Saturday, September 13, 2014

New shoes

I ordered new sneakers for the kids this week, since their shoes from six months ago were too small. I didn't go to the store to have their feet measured, so I simply increased the sizing by one.

Isaac had been wearing a 3 in March, so I ordered him a 4. Laurel had been wearing a 12.5 in March, so I ordered her a 13.5. When the shoes arrived, however, they fit too perfectly; they were right on the verge of being too small. The kids could have worn them, but it would have been a waste of money when they outgrew them in just three months.

So, back to the Internet with another half-size increase for both! It doesn't make sense to get the shoes a whole size too big because they tend to get worn out by the time they actually fit.


Laurel's shoes won't look as small as those in that cute little picture from the website.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weight check

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We weighed the kids on Isaac's ninth birthday, and here were the results:
  • Isaac, age 9 years: 56.2 pounds
  • Laurel, age 5 years 8 months: 37.6 pounds
  • Cousin Jesse, age 2 years 6 months: 36 pounds

Comparing my kids to Jesse, who is a big little guy, is funny. When Isaac was two and a half, he weighed 27.7 pounds, over eight pounds less than Jesse. Laurel at that age weighed just 24.5 pounds, which is 11 and a half pounds less. Really we should have measured Jesse's height as well, because I suspect there's just as dramatic of a difference there.

Comparing my kids to each other isn't as dramatic, although there is always a difference of a few significant pounds. Back when Isaac was turning five years old he weighed 38.6 pounds, but that was eight months younger than Laurel is now so you really can't compare, except to note that when she was just turning five she weighed 36.5 pounds, a two-pound difference.

Actually, comparing Laurel to herself is a bit alarming. She has only gained 1.1 pounds in the last eight months, which doesn't seem like enough. She looks really skinny. As soon as we returned from France I scheduled her a doctor's appointment for a weight check, but I cancelled it because she seemed so healthy and full of energy despite her weight, and I was getting tired of being the worried mom. (Well, I can't change that, but I was getting tired of being the publicly worried mom.)

But according to the online calculators she is only at the 15th percentile for weight now, which is a drop from the 28th percentile where she was holding steady at her fourth and fifth birthdays.

Monday, September 08, 2014

9th birthday

My baby boy turned nine years old yesterday! This growing up stuff is beginning to seem like serious business. I thought last year that eight years old sounded mature, but nine is ridiculous. He only has one year left in the single-digits.

We had a birthday party yesterday (with the theme of "Dragon Training") but I haven't uploaded the bulk of the photos yet. Here are a few to tide you over!

The fire-breathing dragon cake

Nine years old!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Laurel answers questions about kindergarten

Q: Did your teacher read to the class today?

A: Yes, she read us a book, but I was too old for it. It was a baby book, but I didn't tell her that. I didn't want to be rude.

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Q: What are you learning in kindergarten?

A: To be quiet.

Q: What is your favorite part of kindergarten?

A: Recess. I wish we could play more.

Q: Is there anything else you like about kindergarten?

A: I like to paint.

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Q: Your teacher said you got to paint today. Was it fun?

A: We only got to use two colors, yellow and green.

Q: What did you paint?

A: Everyone had to paint pictures of leaves.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First day of school

First day of third grade, age (nearly) nine

First day of kindergarten, age five and a half

Monday, August 25, 2014

Camping trip

My friend and I took our kids to Little Basin State Park, north of Santa Cruz, for a very short stay: one night for her family, two nights for mine. A good time was had by all.

One person we met asked us if we were on a class trip, which was a strange question because there weren't that many kids with us -- only five!

Isaac was the only boy, but he survived. The kids are lined up in age order here: nine, eight (very nearly nine), seven, five and a half, and four.

Happy kids

Silly kids