A Sunday Ride…

Rachel has been scared to get back on her bike after she fell a few times. But I promised that I’d run beside her today and within 10 minutes she was riding up and down our street by herself, back and forth, without stopping.


After about 30 minutes, I asked her if she was up for a little bit longer ride, so together, we rode to the end of the street and back.

March 2012

Dear girls,

Spring has sprung, and we’ve had a lot of changes in the past month. To begin with, your gandparents headed back to Illinois. We were all very sad to see then go, but I think you’ve both managed to adjust pretty well.


The week after your grandparents left, you both discovered the other neighborhood kids. You’ve played with them before at our “National Night Out” parties, but now you’ve started playing with them every day. It’s nice to see you all playing together and wearing each other out. I’m sure their parents feel the same way. Of course, since it’s light later in the evening now, it’s harder to get you to come inside when it’s time, too.

Emily, we finally found out that you have been accepted into preschool for next year, so we’re starting the countdown to you going to school. Along with that have started the “is she ready” questions, because we just worry about you a lot. It’s still 5 months off, though, and if the last 5 months have been any indication, we think you’ll be more than ready to go.


Your speech gets better and better every day, and it seems like at least once a week now you ditch a baby word and start saying the actual word. “Bankie” has given way to “blanket” recently, and every time you do that, it takes us a few days to adjust and realize that your vocabulary has changed. You’ve also started repeating almost everything everyone says to you, much to the annoyance of your big sister.


Rahcel, you got a citizenship award this month! We are so proud of you. As a reward, your school is giving you a free ticket to a Spurs game. That’s going to screw up my “I’m not watching the NBA this year,” but I think it’s for a great reason. Your teacher has nothing but great things to say about you, and we know you’re going to blaze right out of kindergarten and into first grade. We already knew this, but in your reading tests, you came out way above grade level. You can read words no kindergartener has the right to know. The other day, you were reading a box on the counter and it had the word “protein” on it. You read the whole thing without skipping a beat, like you’ve known the word “protein” your whole life.

We’ve had a lot of fun checking the garden each day since spring break, and some of the things we planted are coming up fast. However, a lot of the things we planted are getting eaten by bugs, so we’re going to have to do something about that. It’s great to see you both so interested in the things that are growing, though, and I can’t wait until we’re able to harvest some good things to eat.


Finally, we had a very exciting thing happen on the very last day of the month. Rachel, you learned to ride your bike! You’ve been riding around with your training wheels up off the ground a few inches for the past couple of months, and doing a great job of balancing when you ride. It didn’t take you long at all to get up and riding, and within an hour or so, you were starting on your own, and riding in the street. I can’t wait to start going for bike rides with you. I just hope the weather stays cool a little bit longer so we can enjoy it.

Next month is Fiesta month, and we can’t wait to take you both to some events to see how much fun you have. We love you very much!