(Photo: Paprika – age 9, Ginger – age 7, Violet – age 4, Ellie – age 17 months)
Our weeks have been so full and fun lately. I’m not going to be able to cover everything we’ve been up to – but here are a few snapshots of life at the moment.
Movie Nights with Paprika:
I’ve been taking Paprika (9) to the movies for a date just the two of us about once/week. We usually go on a Tuesday or Wednesday night to the late show, after Mr. M gets home from work.
Me and Paprika on our movie date this week:
Mr. M took Ginger (7), Violet (4) and Paprika (9) to see Finding Dory a few weeks ago (when it opened) – but the whole experience was a little too overwhelming for Ginger and Violet. Ginger is super sensitive, doesn’t like crowds, and gets really emotional at movies. And Violet has a hard time sitting still for two hours. 🙂
But Paprika? She LOVES movies so much. She is the ultimate best date for a Disney/Pixar movie. She knows everything about Pixar and Disney. It’s like being with a walking encyclopedia – she knows the history, who works on the films, and every little detail you could ever possibly want to know about these movies. One of her big dreams is to work as an animator one day! So, naturally – she’s obsessed. 🙂
Here we are at Finding Dory on our special date:
Last night, I took Paprika to see The BFG – Steven Spielberg’s big movie based on the Roald Dahl book. She read the book cover-to-cover over 4th of July weekend – so she was ready!
I guess The BFG isn’t doing so great at the box office, because we literally had the whole theater to ourselves. Remember, we live in the middle of Los Angeles, and the movie just opened! Wow!
It was like having a private screening. Paprika and I got to talk and laugh as much as we wanted without worrying about bothering other guests…because there weren’t any!
Now, Ginger (7) wants to read the book, The BFG, so she can go see the movie! I found Ginger curled up on the couch this afternoon reading the book with only two chapters to finish.
Ginger wants to go to the movie by herself with Paprika – just the two of them. I’m tempted to buy them tickets and sit in the lobby and wait for them as they watch the show together. It’s good for sister bonding. 🙂 We’ll see.
Ginger reading The BFG this morning:
Our Summer School Schedule has been fun and eclectic. Lots of reading books (of course), math (Teaching Textbooks), piano, and a few fun projects thrown in here and there.
I love these art books – you can find them on Ebay in sets. I have most of them, but I’m missing a few:
We’re reading lots of poetry this summer. I love this series: Poetry For Young People. You can find the books for free at the library, or used on Ebay/Amazon:
We’ve been doing the Hot Wheels Speedometry Physics lessons (available for free here). It’s been fun teaching the girls about kinetic energy, potential energy, etc. through this interactive program. Of course, I’m not great at taking pictures of it all while we’re doing it – so here’s a little photo of us setting up!
I’ve also been taking the girls out to the library often, and to our regular park rotation:
One little milestone I had this week was that I took all four girls to Target by myself! 🙂 I avoid going to Target because I always end up buying things I don’t need, and Target stores in Los Angeles are really crowded. If I absolutely HAVE to go for some reason, I’ll take one or two kids with me after Mr. M gets home from work. I would say I’ve only been to Target maybe 3 or 4 times in the past two years. Eeek!
But, we needed a few food items that only Target sells – so off we went! I just brought in the stroller, and did not get a cart. I put the food in the bottom of the stroller, and that kept me from buying impulse purchases because the stroller basket got full very quickly. The girls were a big help, as always.
One night this week, I took the girls to Goodwill. Mr. M was working late editing Bachelor in Paradise (his summer job), and Goodwill is open until 9pm. So, we went before closing and I bought Mr. M a pair of Ralph Lauren Polo shorts in his exact size for $4!
The girls had a blast trying on the shoes:
Our Goodwill is in a really upscale area of LA, so there are all kinds of designer clothes and shoes there. Paprika is a women’s size 6 1/2 shoe now – so she had so many fancy shoes to choose between!
I told Paprika (9) we would buy her a pair of shoes if she wanted – and she ended up with some sandals with seashells on them (of course). I’ll have to get a picture soon. She’s been wearing them everywhere!
They only sell adult shoes at our Goodwill, so Ginger (7) and Violet (4) couldn’t get a pair of shoes in their sizes. They were really supportive of Paprika and helped her find the perfect pair of like-new sandals. I was worried they’d be disappointed or say it was unfair – but they were just the opposite. That made me so happy.
We had an awesome 4th of July over at Felix and Samantha’s house. The kids had a blast playing, and we could see the city fireworks from their front yard. So great! I wish I’d taken more pictures – but I was in the moment. 🙂
Ellie Belly (17 months) got an impromptu piano lesson while we were waiting for fireworks:
We made homemade ice cream with the kids. It was delicious!
And last, but not least, I have to show you Paprika’s favorite socks. They’re mermaid, of course, and they’ve hardly left her feet! This picture makes me smile whenever I look at it. I love every age of childhood – and age nine is a very special age, indeed!
So much love and joy:
In closing, I wanted to add this picture that I found on my phone yesterday. It was taken exactly three years ago.
It is true what they say:
The days are long, but the years are short.
(Paprika -age 6, Ginger – age 4, Violet – age 1):
Have a wonderful weekend – I hope it’s a great one!
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