Friday, September 27, 2013

First day of elementary school

Richie and Sophia started school a little over a month ago.  Sophia was so excited to be starting kindergarten and Richie was just glad to be going back to school so he wasn't bored all day long. Sophia usually sleeps-in but she was the first one up that morning and she came out of her room already dressed. Richie was up soon after her and they both had some breakfast and were ready to go.

Sophia thought making some bunny ears would be pretty funny, but I didn't realize that was what she was doing so I didn't actually get the bunny ears in the picture.

I think Richie felt kind of cool because he is a third grader and Sophia is in kindergarten and he already knows how everything works.  Look how confident he looks walking up to the school with his sister.

But, do you see how his back pack is missing?  I didn't even notice that while I was taking the pictures.

It's hard to believe that this little girl is finally in elementary school.  She has been looking forward to this day ever since we dropped Richie off at his first day of kindergarten three years ago.

You may remember how broken-hearted Sophia was when we left Richie at school for the first time and she didn't get to go, too.  Look how little she was!

Well, Grace felt just as bad.  We had been talking about school starting for a while, and she knew she was starting pre school this year, so she didn't understand why she wasn't going to school, too.  She would have to wait another three weeks for her school to start and she was not happy.
There's Richie's missing back pack in the background.  I didn't notice it while taking these pictures, either.  As we were about to drive away Richie came running towards us and that was when I realized he didn't have his back pack.  We handed it off to him and he made it inside before the second bell rang.

When I picked up Sophia I asked her how her first day was and she said, "Not so good." I don't think it was as much fun as she was expecting it to be.  Last week she said to me, "When I was in pweschool, I thought kindagahden was going to be gahdening, you know, because it's called kinduh GAHDEN."  That explains why she wasn't so happy about her first day. She is getting into the swing of things now and making friends and learning a lot, so I think she is okay with the fact that she isn't doing any gardening.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Josie's First Year

Josie had her one year, well baby check-up this week.  I figure since that was about a month over due, it's okay that this blog post is, too.  I was going to put up on picture from each month of this first year, but as I was looking through photos, I just couldn't pick one favorite from each month, so this is going to be a whole lot of Josie!

In August we brought Josie home to our little house on the Boulevard and everyone started falling in love with her.

In September Grace liked to spend all her time with Josie.  She liked sharing floor time and I found her in the crib with the baby on more than one occasion.  Luckily, Josie survived all the attention.

October was the month we blessed her.  She should have had her first Halloween costume, but apparently, I was still not on top of things enough to even dress her up and take a single picture.  She went along trick-or-treating, I just don't have proof of that.

November was our trip to Blanding for Thanksgiving and a visit from Joe.

In December we moved to this house.  It didn't look like this in December, but this is the only picture I have of it.

Josie's first Christmas.

I didn't take a single picture in January.  I don't know what we were doing, but the camera never came out that month.

February:  Getting bigger, trying out bouncing and visiting Idaho.

Josie's first Easter in March.

In April she had a couple "firsts," sitting up in the grocery cart and riding in a swing at the park for the first time.

It took forever for spring to arrive in Logan, but when it finally did in May, we went outside to enjoy the sunshine.

In June we took a trip to Blanding and went swimming a lot.

July was more trips to the swimming pool, the Fourth of July and Josie's first steps.

In August we took a spontaneous trip to Hogle Zoo.

And finally, we celebrated Josie's first birthday!  We celebrated the day with presents and swimming and Carvel ice cream cake.  The kids each gave Josie a present and 'helped" her open them.  She wasn't feeling very well but she seemed to enjoy all the gifts she got, even though she didn't really get into opening things by herself.  She didn't even get to go in the pool because of her tummy troubles, but she still had a good day.

And here is how much she has grown this year!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Camping and Bear Lake in August

In August we went camping and to Bear Lake with the Calls.  There was lots of playing in the river and digging in the mud and spending time together having fun.  The kids always love going up the canyon for a few days and going to Bear Lake is a new favorite activity.

Josie had her first taste of sand.  Why do they always put a handful of sand in their mouths?

A little proof that I was there, too.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

June and July

In June we took a trip to Blanding.  The kids played and played and played with cousins.

Everybody made friends with Josie.

The family got together to celebrate Morgan and Kate's birthdays.

And Richie and Sophia played with the cousins visiting from Brazil.

The "super moon" was pretty amazing.

We made a pit stop at Wilson Arch to deal with some car sickness on the way back home.

The day after we got home the girls went to the Princess Festival with Grandma Call.  They were so tired, but so excited for the outing with Grandma and they had a great time meeting all the princesses in real life.

In July there was LOTS of bike riding.

Sophia started working on riding without training wheels and within a couple weeks, she was riding without them!  I am so proud of her.

We made lots of trips to the pool in the record-breaking heat.

Richie went down the SCARY slide.

And Josie started WALKING!