Saturday, November 1, 2014

28 months old and Happy Halloween

Oh my, how they've grown. 

We have been staying pretty busy lately. The little dragons' 28 month birthday came and went but we were busy gearing up for Halloween and Jamesie Day. 

We did a few things that we have never done before and we are pretty proud of. 
1. We went to a charity event called Boo in the Hills supporting the Mountain Resource Center. Celebrating two years home, I decided to bring the babies' first Halloween costumes (which were from Build A Bear) for comparison. The little dragons wore their same costumes from last year as they haven't grown much. We got a great Halloween photo out of it and learned about some pre-preschool education available in our town. The little dragons had a great time and we hope to do it again next year. 

2. We donated all of our baby clothes, hundreds of items stuffed into 10 huge diaper boxes and more, to There With Care. We spent some time chatting with the ladies at their new Denver site while the little dragons made the office their own. When we were new parents with the babies in the NICU, There With Care provided many baby items and essentials to us, including handmade blankets and car seats. Without their support we would have been scrambling at the last minute and they were simply amazing to work with. It was one less thing to worry about with two critically ill neonates in the NICU. So, to be able to give all of our newborn through 9 month clothing to There With Care was very therapeutic and we know it will go to good use. 

3. We attended the local high school Trick or Treat Street and ended up with a front page spot in the local newspaper. Who would have thought? Maisie makes a great headliner in her dragon costume, but of course it's only part of our story. 

For Halloween Day we carved our large pumpkin from the patch and finger painted the two small ones. We ate pumpkin pancakes and read Halloween books. Trick-or-treating was done in downtown Evergreen, and the little dragons collected a bucket full of "candy bars", followed by a pizza dinner. It was a great low-key evening. We will round out the weekend with a family Halloween Party tonight.

Book: Room on the Broom
Song: "Head Shoulders Knees & Toes", "Five Little Monkeys", & "Five Little Ducks". 
Words: Maisie is turning into a little dictionary. She is asking questions and learning every day. 
Toy: Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Baby Doll,
Food: cheese sticks, cookies, pancakes, waffles, avocado, fruit snacks, blueberries, beans, rice, tortillas, quesadillas. 
Animal: dog, kitty, monkey
Time of the Day: Playtime
Activity: drawing, singing, jumping, painting, 
Color: blue
Clothing Size: 12-18 months, 18 month PJ's. 
Shoe Size: 4 
Weight: 19 lbs 11oz at last checkup on 08/15/14
Height: 32 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+

Book: ABC by Dr SuessHop on Pop, or any book with a ball in it. 
Song: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", "ABC Song" "Row Your Boat", and "Itsy Bitsy Spider". 
Words: James can sing over a dozen songs and his vocabulary is increasing every day. It's insane. James is asking questions and is very vocal. 
Toy: Ball, shopping cart, drum, flashlight, turtle. He seems to be interested in noisy toys right now. 
Food: pancakes, waffles, snickerdoodles, chips, fruit snacks, peaches, applesauce, pasta, chili, tortillas, cheese. 
Animal: dragon or bear
Time of the Day: playtime or Elmo Time
Activity: playing with his ball, walking with help, and chewing on his green blankie. 
Color: green
Clothing Size: 12-18 months. James is wearing 18 month PJ's now, but still wears 6 month pants. 
Shoe Size: 4, but with his fancy AFO's aka his "Green Ball Shoes" James wears a size 5.5 wide. 
Weight: 17lbs 9oz at last checkup on 06/30/14
Height: 31 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+

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