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Maia is 16 Months Old

by Chrissie Wainright on April 18th, 2015

I’m not getting on the computer this month, so most of her 16th month will have to wait.  But I want to go ahead and schedule a story to come out on the 18th anyway =)

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Maia is extremely Determined! When she wants you to read her a book, she will grab your hand, open it up, and smack the book into it. Then when you finish reading it, she will grab the book, grab your hand again, and smack the book into it so you know she wants it again. Repeat until you distract her with a different book.

 

Then there was the day of the superhero challenge. Eric let her walk all over the Post Oak Lodge where it was being held… except she was determined to walk into the pond. He would stand in front of her, and she’d push on his legs until he staggered back so she could get closer. Or she’d push her head between his legs to try and break through. And she tried going around and around and around him. After a while he would pick her up and spin her around, take her in a different direction for awhile, and then point her away from the pond. She would immediately turn around and find her way back to it and they’d go head to head again. She never fussed or threw a fit about being denied the pond, she just wasn’t going to give up. She tried to get into one of the bounce houses with similar persistence too.

 

Before the race she was walking down one of the paved paths. She’d walked a really long way, and Eric thought it was time to head back to the rest of us so they could join the race. So he tried to coax Maia to come down one of the side paths. She headed over to him when he called, took one step onto the side path… and then immediately u-turned and returned back to the middle of the road. So he tried again at the next side path… and once again she took one step off the path and then u-turned and went right back to her own plan. =) Very determined!

Donovan in March

by Chrissie Wainright on April 10th, 2015

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DZ is such a great helper! This morning, he noticed Maia had a runny nose and he went to get her a kleenex without anyone asking him to help. Yesterday after we went shopping at Lowe’s for supplies, he helped me dig out the sunflower house and mix in the soil amendments we bought. He’s just such a cheerful assistant and so thoughtful! Makes me very happy =)

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Donovan adored the Superhero Challenge. I didn’t even really tell him anything about it, he was hooked just on the name. He asked me constantly when it would be, and we were counting down the minutes on Sunday. And it was worth the wait! He loved the inflatables, loved running the race, loved showing off his Batman cape! He got to go in a fire truck, and he asked me to take pictures of him with it on the front and back of the truck. We got free snow cones, he ate tons of oranges, in short it was a perfect day for him. =)

Superhero Challenge!

Superhero Challenge!

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Donovan was so proud of his habitat books =)  He keeps asking to make books at home too =)

Donovan was so proud of his habitat books =) He keeps asking to make books at home too =)

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DZ was a plesiosaur for his the Under the Sea book fair =)  They are dinosaurs that swim =)  Love him!

DZ was a plesiosaur for his the Under the Sea book fair =) They are dinosaurs that swim =) Love him!

In a tiger house!  His friend Hatcher posted a picture on facebook of himself in a tiger house, and DZ wanted to do it too =)

In a tiger house! His friend Hatcher posted a picture on facebook of himself in a tiger house, and DZ wanted to do it too =)

Playing Mermaid Island with Umbria

Playing Mermaid Island with Umbria

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DZ chose marigolds and strawberries for the garden this year =)  He helped plant them too!  He especially likes the digging part =)

DZ chose marigolds and strawberries for the garden this year =) He helped plant them too! He especially likes the digging part =)

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Serenity in March

by Chrissie Wainright on March 31st, 2015

I had so much to write about our wonderful California trip that it got its own post… but Serenity’s post for this month is still long!  What a great month!

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Queen Elizabeth

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Serenity made up a song this morning =) “Fairies” There’s something magical going on, I feel a tingle of excitement in me/ Fairies please come down here, It’s ok I’m right here. It’s all riiiiiiight. Humm hummmm It was so much fun =) =) She’s really into reading the Rainbow Magic Fairy books right now. Thank goodness the library has them because she’s read as many as four in a single day.

 

March was a great month! We had game night at school. Serenity mostly spent it upstairs playing games with Daddy, although she did come down long enough for me to give her some money for pizza, and to play one game of Robot Turtles with Avalon and her family.

 

Game Night

Game Night

Serenity got to participate in the Drama Festival for the first time. She was Queen Elizabeth. She had her line memorized right away. “I am Queen Elizabeth. I was the first English Queen to rule without a husband.” We got to make her costume. We went online and researched Elizabethan clothing, and Serenity knew just what to do. She put on every single skirt she owned under a fancy dress to make it poof out enough like Queen Elizabeth’s did. =) I had bought some blue velour that I thought would make a cute Elsa dress the last time we were in California, so we turned it into a Renaissance dress. With some lace at the sleeves and a high fancy collar it looked just like something Queen Elizabeth would wear. And I got to learn all about supportasses, which is the wiring that holds up one of those crazy collars. Serenity didn’t want the ruff, she liked the collar better, and it was very fancy =) She also loved getting to wear a lot of Granny Hale’s jewelry the day of the play. So much fun! Her friends played other historical figures that the kids had studied this year, and Lillyan and Arjun were time travelers that used a Time Machine to visit. Serenity and DZ drew pictures of what they thought a time machine would look like, and I combined that with my plan to make the machine =) It used Donovan’s sit n spin as a giant gear that the kids could actually turn, plus antennae that Serenity thought of with copper wiring. And we printed a huge map of the world made out of gears and colored it. =) It worked great!

 

Queen Elizabeth and her friend Athena

Queen Elizabeth and her friend Athena.  She’s turning her head to show off her earrings, which were my favorite of Granny Hale’s as well =)  I wore them to school in 5th grade =)

Working on the time machine

Working on the time machine

The Time Machine =)

The Time Machine =)

Spring has finally arrived in Oklahoma! I got some new gardening tools for the kids. A couple of new trowels and a foot shovel that is just their size. Serenity celebrated by digging holes all over the yard and filling them with birdseed. The birds have been extremely happy. She did put a little in the birdfeeders too =) Then she and our neighbor, Karen, decided they should dig up the swamp next to our leaky hose to find lots of worms. It was like a robin buffet! And now the rule is if you dig a hole you have to fill it back in when you’re done with it =) The shovel came in handy for making our Sunflower House too!

 

New salvia, new purple watering can =)  They LOVE watering!

New salvia, new purple watering can =) They LOVE watering!

The kids discovered when I put the water timer back on that all they had to do to make a sprinkler was turn a little knob.  Now the backyard is even more of a swamp than when the faucet just leaked five gallons a day.

The kids discovered when I put the water timer back on that all they had to do to make a sprinkler was turn a little knob. Now the backyard is even more of a swamp than when the faucet just leaked five gallons a day.

Planting sunflower seeds and sweet pea seeds.  We got Lemon Queen, Skyscraper and Mammoth Russian sunflowers.

Planting sunflower seeds and sweet pea seeds. We got Lemon Queen, Skyscraper and Mammoth Russian sunflowers.

We participated in the Superhero Challenge last weekend! The kids loved it! We got there early and had lots of time to play on the inflatables before the race. Serenity’s girl scout troop decided to donate a portion of their cookie sales to the child abuse network, so they got to present a check. They sold 7,700 boxes of cookies! Amazing! And they also had a booth to serve cookies to the racers. Serenity left the inflatables to help set that up without any hesitation, which made me very proud. =) The race itself had lots of challenges to test superhero skills, like hurdles, and crawling under lasers, stuff like that. And it ended at a giant inflatable obstacle course. The kids loved it!

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Serenity lost a tooth at school yesterday. Her teacher told me it was a tooth epidemic, at least four kids lost it that day! I think they were holding out to get the nifty box they give you at school.

Book Fair!  Serenity got a dozen chapter books and she read them all before Book Fair week was over.

Book Fair! Serenity got a dozen chapter books and she read them all before Book Fair week was over.