Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ZJ is 44 months old!

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ZJ is quite into art lately, probably from her brother's influence. For the longest time she would only draw faces and just in the last week she decided she could draw other things. She drew a picture of a robot and a dog in the rain with a sun and clouds and then made them wear rain gear. She loves to paint and we've started some activity and sticker books this summer. She likes to color and prefers markers to crayons. She has been writing her name for a few months. She enjoys card and board games. She loves going to the park and uses the regular swings. She loves the pool and the beach but doesn't like waves, preferring to dig in the sand. She loves to be naked. As soon as we come home the next time I see her she will have taken all of her clothes off. Even at night she does not want pajamas and tells me she doesn't want a diaper but she still pees during the night about 50% of the time.

She just completed her 3rd season of soccer but her first with the 3-4 year age group. This was the first time scrimmages were included in addition to the games and drills. She hated the scrimmages. She has no interest in taking a ball away from someone or having it taken from her. We were also attending story time and music class at the library until the school year ended. She enjoyed both of these. She did two months of swim lessons at the end of the school year. I'm not sure if they  helped anything. She would refuse to wear goggles or put her face in the water and often ignored her instructor and wanted to do her own thing.

She has finally mastered pooping on the toilet! Even with our 5 day summer vacation she had no problems with it other than holding it in during our travels to and from because she wasn't comfortable pooping anywhere we were. She still sometimes doesn't stop playing to go pee soon enough, especially when we're away from home where she will deny needing to pee until she's peed on herself a bit. I'm hoping she figures this out soon because she will be starting preschool in September.

She has been having horrible screaming fits where she spits all over herself and tries to hit me. They go on and on until she finally calms down. When she's not having one of her fits she's the sweetest, cuddliest thing. She loves her brother and they play together great but she also likes to annoy him, hit him, and push him lately.

ZJ will only sleep in our bed. We even decided to get rid of her toddler bed and mattress (the original crib and mattress since IJ was a baby). We got a used trundle bed for her room and the mattress is on its way. I will try to transition her back to her room...again. She sleeps 10-11 hours a night usually.

Since her hospitalization she's only had colds that she gets over quite fast.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

May 2015 Pics

ZJ and I chaperoned IJ's field trip.
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There was a 3D movie about sharks. ZJ was terrified but wouldn't take her eyes off the screen.
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All but one of his classmates.
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The kids had a special treat after one of IJ's soccer games. Ice cream cookie sandwiches from a food truck.
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ZJ finished her second and final month of swim lessons.
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ZJ and her buddy at their brothers' soccer game.
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NJ and I had lunch with IJ for one last time in kindergarten. They get to pick one friend to eat at the parent table. They had just noticed they have similar tattoos.
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We finally tried IJ's classmate's dad's wood fired pizza.
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IJ went to his first professional soccer game.
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I planted Zinnias from seed along with salsa ingredients (and a cucumber plant that grew itself) with IJ's class for their spring garden. The last day of school we made salsa in class.
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Our area flooded. We were lucky and barely avoided it. Many neighbors were not so lucky. Some won't even be allowed to repair and must tear their houses down for rebuilding. This is a view from my front door.
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Neal and a neighbor went kayaking in the flood waters.
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Walking to school the morning of the award ceremony.
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IJ and his teacher.
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Last day of school holding a pic form the first day of school.
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ZJ finished her soccer season.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Spring soccer season

We coached and IJ played in his second soccer season of the school year.  photo 20150418_104901_zpsbufnxo7h.jpg

Another mom took several pics during the second to last game.
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Right before he scored a goal.
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Then we had the end of season party at the park.
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11/12 team members.
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IJ accepting his trophy.
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