Five Fact Friday – Our spring break is winding down and we’re already ready for summer! From daffodils to potty talk, here’s a peek at the week.
1. Down. Sophie hasn’t worn her hair down in about three years. She’s always been really opinionated about what she wears and how her hair is done (even before she could talk, which was a challenge for sure!). I LOVE that she knows what she wants and she’s willing to fight for it, and I’ve mostly decided to let clothing battles go (other than for church, weddings, or family pictures, and even then I try to provide choices).
Similarly, I feel like as long as her hair has been brushed, she can choose what she likes. So, for three years that’s meant ponytail or bun ONLY. We’ve gotten one or two ponytail braids in here or there, or I’ve been able to pin her bangs back a few different ways, but mostly it’s just been ponytails or braids all the way. It was a super shock to me on Sunday night after a bath she announced that she wanted to wear her hair down.
I assumed it would bug her after a few minutes or hours, but she did it all week! She looked like a totally different girl to me! I don’t really care what hairstyle she prefers, but the flexibility of being able to tolerate it looking different was a huge mark of progress to me. She proudly announced to everyone she met from friends at the park to the grocery store cashier “I’m wearing my hair down!” and I wished that I could have told everyone that while it’s a totally ordinary thing, it was also a really extraordinary thing THREE YEARS in the making.
2. Spicy Spring Break. I think Milo felt the boredom of spring break must have needed a little spicing up because he was very spicy this week. Milo played the part of little brother beautifully this week, complete with perfectly timed pestering and epic meltdowns. I don’t know if he was missing the one-on-one time we get during school weeks or whether he was just bored, but WOW. It was a thing.
Thankfully, there were also plenty of moments when they played nicely together and entertained each other during the week. We made up our own rules to Dominos, built 9,000 block set and train track combinations, and read piles of library books. It made me crave summer break! Just two months left till we get there!
3. Pajamas please. Milo has also been taking spring break seriously on the clothes front. He’ll get up before the sun, eat breakfast, get dressed, and around 9:00am ask “can I put my ‘jamas on Mom?” At the VERY soonest opportunity, he’s gotten back into leisurewear. It’s so funny. Except when we have anywhere to be. #leisurewearforlife
4. Potty talk. I SO APPRECIATED the help you guys gave me this week on Instagram stories when I asked for suggestions about what to do about bathroom talk/jokes (which my children think are the best thing ever right now–OY). Almost every single person who responded said they have a “bathroom talk belongs in the bathroom” policy. I loved that idea! With the reminder, they’ll sometimes go to the bathroom and laugh about it for a few minutes, then come out and keep playing. Other times, it’s too much effort and the novelty wears off. It was just the right solution for us, so THANK YOU!
5. Daffodils. I mentioned on Instagram that we went to Trader Joe’s this week. I was dying to take the whole flower section home with me, but I settled on picking up what looked like 2 bunches of green onions but were actually bunches of tiny daffodil buds. We cut the ends, put them in water, and in just a day they all opened up, brightening up the kitchen with their sunshine color and the promise of spring. We can’t get enough! It’s amazing what small things like this can do to boost your happiness! (And the little daffodil bud bunches were only $1-2!)
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