First Day of Third Year of Primary (Kindergarten!)

Can’t believe my girl is old enough to be in Kindergarten. We held off a year on public school so she can complete the three year cycle at her Montessori School. She’s excited that the dog that was in the classroom for the first year, and absent last year, is now back. Nothing better than having a classroom mascot. She’s now able to play on the big playscape and to go on the school bus for field trips. Life is good.

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First Family Car Trip – Summer 2015

A few weeks ago we took our first real family vacation! We’ve gone several far away places with our parents or to visit our parents and we’ve done lots of under 5 hour car trips, but we’d never done a full on road trip, week out of work vacation as just a family of four. I anticipated the worst. Two days there and two to three days back in the car with a five and 2 year old sounded like a nightmare. But overall the trip was wonderful, restful and full of quality family time.

We left mid- morning on a Thursday and drove towards North Carolina, stopping for the night in Virginia.

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The next day we drove to our first destination – Winston Salem, North Carolina. We visited some of our best friends from high school and finally got to meet their children.

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We spent one of our days with the Winston Salem crew out at their river. We had a campfire, hot dogs, scores and tubing down the river.

After three nights in Winston, we drove only an hour and a half to Charlotte to see some of our best friends from college. They have a little girl the same age as S and just had a second girl.

08-13-15 Gwennie in Charlotte

While in Charlotte, we visited the Charlotte Nature Museum (butterfly garden below) and Discovery Place.

08-11-15 Charlotte Nature Museum M 08-10-15 Sisters in Charlotte Hotel

After three nights in Charlotte, we left for our final adventure – a day at Sesame Place!  We drove one very long day and then spent the next day at the theme park.

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We spent 10 hours in the park! By the end we were all exhausted but it was a very fun day! There was a lot more to do there than I thought there would be. The kids loved all of the rides – wet and dry. They were just about the perfect ages. M loved the characters and S was terrified of them, so I am kind of glad that the character meals were sold out by the time I decided to book one. Here’s a fun video of R riding one of the rides with the girls.

After a long day at Sesame Place and a not so great night sleep in a not so great hotel, we hit the road for home sweet home. I thought I’d miss home more than I did, but it was really wonderful to be on the road with my family. We listened to way more than cheesy kids music in the car, but this song is a great example of the fun times we had.

I can’t wait for a next year.

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2 1/2 Year Stats

At her 2.5 year appt, S weighs in at 26lbs (10th percentile) and is 35″ tall (30th percentile). She’s back to being pretty good at bedtime. For a while she was coming out of her room several times before falling asleep. She’ll go 3 or so nights without waking up but once or twice a week she’ll wake once during the night and walk into our room. I’ll put her back in bed and she goes right to sleep. She doesn’t allow Ryan to help her during the night. She gets up around 5 or 5:30am and comes into bed with us, often going back to bed until after 6am. She hugs tightly and gives lots of kisses. She loves her baby dolls – and has a special one she calls ‘School Baby.’ She talks a TON, repeating everything everyone says. She is almost fully potty trained, but doesn’t go in to go on her own. She’s quite the camel.

M’s 2.5 year stats are here.

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5 Year Stats + Height Prediction

The five year checkup was pretty uneventful for M. No shots, no finger prick. She got to pee in a cup and that was about it. No concerns or questions from us.

At 5 years old, M weighs 35 lbs (25th percentile) and is 41.5 inches tall (also 25th percentile). They estimate based on how she’s been growing that she’ll be 5’2″ tall. I just cannot believe that. They also had another formula: Dad’s height (6′) minus 5″ = 5’7″ and then averaged with the mom’s height (5’10”). In her case, this would equal 5’8.5″

Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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5th Birthday in NYC

Somehow I came up with the idea that I would take M alone to NYC for her fifth birthday. We rode the train in, went to the Central Park Zoo, had Dippin’ Dots for lunch, went to the Top of the Rock, got ice cream, checked into our Times Square Hotel, ordered room service and ate dinner in bed, had milk and cookies, watched TV, had a great night of sleep, ate cookies for breakfast, went to the Disney Store (got an Elsa dress) and took the train home. It was a whirlwind trip, but a lot of fun!

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She was a champ int he big city, especially considering how tired she probably was from having her birthday party the day before!

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Summer Catchup!

We’ve done a ton of great stuff this summer! Even though it feels like summer is winding down, we still have a vacation (road trip!) planned.

We met up with R’s family in Boston for a quick weekend getaway. We went on the swan boats and went to a Red Sox game on the Fourth of July – can’t get much more American than that.

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Then the next weekend R and I took off for two nights of yurt camping without the kiddos and a day visit to Kripalu. We met up with my parents and the girls on Sunday for a BSO concert at Tanglewood. S loved dancing!

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The next weekend we were just dying to be home with no plans so of course we went to Circus Smirkus.

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28 :: July

Life gets away from me and I find maintaining the blog is something I neglect. I hope one day to have it as a kind of journal of our family, along with our printed photos (do others still do that?), yearly photo books for the girls and digital photos. I finally found a better way to keep up with the digital photos and to back them up. We had a hard drive crash recently and I lost a few photos. I was able to recreate the on site backup, but I found myself realizing I needed to get into the cloud. So I’m using Amazon’s cloud option because it has unlimited photo storage for prime members. I’m planning to do a few posts – M’s bday, Kripalu, Tanglewood, Circus Smirkus and other summer catchup posts. In the meantime, enjoy this video of S singing the theme song to Peg + Cat.

We’re also enjoying a summer without having to constantly push M on the swing, as she can get her self started and keeping swinging by herself. However, S now wants to swing sitting up (instead of on her tummy) and wants to be pushed. Maybe next year we can just sit back and relax – ha!

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