Past the house stuff, we have obviously gone back to school, Charli to Hinckley-Big Rock as a kindergartener, and Ellie just started preschool at a local place called Building Blocks!!! I hired a new nanny, her name is Sam, and she’s been with us for about a month now. The kids seem to really like her, and so do I (hence the reason I hired her!). We also have had another round of birthdays – Charli’s 5th, Ellie’s 3rd, and my 39th (YIKES!). We had the girls’ birthday party at Blackberry Farm, a nearby kids’ amusement park, for lack of a better term! We have had 2 sets of pictures taken – one family photo shoot, and then the annual sister pictures. Charli danced in her first Irish Heritage Festival, which was adorable, we have been to a couple birthday parties, and we joined a church and thus have finally planned a date for Kate’s baptism! We also have purchased a truck and an enormous lawn mower, and we had a new water softener and sediment filter installed. So, just a few things have been going on…
As far as each girl goes, Charli had another birthday and started kindergarten. She is 5! Things seem to be going well at her new school. She takes the bus to/from school everyday, which is so grown up!!! While we hyped the bus quite a bit for her, I was so nervous to just let her get on that bus! I had even concocted a plan to put her on the bus, and then go to the school to make sure she was ok, but I held myself back. I didn’t know if people would be nice to her, help her, if she was going to be scared or get lost. I didn’t go, even though I totally wanted to go. I had concocted this plan the night before while talking to my Dad. When I didn’t do it, I texted him and he told me that letting her get on that bus without me was just one of the thousand times I’ll have to let her go throughout her life, into situations, places, with people that will make me nervous as a parent and that fear lasts forever. It’s just part of the deal! I had a never thought of that before. How all those times that I did things for the first time and my parents just had to let me go. Deep thoughts… Good one, Dad. Anyway, Charli seems to be making new friends, but she does miss her old friends at St. Ed’s. She has just started playing soccer, and Matt is the coach. I find this hilarious, not because I don’t think he’d make a good coach, but because he swore up and down that he would never coach anything, ever. And now the first time someone asks, he says yes. He’s a big softie sometimes!😊 She does have a little homework that she has most nights and Sam has done great in making that happen right after school. I think she is finally getting close to being interested in reading, which makes me happy. She often tells me she’s reading while looking at books and offers to read to Ellie. It’s like she’s finally realized that words are everywhere!!! On another subject, she is a great driver! She and Ellie were given a Jeep by the O’Donnells for their birthday, and this is a battery powered vehicle where you push the pedal and steer… She is a pro! (Ellie, not so much!!! But she is a very willing passenger…). I think they like to pretend it’s their little golf cart like Wray and Patti’s (the neighbors). Also, we went to a pool with some of her friends a few weeks ago and she was willingly going under! This is big news!!! Again, it makes Mom really happy that she might actually learn to swim just yet! Upcoming events: the Big Rock princess contest at the Plowing Match (it’s our town’s version of a festival/fair), another family birthday, and maybe a few trips to IN for various things.
On to Ellie’s news… She turned 3 and just started preschool! It’s two mornings a week in a church basement, with a teacher named Mrs. Shawn (her first name). Ellie loves to say that her teacher is Mrs. Shawn. I think her favorite thing there is a play McDonalds. I am excited about the fact that they usually have a float in the Homecoming parade and she’d be on it. Love it!!! How cute will that be?!? As I now know from Charli’s experiences as a student, I know nothing about what is going on there, but that is normal. I hear about the McDonalds and Mrs. Shawn. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll piece it together at some point!!! Otherwise, we have found her another place to do physical therapy. No more person coming to our house, unfortunately. We are taking her to St. Charles weekly. Her new therapist’s name is Mary, and Ellie seems to like going to ‘play’ there. We have recently been to see Dr. Gaebler downtown, and her PT is still recommended as are the orthotics. Probably more everyday use, too. Her vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds. She even starts sentences with ‘Actually, …’ Compared to where we were last year, she has made a complete turnaround. She even has started learning her letters at preschool already! I think she might be a smart little cookie! Or at least interested in school!!! She is still feisty as ever, and has a quick temper sometimes.
Ah, little Kate. Her news has been growing by the day, seemingly! Just these past couple weeks, right around turning 9 months, she got 2 teeth and started crawling! She has also started eating all kinds of food (not just baby food!), and started pulling up on things. So, Matt dropped the crib (can’t have any babies escaping!) and we’re thinking of baby proofing again. She also has said Mama and Dada, and she LOVES her mama right now. Crazy baby love! (it’s so fun and I secretly love it!)
OK, I have got to get this posted. I started this a month ago, and I just don’t know where the time is going! I’m going to post pictures through the start of school and then I’ll pick up another post soon. Will have to report on our fall doings!!!