Sunday, October 1, 2017

Apples and tap shoes

Dear Maya and Emi,

Over the few weeks since the last post, our schedule has become very full, very quickly. Maya, you're doing homework and acing spelling tests. Emi, you've started dance classes once a week and are learning tap and ballet basics. Mommy's super busy season has set in and I'm gone just about every evening. And Baba is working really hard, too, and taking up where mommy leaves off. We're all set to full speed, but we've had some fun, too.

We went apple, pumpkin & veggie picking with Grandma and Uncle Matt-Matt:


And dance class has been so cute!

How Emi wanted to dress for her first class--all the other little girls were in leotards & tutus :)

And we've had silly moments at home:

Maya is finally consistently tying her shoes well.
Emi can draw a really cute koala

And you've been cracking me up with your phrases lately, Emi. Here's a list of the best ones:
  • I'm actually awesome (when sitting on the potty)
  • You look amazing! (to mommy when I was wearing sweats and a ponytail)
  • Turn the light on outside (when it got dark earlier than you were used to)
  • I'm proud of you (when mommy got home from work and went in to give you a kiss)
  • That's totally awesome, sir (when you were playing make-believe with ponies)
And Maya, your sense of humor and way of speech seems to be rapidly approaching pre-teen. You start lots of sentences with "I was like..." and then proceed to say whatever your reaction was in a silly, deeper voice. Sometimes you and mommy both find something funny at the exact same moment and catch each other's eye before we can even say anything. Between the moments of 6 year old whining and hyperactivity, I can see glimpses of the smart, fun, awesome woman you're turning into!

Well, mommy needs rest. Love you both!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer ends, school begins

Dear Maya and Emi,

The last few weeks of summer vacation flew right by and it feels weird that school started up today. Here's what we've been up to:

  • The Dutchess County Fair! 

Didn't see anyone else tailgating with sushi, haha!!

Emi identified lots of animals, even a (stuffed) coyote!

Maya's tan means she can totally pass as a brown bunny!

Maya loves the hamster water wheel

Emi skipped the roller coaster...

but Maya was ALL SMILES in the front seat!

We all enjoyed the carousel

And Maya has no fear of heights

A sparkly pink cat, of course

And Emi calmly squinted her way through some butterflies

So cute!!!

  • We visited Nanny and Poppy after the fair (and took Nanny some fried dough!)

  • Mommy promised a snow cone at this shop before summer ended but they were all out so we got (really good) ice cream instead!

  • Maya, you stayed overnight with Grandma and Papa Stan and they took you back-to-school shopping. You were so happy to have them all to yourself!

    Waiting (sort of) patiently for Grandma to pick her up with her backpack, tablet, and car seat 
  • Lots of fun, sweets, and silliness with Emi, too

    She carried this 'coffee' around for a couple days!

  • And, finally, today you started 1st grade, Maya! I haven't heard too many details about your day but you said you love your teacher and have a few friends in your class so all is good!  

Cactus dress!!

Always snapping that backpack clasp!

Gorgeous kid courtesy of us, haircut save courtesy of Grandma

The initials and star embroidery are glow-in-the-dark!

Cute sneakers with pom poms--thanks Grandma and Papa Stan!

A special necklace she chose in North Caroline with Grandpa and Lori

Well, mommy is going to get some rest. Uncle Matt and Aunt Rhi are moving this week (just one town over but we will miss them!) and all the packing and cleaning has my allergies in an uproar, plus I think I've caught a bit of a cold as well. Hopefully the two of you stay healthy!
Love you both!