Ingrid's school is very anti-bullying. They have a very serious campaign against it and I am grateful for it. They also do rewards very well. Recently Ingrid was given a kindness award. She was nominated by a grade six student who comes into the kindergarten classroom during lunch to help open lunch boxes, etc. Ingrid likes to help the janitor clean their tables after lunch (no cafeteria in the school - they eat in the classroom) and the grade sixer thought that was a nice thing. Ingrid was very excited to hear her name announced over the PA system again.
On a typical Saturday afternoon Elodie is dressed in full princess regalia and Derek is vacuuming the stairs. She runs to the stairs and shouts out in a singsong-y voice "Oh Prince Charming! I want you to dance with me when you're finished vacumming the stairs!" It's a modern day fairytale.
When he should have been hunting for the mouse that is on the loose in our house, Derek got sucked into another one of Ingrid's impromptu Art-o-ramas in the playroom. He subliminally rebelled by creating a business card for himself as follows:
Three years ago Ingrid did ballet at one of the local dance studios here. She lasted a couple months until one day she had a pee accident. She was devastated and mortified and basically refused to go back. She embarrasses easily. But until that day she loved it. She was three years old and it was the first time she ever willingly went somewhere that I couldn't be with her.
Looking back I can't believe how tiny she was.
She was especially pleased at Halloween when we were told they could wear a modified version of their costume.
It's too bad she stopped dancing then. I have always thought she would make a beautiful dancer and wished she would try it again.
And wouldn't you know... she finally came to me and asked it give a try again!
On Friday, for the last time, I dusted off our bumbo seat.
Danica was very excited about it!
Ingrid and Elodie were pretty excited about it, too.
Danica wiggled her arms and legs around as though she had a taste of freedom for the first time.
Her little personality really shined bright today as she explored the world from a different vantage point. I couldn't get enough of her cuteness.
I may have taken too many pictures.
Even Danica thought so.
She said, "If you don't stop taking my picture I'm going to punch you in the nose."
Elodie wanted to share her lollipop. She's an enthusiastic sharer and doesn't quite understand why no one wants to share her sticky, slobbery treat. She will stick you with it if she gets the chance. And I caught her this close to giving Danica her first taste of the good stuff. Just what my reluctant nurser wants.
Another big first (for the last time)... Danica's first solid food. If you can call a few spoonfuls of rice cereal mixed with about a cup of water solid. She mostly just blew bubbles in it and spilled most of it down her bib. But she loved it.
She was so ready for solids. I think of all three she had the earliest introduction to solid food. I can't imagine making her wait another five weeks until she turns six months.
My what big (beautiful!) eyes you have!
We all took turns feeding the live doll. Ingrid was so excited to do this that she apparently talked to her teachers about it all day long on Friday.
And on Saturday we cleaned up the exersaucer and let the littlest one have a turn. When we purchased that thing nearly six years ago for $119 we had no idea what an investment it would be. I remember thinking it was an awful expense for just one little child. I had no idea then that we'd have three children to use it.
It's the first official day of March break and I feel somewhat prepared. At least for a day or two. My action plan for survival is to just keep 'em busy. The ratio of small, needy children to harried, tired mother does not work out in my favour so I have no plans to take them anywhere outside the general area of our home.
So I prepared some crafty activities in advance.
Ingrid nearly jumped out of her skin with excitement when she saw this set up just for her.
She (and I) thought it would take her all day but she loved it so much she just kept working hard at it, for a long time and before we knew it she was nearly done. It was so nice to see her so happy and full of concentration.
Elodie hung out with us and did her best to stay out of trouble.
Ultimate trouble maker right here, though.
Elodie asked to have her own project so I quickly marked out her name and gave her some craft supplies and, of course, glue. She chose to use only a green bingo dabber.
Doing her own thing...
Bird's eye view.
"Wanna see my pet?" - Elodie filled an empty gum container with glue, beads and a million other left over doo-dads from Ingrid's project and called it her pet. She was very proud of it and very carefully carried it around all day.
"I made this for you, Mom!", said Elodie. Girlfriend loves some glue.
And then she made some more pets that apparently smell like grape.
After one our of remarkable concentration from a child so easily distracted, it was mission complete for Ingrid and the alpahbet.
Later she wanted to do more crafts so I whipped up a paper plate cow thingamabob and she went to work.
Sometimes when Elodie gets mad at me because I won't let her have her way all the time, she will pick up the "phone" and call either Grandpa (Derek's father) or Grandma Di and tell them that I'm being bad. Her eyes start rolling and she talks a mile a minute, making sure to tell them the whole shebang. If she wasn't so cute I'd be scared.
I'm not really one to complain much about the winter. Winter is long and cold and I don't have illusions of it disappearing the moment the calendar turns to March. But even I have had enough. The snowbanks at the end of our driveway are huge and so dirty.
Makes for some great sliding, though.
It was pretty mild out, winter and all. Danica seemed to enjoy just sitting in her chair watching the big girls do big girl things.
Like playing the the melting snow with sand toys.
Derek had just gotten back from a nice, long run. Just in time for Ingrid to announce that her snowpants were leaking and she needed to go inside.