Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nine Years

We've been blessed to be married for nine years and to see our family grow in beautiful ways.  It doesn't seem that long ago that we were battling the heat inside the now-closed Church of St. Philip, but at the same time it seems like a different lifetime.  Nina has been a part of our life for over half our marriage and Pip has inserted herself with authority too.

The girls have been fairly nice to each other recently and play together more and more.  They invent some games, tell some stories, and like to make each other laugh.  Yesterday, in the car, Pip said, "Hey Nina, let's hold hands."  When Nina asked why, Pip responded, "Because we're sisters!"  The hand-holding lasted about 3 seconds, but the quote was still cute.  Also, Pip insists that the days of the week go "One-day (Monday), Twos-day, Threesday..."  Nina is attempting to steer her right.  Our family has loved trips to the pool more than ever as Pip has taken to the lazy river while Nina cannot get enough swimming in the deep pool.  She loves to go underwater, touch the bottom with her feet, and bounce back up with a variety of games.

We got to see a fair amount of family recently when Cassie came back to be in a wedding down the street and Erin Nak graduated.  It was wonderful to see Paul, John, Esther, Lara, Shane, and the boys.  Luckily, there were some cool parties like the Aquatennial to help console us once they all left.

"They call them the Twin Cities, ya know" 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Birthday week


The birthday week has been a sugar-rush of fun, laughing, crying, eating, playing, and occasionally sleeping.  From visiting with both sets of grandparents, cousins from Connecticut, family from China (although they're soon moving to India), friends from Ohio (although they're soon moving to Indiana), and back to playing with the neighbor boys across the street who also have birthdays this month, we've been busy.  We also went to take in the Twins game atmosphere (although we didn't go in) and watched the first Timberwolves scrimmage to see what their new stars can do.  The biggest milestone might have been the first family bike ride, where we made it around two whole blocks. ;)  Pip likes her new bike with training wheels and she just wishes we didn't have so many hills.  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pip is a Threenager

Our intense young girl turns three today.  She is either extremely happy, angry, curious, or thirsty.   She will finally sleep through the night, but when she wakes up, she is usually ready to go.  She is a determined little one who likes to sing, go to parks, and laugh.  Vivian likes listening to The Beatles, The Monkees, and The Beach Boys; maybe she was born in the wrong decade.  Her giggles and stories make everyone laugh, and we found a lot of video with her cute cackles, so we thought we would share them.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fabulous Five

Nina's lightning fast aging continues as she turns five today.  She tries hard to please and is a wonderful young girl.  She likes to spend her time drawing, riding around on bikes and her scooter, playing games on the computer, and doing the monkey bars (to the point where she ripped open her hand).  She's a caring big sister, who does her best to be flexible with her determined little sister.  She started preschool this year and will continue that this year.  She enjoyed her dance class and performed well.  We our proud of our beautiful girl.

When asked what song we should use for her video this year, Nina shouted, without hesitation, that we should use "Love is the Answer" by weezer.  So here ya go: