So, this above picture pretty much sums up life with a toddler! 😉
All day long, all she does is CLIMB! Is it any wonder why I put all the chairs outside before breakfast? Otherwise, she pushes the nearest chair or stepstool over to the spot where she can have the most fun!
This week I pulled her off the counter and dryer top on multiple occasions – one time, she took an entire can of baking powder and dusted all the food in the pantry – and of course, the iPad was nearby and it got coated in baking powder, too! Nothing is safe with her around! Love that she’s so inquisitive, though…
My front porch with the chairs outside:
Paprika started back at Piano Lessons and Swim Team and Theatre this week! It’s been a big week for her. Our Fall has officially started!
While Paprika is at swimming, the little girls and I have been having an hour at the park every day. Ginger has been especially thrilled to be “the leader” and lead us everywhere she wants to go!
Ginger was having A LOT of social anxiety there for awhile . Basically, she was afraid of anyone and everyone she met.
But do you know what helped? The iPad “deleted” all her Apps (she thinks the iPad did this, not me!) Then for every positive social interaction she has (if she is cooperative, puts on her clothes willingly, doesn’t throw a fit in public at a park outing…just stuff like that), she earns back an App (that we already own).
It’s great because she’s been SO PROUD of herself for earning her Apps. Since we started that, she’s been much braver in social situations, and has incentive to get up the courage to break out of her shell a bit. Win-Win.
So, on Tuesday – Ginger made friends with this stray cat. I was trying to keep her from petting him, but I also had Violet who was running every which way. The cat was SO SWEET to Ginger – it was unbelievable. I raced after Violet at one point (because I was worried she would run into the street)- and I turned around and Ginger had picked the cat up and was holding him very gently. She BEGGED me to take him home (it was obvious he didn’t have a home). She even gave him a name: Branch.
But well, taking home a stray cat was just a little more than I could handle on that day! 😉
If we see him again at the park, I probably will take him home and try to find an owner for him (we know how that will go – he will be OURS. Haha).
Ginger (age 4) has been drawing A LOT. Here is a recent one she did of the two of us – I love our matching dresses and the butterflies:
Another funny thing that happened? The past two nights, Paprika (age 7) has gotten up at 3am and organized the whole house. I’m not joking. The girl who cannot find her goggles before swim practice got up when all of us were sleeping and cleaned the whole house.
I always do a “reset” after everyone goes to bed (toys put away, dishes washed, etc.) so it’s not like she CLEANED the whole house. But when I woke up in the morning, I found many drawers organized, clothes put away, and shoes all lined up in neat rows.
When I asked her who did this, she looked at me with a twinkle in her eye and laughed. Then she said: A mischievous fairy must have done this, of course!
And then I knew it was her!
And finally – Baby Violet (age 21 months) – insists on wearing BIG GIRL clothes! My word! She ONLY wants to wear her big sisters’ clothes – most of which are 5T and bigger. On this day, Ginger let Violet borrow her 5T dress, and well…it almost fit! Ha! That’s my big baby…she is growing up SO fast! Sigh!
I want to bottle up these memories – I remember other ordinary days. Like this one just three short years ago. My, how life has changed! I am so grateful for the beauty of these ordinary days – each day is a treasure (truly!) and I never want to forget these little moments.
P.S. Paprika is blogging again! Here is her blog: Fairy Girl’s Magical Blog. Check it out if you want to see some fun animations by a 7 year old! 😉