Sunday, October 9, 2016

September Came and Went...

So... #worstbloggerever over here at The Stingerie's. I was looking back to see where I left off blogging and realized it was the end of August with a summer re-cap. Fortunately I was able to get our Ganja trip finished right after the trip otherwise that probably wouldn't even be done. I feel like month went by in a blink and that was probably due mostly to the fact that Madi started pre-school and some extracurricular activities that have taken some adjusting with the new routine. So instead of getting this post at the end of September with a re-cap of the month you are getting it one-third of the way into October. Enjoy!

Madi started pre-school at Bumblebee Montessori. We visited the school on our site visit back in March and felt it would be a great fit for her. She's enjoying it and I love hearing about the new friends she's making and what she's doing during the day. We have a longer commute to school than I'd like, but it's been great using that time to really engage with Madi and ask her questions about her day. (I typically sit in the back seat with her since I'm not driving.)

There was a lot of fun throughout the month and here's some pictures capturing that.

1. We took advantage of the first few days in September before Madi started school to enjoy Wonderland, an indoor play area in the mall with a Starbucks. A winner for both of us. :-)
2. We have our own band. Tickets will be on sale soon for this trio who loves to drum and dance.
3. Homemade taco salads. Taco night is more complex here with homemade salsa and taco seasoning and I used flour tortillas baked over pyrex bowls to make the salad shells. Delish!
4. Madi starting to actually draw pictures. Asking her to explain them is the most fun.
5. Liv strutting her stuff.
6. Evy relaxing.
7. & 8. Madi on duty to feed her little sisters. She loves helping!
9. We love fountains and this one has a playground and casual Italian restaurant nearby (with two high chairs - bonus!) so we visit frequently.

1. Women's Bible study started up again and woo-boy was I missing that over the summer and ready for it! I have an amazing small group and the study we are doing is challenging, but really good.
2. Liv having fun at a birthday party.
3. Coops and Mads hanging out in Fountain Square over the weekend when our two families headed to the newly opened Hard Rock Cafe here in Baku.
4.& 5. These two ate the same thing. But Evy is a million times messier.
6. Working on my lunch-packing skills. Madi's old school provided lunch and her new school has the option to buy or bring each week. I've been trying to do a combo of both based on the menu so she tries new foods, but also has alternatives if something is on the menu that I know she doesn't like.
7. The fun birthday party we attended had a balloon guy who made hats for the girls and a flower/sword for Madi. Loads of fun!
8. Sep 29 was National Coffee Day. I celebrated with multiple cups of java.
9. Sometimes you have a rough morning and just can't stay awake for lunch - ha!

So now that I've caught up on September it's time to work on the first part of October and the twins 15 month post since that's up tomorrow!

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