Eliot is my shadow in the morning. This morning she got into some puff balls used for art projects. There was also a caterpillar rattle in the box. So of course she started to make a caterpillar. It makes me smile when children invent play like this. I work so hard to teach children how to do this at my job. A lot of the parents I work with don't see the importance of this skill and belittle these activities. Creating something with meaning out of the pieces of the world around us ties into some many higher level skills that how can you ignore this process? Besides, it's fun!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
That is the title of a post on one of my favorite blogs today. Go check out Authentic Parenting to read the whole thing. Well, that post inspired me to write about the positive things about my children. I love parenthood. Even when I am separated from my children I miss them and think of them every moment. Each one is unique and special. Some parents seem to only see the negative things about raising children. For me it is my lifestyle. It is not just a part of who I am it is one of the most defining aspects of my role in this world. I have the power to change the world! I am a mother! (I promise to use my power for good.)
You remember everything. You are honest and tell me exactly how my meals taste.
You are eager to learn all you can about the world. You are the most responsible 11 year old I know.
You play so well with your younger brother, Evan. You have patience beyond measure while dealing with an 3 year old with limitless energy.
You are my dancer. You twirl through my day and are always ready to share a hug to brighten my day.
You know exactly where I keep the coca-cola in the fridge and won't hesitate to bring me one when I am thirsty.
You are the funniest 2 year old I know. You actually know how to tell a good joke.
My baby, you are so sweet. You have the biggest belly laugh I have ever heard from a 5 month old baby.
I positively adore my children and cannot imagine my life without them.
It is so hard sometimes for a two year old to blow bubbles. Most parents and caregivers have seen many a toddler lick, eat, mouth, and just plain do everything with a bottle of bubbles but blow bubbles. Today Eliot must have been missing Mrs. Sara a lot so she dug deep in her bag of toys and pulled out her bubbles. These were great. She was able to do them all by herself! And best of all they don't spill even if you turn them upside down.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
As always we are nearly out of bread, milk, and juice. I tried to slip past Evan asleep on the couch but no such luck. Evan and Eliot went to the grocery store. The grocery store is such a great place to work on social and language skills for young children. They have to follow so many age appropriate rules in a hyper stimulating environment that it is the ultimate practice ground for toddlers and preschoolers. I provide boundaries for the kids in the store but I also let them explore within their ability. This is how they will learn. If they sat in the shopping cart and never asked questions and never touched the world around them they would never learn how to interact with that world. In this picture they are holding onto some wax wrapped cheese. Eliot is jumping and using hers as a yo-yo.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We made a trip to the library again today. We made it there 15 minutes after it opened and it was already packed with kids and families. We hung out in the preschool section for a while and picked out a few books and puppets to check out and headed home. Lyn and the little kids had a little impromptu puppet show before Granny came over to visit. They put on a bigger show for Granny. Dad and I took advantage and went to a dollar movie. We watched The Clash of the Titans. It was worth a dollar. If they would have worked on the storyline more than the 3D effects it would have been better. Over all it was a good day.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
This little cat lives in my purse most of the time. He used to belong to my grandmother. After she passed away and before we bought her house I was going through some of her old belongings. This little guy was found in one of her old purses. He is pretty worn. I am thinking she picked him up when she was working at the thrift store. Maybe he is worn from lovingly being handled. I am not sure. I can see her possibly rubbing him absentmindedly while she had to wait for something. Maybe he was kept in a pocket and rubbed for good luck throughout the day. Who knows. All I know is that whenever I come across him hiding in my purse I remember my grandmother so in there he stays. Maybe one day my granddaughter will be going through my belongings and find this old, worn out, sort of creepy little cat and wonder about him.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Ben came to work again today. He is getting so big. Here he is getting a little attention from his "Aunt" Sara. He had an appointment today to check his growth. He weighs in at 16 pounds and 5 ounces! He is 24 inches long! I guess milk does a body good. He is exclusively breastfeeding. He hasn't shown any interest in food yet. We'll hold off till at least 6 months or later. Check out those thighs (Ben's not Sara's!!)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Lyn and Eliot hanging out at the creek! (This post is for Beth. She said I've been neglecting my blog.)
Monday, June 7, 2010
Lyn and Eliot went with their Granny to the beach for a whole week. I wasn't sure how Eliot would do being away from her mama for as long. She did great though. It is taking her a while to get back in the swing of things at home but she had fun. Lyn had a blast too. The oil from the spill in the gulf came onto the beach the day they left. They could smell it and see some tar balls but it wasn't too bad as they were leaving.