1. Sophie has been a “kitty” for weeks. She greets me in the morning with “gwanning mama” (good morning, mama) followed by a few meows. It’s really cute for a few minutes. While she’s in character, she can only talk in an octave audible to canines (which is less cute after a few hours), but I will say that Kitty Sophie is quite amiable and can be persuaded to come sit in her seat for meals or bring me something at a critical moment in a diaper change. All it takes is to address her in character: “Kitty, time for dinner!” or “can you bring me ____, kitty?” She’s much more responsive if you tell her she’s pretty. Go figure.
(p.s. kitty does a lot of eyes close and wiggling of whiskers)
2. Milo seems to be taking his lounging to the next level. Either he’s got the makings of a champion plank-er, or he’s learning how to take up 400% of the space his body actually needs. He’s mastered the art of spreading out. He’s also super shifty, so he’ll squirm and wiggle like crazy till he gets in his “spot,” whatever that may be. Heaven help us when he’s all limbs as a teenager.
3. It’s so fun to see my little ones learn to love books. Both my parents were readers growing up and tried to invite us along for the ride. We regularly went to the library during the summer, and your “reward” was getting to stay up for a little bit reading at night. It’s something I want to instill in Milo and Sophie. Milo has been lukewarm (at best) toward books until just recently. As soon as I carted home every last board book at the library featuring some sort of vehicle, he just dove into it. Now, he’ll ask if we can read books several times a day. Sophie’s got a fun personality with books. She prefers something funny (like hippos hiding in conspicuous places) or that requires problem solving or answering questions (what is this? where is the ___? what does the ___ say?).
4. If only things went so smoothly with coloring. Sophie’s loved being creative basically since she had enough motor control to hold a pen/pencil in her hand. She loves painting, coloring, drawing, writing, etc. Milo, on the other hand, loves eating or throwing crayons. It’s usually upsetting enough to Sophie to have her crayons broken/chewed/destroyed/strewn about that coloring ends in tears more often than not these days. SOS! What should I do about this?
5. My “little” (only) brother is getting married this weekend to a beautiful, smart, wonderful, adventurous girl. It’s so fun to see him so happy. I can’t wait to get to know her better. And also, HOLY COW aren’t they a good looking couple?! Susan is so effortlessly beautiful, I can hardly stop gushing about it. (photos taken by my exceptionally talented cousin Maxwell)
Happy Weekend, dear reader. Hooray! Wishing you every good thing
P.S. I was a contributing writer over at Bless This Mess this week on her first Ingredient Spotlight:Citrus! Be sure to check out the post and let her know what you think!