easter 2017

The girls opened their Easter baskets and then we went to the 3rd Annual Egg Hunt in McCarren Park hosted by our friends. Afterwards, we went to Ninno & RG's, where Ninno had prepared a yummy lunch.

Porkchop peed on the floor a half dozen times and Stella peed her pants at the park, but other than that it was a great day. Thanks for hosting Ninno & RG!

stella's great wolf birthday

We went to Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains to celebrate Stella’s birthday. The main attraction was the large indoor water park, but they had other fun kid friendly activities such as a bubble dance party, a Forest Friends lobby show, and Story Time. The girls slept in a tent themed room with bunk beds and had a blast. There was an ice cream shop, pizza place, all-you-can-eat buffet — it was kid paradise. 

There were other activities the kids would enjoy if there were a bit older, so we’ll have to go back another time. Sure beats an overpriced 100 minute birthday party. The girls had a BLAST! 

cuddle monster

Porkchop destroys the girl's toys, she barks, she has sensitive skin, a sensitive stomach, she has to go outside three times a day, and she's an overall massive pain in the butt, BUT she has one thing going for her. She's a fantastic cuddler.

That goes a long way in our house. I suppose we'll keep her. For now anyway.  

favorite toys

You probably know that Stella loves dinos and dogs. And you've probably heard about the more famous dinos Mars(pictured below) and Rusty, but you probably don't know about Stella's other best friends.

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Meet Tink, a small, cheap, naked, wing-less [Tinkerbell] doll Stella loves to carry around. Tink has wings, several outfits, and multiple pairs of tiny shoes (that I, of course, have kept track of). But Stella prefers her naked with shoes only on special occasions.

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And meet Wally, a tiny, pink, squishy walrus. The name Wally came from a Paw Patrol episode. She has an affinity for tiny squishy creatures in general. 

It's amazing that these two characters always seem to make it back home. Oh wait, I'm crazy and constantly look after them. Right. 

big mama

Stella calls me "Mama" a lot of the time -- makes me think "BIG Mama". ha.  

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John and I went to Stella's teacher conference yesterday and spoke with Stella's teachers Yarixa and Robyn. They said Stella enjoys school and likes playing with her friends Leo and Jai the most. They said she enjoys art and is one of the best artists in her class. She has a great imagination and likes to tell stories in a whisper voice, as if they are a secret. 

They also said she still doesn't really eat the snack that she is given unless it's some kind of salty cracker. No fruit or veggies of course. She's even turned on things that she use to like like raisins. No surprises there.

She's more comfortable in school now and we believe she will benefit from a slightly more consistent schedule. We've decided to add a school day to her current schedule, so she will go Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings now. (In September, she will go to school M-F 8:30-12.) She has a bit separation anxiety during drop-offs, but they said she recovers quickly. We think she will enjoying spending more time with her friends.

When she first started school, they said she would grab a friends hand and drag them over to play with her. Now, she politely asks them to play. She is also using her words instead of hitting when she's frustrated. She could work on her listening skills, for example, staying with the group on the playground. We think the extra day will help with this, because she'll get to go to the playground with her classmates on Mondays.

Overall, they believe Stella is doing great and they love having her in class. (obviously!)