Well, I guess it goes without saying that we’ve been busy! But probably the bigger reason for my dropping off the radar for a couple months is a shift in our technology. Back in October, Junie won an iPad (because, you know, that’s a totally appropriate prize for a six-year-old!) in an art contest. It’s been fun for the whole family, but has also brought with it a few unexpected issues. It has become our go-to for taking around the house photos, but for outings we still use our other camera, two of them actually! We are still working out the legistics of getting all of our photos accessible from the same device, and it has just made blogging that little bit less convenient. Also we don’t turn on the laptop as often as we used to, and blogging on the iPad which I am currently attempting) has proven a less-than-smooth experience in the past, so we shall see how we get on today!
Now that I’ve gotten my excuses out of the way, hello! Welcome back. Here’s a little of what you’ve missed:
This little person turned 2. Annis is full of words now, sometimes as many as four or five together, but not quite speaking in true sentences yet. She makes us laugh constantly and is just generally delightful to have around.
Our big girl got braces! Pippa has totally amazed us with her commitment to good brushing and flossing and wearing her headgear. She’s really taken the whole thing in her stride and impressed us with her maturity. Also, she looks super cute in them, doesn’t she?
This is Delia a few moments after getting her pajamas on completely unassisted for the first time (in April). She was so delighted with herself, and so were we! She continues to chug along with her neurodevelopmental therapy at home. She doesn’t always enjoy it, but we are seeing slow steady progress in her ability to focus on a task and her willingness to attempt speech. Here she is looking at photos with her baby sister:
Niko had outpatient eye surgery to correct (a little bit of) his strabismus. This hasn’t impacted his vision, but it lets him hold his head at a more comfortable angle and still keep his wandery eye stabilized. He was a trouper, as always. (Although it should, perhaps, be noted that this picture was taken BEFORE his surgery, and that he was not quite so smiley afterwards, especially when we were discharged before he got to finish his Lego creation!)
In late April and into May, we had Trevor’s parents here from England. We had a wonderful two weeks despite the weather not being at all what I had promised May in Philadelphia would be like. Very sorry about that!
[This would be a great place for a picture of that visit, but I don’t have any I can get to from the iPad yet. See what I mean? I do have a picture of some very cool candy they brought us, so I’ll show you that instead.]
Lewis continues to make us smile and bring joy to our family. He’s definitely feeling secure enough to express some opinions and test some boundaries now, and that is completely fine with us.
His English vocabulary is growing slowly, but his receptive language is growing in leaps and bounds. Yesterday he gave us one of his first (to my memory) two-word phrases, asking for his beloved new Thomas the train water bottle: “Choo-choo wa’er” (picture “water” pronounced with a cockney accent, and that will get you pretty close to how he says it. God knew he’d have a British Daddy!)
We are still three weeks away from finishing our school year (totally worth it for two school-free weeks with Gran and Grandad), but we are finished our testing and evaluations, so we’re definitely in the home stretch.
That’s all the news for now, and I do promise not to leave it quite so long this time!