Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saskia and her dolly

Saskia has become quite the little mommy to her baby doll. Baby doesn't have a name other than, "Baby." Recently, when I was cleaning up the kids' closets, I came across a bunch of their little baby clothes I had saved for eventual doll clothes. Saskia has had great fun dressing her baby, feeding her a bottle and putting her down for a nap. "Shh! Baby sleepin'!," she'll say. Saskia likes to pat her baby on the back. So cute! Here are some photos of Saskia and her baby.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Kia Klips

During the summer, I started making hair clips covered in felt for Saskia. I gave some to friends with little girls, too, and a few people suggested I sell them. Our friend and former neighbor, Nancy, came up with a name and designed a logo which I used to create a website and Etsy store. And so, Kia Klips were born. I've had fun making different designs. I've had orders from Maryland, California and even Australia!

Today, I went to my first craft fair. I rather like the way the display turned out... even though it only came about after scavenging the house for some materials.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

St Maarten

On November 11, we were invited to Hatfield to celebrate St. Maarten with our friends. In Germany and the Netherlands, St. Maarten is celebrated with children parading from door to door carrying paper lanterns. First, we made the paper lanterns and then when it was dark enough, we lit them and did a procession around the yard. The weather was unseasonably warm and we enjoyed a nice bonfire, too.

Because we had busy all day before we headed to the St. Maarten festivities, Saskia didn't take her afternoon nap. That meant we had to leave before Kiefer was ready. He was so angry and he cried all the way home. I took this picture just after we arrived home: Saskia asleep and Kiefer looking quite pouty.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Trick or Treat 2012

Halloween is one of Kiefer's favorite holidays. He begged me to decorate in September, but I held out until the beginning of October. Since the house was all decorated and Kiefer so excited about Halloween, we decided to have a little Halloween party. It was great fun coming up with some spooky foods and games.

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

October photo shoot

Our talented friend Karen of k.reb photography, took this wonderful pictures!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Kiefer, the preschool graduate

This past week, our big-boy Kiefer graduated from his preschool, the Little Red Schoolhouse! There was a ceremony held in front of the school on Wednesday, May 16. Just about when the ceremony was slated to start, it began to rain so we had to move the kids' chairs and our chairs under a tent. Finally, the ceremony could begin. The kids looked so cute emerging from the school and heading to the tent. During the ceremony, the children sang two songs with their music teacher Wendy. All of the children were given certificates. Kiefer's was for his "ever present thoughtfulness." Afterwards, there was a potluck and the opportunity for the kids to play one last time. I did fine throughout the ceremony, but when I was cleaning his cubby out, I could barely hold it together. Then, when we drove away from campus, I started crying. It's a good thing I had my sunglasses on. I don't think Kiefer noticed. There will be many more such milestones that remind us how big our boy is getting.

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

Happy Holidays

We had a wonderful Christmas! Kiefer was very excited for Santa and he helped me make cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. We made sugar cookies, Christmas wreaths and peanut butter balls. This year, Kiefer was able to write a letter to Santa himself (with a little help from Mama). On Christmas morning, the kids were so good. They were definitely excited but didn't rip into everything like crazy. Kiefer gave Saskia's packages to her and helped her get them started. She's lucky to have such a great big brother (or "bro" as she calls him).

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: