Rachael's 73rd Month
6 years old! It is so hard to believe that Rachael
is 6 already! Since Daddy is in New Jersey already, and the house is on
the market, we decided not to have a party, but just had Bill and Karen,
Kay, and Terry over for cake and ice cream. Since we didn’t have a
party, Rachael was allowed to have Morgan come spend the night the night
before her birthday (Rachael’s first sleepover). They had a great time.
We found out this month that Rachael is going to
have a baby sister in July. Rachael was very excited, saying, “We can
play My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop together!”
Rachael said goodbye to her teacher and all her
friends at C.C. Wells, taking cupcakes to share with everyone. Rachael
is very sad to be leaving C.C. Wells, and even sadder that we won’t be
taking Keiko to New Jersey with us. Keiko found a new home so that she
can stay in Virginia. We headed to New Jersey on Easter Sunday; luckily
schools in New Jersey were also on Spring Break the week after Easter,
so Rachael has a little time to adjust before she has to start school.
Rachael's 74th Month
Rachael started Kindergarten at her new school
(Walter C. Black) the beginning of this month. Kindergarten here is only
half days, which might actually make the transition easier for Rachael.
On the first day of school, she made instant friends with a little boy
(Nicholas) who actually turned out to live just two doors from us. A day
doesn’t go by that they don’t ask to play with each other.
Rachael has started wearing glasses, just for
seeing distances. Of course, she chose pink and sparkly frames. She
looks very smart and very grown-up in them.
Daddy took Rachael on the train to New York City,
where they met Uncle John and Cousin Travis at the Central Park Zoo.
Rachael had a great time, and now loves New York City.
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Rachael’s favorite new pastime is going to brewpubs
with Daddy. Daddy has a lot to visit now that we live in a new area.
They took the train to New York City again, and Rachael got to go up the
Empire State Building. She has adjusted quite well to our move to New
Jersey. There are many kids in our neighborhood, so she has made a lot
of friends. Our driveway is often full of kids.
Rachael's 76th Month
Rachael got to spend a week in New York with Cousin
Travis this month. She absolutely adores her cousin and her Aunt Emily.
She cried when Daddy went to pick her up—she did not want to come home,
and claims she did not miss her brother at all.
Rachael's 77th Month
Daddy took Rachael to Philadelphia where she got to
see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. She now has a new interest
in history, and wants to know the history of everything.
Rachael’s baby sister, Susanna, was born on the 14th.
Rachael came to see her in the hospital, but was a little hesitant to
get close to her. Once everyone got home, though, she took to her like
the great big sister she is. She is a big help to Mom, fetching things
for her, and helping Liam when Mom can’t.
Rachael got to spend a long weekend in PA with
Grandma and Grandpa this month. She had a fabulous time, and burst into
tears when Mom and Dad showed up to bring her home.
Rachael's 78th Month
Rachael has become the little sight-seer with
Daddy. They went to New York and took the ferry to the Statue of
Rachael also spent a week at choir camp at church.
Every day she would come home saying she wasn’t going to go back, but
then Daddy would convince her to go for one more day. Needless to say,
she ended up going for the whole week and ended the week saying she had
a great time, and wants to go again next summer.
Rachael's 79th Month
Rachael started 1st grade at Walter C.
Black this month. She is actually in a program called MAP (Multi-Age
Program), in which she is in a class with both 1st- and 2nd-
graders. They do some things together and some separate.
Grandma Mel and Pop Pop came for a visit this
month, and took Rachael and Liam to Lee’s Turkey Farm, where they went
through the corn maze and picked apples.
Karen and Kay came from Virginia for a short
visit—it was great to see them.
Rachael's 80th Month
Rachael has begun a
10-week after-school program called Mad
Science. They spend an hour each week
doing science experiments and learning
science basics. She loves it.
Rachael dressed up
as a Southern Belle for Halloween.
Rachael's 81st Month
Rachael has begun
singing in the choir at church, and is
very excited about the play they will be
doing on Christmas Eve.
Rachael has also
begun gymnastics classes. She took to it
right from the first class, and
absolutely loves it. She doesn’t seem
afraid, either. Mom watched her at her
first class, running towards the vault,
and she just jumped on the trampoline
and went right over. It was great to
We had a great
Thanksgiving, with Maw-Maw and Pots,
Aunt Emily, Uncle John, and Cousin
Travis all coming here. There was a lot
of energy in this house, but it was nice
to have family around.
Rachael's 82nd Month
Rachael is very
excited for Christmas, and loves the
fact that we have already had snow a
couple times, and may even have a white
Well, it wasn’t
white for Christmas, but it was cold. We
had a great Christmas, with Grandma and
Grandpa coming to visit from PA. Rachael
got all kinds of cool stuff, including
binoculars and an Easy-Bake Oven from
Grandma and Grandpa.
Rachael's 83rd Month
to love gymnastics and reading. She can
fly through chapter books in no time.
She really likes Magic Tree House and
Magic School Bus books.
She had her first
case of strep throat this month, and of
course it happened on the weekend we
decided to remodel the kitchen.
Rachael's 84th Month
We had another
visit form our friends from Virginia,
Kay and Karen. This time, Karen brought
her granddaughter, Kate along, who used
to be good friends with Rachael when we
all lived in VA. Rachael had a great
time with her.
Aunt Emily, Uncle
John, and cousin Travis came for a
visit, too. January and February saw a
lot of visitors for us, and March looks
busy, too. January and February saw
Rachael lose several teeth, too.
The 7th Birthday Cake