Believe it or not, my favorite kids are 4 years old for a whole week already!
We popped by our new Pediatrician’s office this past Friday for a checkup and it appears the kids have done a lot of growing this past year. It was fun to take measure since they were lucky to be healthy this past year and avoided the doctor altogether. They chatted with the doc, got a look over, and up to date on their vaccinations. All is well!
Lucie measured 37.3lbs (63rd%) and 40 in (57th%). At 3 years she was 32.2lbs (66%) 37.01in (45%).
Teddy measured 28.3 lbs (1st%) and 38.2 in (11%). At 3 years he was 25lbs (1%) 35.2in (6%).
The past 3 weeks have been absolutely full with so many amazing visitors. Jody came from Boston for a week, Becca, Kaleb, and Aiden have been here almost 2 weeks now from Ohio, and Grandma and Grandpa came for 2 days from Chicago for Party Weekend.
I’ll stick with Party Weekend here for a moment. Lucie and Teddy rang in 4 with a birthday party at the Colorado Railroad Museum with lots of family and friends. They were especially excited to have their friends there to share a train ride on The Galloping Goose (originally used in the Rocky Mountains to deliver mail between 1931-1952) and share birthday cake and balloons. Their cakes were something, if you know me, you know that I take Birthday cake very seriously, and I made sure to take notes of all the requests. Lucie wanted a “lemon cake with white icing and a fruit rainbow and 2 unicorns, one with wings, one without” and Teddy wanted a “chocolate cookie cake with white cookie icing and blueberries and an airplane”. Crazy kids. We rounded out the day with a family pizza party at home, and spent Sunday leisurely hanging with Grandpa Jeff and Grandma Patti. PW was concluded with a ski day at Copper Mountain, where all four kids took ski school with Becca at the bunny hill and made their first ride up the “sky trailer” and run down the big mountain with my mom and I as escorts. Lucie and Teddy were sparkly and aglow from the love and special attention from the whole experience and I can’t thank all our amazing visitors enough for making their birthday so wonderful.
Three years ago my family spent a week together in Charleston, SC, which I wrote about here, and recorded much more fondly than I remember it now. I suppose that’s hindsight, right? Family around with infants is better than normal life with infants? All I remember now is spending the whole week nursing and pumping, oof. Last week we all returned to the same big house on the beach and it was like, 1,000 times more fun. Infants at the beach stink…3.5 year olds at the beach on the other hand are so much fun. Lucie and Teddy were way more brave about going in the ocean than I expected, and had the best time ever with all the cousins around. It was near impossible to get them out of the pool and out of the sand castle pit, Lucie totally owns the water wings and Teddy was all about the inner tubes. We built sand castles, jumped over waves, hunted rainbows and crabs after dark, lived in swim suits, and painted seashells. I was even prepared to “go with the flow” with regards to naps – which if you are familiar with my parenting style, naps are daily and mandatory – but they played so hard in the sun and water that by 2 every day they were totally cashed. So we all got toddler free time in the afternoons and evenings, heaven! Some of us adults even took off off an evening for date nights, Will and I joined my sister and her boyfriend at Cypress for a fanatic meal. The oysters! The tuna! The charcuterie! We got this raw oyster sashimi appetizer which very well might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. And the bartender made me a killer cocktail off the cuff without any specifics except “vodka and refreshing.”
The only downer about the whole week was travel time. I didn’t quite realize how easy it is to get to any place from Chicago. Denver is another story. It’s the first time we’ve had to deal with connecting flights and a two hour time change to the east coast which made for 14hr travel days, yikes. The kids managed pretty well but true to form didn’t sleep much (Teddy not at all), and so were nooooot ideally behaved the following day. I would totally do it again, I only wish we had an extra week because 6 days isn’t enough time!
Becca probably has 900 pictures on her proper camera but I managed to snap a few on my phone too. I’m happy to share them and one amazing video with you now!
My view from the airplane seat…Lucie crashed for an amazing 2 hrs during a delay on the tarmac.