Tomorrow is Janie’s 2nd birthday. Hard to believe. It’s been so long since I’ve posted on here that there is almost too much to share about everyone’s status. I’ll try to give the high points as quick as I can here:
- Janie is walking, running, jumping, talking, and otherwise completely two years old. She occasionally uses the potty and loves sesame street. She is very sweet and loving, and cares for all her dolls and stuffed animals much like Marie did when she was this age (or a little older). She looks up to her big brother and big sister very much.
- Brian is 5 1/2 years old, and is enjoying Mrs. Lane’s Kindergarten class very much. His favorite things are Super Mario and Angry Birds, and if he were permitted to play video games 24 hours a day, he would. (I wonder where he gets that from.) Brian would do anything to protect his sisters.
- Marie is 7 1/2 years old, going on 22. She is doing great in Ms. Murtha’s 2nd grade class, and loves her teacher very much. Marie’s favorite things are reading books and making art. If I had more time and energy I’d post more images of her fantastic artwork. She loves to sing, but doesn’t love it when people make a big deal about it!
Marie uses “what matters?” as an expression. It’s kind of an interesting one. I’m not exactly sure how she came up with it, but it is something she figured out on her own. It means something like “what does it matter?” or “who cares?”. For example:
Dad: “Are you going to wear your brown shoes or your white shoes today?”
Marie: “What matters?”
Eventually things like this disappear and we forget they were ever said. What matters?
Marie and Brian are sleeping in the top bunk of Marie’s bed tonight. I’m not sure that’s allowed (we had a pretty strict policy of needing to be 6 years old to be on the top bunk, well at least until Marie was 6) but they are so excited about it. I heard them saying to each other “tonight is going to be the best night ever!” It’s so refreshing when they enjoy spending time with each other 🙂 🙂 🙂
Drastic new measures for self-protection need to be taken around our house these days. Marie can reach the top of the refrigerator when she’s standing on a chair. This is where we’ve traditionally kept the candy jar, and we have recently seen a precipitous decrease in the amount of candy available. Also, Janie can now open most of the doors in the house. If you don’t want a tiny visitor when you’re in the bathroom, you have to lock the door!
Marie and I went ice skating at the Ashburn Ice Center today, because it was Rori’s birthday party. With expected highs of 102 degrees, I think it was excellent timing.
Life has been crazy here in Virginia. Patrick has brought his parents back east. Marie finished first grade, with constantly improving marks through the year. Brian finished preschool. Janie has learned to walk, and is learning to talk. Too much to catch up on. Facebook has made us lazy.
For the meantime, enjoy the new icons, and hope that I’ll make some more substantive posts soon!
Marie continues to be a great student. She is currently reading at a level 20/24. We are working with non-fiction text and are learning to pull specific information from it. Marie is learning to apply rules for capitalization and punctuation, as well as, revise her writing by adding more details. Marie continues to excel in math; where we are presently learning about measurement. Keep up the great work!!!
Peter’s old cell phone
cell phone -shaped valentine from her friend Zach
It’s kind of like when you go into an unoccupied house and there are cobwebs everywhere. Our living room has big blanket cobwebs.
After bathtime some months ago, Brian crouched down on the floor and covered himself in a towel, and told us he was an egg. After a while, he hatches, and runs around. This has become a bit of a tradition.
They ran to Brian’s bed after baths tonight, and both got under the comforter to be a big double egg. Laura poked under the blanket to tickle them, and Brian said “Mom, don’t touch me! I’m a vewwy fwagile one!” Then Marie hatched and started running around and said “and I ran off in alarm!”
Funny kids, they are.