Rachael's 49th Month
March was a continuation of trying to
keep the house nice and neat and clean in the hopes that someone would want
to buy it. It paid off—we got an offer on the house, which we accepted. We
were a little worried at first, because we had lost the first house we had
put an offer on, and hadn’t found another one yet. But—things fell into
place, and we found another house even nicer than the first one. We are
continuing to pack up to be ready to move the third weekend in April
Rachael was not terribly happy when we packed up her toys. She was afraid
they would be sad and lonely in the boxes.
Rachael says she is ready to be a big sister to her
baby brother, and is ready to teach him everything she knows. We are sure it
will be a long time before we know if Liam is learning to talk—he will never
get a word in edge-wise with Rachael around.
Rachael's 50th Month
The big change for Rachael in April was our move to the
new house. Rachael loves all the extra room—especially the living room,
where we don’t have a lot of furniture yet. She has a great time with her
hippity-hop in that room, and hopping from the living room, through the
kitchen, and into the family room. The youth from church came to help us
move, and Rachael had a good time reading books on the garage steps with one
of the youth, and sitting in the family room surrounded by bags and boxes of
stuff, being silly with the church youth director.
Maw-Maw and Pots came
from New York to help keep Rachael busy while Mom and Dad unpacked and tried
to get as much of the house in order as possible. Maw-Maw stayed the whole
week, and we are sure she was quite worn out by the time she left. Rachael
really enjoyed eating shrimp, corn and potatoes on the new deck. Rachael
really seems to like the new house, and doesn’t talk about the old house at
all yet. Little does she know the even bigger change that is about to rock
Rachael's 51st Month
Rachael is officially a Big Sister!!!
Baby Liam arrived on Wednesday, May 10 at 10:08am. Daddy brought Rachael to
the hospital to see him that afternoon. Her reaction was: "he is so
cute” (we’ll see how long that sentiment lasts). She got bored in the
hospital room, though, and didn’t want to come back the next day.
Grandma and Grandpa Weiss came from Pennsylvania to
visit their grandchildren and to see our new house. Grandpa had lots of
subject matter for picture-taking.
Nursery School ended the third week in May. It’s hard
to believe Rachael only has one more year of Nursery School before she heads
Grandma Mel, Pop-Pop, and Uncle Jay came for a visit
Memorial Day weekend. Rachael had a great time making fancy foam visors with
Grandma Mel, and having Pop-Pop create toe families.
Rachael's 52nd Month
Rachael still seems to like the new
house and her new brother. She especially likes sitting in Liam’s room,
playing with his toys. Probably because most of the toys used to be hers.
She doesn’t like when Liam cries, and always seems to choose right when Mom
is about to start nursing Liam to want to read books. At first, she didn’t
like Mom nursing and reading at the same time, but she has gotten used to
it. Rachael really likes the fact that Terry (her Wednesday child care) and
her Nursery School teacher from this past year live in our neighborhood. She
likes to take walks with Mama by their houses to see if they are
Rachael was actually old enough this year to be an
official participant in Vacation Bible School, not just in the volunteer’s
nursery. Unfortunately, she was sick all week. She only missed one day of
VBS, but we aren’t sure how much she actually enjoyed the days she was
Mom, Rachael, and Liam actually enjoy all being home
together. We take walks, play games, read books, put puzzles together, and
go to the playground at the mall. Mom doesn’t have too much maternity leave
left, so we are trying to take advantage of the time we have together.
Rachael's 53rd Month
Maw-Maw and Pots came down from New York
for the July 4th weekend, and brought Rachael lots of new books.
However, Rachael latched on to one or two books and wouldn’t read any but
those. The highlight of the weekend seemed to be when Pots took Rachael to
McDonald’s for breakfast. We bought sparklers for Rachael for the 4th,
but she decided she didn’t like them this year.
It appears that Rachael has begun reading. Mostly, she
recognizes words she has seen a lot, but she understands that words are made
of letters and can recognize the patterns. Mom and Rachael met dad at the
mall food court for lunch and Rachael showed off her new skill.
Mom heads back to work tomorrow (July 10), and Rachael
has said she will miss her, but she is excited about going back to Miss
Rachael's 54th Month
The highlight of August for Rachael was going to the county fair with Mom,
Liam, and our friends, the Comers. Rachael and her friend Kate rode ride
after ride, getting hot, sweaty, and quite dirty. Rachael was quite fearless
on all the rides. She got so excited about doing one ride a second time that
she tripped over her own feet getting back in line and skinned her knee. Mom
took her to the first-aid station. It must have been a slow medical evening,
because Rachael had three paramedics hovering over her. The drama-queen that
she is, she loved this and told the story to everyone who would listen.
Luckily, this happened at the end of the evening, so her fair time wasn't
cut too short.
Rachael had fun going to the Richmond Craft Beer Festival at the Turning
Basin in downtown Richmond. She got to hear some great bands, eat some jung
food and have a couple of really yummy, fresh-brewed root beer. Rachael
looks forward to the next festival.
Rachael has become a HUGE fan of The Wiggles, she would watch them all day
if she was permitted. She talks constantly about "going to The Wiggles
house". She inserts them into many of her plans and can sing practically all
of their songs. We have discovered that they will be in Charlottesville in
November, so we may be trekking there to see The Wiggles in concert.
Rachael's 55th Month
Rachael seems to still like her baby brother, and has even taken to climbing
in his crib with him. We're not sure what Liam thinks about that.
Rachael is excited for the LSU football season. She and dad like to have
"Tailgate" parties in the garage before the game comes on TV.
Rachael started her final year of preschool today (Sept. 11), and has
already made friends (although she can't remember their names). She goes
four mornings a week, and an extra two hours on Tuesdays.
Rachael had her picture taken on a pony at school, and even allowed Liam to
sit on the pony with her.
Rachael's 56th Month
Rachael had a treat when Grandma Mel and Pop-Pop came for Liam's baptism.
She got to spend a night in the hotel with them. Then, the next day, they
took her to the Children's Museum. Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Eric and
Aunt Tina came, too. And Aunt Tina had made Rachael a beautiful pink and
sparkly dress. Rachael loves it - she would wear to bed if we let her.
Rachael just loves Halloween. She has her costumes planned for the next
several years. She had a busy day on Halloween. She had a party at
school. Then, since Liam was sick, she had supper at her friend, Kate's
house, then went trick-or-treating with Kate and her mom. We have a
feeling we are going to have Halloween candy in the house for quite a
while--Rachael made quite a haul. Keiko wasn't crazy about Rachael's
black cat costume. In fact, she was quite freaked out by it--we haven't
seen her tail that puffy in quite a while.
Rachael's 57th Month
Rachael, Mom, and Kay had a treat in early November--we went to Hampton to
see The Wiggles!! Rachael was very excited, and even drew them a picture. At
one point during the concert, Jeff (the purple Wiggle) came into the
audience and walked right past us (we had aisle seats). Rachael held up the
picture for Jeff to see, and he stopped and took the picture. He took it up
on stage, held it up for the audience to see, and handed it to Anthony (the
blue Wiggle). Anthony put it on display on the drum set. Rachael seemed to
like that, but half way through the concert she said she was bored and
wanted to go home. We think it was simply sensory overload for her, and she
couldn't take it all in. The real disappointment was that Greg (the yellow
Wiggle, who does all the singing) wasn't there. We have since found out that
he is leaving the group for health reasons. We think Rachael enjoyed
eating lunch at Golden Corral before the concert more than the concert
itself. Oh well--Mom and Kay had a good time.
Rachael loved having Maw-Maw and Pots here for Thanksgiving. Although she
would have rather had shrimp and "cob on the corn" instead of turkey. She is
definitely Pots' girl. She wanted to do whatever Pots was doing, wherever he
was. They even went to McDonald's for breakfast twice.
Rachael's 58th Month
Rachael couldn't wait for Christmas this year. We think this was really the
first year Rachael made the connection between Santa and getting presents.
After she saw her gifts under the tree Christmas morning, she said "I didn't
think I was good enough for presents, but I guess I was!" She had also
gotten a package of cat-face push pins in her stocking (we hung a bulletin
board in her room for all of her school artwork), and when she opened the
package, it turned out they were actually magnets. She laughed and said,
"look at the mistake Santa and his elves made!" The popular gift for her
this year was a scooter. She has had a great time riding it from the living
room, through the kitchen and breakfast area into the family room.
Grandma and Grandpa Weiss came from Pennsylvania for Christmas, and Rachael
had a great time with them. Rachael and Grandma even made Mom a cake for her
Rachael's 59th Month
January was a pretty tame month for Rachael. The one special thing we did
was go to Washington D.C. to meet Pop-Pop and Grandma Mel. We stayed in a
hotel for one night, then met Grandma Mel and Pop-Pop at the Museum of
Natural History. Rachael's favorite part was not the museum, but riding the
Metro. She really enjoyed the Iris exhibit and seeing some of the displays,
but it proved too much to see for her little legs.
She told dad, the other day,
that she was smarter than he is. When asked how that could be, since
daddy went to school a lot more than she has she said, “Well, you have
already learned everything you will learn and I am going to keep on
learning more stuff.”
She also said that her mom
was smarter than daddy because she “ is a mommy and mommies have to know
Rachael's 60th month
The 5th Birthday Cake