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Wrapping Up October

Anybody else feeling shocked that tomorrow is November? Every year, once it’s November I feel like I’ve been pushed down a giant icy hill and my sled is not going to stop until I crash into the new year. Hoping it’s a little bit more of a powdery season and I can enjoy things a bit more. If October was any indication, though, it looks like I’m in for a speedy ride again. In fact, as I type this, I let Finn pick one cartoon, he chose Mickey Christmas so now I’m listening to “We wish you a Merry Christmas”…like I said, barrelling down the hill…

This week in particular was crazy busy. We had something every day of the week and while I’m all about planning things and creating memories, I’m sitting here on this Halloween Friday trying to get up the energy to be excited about doing stuff with the kids tonight. We usually skip out on trick-or-treating (we do our church’s Streetfest carnival instead) but since we’re in a new neighborhood this year, we feel like we need to be a bit more intentional about getting out there. Mark said, “just our neighborhood?”, I said “just our street?” Hahaha. It’s going to be freezing out there tonight – ok, maybe not literally, but 44º and dropping to 39º and lower as soon as the sun goes down is close enough.

So I apologize for what will now be mainly a photo dump, but maybe this way I can cross something off my list and not take it with me into November!

We have two beautiful trees in the front yard. The other day the kids helped rake the leaves and then got to jump in them for a while.
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They were also the perfect backdrop for some pictures I took of Mia for her dentist’s office. They wanted photo submissions of kids missing their front teeth. Mia definitely fits the description!
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And of course, whatever sister does, brother does. According to him, he has several loose teeth as well.
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But, look how big he is…how did this happen?!
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Still my sweet, silly boy who loves funny plates for breakfast:
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Yes, that is a tomato for a nose. He ate several more noses that morning for breakfast. That kid gets his daily dose of lycopene, that’s for sure.

This week was a busy week at school. There was “lunch with a grand” and since her grandparents live too far away, Judy said she would come have lunch with her.
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We had teacher conferences. She’s doing great and exactly where she needs to be. One thing, which I knew was coming, was towards the end when she said “now, the only thing is, I wonder if she can hear me sometimes. It’s not a disrespect thing, I think she really just didn’t hear me. Do you ever think that?” My response: “constantly, since she was a toddler” Thing is she can hear conversations Mark and I whisper in the front seat of the car. Fairly confident her hearing is fine [especially since she just passed the kindergarten hearing screening] it’s the listening she struggles with 🙂 Sometimes she is just so intense on what she is doing that she doesn’t process anything else coming at her. You can see a bit of that in this picture:
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I had to tap her on her shoulder to get her to realize I was talking to her at one point. But she sure has fun while she’s hard at work!
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So, we’re all learning how we can work through that. But all in all, school is fun and great and she really is learning. We’re seeing her make progress on reading and I’m excited for the day when I can hand her a book and hear her read it for herself.

In the midst of all of that, we hit the 50 days in school mark! I feel like I need a medal just like Mia got:
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I do feel 50 days smarter. Kindergarten is a learning curve, especially for those of us doing this as first-time parents. Add in the fact that neither Mark nor I really did school in the states and you’ll understand how lost I feel sometimes.

And who said kindergarten never gets homework?
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Ha, that’s my homework – a take home project for the teacher. Not going to lie, probably enjoyed doing that more than the average person would/should.

To celebrate 50 days in school, they did a 50s day and let kids dress up and have a sock hop. Mia loved her poodle skirt (that outfit took me all over town to put together and wasn’t even her halloween costume…)
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We also had our church’s Streetfest carnival this week. According to my awesome birthday gift from my husband, I have exact proof of why I was tired the next day:
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My fitbit told me I walked over 15,000 steps, just under 7 miles that day. Add in a few heavy wooden carnival games and picking up trash after the event and that would be why my quads were yelling the next morning. So, I took both kids to school and came home and had my coffee and read in a delightfully quiet house, successfully ignoring the evidence of costume preparations strung throughout the living room (hence the hairspray right next to my coffee mug).
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And here we are, Halloween day. Mia got a special lunch today at school (Finn did here at home too, but he didn’t want his pumpkin one – he wanted elmo – so I ate a jack-o-lantern pb sandwich…)
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Our monster and elsa pumpkins that we carved a couple of weeks ago are long gone, but they were cool while they lasted.
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Now we’ll just find other ways to make today a little fun and forget that we’ll be walking up and down the street in frigid temps. I’m totally raiding the candy buckets after bedtime.

Costume pics after tonight. Stay tuned.

A big shopping trip…

So…this happened.

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Backpack

Yeah…that would be kindergarten shopping that she’s all focused about. That backpack modeling? I have more just like that. She wanted a picture of each of her top choices so that she could see how it looked. I’ve had to hide it because she’s itching to use it already. These next 3 weeks just can’t go by fast enough for her, I think. 3 weeks from today. Time needs to slow down. We’re still sleeping in until 8:00 in the mornings. Got to get out of that mode real quick here….

She’s ready. Tonight she had a teensy bit of a meltdown about being worried about making friends. I told her that something that I have always been amazed and proud of her is that she can make friends so easily and that she always seeks out those who seem to not have a lot of friends. She said that it had been a while since she’s had to do that so now she’s worried she doesn’t remember. How easily she forgets about all the instant friends she makes in play areas. Just the other day she came to the table and said “I’m waiting for my new friend. She has to eat her food, so I’m going to wait for her so we can go back and play.” When I asked her what her name was, she replied “I think it’s Feather.” Feather? “Or Leather” Leather? Um, maybe it’s Heather. “Hmmm…I really think it’s Feather. (A little later she comes back and says “Yep, it’s Heather.”)  I assured her she would be great at finding friends and that it would be fun. Then she cried a bit more about missing the house. It was a very dramatic night, as you can tell.

But other than that, I think she’s excited. And just in the past few weeks she’s been making some really good, wise decisions and asking some solid questions. She’s making choices that make sense in the long run and not just for immediate gratification. She’s being really helpful and caring. She picked a nice backpack that none of us will get tired of quickly instead of the light up obnoxious one that she was almost drawn to (phew, so glad…she touched it but then said, um no…that wouldn’t be good….). She needs to stop or she’ll think she’s going to college in 3 weeks.

You know who probably isn’t ready for all of this?

This little guy.

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(I also have a ton more of those pictures on my phone).

He loves his sister and he is not going to be happy when he realizes he’s stuck with me most of the time. He’s growing up too: just today, he started saying her name right again. For the past couple of months she’s always been Mium. Today, she was Mi – A (apparently, we’ve been overemphasizing it a tiny bit in an effort to help him say it right).

We’ll both miss her and little brother will be waiting in the car line ready to show her his newest silly trick of the day, I’m sure.

“Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”

No, not the snow, although if I could I would. No school again tomorrow and with another round coming on Thursday it’s looking like a long few days ahead. Fortunately, gymnastics rarely closes so we braved the roads and got out for Mia’s class. They really weren’t bad, the sun had done a lot of melting. She was one of three girls in the class and we were all able to get out and look at some other people’s faces for a bit. I imagine it’s all refreezing again.

No, this post is a recap of an actual dinner conversation with 3 year old Finn.

I want a potato.
A potato?
Yes, a blue potato (recently, he’s been calling things that are red blue and things that are blue red. Which makes conversations that much more exciting).
You mean red?…Oh, a tomato?
Yes, a potato. (Just recently, tomatoes were “natoes” so the potato thing was throwing me off).
Finn, it’s a tomato.
Potato.
To-ma-to.
Po-ta-to.
TO—–MA—–TO.
PO—–TA—–TO.
Um, never mind…here’s your tomato.

He really was trying. He wasn’t trying to be funny, he just genuinely thought we were saying potato. I would be worried, except I’m not because a) he’s 3, b) he says these sounds just fine in other situations – he can say “tomono” [as in, what are we doing tomorrow?] really well, trust me, and c) at least he’s eating tomatoes. Please don’t try to scare me into going to a speech therapist. I wouldn’t even be able to make it there if I wanted to. 😉 Besides, Mia used to call tomatoes “tornadoes” so this tomato nickname thing is clearly something Stoner children are good at. We’re calling the whole thing off.