Wow - seems like years since the last update. The big stuff the last couple months has been the end of summer, Rosie starting Kindergarten, and now Fall fun and Halloween and Joey’s birthday
We’ll start off with Halloween - we had fun with our costumes this year. We dressed up to go to the Greenfield Village Halloween celebration a few weeks ago, Rosie was a witch (bought on sale after halloween last year), Sammy was Underdog (using a dog mask we have in the play/dressup bin and I sewed a big white “U” on his red sweatshirt), I was a witch (recycled hat from years ago) and Joe was a ghost (I made for him to go to Rosie’s field trip last year). Then we were all going to be Little Mermaid characters on halloween this year, but Sammy wanted to be Underdog again, so I decided to be a Mad scientist to go with his outfit (I was going to be Ursula the sea witch and Sammy was going to be Sebastian, the crab). Then, at the last minute on Halloween morning, Sammy saw a spiderman costume and decided that he didn’t want to be Underdog anymore.
We had a fun last month of summer, finished swim lessons, played outside a lot with the neighbors, enjoyed some beautiful and mild summer weather, the only real trip we went on was to Cincinnati with Rosie’s best friend M and her family and we went to King’s Island and had fun riding roller coasters and playing at the water park.
Rosie’s first day of Kindergarten
Rosie LOVES Kindergarten, she LOVES her teacher Mrs. Winters and she LOVES riding the bus every day. Any other information we pretty much have to drag out of her, she is very reluctant to give us information about what she does at school, she was like this in preschool too, always telling us “I’ll tell you later” complaining that she “had a rough day” and she is too tired to tell us what she did. We compromised and now she tells me 5 things after school, and then at the dinner table, everyone goes over their whole day, so she gives out more info then…
Here’s some more photos from the first and second day of school…
Waiting to get on the bus on the second day of school
Rosie is always singing and dancing and making up songs - one recent one was about reading a stop sign and the song was
“S-T-O, S-T-O, S-T-O-P stop!”
She wrote the lyrics on a piece of paper and also wrote “by original rose” - I told her the song was original, so she incorporated that into her songwriting name.
She still has a few unique ways she says things - she always says “blandmark” (instead of landmark)
She uses the word “recognize” a lot, and not always in the correct way —
She will say “I recognize that you cleaned the table” and “I recognized that it was your turn”
(instead of I realized, I remembered?)
She is still reading everything, writing letters and notes to everyone, spelling things in her own way, and she is right more often than not. It makes me so happy that she loves learning and loves school.
She is making a lot of new friends, some in class and some from her soccer team (and some are both in class and on the team) and she had some friends over for a teaparty and they all played dress up with Rosie’s playsilks.
I have been working to teach her life skills at home, teaching her to cook, and to sew and just recently teaching her how to use sharp knives and cut vegetables (with very careful supervision of course).
Making healthy, fun, easy lunches for her every day has been a challenge for me - they usually look like this:
And I have been trying to be resourceful with our cooking too, making a roasted free-range chicken about every 2 weeks, and using the bones to make homemade chicken stock.
I am also making homemade elderberry syrup, homemade kombucha, I fermented some jalapenos for Joey, and made pickles and pickled tomatoes and onions (a la Grandma Billie).
Another recent development is that Rosie is very obsessed with time, always asking how long until we get somewhere or do something - if I tell her 5 minutes, she will count to 60 five times, just to keep track. She also has been using “eena meena mina moe” to make decisions lately.
And, I am still a soccer mom….
She finished another season of soccer (with Uncle Lime as the coach and cousin Ari on her team), and decided she does NOT want to play soccer anymore, so we will be starting a gymnastics class instead, and Sammy will be taking over the soccer duties, he LOVES soccer.
Sammy is such a sweet and emotional 3 year old. He is a master of extremes, being funny and silly and energetic one second, and having a complete melt-down the next. I have been reading a lot of parenting books, trying to get ideas on how to deal with him. Currently on my nightstand “Happiest Toddler on the Block” “How to Behave so your Preschooler will Too” and “How to Brat Proof your Child”
One thing that seems to be working is the “Fast Food Rule” from HTOTB. Basically it is just repeating whatever it is your child is wanting or complaining about. “You really wanted that toy” “you don’t want to leave the library” “wow, I hear you are really upset”
It really takes the steam out of his yelling and whining when I just empathize and understand his wants and needs.
Sammy asked me out of the blue one morning “‘member when I was the dad and you were the baby?” I told him that I didn’t remember and I asked him to tell me more, and he told me a whole story about he was the dad and we didn’t have a mom and I was the baby and I had 2 sisters and we were sad because he had to go to Mexico to work….
He also was talking about something and said “that’s when I was a ghost” I asked him “when were you a ghost?” and he said “ummm - 40 months ago” (he had been born 38 months ago when he said that)
He also has his own cute things he says - like bah-tato chips (instead of potato chips).
If I surprise him he says “Mommy, you freaked me out!”
and just recently he started telling me “you are ruining my life” learned from his sister I am sure.
He is also big into talking about poop, and interjecting the word into almost every sentence and song. We have been doing a lot of mad-libs in the car lately, and “poop” or “pee” is always a favorite when asking for a noun.
His new insult - “you creaky!” (instead of saying crazy or silly)
We started Sammy at English Oaks Montessori in September four mornings a week, where Rosie went and Sammy went a few days last year. Unfortunately, he was not loving school this year, and it was a battle every morning with him crying and not wanting to go. We toughed it out for a bit, as the school assured me that he was fine once I left and he was having fun while he was there (he was always happy when I picked him up, but still said he didn’t want to go), but we just recently decided to take a break from school for the next few months and let him be home with mommy for a little longer and we will try again in the new year. I don’t want him to have a negative association with school, I want him to be excited and ask to go to school, so we will wait until he tells me he is ready to go back.
He was mostly done potty learning at the end of summer, but then regressed again once school started, so we have been gently working on it again and have been still letting him have some naked time to help him learn to use the potty. One day, after playing hard and jumping on the couch, he tired himself out and I looked over and saw this:
He has a great imagination, he loves playing house, with him being the dad and me being the baby. He loves pretending to be a kitty.
He loves doing puzzles, and he is really loving having power over people and over situations, he wants to be in charge, wants to tell me what to do - “I will show you how”.
He loves being active and playing chase, he also likes to throw the pillows from the couch all over and make a giant obstacle course, playing “wipeout” as he calls it.