(Photo: Me and Paprika on a “date” last week at Islands)
Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Paprika’s 10th Birthday! Can you believe it?! I started this blog when I was 17 weeks pregnant with her. Wowza!
She was the size of an orange when I first started writing here and now she’s this big. Geez!:
I don’t know about you, but we’ve been watching The Olympics non-stop! This is the first time in many years that we’ve owned a television. During the 2012 Summer Games, we tried to watch the events online using our computer, and it just wasn’t the same. There’s nothing like relaxing on the couch, all together, watching synchronized swimming (Paprika’s favorite!) – or gymnastics (Ginger and Violet’s favorite)! 🙂
I am going to be sad when the Olympics are over, but also happy! Haha. My writing schedule has really suffered as a result of all this television watching. Still, it’s pretty inspiring and I can’t turn away. Go USA! 🙂
Ginger (7) has been BUSY in the kitchen. Here she is last week making lemonade from lemons she picked from our backyard:
We’ve had QUITE a lot of dressing up this week. Violet (4) begged me to get the Halloween costume bins out of the garage, so she could try on every single one! It was a fun day, with the costumes scattered around the house and costume changes every two minutes.
Ginger as a Butterfly:
Violet as a Mermaid:
Violet as a Queen!:
Violet (4) is still crazy about “Her Handsome.” He’s the four year old boy who lives next-door. She writes notes to him and usually includes a little present, like a toy car. She signs the letters “Secret Girl” and leaves them on his front doorstep. Here’s a note she wrote to him last week all on her own! She brought it to me, and I was so surprised by her pithy poetry:
Ginger (7) loves cooking, especially baking. She made shortbread cookies from a recipe all by herself last week! I turned on the oven for her, and took the cookies in and out (for safety reasons). But, other than that, she did it all on her own.
Mr. M thought they were the most amazing cookies he’d ever eaten (he really did). I am not a huge fan of shortbread, so Daisy might eaten half my cookie. Shhhh… 🙂
Violet had “helpers” in her little sisters:
Stirring the cookies:
She also made strawberry popsicles this week. She used the craft sticks we had in the Homeschool Room – and put her strawberry puree in an ice tray to freeze. So inventive. The result was SUPER delicious. I am begging her to make these again!
The girls found my Cabbage Patch dolls – I have FOUR of them. How perfect is that?! The dollies had the Royal Treatment all week. They’ve been fed, dressed (in 0-3 month baby clothes), and had lots of playtime outside.
Violet claimed the redhead (Abby) as her own. Ginger has the brunette (Junie).
Remember how I said last week that Ellie (18 months) hated sand with a passion? Well, now she likes it. Go figure. This is her at the very sandy park! She was all smiles!
And, do you remember how I said she couldn’t stand water and was terrified of the bath? Well, apparently she got over that, too! I swear, things change on a daily basis around here. Ellie keeps me on my toes. Ha!
The one thing Ellie can’t stand?! This Halloween costume. Seriously – she does NOT want to be a ladybug! 🙂
Or, maybe it was just the hat! After I took that off, she was a happy girl.
I’m going to enjoy the last day of Paprika being single digits because tomorrow, things will change. She’s dreading turning ten, but I’m excited for her. Getting to be Paprika’s parent as she grows and learns about the world is the greatest gift. It keeps getting better and better. I love her so much, I think my heart might burst!