I can’t believe it’s November. Summer, where have you gone???
So before it snows, here’s what we did this summer, and fall…
::: You and Blondie went on a father-son camping trip. It was so strange for me and the girls to be home alone. We had a lot of fun, but were glad when you came home.
::: We signed up for swimming lessons at the lake this year, and although it started off a bit rough (Blondie hiding under a picnic table, refusing to let go of the legs of the table to go to his lesson), they ended well with all of you wanting to take lessons again next year (or so Blondie said).
::: You started a new math program this summer, and now that we are into November, we are well into Grade 1. You are doing excellent. I just love watching you learn and grow.
::: We went camping and it rained almost the whole time, and all of you got sick (not fun).
::: Your cousins moved into the backyard for 2 months while they tore down their house, built a new one, and brought their new twin sisters home (that was an adventure).
::: You started making breakfast for everyone in the morning. Now you are a pro at peanut butter and honey toast!
::: Music lessons are also in full swing again. You and Blondie are taking violin and piano, while Happy has started violin lessons.
::: You also went on the father-son camping trip, and took swimming lessons (though I barely was able to convince you that they would be fun).
::: You also got glasses. Long story short, you had been having headaches for awhile and at first we thought they were related to the treatment for hemophilia, but it turns out you needed glasses. You are way too cute in them, and we are so thankful the headaches have stopped, because if they didn’t we would have been off to see a neurologist.
::: As for the hemophilia, we thank God that it has been a very uneventful time (besides being hit on the head with a shovel), and that you have been handling your treatments so well. What a blessing…
::: The whole family went to our first ever family hemophilia camp. We all had a blast and are looking forward to next year and more frog hunting.
::: You turned 5 years old, and are now such a grown up young man. We got you a rock tumbler and we are all enjoying searching for rocks to tumble and watching them transform into smooth, shiny stones.
::: You have officially started Kindergarten, and though you like protesting school, I have managed to trick you into learning more than you know. It makes me smile when you surprise yourself by what you know and can do.
::: You mastered riding a bike on your own this summer and we had a blast going on bike rides together.
::: You love coloring and are getting better and better at it. I am very impressed at how focused you have been, the colors you use and how much you have improved over the summer.
::: This summer you found a snake. I was not impressed, but managed to convince you that it cannot sleep in your room, and that at the very least it could spend the night in the garage. Well, the next morning I was woken by two little boys with the question, “Mom, did you do something with the snake?” It was missing. In my garage. Several days later, my husband nearly jumped out of his skin as there was a snake in our entrance way. At this point, it took very little convincing that the snake would be much happier living outside. Goodbye, snake.
::: But “hello”, hedgehogs. Just after the snake moved out, we got two hedgehogs and have been learning how to be good hedgie owners every since.
::: I wish I had more of your joy. Our home is brighter because of you.
::: You have finally mastered some lessons that I have been praying would finally take, such as stop, come, and basic obeying (woo hoo!).
::: You are such a girly girly (love it!). Everything has to be pink and purple. Just the other day, I was getting ready for church and was trying on a few skirts and dresses. I put on a very purple and pink dress and you stopped, looked at me and said, “Mommy, you look like a princess!”. So sweet. But at the same time, there’s no stopping you from trying to keep up with the boys…
::: You. Love. Learning. Not only that, you love school. You are speeding through your pre-school books and are well into your 6th book already.
::: You also love reading. We have gone to the library a lot this summer and you and your brothers have picked out so many fun books that we have poured over.
::: Our cat comes when I call, and you have been trying to imitate me. You say “Kit Kat, (and then click your tongue a few times)”. The cat never comes, but you try…
::: You have been working on getting your shoes on the right foot (and doing quite well for the most part). The other day you asked me if a particular foot was your “right” foot, I said yes, and then you proceeded to say, “and this is my wrong foot” referring to you left foot. We are never bored with you around, Happy.
::: You are army crawling around the house, going from lying on the floor to sitting up, waving good-bye, and clapping.
::: Teeth! You started having long naps and sure enough started growing some teeth. This month you cut 6 teeth (top centrals, and right lateral, bottom centrals and left lateral).
::: You are climbing stairs, standing on your own and waking around things. YOU TOOK YOUR FIRST STEP!
::: You are soo quiet. I keep talking about putting bells on you as you don’t make a sound as you wander around the house, sneak up the stairs, and cause general baby mischief.
::: You say “bye-bye”.
::: You figured out how to go down the stairs.
::: YOU. ARE. WALKING!
::: While you are still our baby and we still call you “Baby”, you turned one this summer and now are such a big girl.
::: You are signing alot.
::: When we ask you if the food is good, you smack lips. So funny.
::: We finally got the baby gates installed. What. A. Relief. You have been thwarted for the time being and it is so much easier to keep track of you now (though you do listen for the gates as they open and close and if someone forgets to close it, you try your best to sneak past if I’m not watching).
::: When we give you your food, you blow on it in case it is hot, and let’s not get started on the messes you make with your food…
::: You are nodding yes and no.
::: You absolutely love being outside. If the older kids are outside, you stand at the patio doors like a poor little puppy wanting to go for a walk until I feel sorry for you and take you out.
::: We are beginning to see a lot more personality and attitude coming out and it is so much fun getting to know you more, little girl.