Aug 30, 2011
Since our trip to the fair last year, the girls have mentioned wanting to go again about every couple of weeks. We kept saying, "Sure- next year!" and they would cheer with excitement. Well, next year finally came and they were super excited to go again. Nana kept Colin so we could be hands free.
This time Chloe was barely tall enough to ride a few more rides. She had her heart set on the ferris wheel, but that sure wasn't happening even though it was quite a bit smaller than most. She was way below the line. Maybe "next year", right?
We took them through the fun house and they really liked it. I have a specific memory of myself at some young age screaming bloody murder at the sight of this turning tube- the last thing to crawl through. They had to stop the whole ride for me.
So even though my kids are deathly afraid of dogs, they were just fine with the fun house.
This ride was so funny. Hannah was ringing the bell and Chloe kept swatting at the bell rope, unable to figure out how to get it to ring, which was really strange for her. I kept calling, "Grab it!" and finally she did : )
Cool treat for the major heat. They did have mist fans everywhere, so we didn't let them get scorched.
Inside the exhibits, they enjoyed bubbles for awhile while Dax talked to a Sears rep. Then Hannah whispered to to me something so quietly, it took about 8 times for me to hear - "I want face paint." Chloe picked a cat face and Hannah picked a sparkly tiger face.
As you can tell, Chloe was super pleased. Lots of people got a kick out of her doing this for about 5 minutes.
Hannah felt super empowered with hers. She talked to random people, saying, "I'm a tiger!" and growled at various groups of people, too. Earlier in the fair, she also spoke awhile with some rollerderby ladies who were trying to recruit her : )
Dax and I loved this. With no one else on board, and given the chance to sit anywhere they wanted, they chose these seats.
Neither girl did too well with the petting zoo. They both screamed if an animal even looked at them. They were brave enough to pet a baby goat, but then the screaming started again, so we had to take them out. The bounce houses were a better fit.
Ballet recital !
I thought the recital costumes were very cute this time around, although I love the colorful birds they were last time. Now they are in different classes, so Chloe was a fairy and Hannah was a princess ballerina.
Chloe is a bit mistaken on the demeanor of a fairy and growls at the camera.
As for the routines, it's really anyone's guess what they'll do. Their classes aren't structured around the recital per say, since not everyone participates in it, so come recital time, it's not always clear to them what they should dance. It's still pretty cute, though, and as long as they watch Ms. Rachel, they know what to do. Chloe did a great job...once she got on stage. Two video clips below. And Hannah did a little more than usual : ) Her first recital, she just stood there- her second recital, she raised her arms, and this one she did a few more moves in addition to yawning and playing with the tape on the floor- haha!! It's always funny to see this because she is one of the most diligent ones in class, but she still did a good job, too : ) That video also below.
Little man looking ornery as we get ready for church.
This is his standard face as of late. He's turned 15 overnight and pretty much disapproves of everything I do, unless I'm chasing him through the house. He likes that.
I decided to spend literally 3 minutes organizing some music for my students and this happened. Hannah's looking at this as I type and says, "Heh- that's our party."
Hannah and Colin love doing this around the house. The fun thing about having 3 kids is that there are three different relationships to watch.
Wohoo!! I can't believe my own child is having a first day of school- after all those pictures my mom took of us- now it's my turn. Off to pre-school she goes! It's just a few hours two days a week, but a wonderful new world for Hannah.
The lady in black is the assistand, Mrs. Schmidtke. Hannah is still trying to remember that name! Doesn't her classroom look fun? It definitely makes me want to go back to school. Or at least just rent out this room to play in by myself for awhile.
Putting her stuff away in her cubby. I love cubbies! She found a laminated shape in there and had to take it to a corresponding spot on the carpet.
After that, she was completely settled in and barely looked my way as we left, so good for her!
That's Mrs. Weber, the head teacher.
I took the two little ones to a parent meeting and Colin made sure some of the other parents didn't listen, but instead carried on a conversation with him : )
I originally decided to just bring them back home and have a normal day there, but with all the excitement, I just felt like that would be a downer. Plus, it's the first time I will have several hours with just Chloe and Colin, so we decided to have some fun. The school is also about 20 minutes from home and I wanted to stay near on her first day in case of an unexpected breakdown. So I took C and C to a nearby outdoor mall and let them play at the fountains.
Yep, there's that face again- hehe.
Soaked at the beginning of the day.
Next we walked over to the Nestle store and shared a cookie for a snack.
Then we went into my favorite toy store, Brilliant Sky. I needed to get a couple of birthday presents. They have some original toys in there, lots of play areas, free gift wrapping, and very kid-friendly staff. We walked right into a storytime, so Chloe felt like she got to be in a bit of school, too, since she was feeling a bit left out. They even did a craft project related to the Rainbow Fish book they read. It turns out this is a weekly thing, so we'll probably be regulars.
Colin found a baby baby grand.
And a John Deere lawn mower. If you're wondering about Christmas presents, he loved this thing. There's also a train table area, a doll area, dress-up and kitchen, and dollhouses.
They head back to the piano for a sibling spat.
Guess who won? Haha! Don't worry- I made sure Chloe got in some playing time before he took over. : )
After a Wendy's lunch, back to school to pick up Hannah!
We got there a little early so we could peek through the classroom windows and she was doing really well. It's so fun to see her in that environment, and of course I feel proud seeing her on her own, and a little sad she's at that first stage of independence.
Playground time after school! I love that there is so much space and accommodation for younger siblings here.
At the toy store, as a gift for her first day, we picked out a baby tiger for Hannah- since she seemed to like her tiger face so much, and the very first thing she played with in her new classroom at orientation was all the animal figures. Chloe picked out some ducks in a row. Later, she was disappointed they did not become unstuck from their row.
Hannah's first pre-school artwork. Her name is "Penny."
She says Matthew, Ava, and Wyatt are her friends at school and I got bits and pieces of how the day went. She seemed to really enjoy everything. As we passed by her room one more time on the way out, she saw her teacher and yelled, "Hey, Weber!" and told her a little something. Oh dear! haha So I had to tell her again that teachers need the Ms. or Mrs.
Chloe's rainbow fish.