Miss Michelle had this cute sign out front. Of course, I was running late with an upset Mckayla, so I didn't get any fun pictures of Ellie in her new preschool class...
Eventually MG began to really enjoy preschool time because if the weather was nice we would go hit a new park and then sometimes get icecream or a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup for a treat after.
MG also loves when we go to story time at the library each week. Our librarian provides such a fun time with crafts and songs.
Other fun things. Steve and I took on our annual late night canning of peaches. We had so many pears (and didn't know where to find them in time for a good price) we didn't even bother with them this year. We also canned some peaches for my sister, Jennifer.
On the 12th we took the girls out to see if we could spot some of the Northern Lights - we're not crazy, you were supposed to be able to see them here that night. No lights, but we had fun being out looking at the moon with the girls at Ice Harbor Dam.
We also pulled out the jumperoo to introduce Kassidy to in the beginning of the month. Where our babies like to be bounced to sleep, it meant that in the first few weeks I got A LOT of pictures of her asleep after bouncing herself right into a nap. These pictures are just a right of passage for our girls.
We also learned that these girls CAN - they don't often, but can - play together for hours without a single fight, and it's glorious.
Kassidy had her 4 month check-up on the 18th and we learned that she wants to keep up with her sisters. She was already 16 lbs and 25.5 inches tall at 4.5 months old.
Just a random picture of the girls enjoying painting together at one point in the month.
More fun from the girls - although totally random. They are so in love with doing science with Daddy, and he loves teaching it to them. So much so, that Steve decided to use Ellie to prove to his sophomores that anyone can learn the parts of the cell. This is what he took to school to make that point.
Not to be outdone, a couple days later we took this video of Mckayla. Ellie got these glow-in-the-dark planets for her birthday, and right away started learning their names with Steve. Then, she started teaching the names to Mckayla. We call it trickle-down parenting. So, here is MG before bed one night naming all the planets. They still want us to name them as they go to bed each night.
On the 27th we were scheduled to have family pictures with the same gal who took our pictures last year, Sarah R. I was so excited about getting pictures done and our outfits etc, and then MG got a stomach bug. Then she was kind enough to share it with me. By the time picture day arrived we showed up late and feeling crummy, just hoping to get any decent shots at all. However, they went fine and we even felt good enough to venture out to the Heritage Days" festival at Sacajawea State Park. They had tents set up for displays and to sell leather, beadwork, and other odds and ends. It was really neat to look around at everything. This was just one small part of one of several rows of tents and teepees. They also had an old steam engine that Steve and the girls enjoyed looking at, but I kept Kassidy's sensitive ears away.
Our favorite part of the festival that day was the live singing and dancing from a family from the Umatilla Tribe. Steve says their dances were downright subdued compared to what he saw on his mission in the Dakotas. But the girls were totally engrossed, and I loved watching them be so captivated. The beadwork on the women's clothing was amazing. And we couldn't believe how long the mother's hair was!