Late July update

Summer goes on, and the girls continue to grow, surprise, and delight.

About a month ago I started a free-form story with Brenna and Parker. Each night I would make up a story on the spot involving two little princesses, conveniently named Brenna and Parker. I would present them with some loose story ideas and have them make decisions about what the princesses did, and I’d make up the next part of the story. They met a dragon, made friends with mermaids, turned into mermaids (wow!), defeated a mean giant shark, and generally disobeyed every order their parents made of them to make it all happen. This was all a test to see if they would remember night to night what happened and be interested in continuing the tale. They were, and so we did. It was great fun for all of us.

Because of this success, and because Brenna is going to Kindergarten soon we started reading long books with her. In addition to her reading us simple stories like Pete the Cat, Meg has been reading her Roald Dahl’s The Witches (the guy who wrote Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). It’s been great because it’s a longish book for a 5-year old, and a scary one (witches hate children and turn them into MICE!), and she’s so excited to hear it each night. Meg’s done a great job making sure there’s always time to read.

We’ve bought all of Brenna’s school supplies except for headphones, which I need to get from Amazon some time soon. Apparently there’s been some shake-up at Parker’s pre-school being bought by some corporation who took away their toys and wall decorations and videos, because nothing sparks a child’s imagination like no toys or playtime, and blank white walls! We’re obviously hoping this is all just to prepare to bring something new in, but there’s a lot of concern going around. I’d hate for some jackass finance guy to ruin the great thing they had going.

What else is going on … Oh, Moonie bought us a smoothie maker about 6 weeks ago and we’ve literally used it every day since. I bought it with us on vacation even. Fruit smoothies, breakfast smoothies, dessert smoothies, protein smoothies for me, etc… it’s been awesome. Other than the fridge, it’s the most used thing in our kitchen. We all love it.

And finally…. Brenna loves boiled peanuts. I mean, a lot. Like, don’t leave her unsupervised around boiled peanuts. Which is fine with me, since I also love them and now I have someone to eat them with. Woohoo!

Seriously, this girl can put back some boiled peanuts

Seriously, this girl can put back some boiled peanuts. Both plates are hers, and hers alone.

Alright, that’s it. See y’all next time.

xoxo

July 10 2015

Hello no one! It’s good to talk to you again.

Boy, Summer is in full swing. The kids are out on summer vacation and we enrolled them in an active daycare at their new gymnastics place, Brussell’s Gymnastics. They love it! They do regular summer fun things (pizza Fridays, water balloons, chalk drawings), but also get to have gymnastics classes and lots of play time. Brenna is getting so good at her flips and Parker is insanely strong and has an amazing jump!

Here they are at gymnastics where they got to put their hand prints up on the wall!

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We also recently got to go to Moonie’s Mountain Farm with some friends and their kids. It was a big time all around! It’s been a long time since Meg and I went on a vacation with another couple, and the kids got to have their friends there to play. It was great! 3 days of swinging, walking in the creek, grilling, boardgames, fishing, exploring, and riding the ATV.

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July 4th went by uneventfully. We bought American flag plates, cups, napkins, little head bobbers and such and did a veggie tray, meat and cheese plate, pigs in a blanket and other quick finger foods. Of course there were fireworks, and Brenna actually enjoyed them this year. When she thought they were a bit loud she never fussed, she just stepped inside to watch from the window. Parker was unsure of the sparklers (I think she remembered being burned last year when she touched the end), but by the end of the night she held one and flexed both arms in the air and declared herself a “BIG GIRL!”

We went to IHOP and had pancakes the next morning, as is our tradition established by Brenna any time there are fireworks. It was a great day.

As Summer begins to wind down, Meg and I are beginning to feel the reality setting in that Brenna is going to be going to Kindergarten soon. I can’t believe how excited and nervous I am! I don’t think it’s really hit Brenna yet, but she seems to be excited about it. It will be a big change, and probably the first real step out of her comfort zone in a long time.

Parker continues to grow and hold VERY STRONG OPINIONS on a myriad of topics like a 3-year old does. Her vocabulary is quite large, and her speech is getting clearer. She’s a bundle of energy and love, and still an absolute spitfire at times.

I guess that’s it for now. We’ll talk to myself again, soon.

xoxo,

-Travis.