- Tue, Aug 17, 2010 /
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It''s scary and amazing and incredible to think that summer is almost over! What a summer it has been. A little of what we''ve been up to:
- Joey starts kindergarten next week, on Thursday. He''s so excited, he wants to go NOW. TODAY. He''s in class with his friend TJ, who is doing similar things that he is.
- Joe is reading chapter books, doing fantastic with comprehension, and has started doing multiplication. It''s hard to explain it to a 4 year old but he seems to get it and wants to do it all the time. We just finished reading The Magic Treehouse, and JOey loved it. So Friday we''ll be headed back to Borders to buy another one.
- Joe is loving the summer. He is a wiz on his bike and zips all over. He and Jake love to ride the ''Mater National'' around the park.
-Joe is a great helper with Mia and Jake. Mia adores him and calls him all the time "Doe? DOE!".
- Joe remains our picky healthy eater, though he''s expanding his eating of fruits and vegetables. Still not much meat and no bread. We''ll see how he does once he''s in school.
- It''s so hard to believe Jake is going to be 3 in just a few weeks. I''m struggling with this, it''s hard to believe he''s getting older! His talking is getting better, he''s speaking in long sentences and quite the conversationalist.
- Jake is a daredevil, and sometimes it catches up with him. last Thursday he got the idea to empty the toy bin and sled down the slide, though when he got to the carpet he went face first into the rug. After he calmed down, he was running around, tripped on a toy and went face-first into the train table. Sigh. Saturday he woke up with a big scab on his nose from the fight he apparently picked with himself while sleeping.
- Jake is doing swimmingly in his big boy bed. he doesn''t get out on his own, which is awesome. Rather, he just lays in his bed and bellows my name (not awesome). He is going through an afraid of the dark / keep the door open phase, but this too shall pass. he''s still a champion napper, 3 hour naps daily, though we can get away with skipping them once in a while.
- Jake does not adore Mia, most of the time. He would rather knock her over, push her, and just be a big brother to her. But sometimes, once in a while, I catch him hugging her and being super sweet to her. Gives me hope for the future.
- Jake also continues to be a picky eater, avoiding most fruits and vegetables. He''s definitely a Schmidt; he loves ketchup sandwiches.
- We''re working on potty training. he''ll tell us once in a while that he has to go, but nothing is consistent.
- Mia is just a little pistol. She talks like crazy, lots of jabber. The only clear words are No no, which she loves, Yea, Joe (Doe), Da (Daddy), Hi (ha), Mommy, and Quack and Cookie (Co co).
- She''s a great eater; the only one of the 3 that will eat beef, she loves tacos, and most things we try give her. Her favorite is a cheesestick, and if you pull one out of the fridge she throws a tantrum til she gets it.
- She is so grateful that her daddy put up a new pantry just for her to shop in and empty out. She will spend 10 minutes in there emptying off the shelves.
- She''s a champion tantrum thrower. She''s much more of a challenge than the boys were at this age. I love it when we ask her questions and she answers them. Mia, are you hungry? yea. Mia, stop screaming. No. Mia, go night night. No. Mia, be nice to Jake. No. She loves to poke him in the eye when he''s getting his diaper changed. He does not love it.
- She loves to be outside, and if you say outside, she throws a tantrum until she can go out. She''s a champ at throwing herself on the ground and sobbing. She also learned to play peek-a-boo, which is much more exciting than the tantrums.
- She loves to snuggle her babies and push them around in her stroller. She adores her mommy, but Daddy is ok too, as are both of her sitters - Ms. Tracey and mary Margaret.
- She isn''t color blind, I know that for sure! THe other day she was coloring. She grabbed the yellow orange crayon, and was using it, then eating it. When I took it away from her she threw a fit. I offered her 5 other colors, and every time she said No, and shook her head. When I gave her the yellow-orange one back, she stopped crying.
This summer we''ve had the chance to do a lot of fun things. We had 2 weddings, both in Wisconsin, for 2 of my cousins. The kids got to swim a lot at hotels and also Joe''s swimming lessons. They are fish! We have become pros at bike riding. We went to Day out with Thomas last weekend, and the kids loved it. We also got to see Aunt Mary (Will''s aunt from France) and her kids, and his Aunt Alice and her family, and spent a lot of time with them 2 weeks ago - what a great time the kids had with all of their cousins! JOhn, Alice''s son, is the same age as JOey so they had a blast.
Just a few more days until summer comes to an end. I''ll try update the first day of school. He goes for one hour on the 26th, and then rides the bus on the 27th. Yikes!