Been awhile now. A year. A year ago we left our friends and home in Chicago to move to the wilds of suburbia in Michigan. (**note: just rediscovered my previous writings from March 2013 and posted it dated 9/15. This is more accurately dated for Sept. Forgive any repetition but I'm too lazy to edit!)
Ups and downs, ins and outs. The WhatHaveYous...but it's been overall a good thing. Minus the leaving good friends in Chicago part--and the family there of course. That still sucks a LOT.
|at the mall with Gram|
|graduation from pre K|
Also accomplished: Emelia learned how to do somersaults from the girls at daycare wheee!
Kept up and improved her reading. Better at Being a Big Sister. Helps a lot at home (when nagged, sure, but she's feeding the cats, setting the table, cleaning up a bit--and making pupcakes of course when we can! And doing nails...) Went from refusing to swim to water wings+innertube+life jacket to just wings! Now she's just started Jazz and that's cool too. Last night, we even made an apple pie together after an afternoon at Erwin's Orchard.
Biggest deal ever: Rides her bike with no training wheels!! super cool. Like 2 weeks out and tools around like a boss.
|just prior to trying to make friends with a |
coffee table and 1st ER visit May '13
Alexia: sheesh! well, she is going through her first year--so the changes are mind numbing. Last winter's illnesses got her immune system kicked to the curb. Got ear infections...a few. Sorta better, not really, still upper respiratory easily with colds. Seeing an ENT and trouble shooting with allergy meds. Considering surgery for adenoids but waiting...her weight just doing about the same as she went from baby fat and rolling around to running! OMG runs (and trips still). And tries to jump.
In May, she had a run in (literally) with the Grands' glass table. Harsh. Glued back together and still has some scarring--which adds to her expressions. Which are many. Toddler tantrums: you bet. Improving FM skills? yup. Hand dominance? Gram rooting for Left, as yet undetermined.
|teaching Alexia how to navigate teh webz|
But her weight is still a rockin 21.2#--leaner and meaner, I guess. Hair dyed blond and skinned knees as they both got great summer exposure! love picking up kids filthy from a good day of play! It rocks.
Cats: they decline to comment. However, they seem to appreciate the less-wee one feeding them (she pours in more than I do) and the mas-wee one is proving to earn her keep at petting attempts. Black kitty pleased. Purr. Little do they know my evil plans to adopt a dog next year (if we can get one from Nature's Kennel).
|with aunt C in May|
|putting on her own shoooz July-ish|
|Easter eggs with food coloring|
|the cheez stands alone (spring 2013)|
|At the beginning of the summer....|
|on a structure in Chicago spring|
|supervised. of course|
|....end of summer!|
|if only every time...|
|finger/body painting. August '13|
|facepainting at a BBQ thang we went to July|
|shared suckers. ew.|
|and the hair goes SQUEEEE|
|waiting for her to rock on her toes soon|
|dancing with new friends!|
|not sure if this was intentional. Scary.|
|hurr hurr hurr!!|
|playing in the neighbor's yard|
|attempts to tattoo are constant|
|dancing on the repairs!|
|waiting for the bus, 1st day of K-gren|
|end of first day of school!!|
|2nd day: still ecstatic|
|want piiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeee Pop-pop's bday reading with Gram on a random visit|
|started Jazz!! week after 1st week school|
|still working on safe ways for Alexia to scale the stairs.|
We've had a few falls from midpoint...butt is best 9-13
|at the orchard|
|making pie! 9-22-13|
|where do you hang out? 9-13|
|after 5th bday (don't know where those pix went)|
|ode to a small chocolate egg discovered one spring...|
|painting required prep work this spring|