Thursday, April 22, 2010

How my four year old views her world

Yesterday a friend of ours stopped over for the first time in a couple of years.  My eldest gave her a tour of the important parts of the house.  here is the list of pictures that Cora wanted to share. 

First, she showed off her room.  She wanted to show how she and Nyobi shared it.  She showed how bouncy the bed was.  It is "very so bouncy." 

Next she showed off the swing Gramma gave them that is hung on the tree in the back yard.  That is "very so fun".  She commented on the sand box, and bike and trike and wanted to play outside.

Then she commented on our modest TV.  In a world of 54"ers, she said how "very so big" it is.  It is definately not a big TV by objective standards. 

The things she showed off that I as most proud of though, were her manners.  She ate politely, didn't squirm at dinner, cleared her place, washed her hands and even initiated conversation.  She even came up with a relevant to her topic to ask our friend.  "Do you have any sisters?"   How many four year olds attempt to make polite dinner table conversation. 

She is very so wonderful! 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Summer Routine

Yesteday we drove into allegan to visit a new store, drop off books at the library, and go to the playground.  As we arrived at one of the main intersections there was a sign in the corner for an upcoming Soup Dinner.  From the back seat Coras voice rose in giddy excitement  "The FARM MARKET Mom, we can go to the FARM MARKET." 

She can't understand why we aren't planting seeds in the gardens yet either.  How my children love the summer routine.  The play ground trips, the weekly farm market mornings and the beauty of eating fresh.  It was so sad to explain to her that the farm market did not start until May. 

Why did she think of it then anyways?  The Soup Dinner sandwich board was located at precisely the same place the farm market sandwich board gets placed.  The sign was another small signal.  I never pointed it out to her before, but she remembered that a sign at that intersection and farm markets coincided. 

I am so proud of her skills of observation and reasoning, especially when exercised over time. 

In the time it took me to make this post, Anya covered her face with a blanket and Nyobi and Cora raided the cereal.  I need to feed them before I post from now on.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lilac Hideaway

The girls started to hollow out the lilac for a secret hide out.  Unfortunately hollowing out is fun too.  I must be vigilant to protect the lilacs interests or I will have several tall leafless twigs.  They will smell so lovely after hiding out in their fort.

Actually I'm quite excited by the advent of the "fort" stage of childhood.  I now know where to find things they borrow that they are not supposed to have.  I just look back in the lilac.  Without the cool secret fort, it is a bit of a challenge to find all their squirrel sites.