hands and knees, peering up under Aunt Megan's dress!
Mommy: Aunt Megan has a baby boy in her tummy.
Kirsa: And I have one in mine.
Mommy: When you grow up, then you can grow a baby in your tummy.
Kirsa: Yeah, and he will come out once in a while.
Kirsa: What is Colette doing?
Mommy: I think they're having school.
Kirsa: They might have a teacher!
Mommy: Their Mommy is their teacher.
Kirsa: No, Mommy. You are not a teacher. You are the Mommy.
Kirsa: Hey, I found an idea!
Every morning, Kirsa wraps a towel around her middle and asks, "Did I look like a little Lermaid?" And every day on our walk, she points out the acorns and says, "Ooh, I see an ate-a-corn for the squirrels!"
[Overheard in backseat of the car] Kirsa: You suck! You suck!
She was trying to put the pacifier in her doll's mouth and make it "suck" on the pacifier!
On vacation, Elijah said something, and Daddy said, "Good point, Elijah!" So then Kirsa chimed in with something to say, and Daddy echoed himself, "Good point, Kirsa!", to which Kirsa responded, "Yeah! I got one point!"
[ Playing charades ]
Kirsa: I'm a cheetah. See? Watch me be a cheetah. Guess what I am.
Mommy: Are you a cheetah?
Kirsa: Yep. Your turn.
Kirsa: Mom, look at the ladybug! See, it has two Montanas!
Me: And how old is Mommy?
Kirsa: Two thirty.
Kirsa, upstairs in naptime, throwing a HUGE tantrum and having a screaming argument with herself. "Take that out of there!!" Scream. "No I won't take that out of there!!" Scream. "No take it OUT!" Scream. "No I won't!" Scream.
Kirsa keeps telling us to do things she wants followed by the threat "or I'll eat you for breakfast."