Five Fact Friday – Dancing, fun running, kitchen adventures and more in this weekend update! Wishing you all a happy weekend!
1. I wasn’t kidding! Thanks everyone for being so kind and patient about last week’s book post in place of my usual Five Fact Friday. Sometimes people think I’m kidding when I respond “you should see the 500 pictures that didn’t turn out” when they say things like “how do you get cute pictures of your kids for these posts?”
I’m not joking! Honestly, for every “good” picture on the blog, there are several that didn’t turn out. Sometimes more than a few! Last week I took almost 100 pictures (seriously) and only TWO turned out. And they were both of Milo. So… no Five Fact Friday. Ha!
2. STEM brainstorming. I mentioned that Sophie’s teacher isn’t assigning any real homework for first grade. We have several fun computer programs from her teacher that we can use to work on things like reading, social studies, or math, but other than that, we won’t have nightly homework. And I feel GREAT about that.
We *do* have optional quarterly family STEM projects. This quarter, the project is to create a model of a shelter or habitat for something. Sophie chose lions and we’ve been working together a little bit each night to make some progress. I love watching everyone’s minds work while we’re brainstorming!
3. He’s got spirit…yeah, yeah, he’s got spirit…Milo’s school had spirit week and he was REEEEEALLY excited about it. Mismatched socks are his jam (he insisted on them every day last winter) and couldn’t wait to show everyone in his class. Hat day delighted him, and the little fun run they did? He was beyond excited and was sure to wear is “Toucan Do It” shirt. It’s the little things.
(Also: watching preschoolers do a fun run? The best. Like a herd of kittens in a tiny basket.)
4. We’ve been busy in the kitchen! Milo has been up on the counter “helping” a lot lately. He says “let’s talk to beach other!” and talks nonstop for an hour while I make lunch or prep food for a blog shoot. I was a mega talker when I was little, so this is karma for sure.
Sophie also asked to help me make scrambled eggs over the weekend and discovered that she could do almost every step by herself! She can crack the eggs, whisk them, pour them into the pan and stir them while they cook (fully supervised because I still get nervous!). She’s really good! We haven’t had a burned batch yet. She has a knack for stopping right when they’re just done and getting the perfect amount of salt on them. It’s awesome!
5. Tiny Dancer. Sophie started dance classes again and my heart couldn’t have been more full. We haven’t been in dance classes for about two years, largely because at the time there were still so many challenges from autism getting in the way, and it was a really heavy, hard thing to walk away from. I felt so defeated and sad about it (she loved it so much, but couldn’t cope in a way that worked for the rest of the class/teacher).
She started asking me about dance classes a few months ago and I finally found one that’s a good fit. She was just absolutely BEAMING when she slipped into her ballet outfit and carried a ballet bag with her dance shoes. I wish so much that I could hug 2-years-ago-me and tell her about how wonderful this moment would be. In the meantime, I’ll be the one who might cry happy tears in the hallway during class.