Tuesday, November 2, 2010
For Halloween, Claire and Grace were both bumble bees. It was amazing to see how well Claire did by saying "Trick or Treat" and then saying "Thank you, Happy Halloween!" It wasn't tough to get her costume on because all we had to tell her was that she could wear her black "Tap" shoes and she would get candy :)
I was on the ground taking these pictures while Pete made the bumble bees "fly"
October was a wonderful month for the Vandervaart family. The month included "Light the Night" - a walk to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a visit from Pete's parents and sisters, a couple of trips to the Children's Museum, a visit to the zoo for ZooBoo, and a couple of visits from my sister, Beth. We spent an evening at the Getty's house and another evening with the Syrek family. We went to the pumpkin patch and I took the girls to the Covered Bridge Festival with some family and friends. On October 8th I got certified to teach Zumba classes and my first session is this Wednesday! I am really excited!
Claire is maturing by the minute it seems - she is getting a little less clumsy and continues to climb things like a monkey. She has the best imagination I know... She will all of a sudden say "Shh... a dinosaur is coming!" and then I will follow her wherever she goes and then she will say "Whew, that was close!" She continues to be a bit of a picky eater but her favorite food is a bagel with cream cheese! She sings her ABC's, Twinkle Twinkle, and some songs off of Dora and Fresh Beat Band. She is such a joy to watch - plain and simple :)
Grace is SO close to walking. She cruises along furniture and loves to walk with her walking toy. Yesterday when we were getting her pictures taken she actually took her first step on her own and we were able to catch an action shot photo of it! (For a scrapbooker like myself, this is a big deal!) She loves to say "mama" even though I don't think she knows that's me. She is a bottomless pit and will eat anything in front of her. She is like her sister and loves when Pete horses around with her. She, too, is such a delight to watch grow.
Here is Grace cautiously approaching the pumpkin
She liked to stir the pumpkin goop
She dropped a toy inside the pumpkin
Claire was having a great time!
The following are pictures from "Light the Night"
Claire and Grandpa
Claire and Grace in pumpkins
The following are from the pumpkin patch...
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The month of September was busy, but certainly fun-filled! We went to Ohio for a friend's wedding, helped get my parent's house ready to be put on the market, went to a couple showers for work girls, took my dad bowling (one of his favorite hobbies), did some Christmas shopping, went to the Children's Museum, and had dinner dates with many different families (White, Getty, Syrek, and Obenchain families). Pete and Keith took the kids to the zoo on a Saturday morning of my work weekend - they seemed to have a very good time. I took Claire to see her first movie (Toy Story 3) - at first she was really scared and covered her eyes with her blanket and by the end of the movie, she was sitting in her own seat chowing down on popcorn.
Claire is at the "push buttons" phase - we will tell her to pick something up and she will put her hands about 2 inches from the object and freeze, and then look back up at us with a smile. BUT, she is very good at saying "please" and "thank you" and whever Grace comes to play with the toy she is playing with she quickly gets up to get Grace a toy. Claire started back in her PDO program and goes to "school" 2 days a week. She loves it! Her new obsessions are Dora the Explorer and The Fresh Beat Band. She loves playing with dollhouses which is good because that is a Christmas gift coming her way!
Grace is a bottomless pit - she eats and eats and eats. She is such a laid back kiddo. She started to have some anxiety when Pete or I leave the room but she is getting better. She has started pulling herself up onto furniture and walking along the couch.
Here are some pictures from our month of September...
Ashley, Anne, and I
The beautiful bride and groom
The following are pictures from our bowling adventure. We had bumpers and light bowling balls to help Claire and my dad, BUT my dad got a strike using NObumpers and NO special treatments! What a rock star!
Claire in bowling shoes - adorable!
Grace was a big help :)
The following are pictures from when Pete and Keith took the kids to the zoo. (It was my weekend to work so I was sleeping)
Grace content in her stroller
What a crazy picture! (Obviously there is glass in between)
Keith and Claire after Claire has yelled out "Hey, giraffes... wanna eat?"
You may think this picture is off centered - but that gentleman on the left is Dallas Clark (tight end for the Colts)! They bought tickets around the same time which meant the pretty much went through the zoo together - Pete and Keith were pretty pumped.
One evening, Pete and I took the girls to the park...
Me, attempting to help Grace down the slide and Grace looks like she is skeptical
Pause at the bottom of the slide for a quick picture
One day, Mallory and Jude met up with us and we went to the Children's Museum. It was a lot of fun and all kids seemed to have a great time!
Grace getting tired in playscape from all of the playing
She was dropping toys over this ledge and watching them fall
Jude and Claire at the water table
Claire at the water table
Grace playing with the (unbreakable) blown glass
Jude and Claire watching the train
Jude showing Claire the ropes
Jude and Claire watching the water clock
Claire and Jude hugging good bye
Claire's first outfit she picked out
Claire sitting at her new Dora table eating some ice cream
Claire's smile when you ask her to smile for the camera... ha! :)
Ready for the game!
Grace loving her swing
Claire with a very sweet face
Claire being a little dramatic...
Grace watching Claire in time out (Claire didn't want to share this seat)
Claire ready to go for a walk
So photogenic together
Can't believe how big she is getting!
I attempted to cut Claire's hair - the only way for her to sit still was to be eating Cheetos and watching Dora
Making music in the tub
A shot of the finished product of Claire's hair - and yes, I ventured enough to throw some layers in there!
Grace standing on her own (for a very brief moment)
Ha, I let Grace have an oreo.... then a bath!
One day, the girls and I went to the local library to look around and it was a lot of fun. Here are some pictures....
They played on a little computer
Lego wall (we plan to re-create this for Grace's birthday)
Grace enjoyed this puzzle where you could move the car around
Claire liked this dollhouse (surprise, surprise)