Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Fun

We've had a fantastic summer weekend - one of our only full weekends AT HOME this summer (since daddy works every other weekend, and we've been traveling - Cole Camp in Colorado update to come - it's been busy!). Yesterday we made time to go on a bike ride/family walk, go to the local beach, play out in our backyard, and roast hot dogs over the bonfire. Today we loaded everyone up and hit the MN Zoo, a first time for our kiddos! It was awesome! We got there right away at 9am, when it opened, hit the outdoor exhibits hard, took a break for a picnic lunch, then hit some of the 'indoor' stuff before letting Mia run through the splash pad and loading everyone back up to come home. Fynn passed out towards the end, so he missed out on the splashpad fun. 



 Fynn was fascinated by all the animals! He barely looked at the camera!
 Mia's favorite part of the zoo was the snow monkeys - she even got a stuffed monkey to take home!
 The grizzly bear exhibit was pretty impressive - they swam right up by the window and neither kid was afraid. Fynn just pointed and said "doggie!"
 First carousel ride! He loved it! He was giggling the whole time!
 Mia loves carousel rides!
 The farm exhibit had a big goat petting area - the kids loved it!


 I missed it in the photo, but Fynn just tried to give this goat his bag of animal crackers!
 Big bugs exhibit.

 The kids would have stayed all afternoon watching the underwater reef! They were chasing the fish and sea turtle around!






 The butterfly garden was beautiful! So many butterflies and awesome flowers! Fynn even had one on his arm for a bit!


Kid update:
Both are growing by leaps and bounds! Fynn still fits into his 18 month clothes, but has no problem fitting into most 24 month stuff (he's 16 months right now). He was 24.5 lbs and 32.5 inches last month at this 15 month checkup. He is still climbing on everything - he has no fear! He'll be climbing out of his crib before we know it (and are ready for it!)! He's fully walking, if not practically running now, but he still walks kind of bow-legged - he definitely has the toddler toddle down! He is still chomping on a pacifier (his nuk), but the doctor indicated that it may be close to time to get rid of it (but then changed his mind by the end of the appointment as he was dealing with some ear wax buildup and we were headed to the CO mountains the following week). Speaking of which, he came down with an ear infection while we were in CO (thankfully we had a prescription with us because the doctor thought one may develop), but then he developed an amoxicillin reaction a week later. He broke out in crazy hives the day we were headed home for the 4th of July, we took him into urgent care, we pulled him off amox and put him on Benadryl, he didn't get better, he got worse, we ended up in another urgent care on the 4th, we upped the Benadryl and watched for his tongue to swell (it didn't thank goodness!), and eventually he swelled up all over (in waves) and then got better. So between the ear infection in CO and the hives over the 4th, both of our 'vacations' were dealing with a sick baby. Now his canines are breaking through, so he's been through the ringer this past month!

He loves dogs - it's one of the few words that he's saying. At the zoo today he called everything doggie. He also loves the fire trucks that we have strewn all over our house - he's started doing a siren call, which is pretty hilarious! He loves playing with balls and splashing in the water toys. He gets to giggling and will have everyone laughing along - he's just too cute!

Miss Mia is stretching up like a weed! We bought her new tennies this spring and she informed me (correctly) that her toes were curling up in them a few weeks ago - so off to the store to get new ones! She's in gymnastics and soccer this summer - so far both are going okay, but she seems a bit more into gymnastics than the soccer at this point. She's still loving pre-school (it's a daycare with a preschool room, so she's still there over summer). They have bike days every other week where they bring in their bikes and get to bike around campus together and she loves that. They even decorated their bikes on the week of the 4th and had a bike parade across campus, which was pretty great! They also have plenty of play time outside, including water play days, and at least one swimming outing so far. She loves the water, too, so she enjoyed the lake time over the 4th and begs to go in the wading pool or run through the sprinkler just about every day at home!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Mia's First Dance Recital

Mia took tap and ballet dance lessons through our local Parks and Recreation this year. She started in September and went all the way through June, with one lesson per week. She performed in her first recital in the middle of June and she did great! We were so proud! She was pretty excited and overwhelmed by the experience. She couldn't quite figure out what was going on during the dress rehearsal, but once her part was done, she was very excited to stay and watch the big girls. She then made it through two more nights of recitals - it was a  BIG week for her, but she did awesome. Grandma and Grandpa EIO came for one of her recitals and auntie Kendra made it up for supper afterwards to celebrate.












We'll see if she still wants to do it again next year - I think it was maybe a bit more structured than what she was interested in (especially as a 4 year old in a 5 year old class!). Right now she's enjoying gymnastics and starting soccer tomorrow night - both of which are a bit more upbeat for her!

Easter 2014

We spent Easter at our own home again this year. My parents brought grandma Evie up a few days before, and Fynn enjoyed playing peek-a-boo with her. We went to church, did multiple Easter egg hunts, dyed eggs, and had a fantastic brunch out on the deck as it was the first absolutely beautiful day of spring! We then proceeded to stay outside all afternoon while the kids played and we enjoyed the sunshine. It was glorious.










 Sweet baby boy curls showing up!
 Mia dug a hole all afternoon with her new Hello Kitty shovel.






Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Summer is here!

The spring flew by, but I managed to survive teaching biochem for the first time! I even ended up really liking it! However, it did manage to monopolize my time for the entire spring, so I obviously have not had any free time to blog. Here's a recap, in photos, of the end of our winter and our spring (Easter coming in a separate post):
Mad scientist Mia! "More stinky vinegar!"
 Fynn became an expert climber over the winter! We had to move this desk into Mia's bedroom to try to keep him off of it.
 11 months old!
 Yay Fynn!
 So proud he can walk with his walker.
 Helping mama make cookies.
 Fynn in mommy's office. He was trying to climb the barricade.

 Did I mention the climbing?

 Lots 'o teething happening over here! 4 on top, 4 on bottom, and 3-4 of the first molars are in!
 Cutest little boy in the world.
 Miss Mia is getting so big!

 Playing with Great Evie - Fynn was playing peek-a-boo on the side of the couch and Mia decided to ham up the photo.

 Dance picture night! I don't know if I'm ready for this...recital is next weekend!
 I had a flour disaster and she caught the worst of it.
 Alfalfa.
 It was too quiet. Fynn had snuck into the kitchen, pulled out the drawer, and helped himself to the coffee cake!
 First rib! Clearly some Helvig in him...
 Checking out grandma and grandpa EIO's new RV.
 Getting our flower pots ready. Fynn was loving the dirt.


 Mia is learning how to climb the fence with her neighbor-friend Rafe.
 Fynn is fascinated with playing in Jonas's kennel.

 Checking out the new swing set at the neighbor's place by my parents' lake house.



 Tea for two in the playhouse.
 Chugga-chugga-choo-choo. So creative!
 Helping mama test experiments out of the Bio100 summer lab kit. Did I mention that I'm still teaching??
 Big girl.