Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Monday, November 24, 2008
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Sunday, November 23, 2008
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
They were obviously Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. They LOVED their costumes. Mia's wings and wand lit up. They had never seen the Disney movie Peter Pan! So we rented it, and that was their Halloween activity after trick or treating. That last photo is Mia's preschool class (no Halloween costumes at Eli's school! They don't let them celebrate it!). The funny thing is in that tall pumpkin stack, was the school's janitor, Mr. Jerry! He stood really still & quiet, then when the kids weren't suspecting, he'd move & make ghost sounds. So funny!
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Monday, October 27, 2008
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
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Friday, October 10, 2008
We got to play DC tourists last weekend in this beautiful weather! Since Eli & Mia thought the visit was all for them, I'm posting the photos on their blog. My cousin Staci came up with her husband for a school project and Eli & Mia were delighted to learn that they have "ANOTHER" cousin. Staci got to experience soccer mom life (literally) by hanging out during carpool drop offs, kids napping, grocery store, dinner making, soccer practice & a soccer game!
All this when DC was down the road beckoning, "I have sites you need to come see!" She was such a good sport. We did get to see most of the monuments on Saturday. (Did you know Abraham Lincoln's hands are forming the sign language "A" and "L"?)
We ran into a mounted policeman on the mall.
And I got to see a bit of Georgetown University, that I've never seen before.
Also, I can't say enough what sweet house guests Staci & Ryan were. They were endlessly playing with Eli & Mia, reading books, building train sets, playing playdough, ETC., ETC., ETC.! We have such great extended family. When Mia sees pictures of Staci, now, her face lights up and she says, "THAT'S MY COUSIN, STACI!!!!!!!!"
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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Monday, October 6, 2008
I especially like the picture of Mia doing Karaoke with Eli as a groupie beside her. :) Fall is so beautiful. They had a blast on the hayride, rope swing, slide, seeing animals, eating apples, and playing with friends.
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Sunday, October 5, 2008
"Mia, you won't turn four until you blow out your candle," Eli informed her. I don't know where that piece of information came from. We had a small family celebration, seeing Fly Me To The Moon 3D (the kids liked it, but don't bother!) Then we sung to Mia in English & always in Swedish, too. :)
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Monday, September 29, 2008
One experience she's having that I didn't have is the copious use of PROPS! In this picture they got to use crowns. They have used ballerina dolls, little baskets with red pompoms (berries), scarves, and probably more. But very effective, I'm sure for this 3 year age group!!
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Friday, September 26, 2008
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Dug this up from the camera. This was the first week of school, after we discovered how cool Eli now thinks the bus is, and how much more convenient walking 3 houses down the street is rather than walking all the way to school or trying to do the nightmare-ish long lines of cars at Kiss 'n' Ride. Such a fun little memory for him.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Saturday, September 6, 2008
I jinxed myself. I told everyone to come and read this blog, then I don't post over here for 2 weeks.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I'm knocking on wood as I'm writing this, but it does seem like Eli & Mia are fighting less lately! They have been each others' play companions all summer, and they have had so much fun. Here are a couple of cute moments I caught on film recently.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The next couple of days I will be playing a bit of catch up with posting photos. For starters, now that July is OVER....!!!!, here are our 4th of July photos. We stayed local in Lorton, watching the little parade and doing sparklers.
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Monday, August 4, 2008
You know those swim meets I talked about, a couple posts ago? And how Mia never got brave enough to participate? Well, this story deserves a post of its own. The final swim meet is called the Lollipop Meet, with only mini-swimmers participating, and they try to make it a lot of fun for the kids. Well, Mia heard there were large lollipops involved, and she said she would give it a try. She did the warm-ups, she sat on the bench with the mini-hawks waiting for her turn. She walked up to the race lanes with her flotation noodle and the instructor Mia chose to help her. The time came for her to get ready for her race, and they literally said, "Silence so the swimmers can hear the signal. Swimmers, take your marks,............."
All of a sudden came a HUGE TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR OF RAIN, THUNDER AND LIGHTENING!!!!!!!!!!! The irony was absolutely incredible. She was getting up her nerve for this event and just suffering with anticipation and they canceled the meet because of the storm. There was so much rain that I was soaked to the bone just running back to our bench and gathering our belongings. I looked and felt like I had been immersed in the pool in my jean shorts and top. All the moms knew how brave Mia had been to be there and willing, and one of them joked with me that this is a sure sign that it will rain on her wedding, and told me I just HAD to put this event in her scrapbook to document it. Poor Mia. Maybe next year will be her year for swimming.
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Sunday, August 3, 2008
Well, here is the swim lesson update. Poor Mia. She just let her fear of the water get the best of her. I finally realized that I had to back off. I was exhausting myself and her trying to get her to participate. I also realized that my "encouragement" was not allowing Mia to build trust with her instructor. And so I just decided to be in Zen mode and let whatever happen happen. Mia decided to participate a little and progress a little. Maybe next year will be a better year for her. I'm glad she progressed as much as she did, though. Eli made a lot of strides- his main one being that he will now hold his nose put his head under the water for short periods of time. THIS IS HUGE FOR HIM!!! I'm really proud of him.
The pictures are of the kids practicing "streamline" arms above their head, as they do "pencil jumps" into the shallow water. They both got brave enough to jump off the diving board in the deep end (with a lot of assurances from like 4 instructors working together.) At the last swim practice, one of the moms made a cute cake like a swimming pool and laminated pictures of the instructors & kids for the top of the cake.
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Saturday, August 2, 2008
The swimming lessons Eli & Mia participated in this year were part of the High School swim team's "mini" component. Our team is the Hayfield Seahawks, and they were the Mini Hawks. They were able to participate in official swim meets throughout the last couple of months, competing against other beginning "swimmers," with the national anthem, timers, the air horn signaling "go," and little prize ribbons for the participants. Eli participated in the kickboard races, and Mia was progressing, but is still too afraid of doing the kickboard. But it was such a blast and a self-confidence booster for Eli & for our family to go & cheer him on. Here's a little collage of the swim meet experience.
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Friday, August 1, 2008
We went to Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore a few weeks ago. What a blast!! It was just an amazing fun place.
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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Here are the kids with us at our favorite Indian restaurant, My Karma Bistro. I'm sorry, but I had NO CLUE what Indian food was when I was age 3 or 5. I knew about root beer and pizza at Der Ratskeller. What torture Chris and I put our kids through at home on a normal basis- tasting artichokes, mushrooms, tofu, kale, spinach, peppers, fish, ginger, jalepeno, couscous, turnips... you name it! It was a welcome relief to them, probably to go have curry chicken and basmati rice at the Indian restaurant. They are great sports. Last night they had tuna burgers flavored with mustard and horse radish and cole slaw with rice vinegar and garlic & they said it was the most awesome meal they'd had in a long time! I'm so glad our kids have expanded their palates while they are young. It's funny, I just asked Eli what was the weirdest thing I'd ever asked him to taste, and he said stuffed pasta shells!!! It's to the point where marinara & pasta is weird to them!! Last night I also felt I'd done my job when we took them to get slurpees in celebration of Eli's swim meets being over with, and the kids said, "What is a slurpee?"
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Friday, June 27, 2008
We have been spending some family time watching movies on Sundays occasionally. Last Sunday, as we were making popcorn, (Eli likes to climb up on the counter and watch the action in the air popper) he ran and got his Power Ranger's mask! He said the air from the popper was making his face too hot! :)
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Eli and Mia love the pool. That is-- they love it when they can splash in the baby pool (1 foot deep), play on the shallow steps, or occasionally float with the security of a big floatie. Swimming lessons where they are encouraged to actually swim are a whole different story. Last year Mia was too little for formal lessons, but at Eli's lesson, his swimming teachers were literally begging him to try things. "Please jump to me. I promise I'll catch you. The water only comes up to your chest!!" Although Eli still refuses to get his face wet AT ALL (even with goggles!), he's doing much better this year. Well, the progress is still slow, but at least he's having fun & I have some hope.
Mia on the other hand is doing what Eli did last year, only a bit worse. Her anxiety is so strong that she won't let go of the wall. And if we force her, she will scream and cry uncontrollably and takes 5 minutes to calm down. Why oh why did I spend the money on these lessons for her???
Maybe by the end of the summer I can give a more favorable report.
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