Milo and Holly started school the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Milo was not really excited because he could anticipate his homework. Two of his friends from the neighborhood are in his class. Milo is in 5th grade.
Holly was really excited to start school. She woke up early and was ready to go. Holly took her lunch and was pretty tired after school. It is her first year of all day school. She is in 1st grade.
Both kids had a great day! Amaia seemed okay with them being gone, but is very happy when they come home.
Amaia turned 2 a couple of months ago. Her birthday was on a Sunday. We didn’t do anything too exciting for her birthday. We were invited to some friends’ house for dinner. We made her a chocolate cheesecake for her cake.
She got some great gifts. She got a pink cowgirl like Holly’s, some chalk, a ball, a few toys, an Elmo shirt and a few other clothes. She seemed to very much enjoy her new gifts. Both girls love their cowboy girl hats (that is what Holly calls them). She had a good day!
We decided to have Milo’s birthday party on Memorial Day. Everyone he invited was able to come. He had his friends from the neighborhood and one friend from school. When they arrived, we spent some time creating something with legos. Milo wrote the words Timbers (for the soccer team here in Portland). Holly even created something simple. It was interesting to see the differences in what the boys made.
Milo wanted cupcakes. They were chocolate cake with blue and orange frosting. After that, the boys ran wild for about 45 minutes. We sent them home with a couple more cupcakes. They seemed to have a lot of fun! Milo got some great gifts. Some legos, a few wii games, a few things to use outside and books.
Milo wanted carnitas for his birthday dinner, as well as a chocolate peanut butter cake. He had his first day of Webelo scouts. They made catapults and he was really excited about that.
Last Thursday (two days after Holly’s birthday), Holly, Amaia and I were in the front room doing homework. Both girls have been a little tired and so we were struggling with her homework. Holly wanted to not do homework and play with her new Legos. After some play time and such, I believe I was having Holly write some numbers and Amaia grabbed her paper and crumpled it. That made Holly mad. Holly spun around and ran right into the corner of a wall. She hit is so hard that I could tell it was bad. She put her hand on it and I rushed her to the bathroom. She was bleeding. I did manage to get it to stop bleeding pretty fast. I wasn’t sure what to do about it. After examining it, I realized that it was pretty deep. After a phone call with my parents and texting Scott, we felt it was best to take her in to have it looked at.
Since we are new to the area, I wasn’t sure where to take her. I decided to take her to the urgent care that was not far from our house. We got in within about 5 minutes. The nurse looked at it and said, “she’ll need stitches.” The numbing stuff took a while to do it’s magic. The problem was that Amaia was very tired and did not want to be there and was being very grumpy. They told me I’d have to take Amaia out into the waiting room while they did the stitches. Holly ended up with 4 stitches. We were on our way. I got her lunch and took her to school a little late.
After she ran into the wall, Holly told me that she should not have ran into the wall. We have talked to her about watching where she is going as well as not getting so mad at her sister.
Today, when we were at the doctor’s office for a well child check, the doctor was able to take out Holly’s stitches. She now has a scab. The doctor recommended I get some scar cream to put on it. It should go away in about 6 months or so. She is doing well otherwise.
I did find out that in the future, the pediatrician’s office will do stitches. Although, with it being on her face and the fact that she is a girl, they would have sent us to a specialist…..sigh. The urgent care doctor did talk to me about the fact that she was getting stitches on her face and said we could go to a specialist if we wanted. I declined and she stitched her up. It has been a very enlightening experience.
We had asked Holly a few weeks ago what she wanted to do for her birthday. She had some grand plans. They included having pepperoni pizza for dinner, a cake with strawberries inside and blue frosting. She also wanted a party with a couple of friends. She wanted cupcakes with pink for girls and blue for boys with Mickey Mouses on top.
We started making plans to do things we were willing to do. I found the idea to use Oreos for the Mickey Mouses on Pinterest. It was simple and easy, I was on board. Scott found a strawberry filled angel food cake to try. We were good, we thought.
The day before her birthday, she comes home from school and tells me the following. She wanted for her birthday the next day to dress up in costumes; have cupcakes; she wanted a pink power ranger or batman pinata; play lots of games; play some games outside, and have a treasure hunt.
I was prepared to do it all except for the piñata. I felt bad, but we weren’t able to put that together in the time we had.
On the morning of Holly’s birthday she insisted on inviting another girl in the neighborhood. I didn’t know where she lived or anything about her. I figured it was worth a try. We went over to her house and invited her. She was able to come to the party. It was good to meet her and her mom and learn a little bit about them. It is always good to meet your neighbors. It was super sweet.
The kids did have fun. We had a treasure hunt, the cupcakes and played a lot. Everyone dressed up in a costume. It was great!
We shared the cupcakes with some other friends in the neighborhood. We had pepperoni pizza for dinner and open gifts. Holly loved getting her pink cowboy girl hat. She has also really enjoyed her Lego friends legos. She got a horse set. Thank you everyone who gave her gifts….
Scott had to go to to scouts. When he got back home, we had cake. All in all, it was a good day! I think Holly had fun!
I know that Easter happened a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to add a few pictures and tell what we did.
We colored Easter eggs which was a lot of fun. We received a kit last year didn’t use it. We decided to use it this year. I think all the kids and Grandma had fun.
On Saturday morning, we had an Easter egg hunt at our house. It is always fun to see the kids looking for Easter eggs. Amaia wanted to eat a caramel egg right after finding it and she loved eating it!
That afternoon, the ward had the “25th” annual Easter Egg hunt at the church. We went and ate lunch and had the Easter egg hunt. Milo got a “golden ticket” and received an extra prize. A chocolate bunny.
After church on Sunday, we had Scott’s aunt and her children and their families over to our house for Easter dinner. It was a fantastic dinner. We had lots of great food and enjoyed the company!
Easter is always a fun time of year. This year is was nice and warm outside. We got spoiled with warm sunny weather. It has cooled off significantly now. It was nice while it lasted.
I really enjoy doing these. It is fun to see if and how they change. Milo didn’t change his answers much, but Holly did.
I took pictures of them and their signatures. I also took voice memos of the interviews. If you want to listen please let me know.
Holly has had her front tooth loose for quite a while. It was very wiggily. Finally, last night Holly let Scott pull on it. He pulled on it hard enough that it came out. Holly didn’t cry or complain or anything. She was happy to have it out. Later, she told Milo that it didn’t even hurt.
Scott then realized that Holly had the same tooth missing as he did. We took this twinner picture.
Holly had quite the week last week. There are two significant stories that need to be told.
1. Last Tuesday, Scott’s sisters were visiting. I was going to be leaving a little after the kids got home from school to take them to the airport. Milo ran into the house and said “Holly is still on the bus.” I thought, great, what should I do. I went out the front door and was trying to decide what to do when I noticed the bus was back at the bus stop. Holly had gotten off the bus. I asked Milo to run back down to her. After we got inside the house, I asked Holly what was up. She told me she was mad at her friend and didn’t want to get off at the same stop. Apparently, she said “Sophie, Sophie” and Sophie didn’t turn to see what Holly wanted. Milo didn’t look to see if Holly was off the bus before he got off. I’m not sure if Holly said something to the bus driver or if he just noticed. He dropped someone else off and then brought Holly back and dropped her off.
Holly learned that even if she is mad at someone, she still has to get off the bus at her stop. Milo learned that he should always check to make sure his sister is off the bus before he gets off.
2. Two days later, Holly brought home a letter. They can write letters to people at school and she had brought one home. The note was from a boy in her class that said “I love you.” Holly then pipes up to tell me that Max had kissed her that day at school on the cheek and that they were “married.” Milo wasn’t too impressed and thought it was gross.
Later we found out that Max kissed her on the cheek during class. I have an audio version of the conversation between Holly and her dad, if you want to listen to it.
I hope you enjoyed them.
We went to downtown Salt Lake City with Monica’s family before Christmas. We rode the train and trax both ways.
Our first stop was Deseret Book. They had a fun train display. We also stopped by the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Our last stop was at the North Visitor’s Center where there is a statue of the Christus. Amaia decided she liked to look at the nativity outside. Annie, Holly and a few other cousins sat at the feet of the Christus. It was an a very touching experience.
After that we went back to Annie’s house for dinner and gifts. It was a great evening!!