Month: January 2015

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!