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  1. Friday, September 23, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day    Even at 4 (this was painted in May), Maia was better at watercolours than I ever was.      A rare crossover fiction between Bunnytown and Cattown. They are sharing near a volcano.      This is a bunny family with a baby bunny hopping in the background. You can see the action lines.      Maia drew this bunny with fancy coloured pencils at her grandparents' house.      One of Maia's first Kindergarten assignments, she decided that the squiggly line was the butt of a fish.      This is a tree at sunset. The tree was handcrafted and artisanally cut by Maia as well. 
  2. Wednesday, September 21, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 5 Battle Report  Ian has made it five months past his first birthday.     He walks well and likes climbing unsafely on chairs, tables, and high beds. Things with wheels are still his favourite and he'll always point out the wheels in books, even the books most unlikely to have cars in them. He likes picking Maia up at the bus stop in the afternoon and yelling "BUH!" when the bus rolls down the street.   He still only has 4 truly visible teeth although there have been signs of other indecisive ones near the gum line. Teething as a kid that is old enough to understand pain a bit seems rough -- he'll wake up crying in the middle of the night and won't always be able to get back to sleep.   He doesn't speak muc...
  3. Friday, August 26, 2022:
    Kindergarten Day    Maia's first day of kindergarten on Thursday was a success!     She's in the Yellow Crayon class and sits at a table next to our across-the-street neighbor. She was super excited for her first school bus ride ever.   She told this story about the bus ride home: "Two girls sat next to me on the bus home. They didn't know where to sit so I told them they could sit with me!"   She also wore those cat ears all day long. 
  4. Wednesday, July 27, 2022:
    ASL Day  BU: "Hey Maia, what does this mean?"     MU: "I love you!"   BU: "And what does this mean?"     MU: "I love you with all that I am!" 
  5. Monday, July 18, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 3 Battle Report  As of the beginning of July, Ian is now walking!     He consistently wakes up between 6:00 and 6:30 and will usually take a long nap around 11 AM. The 4 PM nap is either "asleep right away for an hour" or "shriek for 30 minutes until someone gets him". He goes to bed around 7, usually lying in the crib quietly for a half hour before dozing off.   Eating is still his favourite activity. Breakfast is usually a whole banana, many blueberries, 3 sausage links, and anything he sees me eat. Lunch and dinner are harder, as he's more picky when not super hungry. He tends to fixate on the things he wants so we hide the watermelon until the end of the meal and start him with a tray of healthy broccoli or a tin ...
  6. Monday, July 11, 2022:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Our first massively multiplayer birthday party experience was a success!     We hosted 8 extra kids and 5 parents on a surprisingly moderate day (postponed one day from Saturday to Sunday due to unexpected rainstorms).     Activities included the pool, water balloons, the new water table from the grandparents, a pinata, cornhole, soccer, and birthday cupcakes.     Lesson learned for next year: Pinatas are designed for adults. Reduce structural integrity before the party. 
  7. Wednesday, July 06, 2022:
    Birth Day  Maia is 5 today!     Her most recent favourite activities including drawing or painting bunnies and cutting endless crafts out of her Don't Let the Pigeon Finish the Activity Book activity book. However, bunnies have taken a slight dip in popularity -- on June 3, she said that she might not need Original Bunny anymore and that maybe Ian could have him as Ian grows up. She still carries Original Bunny around, but always pairs it with Lyla Cat, a fluffy white cat from her wall of stuffed animals.   Speaking of cats, Maia's favourite pretend game is to be a cat. She wears cat ear headbands (paired with a princess headband to be Princess Cat) and changes her name monthly. In May, she was Pussy Cat, June, ...
  8. Monday, June 20, 2022:
    Mother's and Father's Day   How Maia sees her parents      
  9. Friday, June 03, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day   Portraits of the artist as a preschooler      I particularly love the evolution from "I have exactly 20 fingers and toes" to "Drawing all the fingers and toes is boring" to "I'm polydactyl!" 
  10. Wednesday, May 25, 2022:
    What's Maia Up To Day  Maia is just 6 weeks away from being a five-year-old! She is awesome.     She's nearly at the age where I started kindergarten which means that, if she's anything like I was, 2022 will be the first year where she has strong core memories of things that go on. While her recall of events is still spectacular, some early memories (like almost anything pre-pandemic) have faded away.   Maia is always wearing a headband -- either she's a cat, or a princess, or a princess cat. She is less into bunnies these days, and her two main stuffed animals are Original Bunny and Little Cat. However, she will still interject into conversations to compare whatever we're talking about to how they do it in Bunnytown.&nbs...
  11. Monday, May 23, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 1 Battle Report  Ian is now a month past 1 Year and still weighing about 21 pounds.     He is very interactive these days, and his favourite games include booping your nose with his finger, giving you something to pretend-eat, pulling up your shirt to boop your belly button, and saying goodbye to everyone and everything even when no one is leaving.   He is better at roving around the room playing quietly while I work or watch a show (he is uninterested by the TV unless there is a TV show theme song playing) and will always come over to see what Maia is doing if she's in the same room.   His sleeping schedule has switched towards a huge (2 hour) nap around noon although I still try to fool him into doi...
  12. Monday, May 02, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day   Notable artwork from the month of April    One afternoon, under the watchful eye of the babysitter, Miss Laura, Maia decided to make cutout bunnies. She painstakingly outlined and then cut each bunny, as well as clothes and shoes that could be folded onto the bunnies.     Here is a self-portrait Maia made that matches the clothes she was wearing that day:     So many bunnies holding hands:     The Easter Bunny is here hiding eggs. Notable hiding places include a bird's nest and the trunk of a car:     These bunnies just ran a race and received trophies:   
  13. Wednesday, April 27, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Battle Report    At one year of age, Ian is 22 pounds and has 3 front teeth, two on top and one on the bottom. He is an excellent crawler, raiser, and supported stander/walker. He's been going up stairs for weeks and is now comfortable going down stairs the right way (feet first rather than bodysurfing).      He hates being on the changing table and cries excessively when the world is not revolving around him. For most of his public-facing time though, he's super happy. Ian likes waving at people and swaying back and forth in his high chair. He says many syllables and particularly likes "DA". We can't tell if he is legitimately saying the word, "DADA", or if he's just lucky stringing syllables together in the right ...
  14. Monday, April 25, 2022:
    Ian Day              
  15. Friday, April 22, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day  Here are pictures that Maia drew during the month of March.     "Daddy Bunny is going to work for a meeting. His car has a moonroof. He is dressed fancy but you can't tell because he's facing the background."     These are the days that Original Bunny gets home-schooled in my office while Maia is at pre-school.     A short series about bunnies playing sports.     The Berenstain Bears sitting around their dinner table.     One afternoon, the family spent an hour sitting around  our  dinner table drawing different monsters. 7 of these are by Rebecca and I while the rest are by Maia, who decided that having an extra eyeball is pretty ...
  16. Monday, March 28, 2022:
    Ian Week #48 Battle Report  Ian is 11 months old!     He can raise himself up to a standing position at the coffee table and maneuver around it, crawl very fast, and ascend stairs with ease. Going down is still prevented since he prefers a heads-first approach.   He has no teeth (Maia had her first at 8.5 months) and no words, although he just learned to form the word "Ohhh" so it sounds intentional. Now we can pretend to feed him fun facts and have him say "Ohhh" as if he just learned something new. He loves to eat: carrots are in decline in favor of carbs, yogurt, and bits of food off the adults' plates.   His phase of screechiness never went away fully, and it becomes his go-to mode when annoyed or tired. He gets...
  17. Friday, March 25, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day  Here are some of the pictures that Maia created during the month of February.     In the left picture, the bunny is receiving a 2nd place trophy. On the right, is a fine representation of Olaf.     Maia went through a phase where two people were having birthday parties together, with one older than the other (The first party was for Elsa and Anna). Here, Ori and Ku (from  Ori and the Will of the Wisps ) are turning 4 and 2 respectively. This also functions as a low-budget colour-blind test.     Maia also makes maps. "The blue is the water, the red is lava, the yellow is beach, and the green is trees."     Maia painted this bunny after watching  ...
  18. Wednesday, March 02, 2022:
    Ian Week #44 Battle Report  Ian is now in the age range where the photo letter blocks don't quite work because no one expects any parent to actually follow through and take a picture every single week.     In the above picture, his pajamas are only half on because he tends to crawl away or roll over completely before we have a chance to finish putting them on. He hates being on the changing table and refuses to cooperate in any basic baby logistics.   Ian crawls just fine now and likes making laps around each room (whose door we haven't shut) to see what's new. When he's completely bored of the main floor, we do the same routine in the basement. He decided to tackle stairs the other day and got up 3 before falling backwards into m...
  19. Friday, February 25, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day    A fancy bunny going to a ball.     This bunny lives in a burrow with a chimney. He is lighting the campfire with his carrot.     Here's Maia's reinterpretation of one of Rebecca's paintings from one of many trips to Pinot's Palette.     This rainbow-y pencil extravaganza is inspired by a jigsaw puzzle we have featuring a range of coloured pencils in a row. Notice that her rainbows are always coloured in the right order. 
  20. Wednesday, February 23, 2022:
    What's Maia Up To Day    Maia is solidly in the four-and-a-half year age range. She has been going to Kids Under Construction preschool since last September and loves it. (She sometimes tells us when one of her classmates acts out, but she likes to note that SHE has never had a time-out there). She's learning a lot of things I didn't learn until kindergarten, although she's also started incorporating the dreaded "like" as a pause word when she's talking.   Her latest passion is to make signs and books by copying the words out of existing books. She wanted to have a bunny yard sale in her room, so she recalled the specific Berenstain Bears book with a Yard Sale sign in it and copied it down. Her letters are legible, which is more than I ...
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