Every now and then, I'm going to try to dig up old Facebook status posts about things that were going on in our lives, so that I have them in one place, easy to search and find again. A few recent(ish) ones:
Dec 4, 2012:
I was hankering for Ethiopian food and feeling brave, so on the spur of the moment, we introduced all 3 kids to Nile Richmond. While 2 kids refused to try anything and the third only ate a little before declaring it to be too spicy for him, the silver lining is this: G said it was good and that he would probably be ready for that level of spiciness in about 2 years (?), X at least tried the injera, and both X and R have been exposed, at the very least. One day all of us will sit down and enjoy an Ethiopian feast, I'm sure.
November 28, 2012:
On the way home from preschool today, Xander said that he hoped he would see the "army guy" (homeless Vet who begs at the top of the ramp from Chesterfield Pkwy to Huguenot) today. As we pulled up to the stop light:
X: There he is! The army guy is there!
J: Yup, I see him.
X: I bet he's getting lots of money.
J: Do you think he gets enough money to buy some food?
X: and to buy a house!
J: I don't think people give him enough money to buy a house.
X: If people have extra money, they could give it all to him. "I'm rich! Here's my extra money, Army Guy!"
J: Wouldn't it be nice if lots of people did that?
X: Yeah, because then they wouldn't have to buy lots of toys for their kids.
(This may be the first time he has ever indicated that there is any such thing as *too many* toys. I love that he thinks rich people with extra money will really pull up and hand it all to the "Army Guy". And it's a good reminder that we need to see what "extra" we have in our lives, that we could share, so we don't have to buy lots of toys.)
November 21, 2012:
I went to bookmark something for Griffin, and discovered that the "kid stuff" favorites folder I had set up now has many folders inside of it, created, I presume, by Griff. He even made a folder for Reese's favorites. ♥ It blows my mind that something that was so foreign to me until early adulthood - I seriously feared Windows Explorer for years, couldn't get this whole "file" and "folder" thing - is his first language.
November 19, 2012:
(when linking an article about body position when talking to children)
Me: Reese, do you like it better when I stand up and talk to you and I'm looking down and you're looking up, or when I sit down and our faces are next to each other?
Reese: when you're sitting next to me
Reese: 'cause then I can control you, because you're looking into my eyes.
Me: Yes, Master.
November 18, 2012:
A word problem for you: Dan baked 48 mini banana muffins for me to bring to book group. Four of us each had two mini muffins. One of us reports eating one mini muffin. How many are left?
Correct answer: 25. Hmmm.
(One child ate 15 muffins. It wasn't hard to figure out which one.)
November 13, 2012:
(Gratitude Day 13) Tuesdays are piano lesson days for Griff and I'm going to pick up the next level of books for him today. I'm grateful that he wanted to take lessons and that so far it's fun and easy for him. I'm so grateful to see the enjoyment with which he learns and practices this new skill. I'm also very grateful for his fantastic teacher, Laura Floyd, who has such a great rapport with him *and* is making sure that he learns theory and technique from the beginning (things I wish my first teacher had focused on more!).
November 12, 2012:
(Gratitude Day 13): Tuesdays are piano lesson days for Griff and I'm going to pick up the next level of books for him today. I'm grateful that he wanted to take lessons and that so far it's fun and easy for him. I'm so grateful to see the enjoyment with which he learns and practices this new skill. I'm also very grateful for his fantastic teacher, Laura Floyd, who has such a great rapport with him *and* is making sure that he learns theory and technique from the beginning (things I wish my first teacher had focused on more!).
November 10, 2012:
3 7-year-olds in back seat
One kid: "Raise your hand if you've seen your diarrhea. Now what did it look like?"
Dan: "It's about to get REAL in here."
November 4, 2012:
Gratefulness day 4: today I'm grateful for a pajama day and for the reading explosion that is happening inside my 7-year-old's mind. I'm also grateful for keeping the faith that like everything else for this kid, one day literacy would just spring out when he was good and ready. Loved hearing him read signs in DC yesterday and just cried over him reading a candy package to me.