Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
There was a Halloween party at Kiefer's school and as a parent helper, I got to attend and help out. Saskia came, too. The day started with a parade of all the kindergarteners throughout the school. They went into every classroom and it was great to see the older kids giving high fives and complimenting the little guys on their costumes. Here's Captain America showing off his muscles.
And finally, October 31st arrived and it was time for trick or treating. Kiefer was out of his mind with excitement. Saskia wasn't into wearing her costume and we had to bribe her with candy to get her to put it on. Kiefer told her, "Saskia, you can't get more candy unless you put your costume on!" She eventually did and we had a great evening walking around the neighborhood. Saskia wasn't too into walking and preferred riding in the stroller between houses.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Saskia is growing and changing, too. Today, while we were on a bridge over the Green River, she pointed to the big tree that had fallen into the river during the huge storm last year and asked, "Why is that there?" It caught me completely off guard. She has said sentences here and there, but the context and structure were perfect. You can tell that she has learned much from her big brother (or "bro" as she calls him). If you ask her why she's doing something, she'll respond, "Cuz." If a toy breaks or something get knocked over and I say, "Uh oh! Who did that?" She'll automatically say, "Bro." or "Bro did it." Hilarious.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
For New Year's, we celebrated like we did last year: with our Dutch friends and at Dutch New Year's time (6 pm here). The kids had so much fun. Marie-Jose was very creative and brought "fireworks," or bubble wrap for the kids to stop on. It did sound like fireworks and they were thrilled. They made their own pizzas for dinner. Saskia was right in the middle of everything!
Saskia is talking more and more. Almost everyday she amazes me with a new word or sentence. She doesn't seem to have yes and no quite straight because when you ask if she wants something, she'll say "No! No!" when she clearly means yes. Mr. Oliver tends to wake everyone up in the morning with his meowing and one morning, instead of calling, "Mama! Mama! Mama! Mama!" she said, "Meow! Meow!" Yesterday morning she said, "Want out! Want out!" She combines "want" with a lot of things: wa wa (water), nummy (food), cookie, down, binky, cheese.
On Tuesday, Saskia had her 18 month well-child doctor's visit. She weighs 26 lbs (11.8 kg) and is 32 3/4 inches (83 cm) long. That puts her around the 70th percentile for weight and 90th for height. She got one immunization this visit and didn't cry until about a minute AFTER she got the shot. She recovered quickly, though.
Here's a great Kieferism that Kiefer came up with the other day. On the way to pre-school, Kiefer said, "Mama. I have to put my handsome on." To which I replied, "Your handsome on?" He said, "Yes. I have to put my handsome on so all the girls will want to marry me." Seriously. Where does he come up with this stuff?
And here is what I found outside his room one morning: