Only One More Practice

We sure do have fun at soccer practice, especially now that the weather is so nice. I can't believe our season is almost done!


Cat in the Hat

Every weekend someone in Violet's class gets to take home the Cat in the Hat stuffed animal. They take pictures of their adventures together and share with the class when they go back to school. (Oh, and the Cool Cat person gets to be line leader for the week as well, Violet reminded me 87 times.)

So this weekend we had the Cat, and here are our adventures...

First the Cat came to soccer practice...

He even tried kicking the ball!

Then he got tired and decided to watch from the sidelines.

Next up, movie night!

Frozen was playing...

Slumber party time!

Then Cat came with us to the pumpkin patch and played in the bouncy house!

Then Mommy packed him up in Violet's backpack so we wouldn't forget to take him back to school, and that's where he stayed the rest of the weekend, oops! But hey, we have plenty of photographic evidence that he was out and about with us quite a bit. Hopefully he had as much fun as we did!


Pumpkin Patch!

Last year our trip to the pumpkin patch looked like this...
And here we are this year!
We had another great visit to the pumpkin patch this year! For someone who had never been before having kids, we sure are making it a tradition. Violet had been talking about it forever, and we finally had a hole in our schedule, so off we went on a beautiful fall day. Violet is going to be so excited when she realizes her class field trip on Wednesday is right back here to Warbington Farm. Now we just have to find time to carve our pumpkin before Halloween!

On the tractor ride...

The two cutest pumpkins in the patch!

Loving the bouncy house!

But loving the corn pit even more!

Didn't try to eat a single kernel!

Insert "corny" caption here.



So I've become a rather inconsistent updater. Sorry folks. Sometimes I get so busy surviving living life, it's hard to document it on a regular basis. I'm trying not to feel too guilty about it. Updating should never feel like a chore. After all, the primary purpose of this space is to help me remember the little things we've been up to. I'm not changing the world in this little corner. Still, it's nice to look back and have a record of these crazy days as they fly by.

So in that light, here are a few things that have happened lately.

Violet took a field trip to the fire station. Next up - the pumpkin patch!
 I love that Violet gets to take so many field trips with her Pre-K class. Kindergarten and its three yearly outings is going to seem downright lame after all the excitement of the fire station, Build-a-Bear, the farm...

Why do I look so sad? Is it the hair? But Dad's high-heeled purple boots are fab!
And speaking of school, I'm amazed every day at all the new things Violet is learning. I got the best IEP progress report from her speech teacher - we are really seeing progress and it is awesome. Ks and Gs are being mastered around here! Next up, blends! Violet is also learning sight words and memorizing her address and phone number, two skills I still don't see consistently in my first graders, so yay for learning them early.

This silly crew....
For the past few days, Annie has only taken one long nap. She'll need this to transition up to the toddler room in the new year, but part of me is not ready for her to be growing up so fast! Although I was not sad to see formula or the bottles go. My kitchen counters are my own again, whew! The jury is still out on whether she has a milk allergy or not. Things have gotten stinkier since we made the switch to regular milk, let's just put it that way.

My big girl is off formula (cha-chinnnng!) and bottles (hello kitchen counters, I've missed you!)
Her toddling skills are amazing, however. I joke that we're going to dress her up like a zombie for Halloween, because she has this hilarious way of stomping around with her arms out, screeching like a, well, zombie. We've had a few spills and bumps along the way, but her thunder thighs are keeping her up for the most part. She's also still trying to climb the stairs, and today I caught her sitting on the open dishwasher lid, pulling butter knives out of the silverware basket. Awesome! She's definitely more fearless than Violet ever was, although I also had a bit more time to monitor Violet. Annie gets away with a lot more.

Sibling rivalry is already rearing its ugly head. When Annie is in my lap, Violet has the urgent need to be picked up. If Violet gets picked up, Annie cries. If they're both in my lap, someone is always shoving the other one away. Annie has discovered she can pull hair and get quite a reaction from her big sister. But they also have the best way of playing together, chasing each other around the living room. Ah, sisters...




Violet refused to have her picture taken at soccer, so this is as official as it will get this season.

At least she got into the Pink Falcon team picture, although I can't say she was too happy about it.
Regardless of the fact that Violet wasn't too thrilled about having her first season of soccer professionally documented (hey, it saves me the 35 bucks they wanted for the picture package), this girl just keeps getting better and better!

Remember the little girl who had her fingers in her mouth the whole first game, too shy to barely get onto the field? Well, she's gone. The little girl that replaced her aggressively chases after the ball, gets into the middle of the pack to kick it down the field, runs in front of the play play defense and turn the ball around... why, she's even replaced skipping around the field with full-on running (80 percent of the time, at least!)

And this weekend, the grandparents were on hand to see Violet score her first goal! The kids seemed pretty nonchalant about the whole thing. When I asked her what her favorite part of the game was, she said "running". I had to remind her about the goal! Things have progressed well enough that I would be pretty confident signing her up for another season. Although she said she would only do it if her friends and coach were on the team again, so she may be in it more for the company at this point. We will see.

Let Her Eat Cake!

Loving her new baby doll and stroller!
We had Annie's birthday party this weekend. Nothing too crazy - the grandparents all came up for lunch, the neighbors joined us for afternoon cake. Annie opened her presents (or rather, Violet opened Annie's presents), everyone had a good time.
Birthday photo bomb.
The highlight of the day was definitely the smash cake. Now, based on the cupcake she had on her actual birthday, we all know Annie can handle a little cake and icing. And my friend did not disappoint. She loved every second on that cake and did her best to get as much in her mouth as she got on her face!

Cake: destroyed. Mission: accomplished.
I still can't quite believe she is one! At this point, she walks more than she crawls, only gets one bottle at night, can blow kisses, finds her tummy on command, knows where mommy's nose is, wears 18 month clothing, and is in the 98th percentile for both height and weight (25 lbs).
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