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October Update

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by janice

Good grief! It’s almost the end of October. As usual it’s been weeks since I posted anything. And it’s been months since I posted new pics here! For those who follow the blog and aren’t on Facebook, I greatly apologize.

Without further ado:

Yes, Alexei turned 4 this year. 4 is a bit more challenging than 3. We’ve had a few knock-down-drag-out erm… discussions about listening and not always getting what we want. Fun! But he really is a super good kid. He’s just definitely checking the boundaries.

We recently had his speech evaluated through the school district because we were still having some trouble understanding him and it was clearly causing him a lot of frustration. Fortunately the speech therapist was able to give us a few tips for helping him so a formal course of speech therapy ended up not being necessary. We did a follow up a few weeks later and she was very happy with his progress. We continue to model correct pronunciation and push him to use his pronouns and full sentences. He’s improved by leaps and bounds and the moments of frustration are much less for both of us.

We had his birthday party at Gullwings Museum in Oxnard. He loved it. The theme was Star Wars (as you may have noticed in the birthday post) but he wanted the Disneyland Castle on his cake. I love this kid!

Birthday party at the Gullwings Museum in Oxnard was a blast!

Birthday party was a blast!

Note the candle

Note the candle

The firefighter gear was so heavy he fell over!

The firefighter gear was so heavy he fell over!

Monkeying around with Grandpa and Grandma G.

Monkeying around with Grandpa and Grandma G.

This was his favorite birthday gift

This was his favorite birthday gift

We had a house party at a place we rented for Darren’s birthday. Yes, Darren cooked his own birthday dinner. Nothing new there. LOL! Big time thanks to Auntie Resa for keeping Alexei entertained with the light saber fights and “airplane” rides.

Checking out the cool staircase at the house we rented for Darren's birthday.

Checking out the cool staircase at the house we rented for Darren’s birthday.

Running from the "bad guy."

Running from the “bad guy.”

Relaxing in the cool chair at the house we rented for Darren's b-day. I sense a purchase in our future.

Relaxing in the cool chair at the house we rented for Darren’s b-day. I sense a purchase in our future.

We’ve done a ton of Disneyland since the summer hiatus of course. Alexei got picked for the Jedi Academy at Disneyland! He was super proud and excited. Eowyn got picked too so it was a happy day for both kids!

I’ll try to post the video of them fighting Darth Vader. Too many of the pics are of him and a bunch of other kids so you just get the diploma pics for now.

Alexei got picked for the Jedi Academy at Disneyland! He was super proud and excited.

Alexei after turning in his robe and  light saber and getting diploma.

Jedi diploma!

Jedi diploma!

Alexei and I also go to meet up with our friends Beth and Silpa, their daughter Sofia and foster son at Disneyland a few weeks ago. Alexei did pretty well in the roll-reversal of being the biggest kid introducing the toddler to Disney. Had to remind him a few times that he had to let other people pick rides too but we only had a few bad moments over that. Heh. He and Sofia walked around much of the park hand in hand. It was pretty darned cute.

This also marked a major milestone as Alexei was finally brave enough to meet some of the characters. He actually met Tinkerbell and the fairies by himself but we met most of the others with Sofia and/or “A” so out of deference to their privacy I will not post those pics here. Those of you who are friends with either Beth or Silpa on FB can check out some of the great pics there.

Halloween time at Disneyland!

Halloween time at Disneyland!

Alexei and me meeting one of the fairies at Pixie Hallow. Yes, we actually waited in that line. Heh.

Alexei and me meeting one of the fairies at Pixie Hallow. Yes, we actually waited in that line. Heh.

Rocking out on the Casey Jr. train sporting his Tinkerbell necklace. I love this kid!

Rocking out on the Casey Jr. train sporting his Tinkerbell necklace. I love this kid!

He’s now the oldest kid in his daycare, which has been great for him. His caregiver has been doing preschool stuff with him for a few weeks now.

Learning his letters!

Learning his letters!

Modeling the NASA outfit at his daycare

Modeling the NASA outfit at his daycare.

He liked this NASA outfit at daycare so much we were inspired to go visit the Space Shuttle Endeavor on the one year anniversary of it being brought to the California Science Center. The whole museum is a blast and it’s FREE. (OK, $10 parking but still…)

Ready for launch! At the California Science Center. Seeing

Ready for launch! At the California Science Center.

It was really hard to take pics with the shuttle in the temporary building so here’s just the shuttle.

CAL Science Center 112

 

Alexei is obsessed with Star Wars right now so of course is going as a Jedi for Halloween. He’s very adamant that he is Obi Wan Kenobi!

Showing off the Jedi robe (I love his expression in this pic!)

Showing off the Jedi robe (I love his expression in this pic!)

We took our annual pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch with Auntie Boo on Fillmore and Western Pumpkin Liner.

Relaxing on the Fillmore and Western Pumpkin Liner

Relaxing on the train

Running the corn maze at the pumpkin patch

Running the corn maze at the pumpkin patch

Riding the carousel at the pumpkin patch. I swear that thing ran for 5 minutes. (Not that I am complaining, mind.)

Riding the carousel at the pumpkin patch. I swear that thing ran for 5 minutes. (Not that I am complaining, mind.)

So Friday Alexei woke up with a pretty clear case of Pink Eye. Sigh. You know how much fun it is to try to get a four year old to let you put drops? Fortunately we’ve developed a routine that allows him to have some control over it so we can get it done. He first has to give all his stuffed animals their drops (Visine) then Alexei gets his. Then Mommy (also Visine.)

After the doctor’s visit we had to go by my office to change the back up tapes so Alexei got to hang out a Mommy’s work for a bit. Everyone fawned over him of course.

Visiting my office. Yes, he is eating peanut butter pretzels and drinking a Diet Siera Mist. Get over it!

Visiting my office. Yes, he is eating peanut butter pretzels and drinking a Diet Siera Mist. Get over it!

Here’s the equine menagerie:

Alexei and his equine friends

Alexei and his equine friends

Halloween is in a couple of days. I promise I’ll post pics of the Jedi!

We’re planning to go away for our anniversary and Xmas this year. Thinking Cabo or Puerto Vallarte as they are both close and warm. Anyone have any personal experience with resorts in either area, especially ones good for small children?

Bright blessing and love to all,

Janice, Darren and Alexei

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