Sloane’s school play

Sloane’s classroom puts on a play every March. The students have to come up with their characters and then they help decide what will happen in the play. Sloane decided to be a ballerina princess mommy who was magical. She decided what she wanted to wear and her accessories. Her favorite part was probably getting to put on glitter make up in her classroom before the play.

Sloane was brave and did a great job on stage. At the end the class did a song and dance call tootie-tot. The song has actions that pile up with each verse, ending with an accumulation of thumbs up, elbows back, feet apart, knees together, bottoms up, tongue out, eyes closed (or squinting for on stage), and turning around. It was an adorable evening.

I never got around to posting about the play last year because our March was so full and busy. But here is a video from the play 2018- flash back to 3 year old Sloane!


He’s talking

Well, he is sort of talking! Soren has been babbling and chatting to us for a while. He also had the animal noises down.

The actual words started with ball on 3/12/19. During Sloane’s ballet class, he and I were in the waiting area playing with a ball I brought and he just said ball. The fun thing is he is very proud of himself. I don’t remember Sloane being this proud that we understood what she was saying but she was younger when her vocabulary exploded.

Since then we have added Pa, Nini, nana (for banana), and now apple!


End of 2018

We celebrate Christmas with Nini and Papa2 at the end of December. The kids wore their holiday outfits from G and we took photos in the hopes of sending out New Year’s cards. The cards didn’t happen- maybe next year…….

From Nini and Papa2, Sloane got Luciana Vega, the American Girl doll of 2018. She and Nini spent the year looking at the catalog and Luciana was Sloane’s choice. She was very excited to get her and we have read her book many times since. I was impressed Sloane selected such an interesting character- she goes to space camp and wants to be an astronaut. I’m also impressed Sloane will listen to the 100+ page book that has no illustrations, she has a mind for stories. Soren got a play airplane- which is loves. He actually carried through the air the other day, making ‘ccrrsh’ sound. The boy loves all things with wheels!

He is excited to press buttons, also excited to play with things with wheels, and he loves pointing at airplanes, so a pretty good fit for him.

We also got to have lovely afternoon with the Lembos and the Lembos senior visiting from NY. Sloane adores Bennett, and Bennett tolerates both the little goobers quite well. Sloane got Bennett to dress up and put on a performance, which involved some good dance moves, singing, and pick up and spinning around; and of course costumes and props!

Sloane and Soren got back into the swing of things at home. Soren spent an afternoon insisting that Sloane read him books. She has such a good memory she can recite many of them. She is helpful with her brother and in the kitchen!

She has been asking to “let” her wash the dishes… she does a pretty good job of it.

On New Year’s eve, we had eggplant parmesan (gluten free and one pan dairy free for Soren and me) along with a loaf of gluten free bread Adam made. I gave him a bread cook book with a gluten free chapter for Christmas.  A little bit of a selfish gift, but Adam seems to enjoy the gluten full ones as well. We watched the first half of the Lion King and the kids were captivated. Sloane had seen a few of the song clips on youtube and loved listening to the soundtrack. Watching the movie was exciting for her but brought up many questions about if Uncle Scar was nice or not nice. She was very conflicted about how he acted nice but was not actually nice. Hrrrmph- that was a hard one to scale down to a 4 years old!

Beautiful gluten-free loaf at 1st try
Excited about the Simba! Soren was captivated by the opening sequence.

We are hoping 2019 brings many laughs and much happiness to you!

A New Hampshire Christmas

We traveled back to have Christmas with the New England crew. Sloane was quite excited about the entire Christmas process this year. It started with flying on the plane- which she loves because she gets to watch as many shows as she wants to. Adam and I were nervous about keeping Soren contained but he did surprisingly well and charmed all the other travelers.

Sloane helping her brother to see the ground crew in Portland.
Not happy at all, a real downer to have on the plane.

We went on a day adventure to Nashua just the 4 of us. We visited with Pat, had a cafe date, and saw the Christmas lights.

A cute picture, but we aren’t sure that we will ever have the best of luck getting both kids to be looking at the camera

We had some good down time with G, Pa, Jesse, Lida, and Cam. Many books were read and Soren even let some of the books be read the whole way through. We had some visitors (including baby Cora who was very tooty on Sloane’s lap, which made her giggle!) and went to the playground at my old elementary school a couple times. Sloane swung for a couple hours total, while Soren worked on his climbing skills and had a blast running on the wood chips.

G helping with Sloane’s first Lego kit.
“Dis Dis” Soren pointing and being a good little guy for Pa
“Mom, I think these slipper fit me!”
Pre-bed cuddle book time. For some reason both kids don’t seem to understand that winter means you should wear clothes.
“Dad, I climbed ALL THE WAY UP HERE!” He was proud to learn he could climb this play structure.
A cute shot of the girls… Though Sloane looks like she just remembered she left her stove on….

Pa prepped a project for Sloane and him to do together. The task helped Sloane and Pa have some bonding time. Sloane loved it and was almost helpful. Check out her concentrating face in the pics below. It was a bed for Julia, or in Soren’s eye it is small step stool to grab things off the shelf. This project went so well that Pa helped her to make a wood Rudolph, which made it back on the plane intact, Sloane was very happy!

Hard at work. Sloane loved to do the projects with Pa.
There is part of the Rudolph on the table.
This thing lets me get up just a little higher… I like it.

The Straw family party was a big success. There were 5 kids ages 4 and under, even though we were missing the twins who were home sick with their mom.  Both our kids looks festive in their holiday outfits from G and Pa. Sloane was quite enamored with Lily who is 3 years old and Madeleine’s old dolls. Soren got to meet many aunts, uncles, and cousins for the first time (We had the Straw family party and a Ouellette family brunch the next day). He was a hit and he enjoyed meeting all the new people.

Lida was a love as usual. Sloane wanted Lida, Lida, and more Lida. They decorated gingerbread cookies, which apparently is an activity that requires an apron but does not require any clothing other than underwear. Jesse and Lida also brought over ornament kits which the girls worked on together.

Gluing was fun.

After Christmas Eve service, Pa read us The Night Before Christmas before we bundled off to bed to wait for Santa. Soren was a bit into the presents on Christmas morning, but mostly tried to eat the wrapping paper. Sloane was very excited to open her presents, so excited that she helped everyone open at least one of their presents too. We tried to encourage the idea of giving and receiving gifts. Sloane did well with this concept by helping to deliver presents to other people and kindly offering to help open them. (Note to self- have her help with shopping next year to understand the giving part!)  It was a lovely day hanging around the house, reading and playing, with a fair bit of eating.

Adam’s muppet face…

Sloane was very sad that Christmas was over and we had to leave one ornament hanging in her room to soften the change.



There are Christmas/New Years posts in the works but here is a cute video in the mean time.

Sloane took another 4 weeks of ballet and the last class is open for families. This video really captures Sloane’s performing skills and attitude.


And she is 4!

Little miss turned 4 on Monday. Over the weekend, she kept say “can you believe it is my birthday soon, can you believe I am going to be 4?”

Sloane has become such a big girl over the past year. Her imagination has exploded- acting out stories and imagining adventures. She loves to take characters from her favorite books and shows and make up new stories; or have us make up new stories. I was very happy when the Octonauts phased out because her favorite story was one I made up about Peso hurts his bum. It evolved into Peso getting injured and bandaged all over his body and then one where his bum got stuck to an ice burg. No matter what I made up to get him unstuck (hairdryer, salt, special lotion, time!), she would say nope they don’t have that on the Octopod, Peso is still stuck. She has an interesting sense of humor for sure.

Face painting at school

We are continually impressed by her compassion and kindness. When Soren hurts himself, she’ll tell us to let her comfort him, patting his back saying ‘there there bug a boo.’ There are kids as school she refers to as nice Gabe and curly haired Gabe!

Starting in early December, Sloane took her first class that was just for kids, no parents allowed! It is a ballet class at the community center near our house. The first class was hard for Sloane but after coming to sit with me for a bit, she marched back in for the rest of the class. I wasn’t holding out high hopes but it has been amazing. The teacher, Miss Jenny, manages to hold 8+ kids in rapt attention for 45 minutes. Plus, she requires they all wear pink tights, pink shoes, black leotards, and buns in their hair- so the line up of children is adorable! The last class of the month, we got to sit in and watch.

Sloane has not been very interested in drawing. Her people look like Mike Grabowski from Monsters Inc. She hasn’t really attempted any other shapes or objects. As Rach put it, Sloane is more of a performing artist than a visual artist. She will sit down and pretend to write, filling up page after page of scribbles and narrating while she goes. She is also working hard on writing her name and is getting quite good, other than the tricky S.

Sloane was very excited to have her birthday party at our house this year. We kept it small because of the busy holiday season. Pancakes and Pajamas was the theme so we wouldn’t have to get dressed on Sunday morning. Sloane did end up wearing her Ash dress up dress but birthday girl gets to do that. She helped make the cupcakes again this year (they were pink, of course). Her mixing skills are impressive as she gets to practice them a couple times a week making cottage cheese pancakes with Adam.

She points with her middle finger often for unknown reasons
Dress up clothes from G and Pa

More cupcakes at Nini and Papa2’s on her actual birthdayWe sure love this little lady!

Still fits in the highchair!

Halloween 2018

Sloane was the director of our Halloween costumes this year. I asked her early to decide what she wanted to be and gave her a week to change her mind. She was all in to be Ash from Sing (the movie) who is an electric guitar singing porcupine. Then she decided I would be Ash’s boyfriend Lance (who is actually kinda an jerk in the movie- but Sloane doesn’t understand this and thinks they are in love… he also a porcupine), Adam would be Buster Moon (a koala), and Soren would be Johnny (a gorilla).

The crafting commenced! Zip ties, head bands, and fake fur! Also a few purchased pieces including a kid’s play electric guitar which Sloane rocks out on.

On actual Halloween, we had an early dinner and were just finishing when the first trick or treaters showed up. Sloane’s eye lit up and she said “I am ready to get in my costume!” We went around the block in our new neighborhood and it was full and busy. Sloane liked handing out candy back at our house for another hour or so. We had a pretty decent group come through and our bowl of candy was pretty empty by the end of the night (THANK GOODNESS)!







that growing babe….

We had monthly onesies to take photos of Soren. We used the same onesies for Sloane along with Christopher bear who was Adam’s childhood stuffed animal. Now posting said photos is another issue (and apparently actually taking them for a few months). But in this post we go through 7 to 12 months!

7 months- this was the thick of the house hunting. Soren came on most of our tours and was a good little helper. This is also when I cut out more foods to help with Soren. The main goal was to have him to sleep longer than 2 hour stretches. This was the point I was going a bit crazy- 7 months of sleeping in 2 hours burst will do that to you! So hence- no photo in the onesie. But here’s a couple cute ones from around his 7 month mark.

8 months- more of the same though sleep was improving and we had an offer accepted on a house. It has such a relief to be done searching but then packing and listing the condo became a reality. We also had Soren’s tongue tie re-released. this was the final piece and helped sleep, teeth, and eating solids.

9 months- This was our last day at the condo! He was 21.7 lbs and 28.5 inches at his 9 month check up.

10 months- We were in the new house! It takes Soren one day to figure out how to climb the one step out of the sunken living. And he starts pulling himself up to standing.

11 months- We got his room all set up and moved him to sleeping in there. His crawling was super fast! He was constantly trekking down the hall, waiting to be chased.

12 months- Look at this cutie! 23.1 lbs and 29 inches long (though we think this was not the most accurate measurement)