Category Archives: Mia

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.

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!


And of course, whatever sister does, brother does. According to him, he has several loose teeth as well.

But, look how big he is…how did this happen?!

Still my sweet, silly boy who loves funny plates for breakfast:
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.

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:
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!

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:

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?
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…)


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:
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).

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…)

Our monster and elsa pumpkins that we carved a couple of weeks ago are long gone, but they were cool while they lasted.

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.

Mia’s Japanese Party

We’ve been doing lots of partying around here. Between Mia’s birthday, her party and then my birthday, we’ve had our fair share of fun (and sugar).

For Mia’s party this year, we went to a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant so the kids could eat and enjoy the show. As expected, there was lots of squealing and laughter (that’s what you get with a party of 10 girls and 2 boys). Not sure how much the kids ate, but I think they all had a really fun time – and parents got to take leftovers home…win-win.

For Mia’s birthday book, we found the cutest little book about a Japanese kokeshi doll and then bought an actual wooden kokeshi doll to sit next to it. So fun.




While the kids waited for food to come, they sat and colored.


Or in Finn’s case, practiced his sword skills with the chopsticks. That kid…so much boy packaged in his little body.

Then, it was time for the show! The chef was so great. We had seen him on previous visits and knew he would be wonderful with the kids and the restaurant let us request a chef so it was perfect.
Lots of smiles and giggling while he did his tricks.


Wish these pictures had sound. So much squealing with that fire.

The volcano, turned into choo-choo train.

Then, it was time for cake. Mia wanted a big cake instead of cupcakes this year, so I decided to make her one and stick some chopsticks in it to hold the little birthday pennant banner up. I have wanted to try doing a ruffle cake for a while now and I’m so glad I tried it. It was really pretty easy and I liked the way it turned out. The #6 candle was a sparkler candle – so fun: lasts forever and gives off great fire.


Love how excited she is about the candle.

As a thank you to her friends for coming, each kid got a bag full of Japanese stuff: origami, pocky chocolate sticks, Japanese candy, washi tape, and the cutest Japanese erasers…seriously, so fun…each one comes apart and you can put it back together again.IMGP6086-001

It was a fun day and we’re so glad friends (and cousins!!) came to help us celebrate Mia.IMGP6079-001




Happy 6, Mia.

I posted this on facebook earlier but thought I would put it on here as well and seeing how it’s almost not her birthday anymore, I probably won’t go into a ton of detail right now.

Had fun looking through old blog posts to dig up these pictures. In the midst of those, I found a couple of Finn and I really had to resist posting those too…

So this big girl is 6!

Mia is 6

She was totally working it this birthday. She wanted the house decorated a little bit on her actual birthday, she wants to wear a sash at her party so people will know who the birthday girl is, and she kept slipping the fact that her birthday was coming up into as many conversations as she could this week. She’s doing it up big. Can’t say I blame her. Kind of partial to celebrations, myself. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Except I will not be wearing a sash on my birthday, thank you.

So we started the day with sprinkle donuts and ended it with cupcakes.


Lots of sugar for a sweet, sweet girl.

Finn was very excited about all the festivities – donuts are his favorite after all – but he kept being sad about the fact that it wasn’t his birthday too. Poor kid, has to go through all our birthdays before getting to his. That’s tough on a little guy.

Tomorrow, we start baking cake! Still have some partying to do.