Five Fact Friday – Hooray for the weekend! Christmas magic, a fun run, a speed demon and more in this week’s Five Fact Friday!
1. YOLO. Sophie has recently picked up using abbreviations and some colloquial expressions, and for some reason it’s really making me laugh. She’s been so formal and articulate, especially having worked with several speech therapists over the years, so for her to say things like “ya” for “you” and “nappin'” instead of “sleeping” feels kind of like hearing your grandma say “YOLO.” It’s the funniest.
2. Grit. She had a fun run this week that she was so excited about. Her school is really focused on cultivating grit, resilience, and a growth mindset, and I’ve been so impressed by the ways they bring those concepts into the classroom and school activities. The celebrations and encouragements aren’t about achievement. They’re about effort, kindness, perseverance, and helping others. I feel so lucky to be part of this school experience. And I love watching this girl tell me she can do anything. She’s right.
3. Little love. Milo has been my little love the last few weeks. He’s given me countless hugs and said “come be wiff me!” or “let’s be friends together” over and over. His emotions have been super close tot he surface, so even though that has meant plenty of tears and three year old grumpies, it has meant so much sweetness, and cuddliness, and lovey-ness. I need that in my life.
4. He’s a blur. His bike riding is getting faster and faster all the time. It’s my favorite thing to watch as his tiny legs spin in a blur, as he slowly weaves a serpentine path while humming theme music at the top of his lungs. I can’t seem to catch it in its full glory on video, but it’s adorable.
5. Christmas Moments. Christmas with kids is like breathing magic, and honestly, it gets so much better every year. The more they understand, the more fun the season gets. This year, we’ve been wandering through twinkly neighborhoods, and making paper snowflakes and handmade Christmas cards and in all the imperfections and stress of the season, I’m grateful for those moments–the whispered exclamations of “I love this world” from Milo, and the way Sophie’s cheeks get extra pink in the cold mornings. It is not all sunshine and sparkle dust, but I’m so grateful for the Moments.
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