I really really thought I had written at least one blog post so far this month and realized that, in fact, I had not! Goodness gracious-- time is such a thief and moves at lightning speed.
I thought I'd share 3 things about each of my kiddos.
Michael-- 6 years old
- He loves to play video games. And for any judgmental thoughts scrolling across anyone's mind-- these games do not seem to detract from his ability to exhibit literacy and mathematical skills. He's one of the top students in his grade. I think there are about seven first grade classes at his school and he still ranks in the top percentage as far as academic ability even after spending a week in the hospital and a week recovering at home during the month of October.
- He's the ultimate home-body. In this way, we are very much alike! He would always prefer to stay at home than to go on errands or grocery shop! He's most comfortable curled up on the couch with a game or a book.
- He is very much into the magic of Christmas and it's so fun! He understands that the true reason of the season is to celebrate Jesus' birth and he can relate the importance of the birth to Easter and the magnificence of Jesus defeating death. In addition to the real meaning of the season, he is in awe of the other traditions of the season too. We have an "Elf on the Shelf" and we say that Santa fills the stockings while presents under the tree are from Mom and Dad and family members. Michael still believes in Santa and thinks the elf is real, etc. While he believes, I will surely let him do so. Once that magic is gone, it's hard to get it back until you're seeing the magic in the eyes of your own children.
Noah-- 4 (almost 5) years old
- Noah is still obsessed with garbage trucks and loves to help us break down cardboard boxes that he then takes to the recycling center with Grandma Chips. Mondays are garbage days around here, and if he doesn't see our trash can being picked up then he considers it his mission of the day to see a garbage truck in action somewhere around our town. We have nearly a 100% success rate at finding a garbage truck on these days. :)
- Noah is also newly obsessed with police officers. He wants us to stop whenever we see one parked in a parking lot of department stores, etc. We try to tell him that it's not really appropriate to just walk up to a police car and bang on the window just to ask to see their hats or handcuffs, but he asks us each time we pass one just in case that's the one time we'd say yes. :) He has gone into the sheriff office and fire department in the downtown area of our city, and has spoken with police officers behind the police department of our city where they keep their mobile command units, motorcycles, Jeeps, etc. I am going to bring him back a NYPD toy police car (and maybe fire truck too) on an upcoming trip of mine.
- He is the best imaginative player I've ever seen! This kid can self-entertain like no other! And he doesn't care who sees him do it. At any time throughout the course of the day, he will be a garbage man using the couch as his truck, or he'll find a random toy or object that can serve as handcuffs and he'll be a police man arresting someone (the crime is always "you robbed money from the bank"), or he'll be a fireman with sirens blaring. His imagination never ceases to amaze me.
Avery-- 15 months old
- She is SO independent! She's at the age of not wanting to/ not understanding the concept of holding hands, but also doesn't understand what gravity is or what else can hurt her. She loves to be on the couch and attempts to walk across the cushions, but we have to be right there beside her because she'll lose her balance and topple toward the edge and we have to scoot her back over in the right direction before she falls onto the floor. She'd love to walk freely up and down the driveway while we wait for Michael to get home from school, but she obviously doesn't understand traffic or the dangers of the road. It's a very busy time for us right now!
- She loves Christmas decorations. We have had to move ornaments higher and higher on the tree as she discovers new ones and proceeds to dismantle them. We thought we did pretty good just hanging non-breakable ones where she could reach, but we discovered that she can break apart ornaments and we also discovered that one we thought was shatter-proof actually was not. :( Her favorite ornament is a Dunkin Donuts coffee-cup. This one is plastic so I'm okay with her taking it and pretending to drink from it. I re-hang it on the tree each night and she finds it the next morning.
- She LOVES baby dolls. Her face will just burst into a huge grin when she sees her baby doll. She sleeps with one baby doll and gives it a pretend bottle and pacifier and carries it around by its hair. She holds the baby and says "ohhhhh" and "pat-pat" as she pats its back, so we call this baby "Pat Pat Baby"and when we ask her to go get it, she'll instantly run to wherever she's left it and then pick it up and pat its back and bring it back to us. It's just the sweetest thing. She's such a good little pretend mommy. :)
These three absolutely keep me on my toes, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Until Next Time,
Much love, Reba