September 7, 2014

First week of school under the belt!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:22 pm by Mel

Well, Ajax’s first week of kindergarten is done and he did wonderful!  He rode the bus every day and went to the after school program till 5 when Dave and I could get him after work.  He (so far) loves his class and his teacher.  His favorite thing is recess and his Spanish lessons.  It is, however, very difficult to get him to talk about his day.  I guess this is what it’s like being a parent.  We sit there at dinner and try to think of creative ways to get him to talk about what he did, how he felt, etc. But goodness it’s like pulling teeth! 

Noomi on the other hand will talk your ear off.  The only problem is that most of time she simply mimics your words back at you.  She is quite the talker and will go on and on!  She has also been sitting on the potty more and more and we’ve now worked that into her nighttime routine before she gets a bath. She is now very excited for her nighttime poo in the potty (I can’t believe I’m writing this, I hope this doesn’t embarrass her too much when she’s older). 

Dave has also been a champ and has taken the kids for several bike rides (2 or 3 a day). Ajax loves his bike and Noomi loves her little bike trailer.  My bike has two flat tires and apparently it needs a special attachment to fill them up. 

Here are a few pictures from this summer.  The first few are from when we went to the Thursday night concert series in town (Elvis), and then some of the pool.  And of course some cooking.  We made homemade pickles from the garden and the kids and I also made Monkey Bread.

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September 3, 2014

First day of kingergarten!

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:49 pm by Mel

Tuesday, Sept. 2nd was Ajax’s first day of kindergarten!  He woke up in such a good mood, we had breakfast and then outside to take pictures and wait for the bus.  When the big bus pulled up Ajax got a little nervous, then the bus driver informed us that kindergarteners for the first day don’t ride the bus, you drive them in.  That would have been good information to have, lol.  Dave ended up taking Ajax into school and staying till about 10 am.  The parents stayed in the classroom with the kids, they did their morning routine and an art project.  Then they all walked to the cafeteria and learned some of the school rules.  At first Ajax was pretty scared and clung to Dave, but by the end of the morning he was more comfortable.  Ajax knew a few kids from Tball and summer camp and that has also helped him.   Ajax had a great first day.

The second day of class Ajax did in fact ride the bus.  He was so excited he jumped out of bed, but again when the bus pulled up he started to panic and said, no no you drive me to school!  It took some coercing, but Ajax finally boarded the bus.  The bus driver, Dawn, was very pleasant and showed Ajax that the seats behind her were reserved for kindergarteners, and one seat had his name on it.  That seemed to relieve him and he sat down and waved at me through the window.  At this point I teared up a bit.  Noomi was very angry that she wasn’t riding the bus with Ajax and kept saying – me ride bus too mom.

On his second day of class, he also lost his first tooth!  He had fallen from his bike and knocked it loss about 2 weeks ago and today he said that it annoyed him and he pulled it out.  He’s quite excited about this whole tooth fairy situation.

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September 1, 2014

Family week 2014

Posted in Family news/Updates, Holidays at 8:07 pm by Mel

This past week we had family in from Washington so that meant a full seven days of fun filled family time.  We had a Valentine family reunion for my grandma Flo’s 87th birthday at Wampler’s lake.  The family rented a cabin on the lake with a pontoon boat.  My cousin, Andre, was in with his two children, Daniel (6) and Anya (3), and the kids all played very well.  There was a trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn and a trip to Impression 5 hands-on museum in Lansing, and of course, lots and lots of swimming and boating and fishing.  Ajax caught four fish and Noomi caught her first (a little perch).  There were family dinners and relaxing and lots and lots of food.  I think Ajax and Daniel would have lived in the water and had great fun building sand castles.

On Friday, the kids and I headed back home to Williamston (Dave unfortunately couldn’t take the whole week off) and we had a very quiet and easy going Labor Day weekend, as Tuesday is Ajax’s first day of Kindergarten.  He keeps wavering between being excited and nervous.  It helps that on Wednesday night we all went to the school for an open house and saw his classroom and cubby and met his teacher, Mrs. Lewis.  I’m feeling pretty anxious, as if I’m heading off for my first day of school tomorrow.

Sorry about all the pictures – but I was worried that I’ve been lack with my posting and if I didn’t add them they would never be seen.

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August 10, 2014

Cousins

Posted in Adventure, Family news/Updates at 7:54 pm by Mel

This picture was from our camping trip up in Morley, MI.  It’s the cousins that were present… or cousin’s cousins, lol.  The rules of consanguinity get confusing, but somehow they are all related.   All the kids had a blast and it was very nice spending some time with them.

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Summer weekend

Posted in Family news/Updates at 7:49 pm by Mel

Well it seems that Michigan finally remembered that it was summer and the weather jumped back up into the high 80s and low 90s.  This following over two weeks of rainy, cold weather marked with some nasty thunderstorms and hail.

In nino news, we brought up Ajax’s small bike without training wheels as he finally decided he wanted to give it a try and the kid just jumped on it and zoomed away.  Dave and I just stood there in shock.  I had been having visions of a bending over holding the seat of the bike as we looped around and around the cul-de-sac.  Ajax was so proud of himself and Dave and I heaped on the praise!  Even Noomi clapped, though she didn’t really know why.

So this weekend we were all about the bikes.  We swam and then went biking.  On Sunday after dinner we all went for one last ride.  Dave and Ajax on bikes ahead with Noomi on her tricycle with me walking next to her.  Noomi did wonderful on her ride, though every time we passed a piece of trash, she panicked and cried out – Oh no!  And would stop her bike and try to retrieve the item.  She waved at every passing car and kept yelling at Dave and Ajax to wait up (I’m not really sure what she was trying to convey, maybe it was just a happy Daddy!)

We also put up some treats from our garden – some tomatoes in the freezer (the deer keep getting into the raised beds), cucumbers, and Ajax and I made our own bread/butter pickles which need a few days before we can eat them.  We also froze some green beans and corn. Love summer

Oh! One last thing – we also ran to Target and Ajax picked out some stuff for school.  Now, both Dave and I picked out a very practical backpack.  It was Swiss Gear and seemed very well made.  It was grey.  Ajax picked out a flashy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack complete with a matching lunchbox with little reflectors.  The thing does not look well made and will probably fall apart by November.  It was however what our son wanted and so it is the one he walked out of the store with.  He was so happy, lol.

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July 26, 2014

Sneaky art fair

Posted in Adventure, Family news/Updates at 7:01 pm by Mel

I love art fairs.  I love the crafts, the people, and overall atmosphere.  Dave on the other hand would rather scrub toilets with a toothbrush.   I think our last art fair was about 5 years ago.   Ajax was small, in a stroller.

Today Williamston had it’s art on the river festival and since it was right here in town we went!  Yea!  The fair was very small only about 20-30 venders and they also had activities for the kids.  Noomi did a craft while Ajax ran wild in the bounce house.  The kids got ice cream and dogs made out of balloons.  There was also a band with music which Noomi rocked out to.   It was so cute.  Dave was resilient to its charm. Overall though we love Williamston.

After the fair we zipped into “town” and bought a new mattress which will be delivered on Wednesday.  Our current mattress is going on ten years old and was used when it was given to us, lol.  Our backs have been hurting so bad and we haven’t been sleeping, that Dave kind of snapped this morning and declared we were getting a new mattress.

The kids thought the mattress store was hilarious and ran circles around the place.  Ajax kept trying to leap from mattress to mattress.  I think the lady was negotiating to get us out of the store quickly.  Either way we ended up with a deal.

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July 23, 2014

Health updates!

Posted in Health/Doctor at 7:41 pm by Mel

On Monday I had the day off to let the kids rest and get the house in order after our camping trip.  The day, however, ended up not being as relaxing as I’d thought as I also took the opportunity to stack up the doctor’s appointments for both kiddos.

In the morning I took Ajax to see the dermatologist about a small mole on his right leg which seemed to crop up a few months ago.  The doctor said it wasn’t that unusual for that type of mole to occur with kids and that we could either remove it or watch it closely.  I immediately said remove it!  So we did, that day in the office.  Ajax did great throughout the process and only got a little light headed during the stitches.  I was not a big fan either and also had to look away.  We need to go back in 10 days to have the stitches out.  Till then, no swimming.  Poor kid.

In the afternoon Noomi had her 2 year check up and the Doctor reported that she looked great!  She weighed in at 28 lb 14 oz, which put her in the 75% and was 36.7 inches tall putting her in the 97% for height.  The Doctor said that he was impressed with her speech, she also managed to get dressed by herself while we were there and was very pleasant with the Doctor and nurses.  No shots this time around, but she has to go back at 2.5 for one or two.

Overall, our day was pretty hectic and everyone was pretty tired.  That tired also stretched into Tuesday and Wednesday. Camping really takes it out of you!

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These last pictures are from Ajax’s time upnorth!

July 21, 2014

Morley Two

Posted in Adventure, Family news/Updates at 8:41 am by Mel

Here are just a few more pictures from up North!  Uploading these photos I notice there are more pictures of Noomi than Ajax. That’s only because Ajax was constantly running with the other boys and Noomi I kept closer since she’s younger, lol.

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Morley, MI

Posted in Adventure, Family news/Updates at 8:37 am by Mel

Where is Morley, Michigan?  That’s the question we usually get and with good reason.  It’s a small village off of I-131 between Grand Rapids and Big Rapids.  My grandparents have a small cabin on 80 acres up there and it’s wonderful.  My mom grew up running around in the woods up there, I remember going up there and running around, and now my kids have been up there and they too ran wild.

After Noomi’s birthday party Ajax headed up north with Grandma Dara and Papa for some one-on-one time.  He did wonderful and loved the alone time with his grandparents and all the tractors and dogs.  Noomi was quite content to be home with Dave and I and loved all the attention.  It was a tea party every night.

On Thursday, we loaded up the car and headed to Morely, which was only a 2 hour drive from our house.  We met my cousin Angie and her five kids, my aunt Rena and cousin Marissa there.  We also met up with Ajax and the grandparents who brought their new fancy trailer.      We went hiking and exploring, I took Ajax tubing down the river twice, and we also went kayaking. Dave and Rod went down the river, and then Emily and I went kayaking down the river from town.

I wasn’t comfortable taking Ajax kayaking down the river, so we went into town and put in the small pond and went around for a bit.  He did great.  Noomi we felt was still too young so she stayed home with Grandma Dara.  On Friday night, my sister and cousin Sara came up with her husband and their five kids, so it was a party all the way around.  One thing about being from a large family, is that your kid will always have an age equivalent cousin or two, so each kid had two other kids their age, or near, to play with.

At night the kids slept in the trailer, except for the last night when we all piled into the tent, which actually wasn’t that bad except for some reason the tent flap was open at the end where Noomi and I were sleeping and now we have a bunch of bug bites.  I think one of the kids was playing around with the zipper, but since it was dark when we went to bed I didn’t notice.  Next time I’ll check.

On Sunday morning, we got up early, packed up and hit the road for home.  A good camping trip means that your family smells so bad you refuse to stop until your home, and some people may or may not have pants or shoes on.  It was a wonderful camping trip and we had so much fun up north with family, but I definitely liked coming home and showering and sleeping in my own bed.  The kids even slept in Monday morning, Ajax till almost 7:30 and Noomi till 8 am.  Good times were had by all, thank you family!

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Noomi and Aunt Rena

Noomi and Aunt Rena

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Ajax, Eli, Jacob

Ajax, Eli, Jacob

Ezra, Noomi, Ajax

Ezra, Noomi, Ajax

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Jonah

Jonah

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Zander, Noomi

Zander, Noomi

Noomi, Jamie, Colton

Noomi, Jamie, Colton

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July 20, 2014

Noomi’s second birthday party!

Posted in Holidays at 8:06 pm by Mel

This year Noomi’s birthday fell on a Saturday, what luck!   We tried to teach Noomi to respond, when prompted, that she was two but she didn’t really grasp the concept.  Instead she latched onto the word- two- and walked around saying – two, two.  Or, if we began counting (in the menacing parent way) – One… she would jump in shouting TWO!  So there you go.

We had a very good turnout for her party and were even fortunate enough to have her godparents and cousin up from North Carolina.   The weather cooperated so we weren’t trapped inside, and the temperature hung in the high 70s, low 80s.    There were lots of little kids for her to play with and also quite a few babies, though she wasn’t as interested in them, which was funny since she’s all about her baby dolls right now.

For her birthday “cake” we did a large slice of watermelon with blueberries, as Noomi just isn’t a fan of sweets and she loved it.  Unfortunately, we were outside singing happy birthday so the wind kept blowing out her candles.  She didn’t seem to mind and we all clapped at the end of the song, so she thought she blew them out.

When it was time to open presents, Ajax was a little over excited and ended up opening most of her gifts.  Noomi didn’t seem to mind and sat perched in her little chair watching the excitement.   She received some wonderful gifts, thank you very much friends and family!  Since the party we’ve had multiple tea parties and many baby dolls have received bubble baths.

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I’ll add more pictures tomorrow as my computer is being difficult :)

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