Brother & Sister

Perhaps the best things that happened this summer was Max and Julie really starting to play together. At our weekly music class at the gym – Julie would knock on the door, and Max would let her out with his keys.
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Max likes to makes houses out of cardboard boxes, and sometimes he lets Julie in.
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Max likes to make houses out of boxes, and sometimes lets Julie in.

One day Julie was giving us zerberts as we all lay on the couch…
Max: “My sister is so silly'”
Brittney: “Yes, she makes me laugh”
Max: “She makes me laugh too”
(Brittney almost cries)
Of course there is still lots of taking toys and fighting, but Julie is getting strong and pretty good at holding on to things she wants. She now likes the wrestling and often initiates it. So we’ve changed our refrain from ‘don’t tackle your sister’ to ‘keep it clean – below the neck.’ (Also ‘you can only wrestle with your brother, not strange 4-year-old boys on the playground’).
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We loved having so much unscheduled time to go on adventures together this summer. One gorgeous August day we watched the toy sailboats in Central Park (and fed seaweed to the fish). Max was intrigued by watching the concept of remote control and was pretty intrigued. Julie just wanted to go in the water.
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On bad weather days they both like going to a nearby indoor playspace. They usually close down the place and love helping clean up and put away all the toys. One day we were the only ones there, so we had a serious taxi-driving/fruit-throwing party.
Co-driving the taxi at Appleseeds

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Playing in the deli - we had the place all to ourselves!

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We had just as much cleaning up the mess later

Julie loves watching The Cat In The Hat, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Dora with Max in the evenings when he earns it. But after a few minutes she often gets restless and starts wandering around the living room – or trying to get into Max’s spot.
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Though they sometimes wake each other up now that they’re (finally) sharing a room, they will always have a playmate at the playground.
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And someone to help push their tricycle.
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The first day of Max’s school Julie cried, and some mornings she tries to follow him in saying ‘ I want Max.’ We’re excited to have week of family time as we head to Florida for Thanksgiving and see some favorite brother-sister pairs of cousins, Sam & Anna and Ryan & Spencer.

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