We are so thankful that September is still warm enough to wear skirts and simple jackets to school. Ingrid loved her outfit and double ponies so much she wanted me to take a picture. Elodie loved her ponies, too, and wanted to be in the picture as well.
Elodie has begun to start printing her name. She has long since learned how to spell it thanks to a little song we made up together and now we're putting it on paper. What better place to practice than on a birthday card to a favourite cousin?
Some time ago I found a craft that uses colourful bottle caps to make a rainbow. I've been collecting them since the spring. To break a serious case of boredom today I took them out and let Elodie play with them. Not surprising she started by lining the colours up in neat little rows. Then she blossomed out and made a flour and the sun.
Danica discovered the magnets on the side of the fridge. She's quite taken with them and uses them often. They are forever all over the floor and are very, very slippery if you step on them.
Ingrid got her ears pierced and is already planning for the day she can change them.
Someone else was very tired and bit the dust mid meal.
We had visitors for a day. Danica confiscated Alec's swords.
And seemed to know how to use them!
Look!! I'm in a picture!
When you're the littlest sister two times over you come to expect a certain amount of bedazzling.
Elodie loves to do puzzles. She did about 90% of this one all by herself.
Another before school shot.
Danica loves to pick up and sometimes lick our very dirty shoes. Yech! You know, there were three selling features on this house for me. One of them was that there was an actual foyer that we didn't have to cross over to get from one side of the house to the other and it had doors that we could close to keep small, crawling children away from dirty, yucky shoes. Do you think those doors are ever closed?
Danica has discovered that our stairs are climable and she is all over it! Can't turn my back and she's up there like a bat out of hell. We have yet to find a baby gate that is wide enough to cover the stairs.
Elodie entertains herself pretty well during the day sometimes. She is currently enjoying making herself some friends and talks to them all day long. Here she is creating her latest. Derek loved it so much he took it to work (with her permission, of course!).
Also happened this month: Elodie started swimming lessons. She's officially a big girl now even though she looks so teeny, tiny in that big, big pool. Parenting Elodie is a very different experience than parenting Ingrid. They could not be more different. With Ingrid I practically had to get in the pool with her the first few times but Elodie just went right in. She wasn't all gung-ho about it and entered with trepidation but went in nonetheless and never looked back. She knows she can hold her own and she does.
During her lesson I couldn't take my eyes off her. Ingrid started her next level at the same time but I never once glanced in her direction. She does just fine now. She doesn't need to me to watch her every single second. It wouldn't have mattered even if she did, anyway. I was transfixed on Elodie.
I watched that little pixie girl of mine blow bubbles, jump up and down in excitement, high five her teacher and splash around in the water. Despite her independence, she stayed close to the insturctor. She continued to smile the entire time. She was confident and quiet.
My heart nearly burst with pride.