*Don't forget to check out Michelle's letter to her kids this month too!
Mase, Ry, and Elle Belle,
November seemed to go by even more quickly than most months. From a big family night of games at school, to Daddy’s birthday, to a kindergarten Thanksgiving feast, to the Gobbler/Turkey Trot, to a big Thanksgiving day with family, we had a lot of fun things to do. Grandma and Pap didn’t come to Thanksgiving again this year because of Grandma’s work schedule, but they were able to come visit two days later. We also went to Pennsylvania for Daddy’s birthday, and the three of you got to go to a fun toy store.
We decided to get a big artificial Christmas tree this year, because although Daddy and I both love the tradition and experience of going to cut down a real one, neither of us like the hassle of the rest of the real tree scenario. We’re still planning to go to the Christmas tree farm to get a wreath or something else fun. We’re about halfway done with our decorations- including a fun wall of lights in the living room. We’ve also been listening to lots of Christmas music, which we all love.
Mason- We got to have the first date we’ve had since school started – and it was a Book It! date, which was very tasty and fun. You even went up to the counter and paid for our meal by yourself; I was so proud of you. You are still liking school, and in our first parent-teacher meeting, your teacher said you are doing well and that you especially like math. You had some trouble with a few sight words for a while, but you are doing so great with them now. You did have one incident in the principal’s office, but I think you learned your lesson there. Oh and there was also that other incident with the scissors in your room. You know, when you cut the hair of all of your stuffed animals AND the fur from one of the kitties.
Rylan- You are still going through a really cute stage. Daddy regularly comments on how much he’s going to miss you being three. You make us laugh every day. I can’t remember how old Mason was when he got rid of his paci, but you are still hanging onto yours. To make it worse, your current paci is a pink one that was really supposed to be for Elli. Anyway, we are trying to wean you off of it. You are starting to dress yourself....sort of. You want to wear a Batman or Superman shirt every day, and you usually want to wear your high top Paw Patrol shoes, which are hard to get on; so I make you do that yourself, and you’re doing well! You’re also on your way to being potty trained. You can wear underwear pretty reliably even out to church or stores. It hasn’t gone quite as seamlessly as Mason’s potty training, but it hasn’t been bad either. The “candy bucket” with our full candy collection is still a great reward system for going to the potty.
Elli- You have 5 teeth now! I just found the 5th one last night and I don’t know how long it’s been there. This month you’ve also climbed up our entire flight of steps (suddenly; like you just did it one night when you’d never even tried it before- and I haven’t been able to stop you since....we need a gate), climbed out of your cosleeper bed while swaddled (we had to lower it after that), and taken your first steps! You shake your head no and yes. You say “please” in sign language a LOT and you sometimes say “more.” You still scream like a siren, and you still laugh a lot.
Here are some quotes from this month!