In the spirit of random, I'd love to give you all an update on the kiddos and share some photos from the last few months! Fynn is 19 months old!! He flew by his 18 month mark without even an official photo, as I was busy starting my new school year (year two as a prof!). We haven't even had a chance to get him in for his 18 month well-child check (not our fault, as our doc wasn't available until the end of October!), so we don't have updated specs on him. I can verify he's growing by leaps and bounds - fitting into 24 month clothing no problem. He still has his beautiful blond hair, all curls in the back, and his clear blue eyes (like papa EIO). He does still look a lot like uncle Stephen! He still has a nuk (pacifier), but we're working on getting rid of it (it's so hard when it gives us such an easy way to calm him down - plus, when he's teething, he just wants to chew on a cold one!). He loves being outside, playing with the balls, on his fire truck, and going to the park (he loves the swings and big kid slides already). He also loves dogs, so when we had a BIG scare with Jonas a few weeks ago (his stomach flipped and we almost put him down, but ended up having an expensive abdominal surgery done in order to save him), we knew we had to make the right decision in order to not only take care of our biggest baby, but also to keep our kiddos happy. (As Jonas is back on track, it was definitely the right decision!) "Dog" was one of Fynn's first words, so he has a special place in his heart for them - as you can tell by this adorable photo of him and Oakley, uncle Dan and auntie Kendra's new puppy!
Fynn pretty much followed Oakley around all weekend the first time we met him. He really enjoys reading books, so much so that when we put him to bed, he would stay up all night reading books, but as soon as we turn off the lights, he emphatically points at the crib and insists on going straight to bed, no more rocking and singing like we used to (it made this mama cry the first time he did that!). His favorite books are currently: Peek-a-Who, a Harvest book that has John Deere tractors, a Freight Train book (chugga-chugga-choo-choo!, which he says along with me!), Llama Llama Nighty-Night and Zippity-Zoom, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and the Foot Book (a couple of the same ones Mia loved at that age). He may be even more fascinated with computers, ipad, and phone than Mia was at his age - as I am trying to type this, he's constantly trying to 'help.' It doesn't help that my new work laptop has a touchscreen, so he can easily 'help' and see an effect! He also loves Jake & the Neverland Pirates, and so does Mia, so we've been watching a lot of Jake these days. He has learned how to give the sweetest kisses (big, sloppy, wet ones, with or without a tongue sticking out), but they are filled with loads of love!
Mia, meanwhile, is 4.5 and getting closer to being a big 5 year old every day! She keeps asking us if we want her to turn 5, and we both say "No!" - we're not ready! She is still going to preschool at the daycare at Concordia, so we ride to school together every day, which is nice. She loves it there, so it's been a great opportunity for her. She's learned a ton, and at her most recent parent-teacher conference, they confirmed that as she's at the high end of the scale for her cognitive abilities. Grandma and Grandpa EIO brought baby chicks to preschool this fall and it was a big hit with all of the kids!
She loves coloring and constructing things (books, airplanes, kites, fishing poles, a sled for Piglet that she used to pull him around her school). She'll even take a scissors, tape, paper, and markers with her on our trip to school so she can make things in the car. She still loves doing science experiments with mama, or simply mixing potions of water, oil, baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring!
She's also growing by leaps and bounds - I think her summer growth spurt was one of her biggest. She's in size 5 clothes, and even some 6s, and has a shoe size of 11. I can't seem to keep pants on her that are long enough, and there was a point this summer where she jumped a couple of shoe sizes! She still keeps Piglet with her, but we've started talking about him staying home more....we'll see how that goes. It's hard to argue with a kid that truly believes Piglet is her best friend (and frequently makes wishes that he'd come to life and play with her!). She did gymnastics and soccer this summer, soccer was a bust, but she still loves gymnastics. No dance this year - it was just too much to do a season that lasted from September to June! She's started talking about piano lessons, so maybe that will be in her future. She loves being outside and going to the park, she plays with Rafe (our backyard neighbor), and she's recently started hula-hooping -and is really good at it! (Better than David or I!) Last night we hit up a Concordia VB game for the first time and she and one of her preschool friends spent most of the last match with the college students - she ran back and forth between them and us, and at times would go straight through them - pushing them out of her way so she could get where she wanted. She's definitely not shy!
Both kiddos are keeping us BUSY, along with two very busy careers - life is flying by and we're just trying to enjoy it as it goes!
The whole family at Waverly Lutheran Church's Harvest Homecoming!
Last weekend we had a beautiful fall day, and got to enjoy hiking around William O'Brien state park with David's folks!
Mia got some binoculars from Concordia (old ones from a field ecology class that doesn't exist anymore) - she loves them!