Friday, May 29, 2020

Cecilia's 4 year old checkup

Cecilia was a rockstar at her 4 year old check up. She didn't even flinch when she got two shots. She was excited to wear her mask as we haven't brought her anywhere where she's needed to wear it yet.

Here are her stats:

Height: 41.93 inches (87%)
Weight: 36.6 lbs (61%)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Maeve's final weeks of Kindergarten

It was a week filled with emotion as we finished out the year at home e-learning. Maeve was very sad to be done with Kindergarten. We were disappointed too as she was having a such a wonderful year and she didn't get the kind of closure that we expected.

She did great e-learning, however, and loved reading, science and math homework. The teachers and staff really did a nice job in coming up with creative ways to keep the kids engaged. She had an end-of-the-year nursery rhyme skit (There was an Old Woman who lived in a Shoe) that we did virtually and a video that her teacher put together that we all got to watch. She also made a COVID-19 time capsule, research and wrote a book report on horses, and had a drive by for teacher appreciation week where they made signs and waved to her teacher.

After her last day we headed up to the cabin (which has been a good distraction to the end of the school year and gave us something to look forward to that seemed to be more normal than the last few months). She's also looking forward to summer camp at OLG so hoping to see some friends again soon.

We're so proud of her accomplishments this year as she met new friends, learned to read, loved learning math and playing at recess.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Kyle 15 month check up

Doctor experience:
  • We received a confirmation e-mail and talked with scheduling the week prior to cancel Cecilia's appointment given she is >2 years old and they are only seeing patients <2 during COVID-19.  We thought for sure we were on as scheduled.  WRONG!  2nd time in as many weeks! (1st was his canceled ENT appointment). Turns out one of the other doctors we enjoy seeing was working and she had availability, but it was going to require me coming back in 1 hour.  What a hassle and despite me pleading my case, they said this was all they could do.  So I loaded Kyle back in the truck and started to head home.  I wasn't even out of the parking lot yet and they called me and suggested they could get me in right then.  Phew, what a relief!!
  • Prior to even being admitted into the building, we had to pass a pre-screening in the entryway to ensure we were all healthy and hadn't traveled outside of MN.  You will notice the sweet picture of me supporting my Buff during the appointment.
  • His checkup went great!  No ear infection (we've noticed he's been healthier since being out of daycare for 2.5+ weeks now) and he got his 2 required shots.

Other milestones:
  • Walking all the time now
  • Saying 'Dog,' 'Ball,' 'Snack', and mama and dad still
  • Trying to push some more teeth through (still only has 4) so now has taken a liking to his pacifier again
  • crawling down all the stairs - he even opened the door to the basement one time and started crawling down - so we need to watch him all the time
  • growing out his hair (not by choice but may see if we can get a man bun :) )

15 month stats:
  • height: 32.76 inches (95%)
  • weight: 24.74 lbs (79%)
  • head size: 18.7 inches (71%)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Cecilia is 4

Cecilia enjoyed her birthday during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was hard to work from home today and be the birthday activity director, Kindergarten teacher, and daycare teacher, as well as the baker and the cook and dish washer. We're exhausted!

Here are the highlights of today:

  • Grandpa Steve made a sign that said 'honk' for Cecilia's birthday
  • Sitting by the door was more fun this morning than the new bounce house we got for the backyard but by the afternoon they were really enjoying it. We wanted to make up for her birthday party that won't be happening this weekend.
  • The fire truck stopped by to wish Cecilia a Happy Birthday!
  • We had a scavenger hunt in the house for the birthday presents. The scavenger hunt took us to the garage where she found her new bike. Then we got to get in the car and continue to find presents on the doorsteps of Aunt Laura and Uncle Jon's house, Aunt Morgan and Uncle Scott's house, and Grandma Jan and Grandpa Steve's house. Wow - that was a whirlwind but so so much fun! Thank you for all of our generous and creative family members
  • We had a zoom call with Grandma Brigid, Grandpa Ed, Aunt Anne, Uncle Sean, Finn and Ben - what fun!
  • Some friends and family honked, stopped by, and said hi from several feet away. With so many neighbors walking about, we got so many birthday wishes. We also FaceTimed with more family and Cecilia felt so much love!
  • We baked a cake and decorated the house. We originally bought them to bring to FL but brought the beach party here and enjoyed the 60 degree weather.
  • We made lasagna at Cecilia's request and the whole family loved it. Kyle had seconds!

Thank you again for all the good wishes!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Kyle is walking

This past week, at 13 months old, Kyle switched from walking a few steps here and there to full on walking most of the time. He's so proud of himself. We love this milestone but know we're in for trouble on upcoming plane rides when he won't want to sit for very long!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

New Orleans 2020

We spent President's Day weekend in New Orleans. Luckily it was the week before Mardi Gras so we caught some parades, had delicious crawfish for early season, and enjoyed a break from the cold.

I loved visiting friends and Mardi Gras was even more fun with kids - definitely had a great time eating, catching up with friends, and seeing the parades.

Maeve's favorite thing was crawfish and the parades. She just loved the whole thing! She got some great toys off the floats and we had to pack a whole suitcase full of stuff. She also enjoyed dancing to the bands.

Cecilia's favorite thing was the king cake and she even got the baby! She loved being outside at the parades, playing at the park, and swiping the key card to the hotel room (always have to have something that you love about staying in the hotel).

Kyle's first trip to New Orleans was a success. No one was (too) sick. Only had to bring meds for Cecilia and Maeve who were getting over strep. He didn't sleep that well but he was a happy boy during the day. His favorite thing was the beignets!

Kyle got his first look at a live crawfish

Jessica taught Maeve how to peel the tails and suck the heads.

She is truly a NOLA girl

A wonderful Crawfish boil hosted by Cherie and Scott

Meeting Jacie and Roland for donuts

Ready for the parade

New sunglasses - made by Jess

the rain stopped just in time for the parade

the 6 year olds!

The 1 year olds!

Fun with the girls!

Kyle's first taste of beignets.