About a month ago, we had the grand idea to buy S her very own sketch pad. Most mornings, she wakes up and wants to color. I started feeling bad about all the paper we were going through (sorry, trees!) and thought this was a good way to focus her drawings more. I've been really impressed by the things she's been drawing and especially proud because I don't have a single artistic bone in my body! I've always wished I could draw or paint, but what I visualize in my head never seems to translate well onto paper. C, on the other hand, is a great artist (though he won't admit it) so I'm really glad that she seems to be following in his footsteps.
You know what I love most about her artistic side? I love that it's something that SHE loves to do. It is something she decided she could get the hang of, and not something I forced her into. I love the surprising parts of parenting that are like this. Seeing your children develop interests of their own. That's just a really cool thing, you know? Sometimes as she walks by me, humming to herself, with an idea in mind of what she's going to do next, I find myself thinking, "Holy cow! That's a real-life small person right there!" With real-life likes and dislikes! Likes French fries, but doesn't like potatoes. Likes to pretend, but dislikes dressing-up. Likes (loves) seaweed, but doesn't like grapes. Likes to help me cook but dislikes (hates) the vacuum.
Now, hopefully she can get on board with field hockey. Because, yeah yeah yeah, I want her to have her own interests. But, field hockey is non-negotiable.
Between sicknesses and traveling and dance parties and tantrum-ing, things have been pretty busy around here. And things don't really look like they will slow down any time soon.
Which means that every spare second I have, you can find my not folding laundry, ha! Seriously. How does that work? Over the past two days I feel like I've folded and put away so much but the pile looks just as big. If anyone is looking for a gift for me, a laundry fairy would MAKE my day!
But, really. I miss my *semi* regular posting for the main fact that I know I'm not recording a lot of the good stuff. The boring, mundane, and un-glamorous things that I am so lucky to call mine.
So to start off this April....a little bit from today:
After finishing their post-nap sack, S excitedly ran to me and yelled, "Mommy! We just made some crumbs for you! So you can clean them up!"
I mean. How did she KNOW that's exactly what I wanted! Haha.
This boy sure know how to make my heart go pitter patter, even if he has been a bit of a grump lately. Don't let him hear you call him that though, or he will let you know, "I am NOT bumpy!"
He's starting to learn the art of teasing his big sister, which sometimes ends with S running to me in tears. The other day she came to me sobbing and said, "Pato says he's not my best friend. But he IS my best friend!"
My guess is she asked him if they were best friends, and he responded with an emphatic "no!" These days, we've been getting a lot of these emphatic no's from him. Or, "I'm sad! I'm sad uh-cuz...nothing."
He's also constantly coming up to me and saying, "Play wif me, mommy?!"
But the funniest thing he's been doing is he'll purposely call us by different names, and laugh while doing it. He'll look at me and say, "Hi Daddy!" with a big cheesy smirk on his face. He calls us anything from Mickey Mouse, to Grammy, to any one of his cousins. He thinks it's hilarious.
Now if only he'd stop waking up before 7.....or 6. Because I'll tell you what. Those early wake up calls are anything but hilarious!
One of my favorite things to do with the kids is to go to the library together. I always look forward to our weekly trips, and love that my kids have developed their own love and appreciation of books. J will often carry his favorite book around with him, and ask us to read it time and time again! It's always interesting which one he gravitates to each week.
Last month, we made a goal to read five hundred new books together by the end of the year. We are well on our way, and I thought I'd start keeping track of what we've read. I'll post the titles here, and will do a quick round-up of the ones we enjoyed most that week. I know that I'm always looking for new suggestions, so perhaps this will help someone else out!
Here are the books we particularly enjoyed this last week!
Frozen Noses by Jan Carr: This last week we've enjoyed not one, but two snowfalls. This book was fun to read because after spending hours outside, we definitely had our share of frozen noses!
Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks: This was a fun one. I bit over S's head, so we had to explain it a little to her as the book went on. I really liked the artwork in this one, and it was fun to watch how the penguin was able to evade the cats that were after him.
Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen: I try to get at least one easy chapter book per week. I love the idea of S starting to read books without so many pictures so she can practice using her imagination. One of the stories was about making cookies, so you know S enjoyed that! The other stories were simple, sweet, and very easy for her to follow.
A Mud Pie for Mother by Scott Beck: This one was a huge hit, especially with Pato. He carried "his" library book with him all over the house, and I think we read it no less than twenty times. By the time we returned it, he was able to recite a good chunk of it. The story is about a little pig who wants to get something special for his mother's birthday. He ends up getting her "just what she wanted," but not the way he originally intended.
Sunflowers by Gail Saunders-Smith: In addition to fiction, every week I also make sure to check out non-fiction educational books. This book is part of a series, and they are super simple to understand. What I love is that S really learns a lot from them, and she picked this one out because she loves sunflowers! She says that she doesn't want to try sunflower seeds, though. Maybe it has something to do with Daddy saying that if she ate one, one would grow in her belly.
I actually took these pictures two days ago. And you better believe I held my breath as I took these shots. S is a pretty light sleeper, and I kept thinking, "You're crazy! Do you really have to take a picture and risk waking them?!"
The answer is yes. I'm so glad I did, too! This was the first time they had ever slept together. After running around town the other day, S asked me if she and Pato could take their naps together. Right away, he got really excited about the idea, and I didn't have the heart to say no.
I was sure it wouldn't work. But, ten minutes later, I peeked in and found them like this. I couldn't believe it! The one downside was that someone woke the other up (they both told me the other did it.) Overall, this gives me hope that maybe they could share a room down the road. I love the idea of them being in a room together and having their own little conversations.
Fast forward to today. We woke up to a hefty amount of snow this morning, and S couldn't wait to play in it. We spent the morning shoveling and making a snowman. After coming in for lunch, S asked if they could nap together again. Sure, why not? I told them to be very quiet and not wake each other up.
I adore these little sweethearts, and I love that they want to spend so much time together. And if it means better naps, you know I'll take it!