Monday, August 4, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten!!

Wow, where has the time gone?! And the summer for that matter. It went by so quickly and here we are starting school. 

August 4th, 2014

 She was very excited and the morning went great! She was somewhat concerned about missing the bus, but we had plenty of time this morning.

Here we are, waiting for the bus. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have to take her because the bus seemed to be running a little later than usual. Fortunately we have a neighbor a few houses over that is riding the bus too, and the bus driver is nice enough to come pick up the kids in the cul-de-sac. The 'stop' is supposed to be down at the corner. I allowed plenty of time to walk down there if we didn't see the neighbor out. But he was waiting in his driveway. So we walked over to hang out. 
His mom said that the bus driver was nice and he would pick the kids up in the cul-de-sac, and she had talked to him at open house and said that was still the plan. But we kept waiting and we had already seen a bus come by and an appropriate time. I was really beginning to think I would have to take her! She really wanted to ride the bus and kept saying we could wait more, but I told her that school still starts at a certain time and she needed to be there. Fortunately it finally showed up!

She gave me a big hug and kiss and got on the bus without any hesitation!
I know she will have an awesome day and I can't wait to hear all about it!


It is already entirely too quiet. Even with Maggie here I feel a little lost. We are working into a completely different routine. It is going to take some getting used to, but I am sure I will be able to find a few projects to fill my time! ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Children's Museum with friends

So about a million years ago (ok, maybe a little exaggeration) we went to the Children's Museum with some friends. We had a lot of fun, and I think this was the first time going where Maggie was walking. So she had tons of fun. First off...WATER!

 Sis really likes to play in the water too!

 This was also a popular spot for Maggie. Let's see...balls and stairs to climb up and down...a small part of heaven for Maggie. :)

 While Elise and her friends were doing a craft in the preschool area, Maggie and I walked around and looked at the art in the area. She really liked the bunnies that are on the wall behind her in the above picture. She would say 'bunny' and 'hop' then proceed to jump around. Man, toddlers are fun.

 The girls were making a bee out of clay. They all did a good job following instructions and she had a good time making it.

 Proud of her work!

 Building towers.
It is really hard to get the 2 of them together.

 Maggie found this ramp in an area made for toddlers. And I am pretty sure she walked up and down it a dozen times. Hey, she was practicing her balance right??

 Everyone had to stop and play with the dinosaurs. In the words of Maggie "ROAR."

 There is a new exhibit about China that we got to check out. And of course a lot of fun! These are some bells that the girls got to bang on. They both really liked to play here.


 Playing dress-up at the Theatre!

 "lion?" (hehe)

 This was the last area that we saw. It was a place to learn about pandas and how they are taken care of in China. All the girls loved it because, well, its like taking care of their babies. We had such a good time with friends. And I am pretty sure Maggie was asleep before we left the parking garage. A sure sign of a good time!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tooth Fairy Visit!

It has been way to long since any kind of update, but I *plan* to remedy that this week. Starting with this long overdue post!

Elise lost her first tooth!! Yay! She was so excited/nervous about it, but when she lost it she did great. I pretty much knew the morning she would loose it. While she was brushing her teeth she must have hit it just right, and it started to bleed, but didn't come out. Then it was SUPER wiggly, so I figured she would loose it that day, I even packed a small plastic baggie in the diaper bag so I would have some where to put it.

We got to share out excitement with my mom and sister because they came down for a visit to the outlet mall. And her tooth fell out while we were eating lunch. It came out on the first bite she took of her sandwich! It was so cute because she had this panic look on her face when she started to chew. I asked her if she think she lost her took, and she shook her head. So I told her to go ahead and spit out the food so we could find the tooth!
So here she is...with one less tooth!
(5/19/2014) Wow, a whole month!
And of course, it has been long enough since the picture, it is safe to say she has another loose tooth. Let's hope it comes out as smoothly and painlessly as this one.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

18 months

It is hard to believe, but Maggie is now a year and a half!
She is such a little stinker, but seriously cute when she wants to be. She has much more 'attitude' than her sister did, although we are recalling some more challenging times we had with Elise around this age...also known as the 'terrible twos.' The real difference Elise had more words to use and Maggie just throws a fit.
This was at one of Elise's soccer games a few days before she was officially 18 months, but who's counting?
 We finally got some decent weather, so we got to play outside. She LOVES to get the chalk out and scribble with it.
 Most of the time she just carries two of the holders in her hands and walks around, but occasionally she'll stop and make her mark. 
 She also loves going up and down the front steps. It is a little nerve racking, but she is pretty good at it. And I think it is more of a pain for everyone if you actually try and help her.

We got this little chair from my Aunt and Uncle when we went down for the second time to get the trees for our front yard. It has been in the family for years, so I am told, but she seems pretty comfortable in it. Elise likes to sit in it too. And guess what? Maggie gets mad and tries to push Elise out when she thinks it is her turn. Ahh, the joys of two kids right?

Maggie didn't have her check-up until just yesterday and her stats were right around the 50% percentile for height and weight. I didn't catch how tall she was because she was screaming the whole time, but she weighed a little over 25lbs. Seriously lightweight compared to her sister! She cried or covered her face almost the entire time the doctor with in speaking with us. That was until he actually 'checked' her out. Then she was just mad and cried to whole time. It is a little sad to see such different kids when it come to things like this. Elise never had any real fear and was/is pretty social, but not Maggie. If I am there, forget it! She just wants to be held by me and if we are some place new it takes her a long time to warm up. Oh well. She did just fine and seems to be completely healthy and normal.

Here is a list of words or things she know/says:
'moo-ee' this means movie
attempts to say outside (sounds more like 'side)
attempts butterfly (sounds like 'sy')
attempts at pizza (comes out more like 'zah')
attempts at Leinie (sounds more like 'inie') And usually after she tries to say Leinie, she tries to say "good boy" and if he is right there she will give him a pat. Apparently we say "good boy" a lot.

She can point to her head, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, ear, tongue, hand, feet/toes, and belly
She knows what a cow, sheep, horse, monkey, lion, and duck says.
She tries to say some of the shows we watch: Manny (Handy Manny), Dan (Daniel Tiger), Cat (could be Peg + Cat or Cat in the Hat).
She tries to hop...super cute by the way. Her feet don't leave the ground but she tries.
That is all I can think of right now, I am sure there are probably a few other things I am forgetting.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

{4} wheel fun

A couple of weekends ago we went to visit with family at my Aunt and Uncle's house. There was other family from out of state visiting so we all used it as an opportunity to catch up. Mom and Dad came down for the weekend and we traveled together.The weather for the day was absolutely gorgeous (where is that weather now???) so we got to spend a good portion of the day outside. We had a really great time and Elise got to have some 4-wheel fun!
She absolutely loved riding on the 4-wheeler!! I think she would have spent all day on it if she could. If no one else was riding she kept asking Uncle Bob to take her out for a ride.

Love this picture!

Maggie really liked walking around. She just wanted to go, go, go. She touched a few of the trees, but didn't care for them. And when she fell down she almost always asked for help because I don't think she liked touching the grass to stand up.
Since we were visiting and trying to keep Maggie out of trouble I didn't always get to watch or hear what Elise was talking about while she was riding but I did hear two pretty funny stories.
1. She figured out how the speedometer on the 4-wheeler worked and told Uncle Bob (or my Dad) I can't remember who she was riding with) that they could go 'faster.'
2. She apparently fell into a hole in their backyard. She was fine, but a little shaken up. She convinced Uncle Bob to take her out for another ride because she said "I think a ride would make me feel better." He laughed and took her out to reward her ingenuity. HA! 

Fun playing with my new zoom lens.
Thanks Uncle Bob and Aunt Debbie for a great day!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

We are outta here!

It has been a LONG time since we have been able to travel and visit family. The weather every weekend has been unpredictable at best, but finally a couple of weekends ago we ventured up to my mom's. Since it is only about an hour away, if the weather did decide to get crazy we wouldn't have as far to get home. It still snowed over the weekend, but it wasn't so bad that we weren't about to get home.

Since the weather wasn't great, we mostly visited and hung out. But we did take a few minutes to pop across the street to Conner Prairie and have a little fun.

 Finally Dad got to come, and I think he had as much fun as the kids in this area. You can create and learn about science by building and experimenting. This was an area to learn about circuits.

 They tested which blades worked the best. There was a meter attached to the windmill to see how much energy you could get. Of course, Elise liked pushing the button to start the wind.

 Then they worked on creating a ball run. Again, I think Bob had as much or more fun than the kids. This is definitely Dad's sort of thing. (And why he is an engineer and I am not, ha)

 Maggie really likes climbing into chairs and rocking.
 For some reason, Elise decided to hug the food.
 Planting food with sis.
 Elise said the chickens were having a fight. 

 "Don't you just love my big floppy hat?!"

 I think Elise could have spent all day here. Just building with pretzel rods, orange slices, and marshmallows. I actually had to promise her that we could do this at home because we needed to leave for lunch. We did do it at home, but with toothpicks. And I am pretty sure she spent at least thirty minutes just playing around with time. Of course, there was a little bit of snacking involved.

Maggie practicing her writing. She was so sweet. She actually picked up most of the pieces of chalk that she dumped on the floor.