Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Recent Happenings

We've been busy, so I haven't had a whole lot of time to post.  Here are some recent happenings:
-David was away for 17 out of 21 days beginning in late May.  He was in Latvia, a few cities in Germany and Bilbao, Spain. The girls raked in the gifts with a woven bracelet from Latvia, travel bag from the "pilot", and beautiful music carousels from Germany.  They wind them up all day.  Sylvia was the most thankful and carried hers around for 3 days.
-We celebrated Father's day with a surprise of the photos from a shoot of us in May.  He was so surprised.  The pictures are adorable and turned out great.
-We enjoyed a Swedish Midsummer Festival celebration with Carolina. Midsummer is their most celebrated occasion after Christmas.  It was very cool.  We decorated the maypole, played games and sang songs and danced around the pole.  We had no idea what the songs meant, but it didn't really matter.  Then, we feasted on a potluck dinner of lots of yummy Swedish and American foods.  Gotta tell you, pickled herring is not very good.
-After all of David's travel (and Mom may have been a bit exhausted too), we headed to Bethany Beach for some well-deserved R&R.  What a great trip!

In other developments, the girls can read basic reader books by themselves.  Pretty amazing stuff.  Their handwriting skills are amazing.  Further, we got these Brain Quest Kindergarten cards and they can answer all of the questions in the decks except for those about time and money.  So, that's what we will work on next.  They are masterful at patterns and sounding out words.  So proud of them!

Also, Sylvia has been sleeping in under ware for about a month!  Evelyn is a bit frustrated when she doesn't wake up dry, but we aren't worried or stressed about it.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Swedish Midsommer Festival

Decorating the maypole, games, singing and dancing.  So fun!