First huge milestone–they both learned to read! M began first, in the spring–just all of a sudden; and E was a little bit later.
Obviously the next biggest thing is that E and M started kindergarten! The transition seemed to be pretty seamless. They are learning, playing, maturing. We walked them to and from school, which was really sweet. And only minimal whining–mostly on the walks home. Love that reason to get fresh air first thing in the morning.
They got REALLY into roller skating for a few months. They do pretty well and don’t fall much anymore. E is particularly hard on himself.
They are still great scooter-ers and this spring they learned to ride bikes without training wheels! It happened just all of a sudden (though I wasn’t there, I learned about it over text).
They play together pretty well. They like being silly and they always laugh at farts.
They are finally learning to swim (with swim classes).
Saw their first live theater! A Year with Frog and Toad. When we tried to “surprise” them with it they whined, I don’t like plays! I don’t want to go! But when we were actually in the theater, with the stage right there, and all the action starting, I looked at them and saw rapt, joyful faces. They loved it!
They love helping out…sometimes.
This year I’ve been working on making the boys more responsible. They learned to get in the habit of washing hands before dinner and bussing their dishes after dinner years ago, with a lot of work and practice from us and our nanny. This year I have made them responsible for putting away their laundry after it’s been sorted and folded, and for picking up their toys and messes. This has been quite a process…one or both boys would whine and complain constantly. However! With repeated “practice” they’ve gotten much better, much faster, and much less whiny.
E got a scalp gash one night!
M of course broke his arm.
Crafts and creativity: They love just playing. They still love magnatiles, the rubber bands, drawing, all kinds of stuff.
Cardboard creations: The boys want us to save every box and bit of cardboard. They are so creative; I love seeing what they envision and create! E made a couple different games; they worked together to make a whole ship once; one of them built a multi-level house by cutting out rectangles and taping them together.
Fortune tellers became a big thing. They were obsessed with paper airplanes for a long time and we don’t see quite as many any more; it’s lots and lots of fortune tellers. They sometimes write their own and sometimes ask for help. It’s funny; their ‘fortunes’ are always questions–Do you want a milkshake? and things like that. I don’t know where they got that instead of the fortune thing. 🙂
Their birthday this year was at the bowling arcade! It was super fun and all the kids loved it. I was doubtful that the kids would really bowl for an hour, but they did! Then they all got arcade cards, and of course that was a huge hit.