Friday, September 25, 2009
We went to the Ballard Locks today with grandma and grandpa Horn, as well as great-grandpa Bob. It was a really nice morning, and there were tons of cool boats out (well, at least my dad said they were cool, and I believed him). We tried to see the salmon ladder, but it turned out we were too late in the season, as there were no fish. For the rest of the visit we focused on the boats in the locks and the beautiful flowers that were out. Ramona just learned the word "rose", so she was pretty excited to see the rose garden. I focused on finding the nearest bench for the most of the "field trip", as I'm getting a little large and tired. Ramona kept saying "catch up, mommy", which I know is a bad sign, because she hasn't been known for her speed.
I caught Ramona reading to her doll the other day. She had put the doll in the bassinet that we are going to use for the baby, and she was reading one of her favorite books to the doll. She is very excited for the real baby to come so she can read to her, feed her, put her pacifier in, hold her, etc...... Maybe we'll be unnecessary!
It was really great to have the whole family at the zoo last weekend. Ramona got to show her dad all of her favorite animals, and the zoo wasn't even too crowded because of the crap weather. Justin also enjoyed seeing all the families with questionable parenting tactics that you get to observe at the zoo on the weekend. Fun for the whole family.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Ramona is already playing with her little sister. She decorated my belly with some bird stickers that she got from her great-grandma. It was a really fun activity, and every once in awhile she would feel the baby kick when she was putting a sticker on. I'm now 35 weeks, and only a month away from delivery!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Ramona started school last week! We love her school, it is a Spanish speaking school that she has taken classes at before, but now she is doing drop-off preschool for 3.5 hours, two days a week. Ramona has had a hard time adjusting, which has been a little tough for all of us, however things are going a little smoother. She cries when I drop her off, and apparently doesn't like to play outside, so she cries then as well. She is the youngest kid in the class, so I think she is just having a harder time than the rest of the kids. She loves school though, and she talks about it all the time. Her teachers are Angelica and Daniela, and they are the most wonderful, patient, energetic teachers. These are some of the pictures that they took during school.This is a picture of Ramona watching her friend Hadden paint. Ramona knew Hadden before she started school, so I think it helps to have him there!There's Ramona, standing up!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Over Labor Day, we drove down to Vancouver, WA to Justin's childhood friends Chris and Kristian. Chris is married with a little boy, Dominic who is just a few months younger than Ramona. The kids had a blast playing with each other, and the boys had a great time reminiscing about their childhood. It was a great trip, even though it was quick. We're hoping to see more of them in the future!
So, our friend Saskia who we met while living in Amsterdam visited us last week. We had a blast hanging out together, and Ramona really loved having her here. I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked, but I took some on our ferry ride to Bainbridge.
There were better pictures of Ramona and I, but I thought the one that I posted was the most accurate of what we usually look like together lately. She is usually trying to pull down my shirt and trying to crawl all over me at all times, I think she is trying to get closer to the baby. She has been getting really anxious for the baby's arrival, so I told her that the baby will be here when there are pumpkins everywhere. I think that makes sense to her.
She started preschool on Monday, and it seems to be going relatively well. She was crying when I picked her up on the first day, and she is now there for her second day, so I hope she is all smiles. I told her not to cry.....we'll see if that works!