Monday, October 24, 2016


A firefighter came out to preschool. (James used to call them "fighterfighters")

Look, you can see James between the girls in the pink and green coats. He's smiling so big!

James says they got to go in the fire truck, and they turned the sirens on. James was impressed with all of the firefighter's clothes and mask when he put them on.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

School Pictures

Amelie took school pictures, and they did them at the preschool James goes to as well.

First grade, 6 years old:

Preschool, 4 years old:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Caramel Apple Slices

Sam made caramel apple slices with the kids (and then I ate some):
Right after I took the picture, our power went out for over an hour, and the kids loved it. We went for a walk around the neighborhood and several of the neighbors were outside, too. Then we came home and lit candles and looked for batteries for the flashlights.

We realized that next time, we need to wait a little longer for the caramel to set up before putting it on the slices. Sprinkles optional.

Amelie's looking over my shoulder as I write this, and so far she's asked: "Are you putting this on facebook?" "Our family blog?" "Are you telling a story ?" "How do you type so fast?" "Are you writing how to make them?" "Why are you putting a bunch of question marks?"

Friday, October 7, 2016


I took this video of Amelie and am uploading it without listening to the sound, so I hope it's not too embarrassing:

Saturday, October 1, 2016


We went to a birthday party today, and I was asked three times if the kids get along (maybe blog interviews have led you to believe otherwise!) I caught this one just a minute ago:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Doctor's Visit

James had his 4-year well-child check-up today. I forgot to take my camera! But I did gather some vital statistics.

Height: 3 feet, 3 inches (around the 15th percentile)
Weight: 35.8 pounds (around the 50th percentile)
Shots: 1 (flu)

He can do all kinds of cool things.
  • Counts to 25, counts backwards from 10, counts with one-to-one correspondence to 12
  • Cuts with scissors
  • Writes his name, and can copy other letters, numbers, and shapes
  • Draws detailed pictures of people, pokemon, starships, pirates, and other things
  • Memorizes songs
  • Dresses self (except for his shirt)
  • Can sort by size, shape, and color
  • Can throw a ball overhand and underhand, can kick a ball
  • Exaggerates to make his story more interesting (or outright tells stories - for example, his babysitter has come to Ready Set Learn and let him watch a video on her phone)
  • Has held on to some "baby" sounds and speech patterns (it's still "mine friends" and "Amawee")
  • Makes friends easily and plays well with others

Here's the link to his 3-year visit for comparison.

I also looked back at Amelie's 4-year visit, and James is 1/2 an inch taller and a pound lighter than she was at this age.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Birthday Party

James turned 4 on the 15th and then we had a birthday party for him on Saturday. Sam wanted to rent a bounce house again. (The kids are going to expect it next year, I bet!)

We had presents:

James requested a pirate sword, so we got him a cheap one. He slept with it in his bed.

 Playing with toys the next morning:

There were ninja turtle toys from the Buffaloes and mitts from Nana Jana.

Of course there was bouncing:

 Here's the birthday boy! He looks so big with his haircut! (I may make a separate post about the haircut - Aunt Holly gave it to him.)

Blowing out candles. He talked Aunt Holly into putting 5 on his cake. One to grow on, I guess.

Happy birthday, James!