Okay, July 7th was 3 months ago now, but poor Ay-bae can't live her life with no documentation! Here is the 3 month recap, in reverse order. This is a journal of our life for our own future reference, so feel free to just skim through if you are family reading this and don't have all day.
James has Mrs VanValkenburg for his first grade teacher. It certainly seems less intense than kindergarten was. James says she doesn't really get "frustrated like Mrs Olson did." They have daily yoga and she plays puff the magic dragon on her guitar. I like that she has them keeping a daily journal, and we aren't supposed to cue them on spelling.
In August we went camping at Interstate State park on the border of Wisconsin and enjoyed the cliffs and potholes.
Mom and Dad came out for Aylin's baby blessing. It was so fun to have them, and so nice to have Mom back out just a month after her first visit. We were so sad to have her leave. Going from 3 to 4 kids was brutal for us. 2 to 3 was a breeze, 1 to 2 was rough so I knew anything was possible. I just hadn't expected Bode and Owen to start fighting so intensly, and while I knew Owen would really adore his baby sister, I thought he would do it more gently. Between Bode biting her and Owen flipping onto her there was no safe place. We could last no more than an hour in the house before I was pulling my hair out. I'm just grateful the weather was nice so we could just travel from one playground to the next most of each day. I don't know what I would have done if Aylin had any needs. She is a dream baby. Luckily we are past that phase now and life is GOOD!