Jenny got a new iPhone recently, so I pulled all the pictures from her phone and put them into an album. The set includes roughly two years worth of photos that we have never posted before, including the first week Kate got a backpack, back in Sept 2013 before she started preschool at KAM.
Here are photos of Leah's 9-month appointment and Kate at swim class:
I have uploaded a new photo album. It has photos from both our camera and my iPhone, and it covers all of 2015 (so almost five months of photos). I guess life has been busy. Still, we have found time for pictures and videos. Some highlights include Kate's haircut and the kids building a snowman (on March 23!):
I remember when Kate's language started taking off, each week I thought 'Wow! Her language is really taking off!' And then a week later, I would think 'Whoa...now it's *really* taking off.' I feel the same about Leah. She now prattles in sentences or something like them all day, picking up new words all the time. Go, come, play, now, big, tiny, pee pee, ipad, pot pie, and most importantly, 'hot cocoa!' She doesn't have command of tense, but she talks about the past, present and future.
This week was 'dancer dress up' week at ballet. Leah wore a tutu (a word she knows) for a while. Kate wore her Elsa dress and after Leah's class was done, she and I snuck in just in time to see Kate do her showcase dance. It was the kind of wonderful childhood dance you want to just replay in slow motion in your memories forever. It was quite graceful and you could see that in her imagination, she *was* Elsa. Leah clapped and said "yay! Kate!" And then we saw her classmates, most of whom also did Elsa dances. :-)
Well, it looks like we've been keeping up ok with photos but letting the blurbs go a bit in recent months. That's a shame because I like reading the ones from several years ago and jogging my memory of Kate's infancy and toddlerhood. So, I'll try and make a few notes now.
Leah's growing well but still on the small side; less than average for height and thin. Her language is really starting to take off, but still involves a lot of gestures and baby words. A fun thing she has discovered (that we'll have to nip in the bud) is that the word "Ow!" is even more powerful than "No!" She'll often say "ow!" if you try to pick her up against her will or even just suggest that it's time for bed!
Leah's very opinionated about her clothes, which is something that didn't start with Kate until she was over 3.5.
She really loves to dance and one of her favorite games is to repeatedly turn on canned music from a toy and try her ballet moves over and over. It's very cute and her moves are pretty good. Her "snapping" is also very cute...she clicks her tongue in immitation which she rubs her fingers together...just like Kate! (who can now snap quite well for real).
She's been playing pretend for some time and some of it is incredibly cute, trying to get the teddy bear to hold the teacup etc. She's very much in her own little world sometimes. I like catching a glimpse of her playing naptime...rolling over and pretending to go to sleep just as she would in her crib.
I have uploaded a new photo album. It has photos from both our camera and my iPhone, and the photos cover both Thanksgiving (with Nana Noto) as well as Christmas (with Grandma Farver and Papa Farver). Kate is off school until the first Monday in January, so it will be lots of playing with Christmas (and Hannukah) toys between now and then.
We continue to see Kate and Leah playing more and more together. I think it's only a matter of time before they develop an "Us Against Them" mentality. Here are some pictures of them together from the album:
I have uploaded another new photo album with iPhone photos. I copied photos the old-fashioned way, by plugging the phone directly into our computer through a USB port. Cloud computing is for weathermen.
There are several pictures from when Dad visited Kate's class (the class went to the school's garden, which mostly involved climbing trees and digging for worms), and there are several pictures of a trip to a neighborhood event which included a petting zoo (there was also a petting zoo at the orchard; we have learned that Leah really likes petting zoos). One thing that sticks out to me about this photo album is that there are several pictures of the kids playing together, which is nice to see.
I have uploaded a new photo album. It only has photos from camera, which is a small share of total photos, because we are using new iPhone more for photos and videos. I tried to upload the iPhone photos but I couldn't get iCould working. So I'm iAnnoyed, and I will try again later this week to get the iPhone pictures online.
There are a few photos from Kate's birthday party, a trip to the Children's Museum (which is Dad's current favorite museum), trip to apple orchard, Leah's first haircut at a salon, and Halloween -- Leah did not want to wear a costume; Kate was a butterfly:
I just realized I never summarized Kate's Fourth Birthday happenings, which given the 10-month build up was a big oversight. Kate was so so excited about her birthday but it did pose a challenge. She was just 2 weeks into school when it came, so who to invite? 22 kids from her new class? All of her old classmates? Everyone? Yes. And then some.
So we did what we could. A relaxed affair near Bixler Park, with all of the standard trappings: pizza, cake, goodie bags. Everything had to be "Frozen." We were totally beholden to the weather and thunderstorms were threatened, but in the end it was warm (hot even) and clear. In fact, our problem was that the Frozen (but not frozen) cake melted into a pile of blue goop. Kids didn't seem to mind. She had a wonderful time and I think it was exactly what she wanted...exactly the same birthday as every other four year old girl.
It was great to see her old friends...they all were so happy to play. It's easy to trivialize childrens' friendships but when you see the sheer joy they have of seeing each other after a long time, it's wonderful. And it was great to get to know the families in her new class too.