Friday, September 16, 2016

First Day of Preschool

Eliel had his first day of preschool last week.  I was so nervous that he wasn't going to enjoy it and was going to cry when I left him but I was so pleasantly surprised!

The first day of school was a meet and greet with his teacher.  Eliel enjoyed checking out all the new toys as well.  The second day, Eliel had to go by himself.  The teachers did a wonderful thing by establishing a routine for E the day before at the meet and greet.  So, when it was time to leave him, he had his mind set on going in the room and following the routine.  I gave him a hug and a kiss and he walked right in.  I was so flabbergasted that it took me a few seconds to realize he wasn't having a melt down!  I was so proud of him!

Since then, he's been doing great.  A little crying right before he walks in but once he's in, he's fine.  And he greets Aldo and I with a smile when we pick him up so that's wonderful!

Here are Eleil's 1st Day of Preschool Stats:
(I don't have time or money to make those fancy ones like on Pinterest! :P)

School: First United Methodist of AH
Teacher: Mrs. Hertvik
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Number: 8
Favorite Character:  Kylo Ren
Future Occupation: Construction Worker
Favorite Food: tomatoes
Favorite Sport: soccer

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

7 months

Our little Aldous turned 7 months old and is such a happy little guy!  This was our first month not visiting the doctor so we don't know how much he weighs but we can definitely tell he's getting taller.  He has now moved onto 9 month clothing and at the rate he's going he'll be wearing the same size as Eliel soon! :P

Aldous learned how to sit up quite well and can do so on pretty much any kind of surface.  He only tends to fall over when he's reaching for something.  He's also learned how to get onto all fours and rock back and forth.  As soon as he figures out how to move, he's going to be gone!

Just like Daddy, Aldo loves to eat!  If he can figure out how to pick it up, he puts hit in his mouth.  Most things get squished along the way but a lot of things do end up where they should go! :)  He typically will let us give him the majority of his meal on the spoon but once he's had enough, he prefers to try and feed himself.  Lately, he's been eating yogurt, mangoes, lots of sweet potatoes, some spaghetti and meatballs (blended) and eggs.  He likes to pick up and 'eat' apple slices, pear slices and watermelon although when he's done he looks like he took a bath in fruit juice!

Aldo loves watching his brother and if you need Aldo to laugh, Eliel can get him to to it just about every time.  Eliel loves to have Aldo 'watch' him play but hopefully soon they'll be able to play together!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Grant's Farm

One of the things Eliel really wanted to do was ride a camel while we were on vacation.  He got the idea after showing him a brochure for a a place called Grant's Farm.  It's actually the Anheuser Busch property right next to President Grant's old house. They have a cute little park with tons of different animals including camels, elephants, kangaroos and lemurs.  They also give two free beers to adults!

The first thing we did was let Eliel ride the camel.  I kind of suspected he would chicken out when he realized he'd be going by himself but was pleasantly surprised when he did it!  He had a smile on his face the entire time!

Eliel also loved feeding the camels and one in particular was blind and so he would simply open his mouth and allow you to throw the kibble right in.  Took Eliel a few tried to get it in but finally everyone was happy!

Finally, even though Adam and I don't drink beer, we had to try one they had on tap.  We both chose the darkest they had and were quite surprised at how good it tasted.  Adam had to take a picture of me with the beer since he said he didn't ever think he's seen the site before!

 We had such a blast in St. Louis and although we needed a vacation from our vacation, it was so great to be able to spend some quality time with the family.  Can't wait to do it again (but maybe not too soon!)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Science Center and Forest Park

St. Louis has a wonderful area called Forest Park.  It's a HUGE park area right in the middle of the city.  It's even bigger than Central Park.  It has a ton of museums and public areas.  It was also the site of the 1904 World's Fair.
Adam wanted to see a select few monuments in the park and so we were luck enough to visit those.  One was called the Jewel Box and is a glass conservatory.  Lucky for us it was air conditioned but the landscaping around the outside was more beautiful than inside!
We also went to the World's Fair Pavilion.  Although it has been rebuilt since 1904, it was still an awesome site to see!

One of our favorite museums in the park was the Science Center.  Eliel probably could have spent a a second day there.  They had exhibits about the Mars Rover which he is completely obsessed with right now.  I think he knows more about it than me!  It allowed you to remotely control the rover and even had a video link so you could see where you were going.  Eliel spent lots of time with Daddy trying to maneuver the rover.
Eliel and Daddy also went to the Omnimax theater and watched a movie about the International Space Station (also one of Eliel's obsessions) while Aldo went back to the room to take a nap.  It was a nice break for everyone!
Eliel had a blast playing with all the hands on exhibits (and so did Daddy!)  I'm sure if we ever go back to STL this will be one place we definitely revisit.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

St. Louis Zoo

Eliel had never seen an elephant in person before and since our local zoos do not have any it was almost perfect that the St. Louis Zoo had some!  
The St. Louis Zoo had some wonderful exhibits and incredibly, it's free.  We had tons of fun seeing seals, cheetahs, chimps, and many other unique animals.

Since there's not much to say about being at a zoo, I'll just let the pictures do the talking!