02 September 2013

End of Summer

I can't believe summer is already over!! We have stayed busy, busy, busy and the kids have had a great time (sometimes too much fun - note picture below for anyone worried these two don't have enough toys!!). Max really started consistently walking at about 10 1/2 months - now there is no stopping him. He barrels through anything in his way - chairs, tables, people, nothing holds him back! He's not too big to let me carry him though!!

Cate finished up in the "Twos" classroom and will move into the "Younger Threes" class room. Most of her friends are actually in the "Older Threes" class, but so far she handled the transition days just fine. I just have to be better about setting up playdates now that she won't be with them everyday! This fall she also starts a more sports oriented class at the Little Gym that will introduce her to different sports like soccer, golf, basketball, etc. Erick also wants to find a good swim class for her this winter.

We had our first pool party in 4 years and it was a blast (and exhausting!). Lots of friends and coworkers came, and even some of Cate's friends from school. Sadly, we were so busy we didn't take any pictures!! Both kids - but especially Cate - have spent a lot of time in the pool this summer.

We only made a couple of baseball games as a whole family, but we also went to the Nationals Family Day at one of the museums and got to meet two players. In addition, Erick has gotten two of the twelve names he needs on Max's authentic jersey.

Cate and I went to a family day at a local emergency room. They had a bouncy house, ambulance, fire truck, and all the kids got a little teddy bear to get "xrayed". We missed out on face painting so I had to bribe Cate with ice cream! She is quite the little girl now, everyday she seems to grow up a little more! She is really learning her manners (when she wants to) - saying "Yes" instead of "Yeah" (better than me!), and "Please" and "Thank You". She also picks up everything. For example, the other day I spelled something out instead of saying the word and she said "Mommy and Daddy, you don't talk about me!" Too smart for OUR own good!!

Besides the obvious first of Max walking, we had some other firsts. Cate wen ton her first boat ride. Friends of ours brought their boat down with their three kids and Erick and Cate went out on the river. She had a great time. Not quite as exciting, but Max got his first haircut (a mohawk, naturally!). Cate also went along for her second haircut.

 Up next...birthday parties, football, and spending more time with family and friends!!