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The Sunday Somethings, 25mar12

March 25th, 2012

Something that makes me happy: I grumble about the time change, but it really is nice to play outside with the kids a little after getting home from work!

Something I’m hoping: I hope Kentucky continues to win!

Something happening around the house: Ugh, this week our garage door seems to be fixed, but the washing machine is on its last legs. It broke earlier in the week and someone came out to fix it, but we aren’t expecting it to last much longer. We also had a ceiling fan on the fritz (which Gabe fixed) and a light fixture that is having some issues. It feels like everything is breaking at once!

Something I’m reading: I’m still reading The Wise Man’s Fear.

Something Gabe is reading: He’s still reading Feed.

Something I’m watching: More basketball…

Something I’m playing: We’ve been playing Pengaloo and Kids of Carcassonne every night with Maddie. I played King of Tokyo and Pangea at the game day yesterday. Most of the time, I played the supervise the kiddo game. Gabe and I are still playing Mystery Manor on the iPad.

Something I’m creating: I’m finally catching up on the trip reports from our cruise. Woohoo! I’m still way behind on photos in general.

Something tasty: I made these bird nests with the kids. Thank you, pinterest! YUM!

Something about both kiddos: They are playing together so well! This morning, they played together 2 or 3 hours with very few squabbles.

Something Maddie is doing (49 months old): Maddie spouts random “facts,” and we’re not always sure where she learned them. Some recent ones are: “big thunderstorms have tornadoes,” “female mosquitoes are the only ones who bite because they don’t like you messing with their babies,” and “why is it light and then dark and then light and then dark? Because the earth is rotating.” Cullen teases her relentlessly and knows just what to say to get under her skin. She lets it get to her. She reminds me of me when I was a kid and my sister would similarly try to get under my skin (like when she would say that she’s older because her birthday is in February and mine is September, since February comes first in the year). She can definitely count to 20. She has been doing it a lot this week with no problems. It turns out that she can even count to 100 with a little help. She did it yesterday, and I only had to help her with 40, 90, and 100. She counted to about 110. She also can count from 10 to 0 backwards. I’m not sure how long she’s been able to do it, but she just did it at random the other day.

Something Cullen is doing (26 months old): Cullen continues new tactics and excuses to stall his bedtime. He gets out of bed and comes to the door/gate several times. This week, he added a few. One night, he kept claiming that he pooped because he knew we would come and check (at least the first time). Guess what? No poop. He also threw pacis and books where he couldn’t reach them and asked us to retrieve them. One night, he opened the door and said, “Go State! Wolfpack! Go State! Wolfpack!” Twice this week, he’s gathered his pillow and blankets and “slept” at the gate. This week he asked to read the NC State board book almost every night. He likes for me to sing the fight songs and alma mater. We usually sing a few more songs after we read books, and he requests the “NC State song” and “Wheels on the Bus.” I think he specifically requests “Wheels on the Bus” because it has more verses than a lot of the others. In the car this week, Cullen was making elaborate plans involving Maya and Tristan involving coming over to play with our blocks and build towers and maybe even a sleepover. Maddie started to chime in with more ideas, and he turned to her and said, “No. You not talk. It’s my turn to talk, and it’s your turn to listen. It’s not a competition. It’s not a competition, Maddie.” He gets the competition part from me, but the my turn to talk/your turn to listen comes from his teachers at group time. I think he’s going through another rapid phase of development which has resulted in him being more sensitive than others. Yesterday, he refused to nap and was extremely sensitive in the evening. He has a new “monster attack” that he does when wearing his hooded towel (especially the shark one) where he puts his arms out and walks in an exaggerated fashion and attacks you at the end. It’s a sort of zombie maneuver. He sat on the potty and peed twice this week for us, and apparently he’s been doing it frequently for the teachers. I see potty training in our near future.

Something I am struggling with: Work continues to be busy, but I think that it will be much better after this week. I hope so, anyway.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: We’re raising a bunch for the National MS Society, and the walk is coming up this weekend.

Something I learned: I learned how to play Pangea.

Something I’m looking forward to: Book club! Walk MS is this weekend, which means we’ll get to see family and friends, too.

Something captured: Two photos this week of my sweet springtime kiddos.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

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