Rawr! Olan is Four

Oh my sweet boy is four! We had a dinosaur shindig with our family this weekend, and it was a lovely time! Balloons, new toys, dirt and worms, grape soda, and a beautiful day made Olan one happy boy! The pure joy of our little guy on his birthday is just hard to top. He has been looking forward to this day for a very long time, and it is safe to say that he thoroughly enjoyed it!

A transforming raptor-copter, a military cargo entourage, a set of squeezable dinosaurs, a dancing robot, and SMALLFOOT and this guy couldn’t be more content. Books and clothes and this mama couldn’t be more content. Thrilled to celebrate our sweet O-O’s fourth birthday!

Evie is Seven!

Evie’s #7! I have loved to watch this wild child grow up this year. She is still her crazy self, but just starting to blossom into a witty, thoughtful, creative little creature. She is my beautiful girl!

Kindergarten is complete. Obviously at the point I’m writing this, we’re in a global COVID pandemic. That has slowed our outings, but not slowed Evie down! I heard her counting by 3’s the other day. Who does that? She picks up on patterns in a snap.

She’s read a bunch of books this year, but we can safely say that we completed The Chronicles of Narnia series in one year! Whew! Something new we implemented this year was some independent bedtime reading. Every other night I’ll read aloud, and on the opposite nights, she’ll choose a different book to read. She loves her “Flippy” book easel and her 20 minutes of reading before snoozing! She is super into chapter books, typically 3rd-4th grade level. That girl’s gonna read all the books in our library.

Evie has exploded with an obsession over animals. She wants a pet sooooo bad. Hoping by her eighth birthday, we’ll have chickens! A useful pet! 🙂 Frogs, turtles, cats, bugs, I mean, she wants it all! I need to convince her that rocks are good pets.

She loves to care for our garden. She is faithful in patrolling the yard for bunnies and picking veggies right on time. She is a tree hugger!

Her personality can still be off in the clouds. We’ll ask a question and wait for a response, and she was literally in such a zone that she didn’t know we said anything at all. If you want her attention, be sure to say her name until she acknowledges you. Sigh.

She is passionate. She loves to play soccer and foosball, but watch out if you win. We’re working on the poker face. It’s most definitely still a work in progress.

We started loose piano lessons during quarantine. She is just like me… trainable but much more of a play-it-by-ear musician. She isn’t that interested in learning the basic Bastien tunes, she’s over there plunking out Smoke on the Water and Swan Lake. However, she’s been asking for more lessons, so let’s go with it! If anyone out there knows how to train a naturally in tune improvising little one, let me know.

Biking without training wheels. We’ll just say she started the process as a six-year-old and will hopefully finish as a seven-year-old. Hopefully. LOL.

Games have been her jam this year! Lots of Uno, Sorry, War, and Skip-bo. Yay for games! Also, we introduced a Wednesday night video game session for 20 minutes on our ancient N64. Super Smash, Mario Kart, you know, the classics.

Kitties, stuffed animals, unicorns, wrestling with dad, digging in rocks, fort building, dessert, bows, technology, music (Jesus and Classic Rock), creating, swinging, soccer, and crushed ice are some of her favorite things. Here are a few others from the horse’s mouth:

  • Color: Red
  • Animal: Cats
  • Food: Chocolate cake and desserts
  • Drink: Strawberry Lemonade
  • Song: Smoke on the Water
  • TV Show: Inspector Gadget
  • Movie: Madagascar
  • Game: Super Mario Games
  • Bible Story: When Jesus calms the sea (“That’s like, really amazing.”)
  • Season: Winter (“We can make ice cream and build snowmen!”)
  • Toy: Stripes and Simba (two years in a row)
  • Outfit: Happy and fabulous pink shirt
  • Book: The BFG
  • Friend: Ethyn McFarland
  • Thing to do outside: Play soccer
  • Future Career: An engineer (“They build things.”)

Harvest Crew

This year’s harvest was a little different… Logan got to be involved in the cutting this time around! The annual harvest photos, my first go at meal delivery service, and a dusty 12th wedding anniversary, and harvest 2020 is in the books!

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