Happy Friday! This upcoming Monday, Miss Ellie Belly will turn ONE year old. I can hardly believe it. It seems like she was born just a few seconds ago.
Ellie and Violet (4) are becoming fast friends. Ellie loves her big sisters so much, and she squeals with delight whenever they play with her. Today we sat out in the backyard sunshine and played the afternoon away. Violet and Ginger (6) made a pretend city out of cardboard boxes, we drew with chalk, and picked flowers. It was perfect and we never even left home.
Violet is quite a prolific little artist! She paints constantly. I always have the paints out for her so she can create whenever the desire strikes. When she’s not painting, she’s drawing with markers and crayons – and making collages.
This is a painting she made of my heart and her heart. The blue heart is mine. She said the purple heart is hers, from when she was inside me before she was born. How sweet is that? It reminds me of the E.E. Cummings poem: i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
That poem has significance for me because it’s always reminded me of Vivian and Annemarie. Needless to say – I cherish this painting by Violet:
We’ve been working on “Life Skills” quite a bit at home. The girls have been a huge help to me lately with laundry, vacuuming, making snacks, etc. This is Violet moving the clothes from the washer to the dryer all by herself.
Violet (6) and Paprika (9) have the job of putting away all the laundry in the house. They do it as a team – so I call it their “Special Sister Time” and also refer to it as “Sister Bonding” and “Team Building Skills.” Haha!
They make it into a game and have a lot of fun with it. I help them when I can, and I don’t get too bent out of shape if the clothes aren’t folded perfectly or if they end up in the wrong drawers sometimes. It’s all about learning.
In the same line with the “Life Skills” we’ve been learning, I’ve commissioned some artwork to hang around the house to remind certain family members of household responsibilities.
This little poster hangs across from the toilet in the bathroom. I have to say, since this sign’s been up, I’ haven’t had to remind anyone to do these things! Win-win:
We had gymnastics a few times this week, of course. Violet (4) was so excited to show off her haircut to her coaches at the gym. She said she didn’t think anyone would recognize her because she looked so different. Ha!
Paprika has a little crew of girls at the gym she hangs out with while Violet and Ginger have their practice. It’s a fun, social atmosphere, and Paprika loves connecting with the other girls in Minecraft on their tablets and just chatting.
Often, the waiting area at gymnastics gets pretty loud, which means Ellie can’t nap. I usually take her into the parking lot and walk around for two hours with her in the Ergo so she can get some sleep since gymnastics is right during her nap time. The neighborhood where we take gymnastics is a little sketchy and industrial, so I can’t venture beyond the gated parking lot.
It’s usually dark by the time practice is done, so I get a nice sunset in while I’m carrying her. Even though we’re in a parking lot, it’s still a really beautiful sunset, isn’t it?
This is my view when I’m trying to get her to fall asleep in the parking lot:
Paprika has been back at Spanish Lessons with Homeschool Spanish Academy. We love our Skype lessons with them. The little girls have been watching Little Pim for free on Amazon – which is wonderful. We usually watch one episode/day – and then I supplement throughout the day with other Spanish language immersion techniques. We especially love our audio cds, which we listen to on the way to and from gymnastics.
The girls always love to play dress-up! Ginger (6) is dressed as Taylor Swift – can you tell? Violet (4) is dressed as a doctor. 🙂
Ginger is still crazy about playing guitar. She plays it constantly and has made up some really great songs. I’ve recorded a few. They’re quite catchy (at least I think so!) She has a hard time playing chords because of finger strength, but she’s working on that.
The other night, Ginger was really upset and she went in the bedroom and played guitar for an hour. It helped calm her down. I love that playing guitar is helping her have an outlet for her emotions.
Ginger has very deep emotions – and she feels things so intensely. We’ve been watching Nature Documentaries on Netflix – and oh my word. She cries so hard at the smallest thing. It’s so sad!
We watched a Panda Documentary and they mentioned (briefly) that a Panda died – and Ginger had nightmares for days. It was horrible. Needless to say, I’m pre-screening all documentaries from now on. Lesson learned!
Anyway – she loves the guitar and I love that she loves it! It seems to be helping her with her emotions, which is an amazing gift.
Here are a few pics from the old school playground. We went there on Sunday – and had a blast. This was before we cut Paprika’s hair! It’s wild to me that she doesn’t look like this anymore.
Ginger REALLY wanted to wear Pajamas to the playground – but Mr. M said she couldn’t wear them in public anymore. Oh boy! She finally settled on this outfit – and pouted for half an hour that it wasn’t pajamas.
I am fine with her wearing pajamas wherever she goes. She says that when she’s a guitar-playing doctor when she grows up, she can wear pajamas all day because scrubs are pajamas. I didn’t disagree with her on that one!
We always do a timed obstacle course at the playground. This is Violet getting ready to run the obstacle course. She was the fastest one out of all of us!
On the swings:
I tried to get one picture with me and the girls this week. Mr. M was trying to act silly and he ended up scaring Ellie something fierce. She was crying in this picture so I turned her around real quick to calm her down. Can’t win for trying! LOL Oh well, we’ll try again this week. 🙂
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m excited to celebrate Ellie’s one year birthday!!!
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