Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kirsa's Halloween Party

Last Thursday, on her last day of preschool before Fall Break, Kirsa had her Halloween party. I took a few pictures of her before class, including one with her friend who was dressed up as Elsa (and her little sister as Anna).

Then I came near the end of class, when they were having their dance party, and took a few more. The kids had made treat bags and "trick-or-treated" at the staff offices. They had done songs and stories and dancing.

Kirsa reported that she hadn't played with any toys today, she had "just buzzed around." You can see her teachers, Miss Jessica (in the witch's hat) and Miss Danyale in the pictures here.

Miss Jessica said Kirsa was "all about the purses" when she decorated her treat bag. She said she had so much fun! It was a wonderful last day of preschool before Fall Break and Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ingrid's Halloween Party

Last Tuesday, the last day of preschool before Fall Break, Ingrid had her Halloween party at preschool. It was a LOT of fun. We did songs and toys, a game with a parachute and some balls, a couple crafts involving food, and had treats. We also attempted to take a class picture, which went swimmingly, as you can tell. She had a wonderful time.

Ingrid walked everywhere, sang and clapped during the songs, and participated nicely in every activity! I was SO proud of her and she had a great time!

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!