Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Outdoors to Indoors

  • We had an action-packed weekend (and idyllic weather)! Ricky's parents came for a visit (park, lunch, cupcakes at the local bakery...), and they babysat after we put the kids to bed while Ricky and I went to some friends' house to play Settlers of Catan (and laugh and munch) until the wee hours of the morning! [We had so much fun!] Sunday afternoon, after the grandparents left, we went to our church's fall festival, which was at a member's local, 100-acre farm (complete with cabins, a petting farm -- Aolani's first, a tepee, games, a bonfire, wagon rides...). We skipped nap times, which was tough for them, but a worthwhile event!
  • Micaiah has had more trouble teething than Aolani -- nonstop tears and snot sometimes, fussiness, frequent wakings... I didn't know what to do that we weren't already trying. My mom got him an "amber teething necklace" (my sister-in-law said they work!) -- google for more info. It is just for wearing, not chewing, because amber helps with pain-relief when it touches the skin. Seems bizarre, but I think they must be helping because he has not had a nonstop crying episode since he started wearing them a month ago! [I will add that people are now calling him a her because of the necklace ;)]
  • I just started leaving Aolani's crib unlocked today for naps, which will mean no pull-ups during nap time because she can get out by herself. We'll see...
  • Aolani had her first real sickness this week. She woke Monday morn with a fever. From 11:30 to noon, she sat on her potty just staring out and resting. Then, she bent over on the couch and started sleeping! I asked her if she was tired and wanted to nap, and she replied yes. After a three-hour nap (from which Micaiah woke her), she spent the rest of the evening lying on the couch with cool washcloths and blankets. Her highest temp was 102.5 degrees F. No other symptoms though! No fever at all today :) Don't know what it was... maybe it was over-exhaustion from the weekend and then skipping a nap and messing up her routine..
  • Aolani's antics: calls Micaiah "Daya", can unlock the fridge and laundry room, figured out how to open doors and drawers even with two different childproof locks on them, yells "No, baby" when Micaiah starts beelining for the open bathroom or bedroom or refrigerator, colored her first leaf rubbings, and... In the morning, Ricky will often get up before the rest of us. When we are all awake, I call "Rick!" into the monitor to let him know we are ready for him to come help us. Well, Aolani often joins me by shouting "Ridt!" It is hilarious! She calls him Daddy the rest of the day; I guess she just thinks that's what you say in the morning if you want Daddy to come and get you ;)
  • The first four pictures are from August:

  • From this past weekend:

  • Verse to memorize this week: Galatians 6:9 ~ Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.