April visitors from NH

Jesse and Lida spent their April vacation with us again in 2019. We were so happy to show them our new house and get some good visits in.

Soren adored Lida! He wanted to draw with her and sit in her lap often.

We had adventures to many parks. Our new neighborhood is great for walking to our neighborhood park and short drives to others. It helps to get the energy out of those kiddos.

Waiting during Sloane’s ballet class

I suggested to Sloane that she go with Jesse and Lida for dinner one night. She wanted to go to her fav, Burgerville and insisted I come so they wouldn’t get lost. We had a nice dinner and then Lida went up to order ice cream for them. They didn’t know the cone was for a 4 year old and it was huge! Sloane just giggled and giggled when she saw it.

The last night we watched, or attempted to watch Lida’s favorite movie from when she was little, the Aristocats. Sloane got very nervous and we had to stop it. The next night when they had left, Sloane powered through and really enjoyed it.

Please don’t go home, Aunt Jesse and Lida!

Also, if Jesse, Lida, Sloane, and Soren start a band, this will be there album cover.

Easter 2019

We hosted a little egg hunt at our house this year and it was fun to utilize our backyard for a gathering. Typical Pacific Northwest weather meant hunting in rain boots and rain jackets.

See the lilacs starting to bloom in the backbround
Showing Moria the plastic eggs
Sloane and Vivi looking like sisters!

Sloane was very excited about dying eggs this year. It was extra fun because we got the sparkle shimmer kit.

And thanks to Aunt Jesse sending us the bunny ears last year- they were a big hit!

March 2019 visit from G and Pa

We had another wonderful March visit with G and P. The weather was gorgeous and it was a nice escape for them to an early Pacific NW spring. Especially since I heard from them this week that it snowed again.

Soren was a little mini me with Pa. Right away, the first morning Soren wanted to sit in his lap to read books. He wanted to be just like him standing at the park. One afternoon, I came in the door with my mom and dad and Soren looks right past G and me; saying Pa, Pa, Pa?

Sloane was given a fancy dress that was Bennett’s. Adam suggested she could wear it on a tea date with G. We made it happen on Monday afternoon. Sloane was so excited to wear the dress and have a special time with G. When we picked them up, Sloane made Pa guess what she had for a snack and then teased him by not actually saying yes to what she had. Tricky guessing game for sure.

G gave Sloane a sparkle glitter face paint kit. We all let her paint our faces on the beautiful Sunday. We did not get a group shot which is terrible because you all don’t get to see Pa’s fancy blue glitter mustache. Below you can get a glimpse of his blue glitter eyebrows though.

We went into Hood River and up to Domaine Pouillon winery one day. On the way out we stopped at a salmon and trout hatchery that is also home to a few sturgeon. One particular old large one, Herman, picture below. The winery is one that Adam and I have been to in the past and Papa 2 volunteers at during the year. We were able to sit outside on a big swing and enjoy the views of the gorge while we sipped our wine.

G and Pa helped us get some yard work done, cleaning up the garden beds and taking out some shrubs. The yard looks much better and we’ve been enjoying seeing the plants come up in our first spring in our house. We celebrated with bubbles on the deck and Soren was in heaven.

We love you, G and Pa! Come back soon.

18 months for Soren

Amazing- we’ve made it 18 months with two monkeys!

Soren is a charmer! He has the sweetest grin and loves to wave at everyone. The other day a neighbor waved us past walking by their driveway. Soren turned around and blew them a kiss. They were very enamored!

He is also a climber. I call him my little goat because he wants to stand on anything to make even just a little bit higher up. He gets up on the coffee table we have against the wall and window. He climbs up and stands on the table. And the next step was not far behind- climbing out onto the window sill to the side. The first few minutes he does great and can lower himself, but as time goes on, he gets fatigued and crashes. But there is lots of crashing at our house!

Soren has proven to have an analytical mind and loves to solve problems. Sometimes the problem is something I moved out of his reach and he is using a wooden spoon to reach it. Or pulling out the dowel and round piece out of a spinning top. He is quick to figure out which shape lines up with the holes in the little shape-in-the-bucket game. We are hoping this will translate in to help around the house- especially in the kitchen!

Soren loves bananas (many days he has eaten 2 by 630 am). And he eats them and looks like a chimpanzee! And those bananas are adding up- he weighs 25 lbs 8 oz and 32 inches tall.

As you can see from the photos, Soren loves his big sister! He wants to do everything like her. Recently this includes having his hair brushed before we leave the house and wearing her skirts!

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!