A marker in time

 - by Gretel

So, I’m not much for the whole “every age gets a graduation” thing.  But Evelyn is going to PK-4 next year, and her preschool does a “graduation” ceremony of sorts.  I figured, why not.

It was undeniably adorable.













Evelyn did her part and crossed the stage (quite cheerfully, I might add).













The best part, though, was the graduation song. Evelyn’s class is the younger one, so there were only a few kids.

I’m just gonna leave this here.

Eight and such

 - by Gretel

December has come and gone, and we are in the cold and grey January of Wisconsin.  Luckily, there has been a warm spell over the last few days, which has been a welcome respite after a week of bitter below zero temps.

The holidays are our time to reconnect as a family and spend time together.  We celebrated Ilyana’s birthday and took a trip to the Mall of America for our family holiday gift.  The girls enjoyed riding the park rides, and each got a special gift.  Ilyana’s choice was an American Girl doll outfit, and Evelyn wanted to get something at the Disney store.  She is big into fairies and princesses right now.

Eight for Ilyana has been a joy so far.  She has a love of science and math, and a deep love of reading.  We’re finding her with a nose in a book more often than not.  We had some fun getting geeky gifts for her, and watching her enjoy them.

Below are some pictures of the goings on, and a couple videos to show you how much the girls have grown.  Enjoy!

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Ilyana got a snap circuits kit to learn about electronics, an engineering experiment kit, and an electroluminescent sign kit.

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She also got a Minecraft torch, which made her the happiest kid ever.

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At the American Girl store, she picked out the skateboard and rollerblade set.  That’s my girl!

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Evelyn picked a Frozen set with teeny tiny little parts.  Amazingly, we haven’t lost any yet.

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Ilyana rode rides that went too fast for pictures, including the arial swings, tilt-a-whirls, and rotating platforms.  Evelyn and I hit a few more sedate rides together.

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She also rode a few alone.

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They also mostly got along, and were good travelling companions.

Here’s Ilyana explaining her Snap Circuits kit.

And here’s Evelyn being her cheery self.

Be warm and well!

Fall Approaches

 - by Gretel

Fall is encroaching, along with beautiful warm sunshine and cool evenings.  This is one of the best times of year where we live, and we are enjoying it greatly.

We had a couple outings recently, taking advantage of the gifts of the season.  The first was a trip to one of the best parks in the area, where there is a great play structure.

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Of course, every time we go to the park the girls, they are focused on only one activity:


…and more swinging.

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Despite all the fun to be had in the rest of the park.  Still, the day was beautiful, and we had a great time.

Our second trip was today up to a local apple orchard.  We love the bounty of this area!  There are several pick your own orchards, but Evelyn went to this one on a field trip earlier this week.  The apple that she brought back was so good that we decided to make the drive ourselves.

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It was a little rainy, but there were several acres of apple trees to explore, along with a fun play area.

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There was an apple ride as well, where the girls could spin themselves.  It was very popular.

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There was a great track with pedal tractors too, which both girls enjoyed.

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The bounty of the day was a peck of apples, a half gallon of local honey, and a half gallon of maple syrup.  I’m going to be peeling apples tomorrow, that’s for sure.