The Pox is Upon Us!

Lucia and Rose have Chicken Pox! They were exposed a couple of weeks ago, and we noticed the first pox on Monday night. Tuesday was OK, but things have gone downhill since then. Lucia has a ton, and quite a few on her face. Rose has about half as many as Lucia, but also some in some uncomfortable places. They are doing better now and we hope to see some improvement over the weekend. 

Lucia’s 6th Birthday!

Lucia & Leah

Last night we celebrated Lucia’s 6th birthday. The Herrels were in town and we had a joint birthday party for Leah and Lucia. Leah’s birthday is the 14th and the two girls adore each other.

Lucia at 6 is a real angel. She can be a little mischievous at times and sometimes twists the truth, but overall she has a smile on her face and is happy to participate in the world. She is in kindergarten this year and she and Susan work on some light homeschooling in the afternoons. Lucia does go to the HSAP classes at Rex on Tuesdays. She was a little apprehensive for the first few weeks, but she is getting the hang of it now and enjoys seeing her friends. 

Lucia loves to color and play various pretending games. She enjoys dancing, singing, and reading books with anyone who will read to her. She and Elliot get along well and often when he gets home from school the two of them go outside and jump on the trampoline.

She gets up around 7:30 each day and she and Rose share a bed and go to bed around nine. She is very patient with Rose, who still likes to snuggle more than Lucia does. Overall, she and Rose are best buds and do nearly everything together, mostly because Rose wants to do everything Lucia is doing. 

Favorite song: Best Nutcracker song ever
Favorite color: blue
Favorite food: ice cream
Favorite book: Fancy Nancy

Herrel Visit

The Box!

This weekend we were fortunate enough to be visited by the Herrels! They arrived on Friday and left Monday morning. Highlights included a pizza adventure, soccer games, a visit to a pumpkin patch, and Leah & Lucia’s birthday party.

Tic #2

This morning we removed our second tic of the trip. Lucia was brushing her hair and Susan noticed it on the back of her head.

Coronado Island

Yesterday after we moved across the park we headed to Coronado Island, a small town just outside San Diego, right on the coast. It is a beautiful town with a luxurious old hotel where people were ice skating. It was fun to watch the ice skating, especially because Californians don’t spend much time ice skating. 

We spent the afternoon at the beach and then we were planning on watching a boat parade through San Diego Bay, but Lucia was not feeling well so we headed home. Lucia definitely had something going on for a few hours, but by bedtime she was nearly back to herself. 

The rocks by the walk.

Sandcastle Artist

Tidepool Exploration

Oyster Hunt

Shadows

Hm.

Sick Lu

Lucia’s 5th Birthday!

Lucia turned 5 over the weekend. It was a bit of a crazy time because on her actual birthday we spent most of the day in San Francisco with the Liess clan. We still tried to make it a special day and then on Monday night we had cake and ice cream. 

Lucia at 5 continues to be an angel. She is smart, sweet, and enthusiastic. She loves life and socializing with other people. She is showing an interest in learning her letters this year, even though it is not something we encourage. She shares a bed with Rose in the RV and helps out when Rose needs it, either helping her find her pacifier or cuddling in the morning. 

She loves to bike with all of the kids and she is a master with her two-wheeler. It would be awesome to be back in Des Moines to try out some of the single track trails. 

Favorite song: Victor Vito
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Noodles
Favorite book: Thumbelina

Lucky Charms for her breakfast cereal

Aunt Mary made sure Lucia got a piece of cake at lunch on Pier 39.

This girl knows how to pose!

Mac & Cheese for her birthday dinner.

Playing her new game with Cameron.

Lucia Accidentally Catches a Fish

The kids have been enjoying fishing in the lake at our campground. No one has been having much luck so far, but today Lucia accidentally caught a fish! I had set the pole down on the dock, with the line in the water. She picked it up and started playing with it. I was worried she was going to drop it in the water and when I went to take the rod from her there was a fish on the line! 

Using her same technique each of the kids actually caught a fish later in the week.