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At three, Eden, you are silly and cuddly. You wake slowly and love to stay in your bed with your blanket. You just might be an infinitely analytical, reflective thinker like your mom and Nona. Your temper is fierce and you let it be known with loud protests against your brother. But your love for him and us is great too and you can't stand the idea of missing out on a hug or time together. One of your farvorite things to do with me is "soft kisses" when you gently kiss me and then we both must e...

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Eden participated in her first Christmas program at Alouette. She has been singing the songs for weeks at home and we got a little preview of the program while they practiced at school and we set up for her birthday party with classmates. The day of she was super excited about it. While she had no trouble being up in front of all the parents with cameras and big smiles she did find herself quite distracted by it all and spent much of the program sucking her two fingers and looking at all of the ...

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Eden's preschool went on their annual chiva ride to celebrate Fiestas de Quito. She was very excited to go, remembering the whistles and drums from the year prior with Canaan. Being older she is also more aware though so while she enjoyed herself and considered it her favorite part of the day, she was also somewhat nervous. The whole ride she kept asking me to keep my hands tightly around her and didn't even want me clapping. I enjoyed the snuggles and the experience with her.     &nbs...

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Eden started nursery school at Allouette on September 2nd. She has been thrilled about the idea of starting school and was especially excited after attending a one week summer camp there with her brother. We purposely had them do the camp together so that Eden could ease into "school" with her brother by her side. Predictably though, it was no big deal to her and she loved summer camp and has loved attending school 3 times a week for about four hours a day.   She has her teacher (and many o...

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Eden loves water.  And fun.  And trying new things.  Age, height, those don't stop her.  She was a HUGE fan of the sprinkler her Abuela brought to Laura's house.  She was the only one really using the kiddie pool and she was having a blast doing it!         "MOM, she's splashing me!!"       "I'm not going to play with you anymore, Eden.  Never again" (Sigh).  Best of friends, worst of enemies.  ALL DAY LONG.    ...

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At 2.5 Eden is a strongwilled, happy, outgoing little girl.  She is currently attached to her bear "Fifi" and has begun doing more imaginary play that involves nurturing activities like putting Fifi to sleep or soothing Fifi when she cries.  Eden sleeps with about 5 stuffed animals in her small crib, as well as her two blankets.  And she notices when one is missing.  Just two weeks ago I convinced her she no longer needs a sleep sack meant for an 18 month old.  if she do...

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We kept activities pretty simple.  It seems like kids just like to play together in a new environment more than anything else!  And there were lots of parents present so it was mostly controlled chaos.   There were pancake coloring sheets and a totally failed attempt at making fruit loop necklaces.  (Never buy Ecuadorian brand fruit loops because they have no whole in the middle!)  We also did a pancake relay race that both the kids and men participated in.  We sepa...

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I just got pictures back from our friend who graciously did all the photography at Eden's birthday party.  I'm always running around, prepping food, games and hosting so it's nice to have one less thing to worry about!  All photo credits go to Chris Sylva. Eden's 2nd birthday was a Pancakes & Pajamas Party!  All kids were told to come in their pjs and we did a morning brunch.  I liked that though we had to get up early to prep it felt like the party didn't consume our who...

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            Hmmm, earthy with a hint of salt Kelley: "Eden!  What are you doing?"     "I'm tasting my soup.  Don't worry about it!"         Now, let me see.  Am I detecting notes of crab as well? Aside:  She literally ate spoonfuls and spoonfuls of dirt.  Every. Single. Morning.     Add new comment...

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I know I still have lots of blog catch-up to do.  Namely Eden's bday way back on early December and our trip to the beach post Christmas.  But I'm jumping ahead today because my friend Amy Altland just posted these pics and they are too great not to share.  Maybe photography skills should always be on the list of qualities in a friend?  She did a great job just catching some fun moments with our kids while the two dads played soccer yesterday morning.       &nb...

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