Monday, July 27, 2015

Lena: 2.5

1. She can sing her alphabet, but only identifies three letters: L, M (for mommy!), and O.

2. She counts perfectly to 12, then mumbles some random teen numbers until she hits 20 and then she can do 21, 22, 23, etc.

3. She knows triangle, square, rectangle, moon (crescent), oval, circle, star, and heart.

4. The reason she knows her shapes is because of the book Pa Grape's Shapes. She insists that I read it to her at naptime and bedtime, and has it completely memorized. It is amazing to hear her quote it. I wish she'd let me videotape her . . .

5. She knows her colors, although she still struggles with red and green - especially green. She's getting better at red.

6. She's still completely obsessed with her Binky and Ellies.

7. She generally sleeps from 8:30pm to anywhere between 6 and 7 am. And she takes one, two hour nap every day.

8. She loves Lucy and calls her "my sister." The girls usually play really well together, although they definitely fight. Lena likes to be obstinate and always wants the opposite of what Lucy wants. If I ask them what they want for lunch, Lucy invariably says "macaroni!" and Lena just has to argue, so she says "I don't want macaroni!" If I ask who wants the blue plate and who wants the red plate, Lena wants whatever Lucy wants. When they play house, Lucy always says "I'm the mom!" and Lena always responds, "No! I want to be the mom!" She doesn't even know what that means. She just wants to make Lucy mad. But they also love on each other, and play adorable imaginary games together, and giggle a ton.

9. She's obsessed with Daniel Tiger (she calls him Neighbor) and screen time in general. She'd watch youtube on my phone for hours if I'd let her. When Justin and I went away this weekend, Lena asked my mom, "Did Mommy take her phone?" My mom said yes. Then Lena said, "Did Mommy take her Kindle?" My mom said yes. So Lena said, "What am I going to do??" Ha.

10. She's a girly girl like Lucy. She loves to dress up and wear pretty jewelry and do make-up. She loves playing with babies and making food in her pretend kitchen (and helping me in the real kitchen). She has no interest in balls or sports and is terribly uncoordinated. Lol.

11. She is anti-social just like Lucy. She loves my parents, but that's about it. She still cries when I drop her off to her class at church - and she sometimes doesn't even make it through the hour class without the teacher coming to find me. She doesn't like my sisters or nephews or any of her other relatives - at least not until she's had about half an hour to warm up to them.

12. Mostly, she's just obsessed with me. I call her my leech, because she clings to me 90% of her waking hours. In the morning, when she wakes up, we snuggle in my bed and watch Daniel Tiger until Lucy wakes up. Justin is already gone, so we have my whole queen sized bed to share. But she insists on laying so close to me that she is pressed up against me. When I'm sitting on the couch, she wants to sit on my lap. When I'm cooking, she wants me to hold her. And I'm not allowed to leave her sight. If I walk away from her, she shouts, "Wait for me!" If for some reason she can't find me, she screams in a panicked voice, "Mommy, where are you?!?!" The poor child has abandonment issues and I've never left her anywhere other than church or with a family member. I thought Lucy was bad, but she was nothing compared to Lena.

13. Despite her leech tendencies, she's hilarious and goofy and wonderful and words can't express how much we love her and how much fun we have with her.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Saturday 6

Something very sad and strange is happening . . . blogging is losing its allure. Hopefully I'm just going through a phase, but lately I feel like I just don't have anything to say.

1. This week was VBS at our church. I taught the preschool class because Lena cannot be away from me. The first day I only had 4 kids! It was a breeze! We eventually doubled our class size, but the kids were good and I had great helpers. I was given a curriculum this year instead of making my own. But it was still a lot of work to choose which crafts/activities to do and then collect/organize all the supplies, and make sure everything was prepped and ready. Lucy actually went to her class without me 4 out of the 5 days. There's hope for kindergarten after all!!

2. I made a new meal last week that was pretty good. I'm obsessed with bacon in pasta lately. Chicken Carbonara is my new fave at Olive Garden (even though it's like $18!). Anyway, this recipe is from the Plain Chicken blog: Chicken Bacon Tomato Alfredo Skillet {One Pot}. Make it. Eat it. Be fat and happy.

3. The only book I read in the past two weeks was The Pelican Bride (Beth White). It was a little more historical than I'm used to, but I actually really enjoyed it. It was about part of American history I'm not real familiar with. Thumbs up.

4. This week was Town and Country Days in Sparta. Justin's dad treated the girls to a night at the carnival. We went too, because did I mention that Lena cannot be away from me? Oy. (More on that in her 2.5 year update later this week.) Lucy rode the same ride 4 times and went on a couple other kiddie ones. That child does not have the spirit of adventure. (Where do you suppose she gets that?) I should probably encourage her more, but I know what it's like to be afraid, and I remember what it's like to be pressured to go on the big rides and then hate every second of them. She'll do it when she's good and ready. And if she never does, who cares?! Less money spent at the carnival!
This was the favorite. Fortunately, Justin went on it with her because I'm getting old and spinny rides make me sick. 
Lena liked it too!

The train.
5. The carnival has one of those kiddie-coasters. Lucy absolutely refused to go on it, but Lena insisted that she wanted to go. She was barely tall enough, and adults couldn't ride it, so she had to go by herself. This is where my helicopter-parenting comes out. I kept telling Justin that she was too little and she'd be too scared and he kept telling me to just let her try it. So I stood by the fence nervously as the attendant strapped her in. It's a really jerky ride and all the other kids held onto the bar in front of the seat, but Lena was too short to reach it and I thought she'd fly right out of the car. The first time they went around, she looked a little nervous. The second time, she started to cry. By the third time, she had a look of sheer terror and was shouting, "Mommy!!!"
Poor baby. Props for being brave, though.
6. Today was the parade. It was scheduled to be at noon, so we showed up around 11:40 and were shocked by all the available parking. As I was parking, Niki called to tell me that the parade was postponed 'til 2 (because of some storms that had just blown through). So we walked around town, got free hot dogs and ice cream, went to the petting zoo, etc. Lucy refused to get out of the stroller, and Lena was scared of this adorable little kitten:

 Finally, once the temperature had climbed to 85*, the parade started. I don't know why I even bother - why we miss nap time and sit in the sweltering sun getting sweaty and sunburned. My girls are terrified of the firetrucks and loud noises:
This is Lena burying her face in my shoulder and clinging to me for dear life.
I did get one cute picture before the parade started:

And they got tons of candy, so it was worth it to them.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Saturday 7

You'd think I'd have a lot to share since I haven't done one of these in ages, but I've been fighting through a lot of depression and don't have anything real enlightening to say.

1. I've been watching Friends on Netflix. It's so weird to see shots of the World Trade center in their "skyline fly-overs." And it's weird to think these people are in their 20s. In the episode I just watched, Monica said she's 27. Were they really that age when they filmed the show? They seem older to me, but probably just because I know them as older now.

2. Books I read the past two weeks:  Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania (Melanie Dobson), Tidewater Inn (Colleen Coble), The Bride Backfire (Kelly Eileen Hake), Rosemary Cottage (Colleen Coble), and The Wonder of You (Susan May Warren). The Pennsylvania one had some interesting history. It was about a sect of Christians in the 1700s called Moravians. They were incredibly mission oriented. They got married by lot instead of choosing their spouses, then they lived in separate quarters - married women's housing and married men's housing. (They were allowed one hour in the couples' bedchamber once a week.) When they had babies, the baby would stay with the mom for one year while breastfeeding, then moved to the "nursery" where nannies took care of all the children. How awful is that?!

3. Even though it's been a dismally cold summer, Lucy's been spending a ton of time in the pool. She doesn't care that it's like 50* and green. She loves it. She's getting the hang of swimming. By the end of this summer, she's going to be a pro. Lena, on the other hand, refuses to get in the water unless I go with her, and I don't get in the pool until the water's at least 70*. Haha. 

4. We got free tickets to a Whitecaps game on Wednesday. I was worried it was going to be cold, but it was actually a really nice night. The girls were a little fidgety, but that's to be expected.

Not much baseball was actually watched. Lucy did a lot of this:
Thanks, Cara, for the Usborne sticker books! They arrived just in time! :-)
By about 9:00, Lena was doing a lot of this:

And they both did a lot of this:
Amazingly, neither of them crashed into the bars at the end. Haha.

Lucy even got on the big screen showing off some of her sweet dance moves! Haha. And they loved the fireworks. I thought they'd be terrified of the loud noises, but they thought it was awesome.

5. I had something written about the SCOTUS gay marriage ruling last week. (First of all, can I just say how much I hate the acronym SCOTUS? Ew.) But I didn't publish it because it was a little bit angry. Haha. And honestly, the world doesn't need any more opinions about it. The next day, I read this in my devotions:
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (2 Timothy 2:23-24) 
6. I made Lucy's tuition payment this week. And then the electrical system in Justin's car went haywire. And then we got the credit card bill with the charges from getting 4 new brakes for my car. Moral of the story: we'll be eating a lot of rice and beans for the rest of the summer.

7. It dawned on me this week that Lucy is starting school in less than 2 months. (Her school starts before Labor Day.) Up until now, I've been really excited for her to go to school. But I'm starting to get a tiny bit sad. I realized that it's the beginning of the end. Unless by some crazy twist of fate I end up homeschooling her, she will never be home with me full-time again. She's starting off slow this year with just 3 full days. But next year it will be all day every day. And then she'll be in high school. And then she'll really leave me and go off to college. Whoa. How did this happen?

Well my family is coming over in an hour and a half and I haven't showered, made food, or cleaned the house yet, so I better get movin'. Happy 4th, everyone. Have a great week!
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