We went up Friday afternoon and spent one night on the Plaza. The kids always love staying in a hotel room. The next morning we got to go to cousin George's birthday party before heading to Great Wolf Lodge and hit the waterpark for the rest of the day. I did not get any pictures of our trip, so instead I will be writing 3 thing about each kid. I did this last year and thought it was a great way for me to recap the stage of life we are in.
First up Hannah Banana
Hannah is in second grade and is liking school much better this year. It is still a struggle to get her out of bed in the morning, but I don't hear "I don't want to go to school or I don't like school" nearly as often. She loves her teacher and is doing great.
Hannah is still quite busy with activities. She is still in gymnastics, horseback riding and Girls Scouts. It is currently Girls Scout cookie selling season and she has her sales pitch down. She is quite the sales person! Hannah will also be starting softball again soon.
We recently introduced an allowance and Hannah has to complete all her chores before getting the allowance. Still working on doing these chores consistently, but Hannah has a toy she really wants and is saving up her money for that. It is amazing to see though what she thinks is a chore……haha! No, putting your shoes in your cubby is not a chore, that is expected.
Next up is the little man
Evan still loves anything related to firefighters and firetrucks. Every time he sees a firetruck on the road he gets very excited. He also loves to play board games and do puzzles. I am quite surprised by the patience he has for games. He will sit for a long time to play games such as memory, sequence, pop a pig and card games.
I don't remember if I wrote on here that Evan learned to ride a bike without training wheels back in October. He is doing so good and loves to ride his big bike.
Evan has become a really sweet little boy. He is still all boy and wild and crazy, but is also a very tender hearted little boy who takes good care of his sisters. He likes to hold doors open for others and help me in the kitchen. He is always willing to come up with a compromise when he is fighting with his sisters. He is in his second year of pre-school and likes it a lot. Drop-offs are not always the easiest, but I know he is having a great time once he is there.
We also introduced an allowance for him if he does his chores. The other day he chose not to do his chores, because he said he already got a $1 last week. That was not what I expected :). His favorite chore is to go feed the chickens and check for eggs.
Evan's health has been good. He continues to be on Blood pressure medicine, but with this medicine his blood pressure is under control. We are still in a wait and see period to determine next steps. One of his kidneys is shrinking and does not have any function, but as long as the blood pressure is under control with medicine there is no reason to do anything about it. The hope is that the kidney will continue to shrink and the body will eventually absorb it.
Last but not least is tornado Nora
Nora is a very independent little girl. I know all kids go through the phase of wanting to do everything themselves, but I feel like she is taking it to another level. Here is an example: Nora wanted to walk up the stairs at a restaurant all by herself, which is great, but she was going really slow and there were a bunch of people lined up behind us. So I grabbed her and carried her up the last 4 steps. She then threw a fit and said "Me do it" and looked at me and walked back down to the exact same step I picked her up from , just so she can walk up the last 4 steps by herself. This kind of stuff happens several times a day.
Nora loves to play with baby dolls. She constantly has at least 1-2 babies with her. It is really cute when she bounces them or tells us to be quiet, because her babies are sleeping. She also always wants to take at least 1-2 babies, a carrier, a bag, a stroller ect with her wherever we go.
Nora goes to preschool twice a week as well and she likes it a lot. She does great at drop offs and has a wonderful time. She is talking so much nowadays and some of the stuff she says is pretty funny. She loves to say "two minutes". When you ask her to come or do something she hold up her finger and says "two minutes". She also says "I love you two minutes".
One night she was already in bed and kept saying "sour cream my butt". It took us a long time to figure out that she wanted diaper cream on her bottom, because it was a little red.
She has gotten so big and is definitely not a baby anymore. We moved her from the crib to a full size bed last week.