Tuesday, June 21, 2016

trip to San Antonio

We had a quick 2 day trip to San Antonio in early June.  photo Picture12_zpsi7klnvld.png

We headed to the park where we walked around, visited the Japanese Gardens, rode the train to the Children's Museum and back to the park again.
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That evening we checked out the Alamo and walked the Riverwalk. The next morning we took a picture at the Alamo as we were walking by, played cards at a coffee shop while waiting for the stores at La Villita to open, and then shopped at El Mercado.
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IJ chose a wrestling mask and ZJ chose a corn husk flower crown (I chose the Mexican dress she's wearing).
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6.5.2016 - 6.6.2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

May 2016 Pics

IJ was selected to read morning announcements at school.  photo Picture15_zpslovuka3x.png

ZJ was so excited to find a mermaid costume during the ocean theme.
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ZJ posing with our zinnias.
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IJ's class had a commencement ceremony. He received an award for being knowledgeable.
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IJ competed in his school's triathlon for the second year.
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NJ was the mobile medic during the triathlon.
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I held a healthy snack sale and raffle to raise money for our school's new playground.
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IJ lost his first top tooth after a very long time in housing a very loose tooth that he was quite proud to turn 360 degrees around. We are unsure exactly how the tooth was lost.
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NJ taught IJ to play chess.
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ZJ spilled her popcorn and she cleaned up like this, because that's how a butterfly would do it.
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IJ finished his 4th and likely final soccer season at the Y. We are moving on to a more structured, serious program. That also means he won't be on a team full of his classmates any longer and it will be the first season neither NJ or I will be coaching.
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We went to a cool, new park on Memorial Day.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

April 2016 Pics

NJ's birthday. We tried a new, vegan sweet potato cake recipe.
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All ZJ wants to do at school is dress up, pretend play. She wore this costume every day it was available.
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One of our local parks was finally reopened after a complete remodel.
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ZJ discovered she could go across the monkey bars if she went sideways down the edge.
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IJ went to an ice skating party and found out one of his friends from class is a competitive ice skater. She held him up, lifted him off the floor and gave him tips.
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IJ at a Spring season soccer game.
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ZJ with some of our early Zinnia flowers from the seeds I spread in the front yard.
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We went to an event where the kids could build structures and be creative with random materials, they loved it and played for hours.
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ZJ at one of her Spring soccer classes.
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ZJ had a petting zoo visit her school.
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Friday, April 8, 2016

ZJ is 4.5 years old!

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ZJ wears 4t and some 5t clothes. She is wearing size 10 shoes.

ZJ loves school and has made many friends. She likes her teachers and would stay at school all day if she could. Her favorite activities are the pretend play areas which change themes each week where she likes to dress up and play, she also loves tea party, having books read to her and playing outside. At home her favorite activities are listening to books, riding her wheeled toy, duplo, dolls and doing activity sheets or books. She loves to play outside digging, riding her bike or petting the dogs. She got really good with her balance bike so about 2 weeks ago we tried her on IJ's 12", first bike and she's been riding it since. The only thing she struggles with is getting the pedals in a good place to start from a stopped position. ZJ has been reading for several months now. We've been working our way through sets of early readers. She had no trouble writing and forming all of her letters if you spell words for her. She can figure out a lot of spelling on her own. ZJ likes soccer and she continues to have weekly classes. She still loves her brother the most and wants to play with him but can treat him quite rudely.

ZJ eats a wide variety of healthy foods. She loves tomato soup, avocados, mangoes, apples, O cereal and cashews. She also loves chocolate. She goes to bed around 6:45 pm and sleeps till around 6:30 am. She stays in her bed the entire night much of the time now but still occasionally climbs into mine during the night. She has had several colds and a couple stomach viruses but no doctor visits and nothing that bothers her for too long.

March 2016 Pics

ZJ's class picture, taken in January.  photo Picture1_zpsmd1opoju.png

We participated in the Superhero Heart Run again.
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One of the parks we've played at since IJ was a baby was just completely redone.  photo Picture12_zpssdncoplh.png

I put IJ in private swim lessons in hopes he would finally learn to swim properly and be ready for his school's triathlon. I'm not sure it's helping.
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We had lots of park trips over spring break.
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We were furniture shopping and speaking to a sales associate and I turned around to see this.  photo Picture9_zpspgtyw7pg.png

ZJ's school had an easter egg hunt. I suggested she use her pumpkin bucket just to humor myself.  photo Picture8_zpsmyqiirsf.png

ZJ learned to ride a bike. She went straight from her balance bike to this one.  photo Picture7_zpsxgroczcn.png

We went on a tour at a goat farm.
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Pretend camping at school.
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Her favorite doggy.
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