August seems so distant now that the leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping (not that I’m complaining, I love fall!). August always starts with Nonna’s birthday, yay! and ends with, well, summer stuff I would guess. We had a pretty animal filled month, a trip to Stone Zoo to see Wally (the zoo was pretty small, but the birds of prey show was pretty cool), a trip to Southwick Zoo for noah with the school (it was a huge zoo, pretty cool, but we didn’t have enough time to fully explore it), and a trip to the always awesome Davis Family Farmland (petting zoo/water park/bouncey house extravaganza) with the Boros & Karl families. We ventured down South for a Paw Sox game, em and noah definitely enjoyed cheering on the team, but really loved running the bases after the game, short but sweet fun! There was a very yummy Blueberry picking trip to Smolack Farms with the Hayes family and a great trip to a Cape Cod beach to meet our good friend Matt and Nikki’s adorable baby Cade. And as I mentioned before, ended August with a very summer-like trip to Boston Common with the kids’ first ever ride on a Swan Boat! There were also two trips to the Emergency Room within a week, oy. emily had a tumble from our climbing wall on the swingset, cut under her chin deep enough to need stitches. She won a free trip to the ER, and they had to give her drugs to calm her for the stitches that apparently made her quite amusing according to Lauren (essentially drunk). Then two or three nights later noah decided to jump from his dining room chair and did a pretty bad faceplant. After 45 minutes of a bloody nose, Lauren headed back to the ER with patient number two. Both of them are ok and all better now, and hopefully no more trips to the hospital!
emily definitely has a flair for the dramatic. These days when she doesn’t get what she wants or more often when we ask her to do something she doesn’t want to, she just flips a switch, starts crying, stomping, and, most importantly, waving her arms around with floppy hands because somehow the proportion of shaking body parts is directly related to how upset a toddler is. She is still very much a grazer when it comes to eating. Most dinners she takes a few bites declares she is done and asks if she can go play. This is followed by a few walk-by nibbles every once in awhile and capped off with a fit when we say dinner is done and put everything away (clearly she needs at least 2 hours to eat dinner). When it comes to snacking she LOVES “bunny cheese” as in cheese bunny crackers (not cheese made from bunny milk, that would be weird). emily has two favorite activities: play-doh and drawing “happy faces” (well, really three, the third being anything noah does). She loves play-doh, mainly just stuffing it into the various play-doh contraptions we have, and getting it all over my office!
noah meanwhile continued his obsession with baseball. It was pretty much required that we play wiffle ball after or before dinner every night (if it was before, good luck getting him to come up for dinner!). I eventually switched him to a thinner bat as he was blasting every pitch and then eventually I had to start wearing a glove as one too many times I tried to barehand catch one of his line drives, ouch! Just like with every other game, he makes up rules as we go along that keeps everything in his favor. In baseball he is always asking if every hit he gets is a home run (and if he runs, it always is… as he can run the small diamond we have a lot faster than I can run to get the ball). When we play hockey he makes his goal smaller and smaller until it basically doesn’t exist. In board games he sometimes throws a fit if the outcome isn’t to his liking. I guess being a gracious loser is a learned trait, one that takes time and maturity (something Ohio State fans are still working on). GG and Papi gave noah a balance bike that he took to very quickly, hopefully first step to moving to a real bike with no training wheels. For now he’s bouncing off his feet scooting along at a pretty fast pace. noah has also picked up some new sayings like ending a declarative statement with the always informative, “for real!” He has been having a tough time with the transitions in upper preschool, almost all of his friends left to go to k1 in the boston school system. Luckily he still has his buddy Linus and we have been able to see his other friends at playdates. noah also gets to spend time with his science idol, Mr. “He knows all” Will. It’s pretty awesome, noah gets to learn about the ocean, bugs, weather, the solar system, basically answering every preschooler question about the world around us. noah loves learning from him, noah often tells me things that I suspect get a bit mixed-up in the retelling, but noah refuses to budge. If he believes Mr. Will said it, that’s it, it is infallible.
Here’s the pics: