Just to keep the girls busy while cooking supper one evening, I dumped out a bag of dried beans into a plastic container and then encouraged them to scoop into another container. This activity kept the girls occupied for quite awhile, mostly because it was novel I think, but at the end the beans ended up scattered all over the floor. Oh well, fun is fun is fun.
Unni excitedly woke up yesterday, pulled her curtain back and yelled, “Mommy, it’s snowing, it’s snowing, it’s snowing!” Technically, the snow had stopped but we loved her uninhibited enthusiasm. She ran around to each window and peered out, confirming the presence of the white fluffy stuff. After a quick breakfast, we all bundled up and played outside. Dad headed off to work after a few minutes but the rest of us stayed out for awhile. Unni sledded down our teeny weeny backyard hill on a makeshift sled — a garbage can lid wrapped with heavy plastic bag — as all the stores around had sold out of sleds the previous night. We trooped in for hot chocolate and then lunch. In the afternoon, Dad came home early and he and Unni cleared the driveway off. Apparently one of our neighbors stopped on their way to the store, complimented Dad on “raising your girl right” and asked if we needed any groceries. Kinda funny what people notice! Anyway, then Unni and I sledded down the front yard itty bitty hill with a new sled that Dad found at the hardware store. That sled is awesome! Very slippery and slides amazingly far! Dad worked all afternoon, but after supper, he and the girls headed back out and sledded some more, using the light from the front porch and front windows to guide their fun. Three sessions of sledding made for some happy and tired girls. We love snow!
One afternoon, I was cleaning up the mess of
working studying learning playing with the kids, when I looked down at the cookie sheet. Initially, I was dismayed at the alphabet, or rather the lack thereof, since we had been talking about and practicing letters. But at second glance, I realized the our girl had put her letters away as I requested very neatly and organized them by…. color!
We find much pleasure in sharing new experiences with our girls. Over the weekend we saw a children’s play based on the story Too Many Frogs at our downtown art center. We are so happy that the town provides interesting venues for children in art, sports, theatre, music, and just fun activities. Our girls both liked the play and Unni said she’d like to go again. So, we might try to do that next month when the next children’s theatre performance occurs.
The girls loved the craft activity we did with some friends last week. It was a perfect way to keep busy indoors on a very frosty morning. Our hostess already had baked the salt ornaments and we got to paint, then glue and glitter after the paint dried. Although glitter ended up everywhere, the girls enjoyed it so much that we plan to do it again. Unni keeps asking if we can get some glitter, so that might be our next purchase at Michaels.
Koma slobbered up her supper the other night, carefully picking out all the peas first. I can’t complain about a kid who prefers to eat veggies, so I won’t. Then, she carefully picked up individual pasgetti (as her Unni calls it) noodles and aimed in the vicinity of her mouth. After further wiping her face with sauce, she tried the fork and then returned to using fingers, then the fork, then the fingers. Neither girl actually likes dirty fingers so this pasgetti dinner was a novel experience for Koma. She appeared pretty proud of herself for demolishing this supper independently.
Don’t alarm her, but Koma has been eating REALLY REALLY REALLY well for more than a week now. In the past she’s nibbled here and there but hardly eaten much. Occasionally, she ate a great for a day but that wouldn’t last beyond the one day. But now, she’ll eat multiple meals plus snacks, and even drink milk. The delightful pleasure that most parents experience with their children chowing down food eluded me until now. I’m doing the happy dance right now! After trying everything I possibly could think of, and spending entire days figuring out with what next to tempt the munchkin, I’m just thankful she’s eating. Maybe it was the new IKEA plastic bowls, plates and flatware. Miracles DO happen. And hopefully I didn’t jinx it by sharing the glad tidings.
We screamed, cheered, and snacked on popcorn at the local university’s women’s basketball game last week. The women played impressively against the #17 ranked team, and led at half-time when we left. As it was the girls’ first basketball game in such a venue, they soaked in the sights, sounds and even smells. Unni’s first comment as we entered the building was, “Mommy, I smell popcorn!” Koma’s eyes absorbed everything, and she sat mesmerized for the first 20 minutes. Soon after, she started dancing around, clapping and laughing at the mascot. Unni said her favorite part was the cartwheels performed by the cheerleaders.