Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Summer Fun...Still (Finally we have the heat for it!)

September started out to be quite busy with a trip to Carberry with Maya, for about a week. We visited with family and friends, went swimming in the fun pool and Maya even went down the slide with our niece, Sarah, (Maya had her lifejacket on), went to the zoo in Winnipeg and then stayed overnight with friends in their brand new, gorgeous house about an hour outside of the city. This past weekend we attended a wedding reception where Maya had loads of fun and yesterday was our first day of Better Beginnings, which is an early learning program for 0 to 5 year olds. It is usually 3 or 4 times a month, held in various schools around the school division. There are two schools in town that I think we will try to make it to each month. Something else that is exciting that Maya will be able to participate in is Music for Young Children where there is singing and other fun activities that Maya enjoys doing, centred around Music, of course. This is also the beginning stage of what will result in learning to read music and play the piano. Hopefully there will be a session beginning in January that we can be part of, before I return to work next spring.

Maya has had several appointments during this past week - optometrist - everything is fine and dentist (we were concerned about possible cavities in her bottom back teeth, but there's nothing to worry about at this point.) Then today Maya received two immunizations - one for Meningococcal Conjugate C and the other for Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio and Haemophilus influenza type b. She had had previous immunizations for these while in China and required one more dose of each. Maya did very well and only cried after the second needle. She is fine and did not have any sort of reaction to the immunizations. We are going to leave the rest of any sort of immunizations for awhile. They are all optional and there are so many different ones nowadays. We thought that we would finish what had been started in China. Maya is growing, growing, growing...She is just under 25 lbs and three months ago was just under 20 lbs. Most of her clothes still fit for summer clothing, which is good since we are finally getting summer weather!

Here are some pictures of the latest things we have done. You can click on the pictures to make them larger.

Maya's outfit from Uncle Colin and Aunty Donna.

Maya with her cousin - Private Lukas Atkinson, who is headed to Afghanistan on September 20.

Having fun with friends Rhiana and Sierra and cousin Hannah.

Sprucewoods Provincial Park with Grandma.

In the tractor at Grandpa's work - this didn't last long. Maya is NOT a farm girl and hates loud machines.

Grandpa's birthday

First corn on the cob, at Grandma and Grandpa's.

At the Winnipeg Zoo - very hot day!

Wedding Dress

Maya and Mom

Maya and Dad

Better Beginnings - there is also lots of play time, some singing and stories.

First time with markers.

Maya's new play structure - it can come in the house for the winter.

Maya loves slides, like most children, we just need to find a swing for her...