We had a lot of fun in October! We went apple picking at a local farm/orchard near us. The kids had a great time picking and eating apples.
And we had a super fun Halloween and celebrated Joe’s birthday too! Rosie decided what we would all be this year. She wanted to be a strawberry, and she decided I would be a banana, Joe would be a pear, and Sammy would be an orange. It was a fun and challenging craft project for me and I think they all turned out pretty good!
After the kids went through their candy stash, they got to choose 3 things to keep, and then the rest of the candy they left outside their rooms, and the Halloween Fairy came in the middle of the night and took their candy and left new toys for them instead!
Rosie has been really enjoying drawing and coloring lately. She has now started to put bodies on her people, and really long legs and long fingers. She still loves school and is really starting to write and spell a lot. She is constantly sounding things out and reading words, or telling me how something is spelled. I wanted Sammy to take a nap in the car one day, but if he hears the word “nap” he protests, so I asked Rosie to be quiet so Sammy could take a N-A-P and she sounded it out and told me it spelled nap! She drew a picture of me and wrote “Mom” all by herself too! She taught herself how to whistle and is very proud of her new skills!
She has been talking and worrying a lot about death and dying, I think it is normal for this age, and especially with my Grandma Billie recently dying. Rosie has been wishing (with dandelion flowers) that I would never die and she told me she didn’t want to be a grandma, because then grandmas would die. I try to be lighthearted and just say that everybody is born and everybody dies, it is a normal part of life and it’s nothing to be scared or worried about.
She is always talking about the future, and planning for her birthday and every commercial she sees on TV is the new thing she wants for her birthday. She has also been telling Sammy that when they are 7 they will lose their teeth and the toothfairy will come and leave them a whole QUARTER!
Sammy has been a cutie lately, and a cranky nightmare too as he is not really napping unless we are in the car around 2-3pm. He still imitates Rosie, and his new phrase he learned from her is “Oh My GOSH!” He has been wanting to play soccer and is kicking balls around the house constantly, and he is really good at it too! His new favorite song (learned from his dad) is “Blitzkrieg Bop” and he requests it at bedtime and then sings it himself too. He loves music and loves trying to play Joe’s guitars and LOVES to bang on the drums!
He has been mumbling a lot lately, it drives me crazy and I am trying to teach him to enunciate. He will say “Mommy? Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa water pease?” He is counting and trying to learn the alphabet. He recognizes some letters and knows the value of numbers up to 3. He also knows his colors, because anytime I dress him in anything blue/yellow he says “”Go Blue” or “Michigan Daddy”(maize and blue)!
He is still waking up at night quite a bit and wanting me to come sleep with him in his room. I hope this doesn’t last long. Though it is hard to complain because he is such a cuddler, always giving me kisses and wanting to cuddle and telling me “I love you mommy”.
Short and sweet update this month - bye for now from the Greenwald kids! Next month’s update will probably have some photos of SNOW - yikes!