Joon is almost 100% back to normal now. She's talking all the time, she just pronounces some things weird, like she has some kind of accent. I'm so so so happy to have her back the way she was before. Every days she says funny things and smart things. We have great conversations. The other day we were talking about mammals, and how they all make milk for their babies. She listed a bunch of different animals, telling me which ones make milk, and which don't. She asked me if monsters make milk, and I said I didn't know, and we debated whether or not they were mammals. She says she wants to climb the mountain like Captain Kirk. She keeps referencing Futurama.
Joon started preschool a few weeks ago, and she's doing great! She's really enjoying it, and I think it's going to be good for her. She brought home her first Scholastic order forms, and I want to order her a bunch of things, but sadly we can only afford one cheap thing. Every day, they learn about a different color, and they're encouraged to wear that color. They do crafts and learn new songs, and Joon is always so excited to tell us about everything she did at school.
Penny is growing crazy fast. She's doing all sorts of new stuff every day. She's grabbing things pretty well now. She can get toys into her mouth. She is desperate to get food. Every time there's food nearby, she tries to get it. She also rolls around constantly. She generally doesn't like being on her belly, but she still rolls onto her belly within minutes of being put down on her back. She's having problems sleeping now, and I think it's because she's teething. She's making all sorts of noises, and when you say Hi to her, she usually responds with a big "Hiii!" She can sit for a few seconds with her upper body propped up on her arms.
We went to a hot air balloon festival, and Joon was pretty excited about it. Penny also seemed interested in the big brightly colored balloons.
On Friday, my mom and I took the kids to Helen Hunt Falls. We hiked through the forest for a couple of hours, and played in the stream.
Then we took a quick trip to the zoo.
Joon turned three this past Wednesday. We had her birthday party yesterday, and it went well. Not many people showed up. Joon liked all the presents she got. We gave her a Dorothy the Dinosaur costume, a Wags the Dog costume, a plush Shifu from Kung Fu Panda, and a set of pots and pans for her toy kitchen. My mom gave her some toy food and a bunch of books. She also got a puppy Play Doh set, a mermaid playground bath toy, a pottery wheel with clay, and this fashion thing where you mix and match outfit parts and trace them.
Joon requested a puppy cake, and my mom made one for her. Joon and I made a pinata together. She wanted it to be a blue puppy, so that's what I made. But then it ended up being just Joon and one other three year old here, so we decided not to break the pinata, and just dumped out the contents and let them take what they wanted.