Something I’m thinking: I really want to go to Cars Land in California. It’s too bad it’s on the wrong coast. It just looks so neat!
Something I’m reading: Just finished 11/22/63 this evening, cutting it close for book club tomorrow! I think that I will start Unbroken, though it’s quite early for book club. The waiting list for the kindle version at the library is super long, and I have it on my kindle from the library (until I turn the wifi back on…). I feel like I should go ahead and read it instead of running the risk of having to pay for it!
Something I’m watching: We watched Despicable Me with the kids in preparation for the sequel this summer. It might be another great family movie for us! Gabe and I also went last night (Monday, since I’m publishing my Sunday report on a Tuesday) to see Brave. We wanted to enjoy it without the kids, but now I’m especially glad we saw it without them as I think it might be scary and/or boring for them. It was very different from other Pixar movies. We enjoyed it, but I didn’t enjoy it in the same way that I have enjoyed Pixar movies in the past. And I’m enjoying Bunheads!
Something I’m playing: We all played Candy Land together as a family. Maddie still doesn’t like to lose! Gabe and I are still playing Valor (for him only) and Mystery Manor (for both of us) on our iPads.
Something I’m creating: I don’t know if you can call it “creating,” but I have been making progress on sorting recent photos. I still am way behind for most of the year and still haven’t finished up the cruise from December.
Something about both kiddos: They have been fighting relentlessly over Princess Minnie. I finally broke down and called Disney Parks Merchandise to mail order a second Princess Minnie. I’m pretty sure that when everyone has a Princess Minnie, nobody will care about either one…but it will be worth it for the sake of our sanity.
Something Maddie is doing (52 months old): She has started personifying things, like “Mr. Spoon is getting applesauce” (ok, that’s not a real example, but I am unable to think of one when I need it). I am not sure where she picked up on that. She also sometimes says that things are boring or that there’s “nothing to do.” I didn’t know that “I’m bored” stuff started so early! She now says that she is scared sometimes when watching movies. That’s new. She gets scared at random things (not necessarily the things you would expect). One thing that she has been doing a while is answering questions for her brother when she’s the one asking them. She will ask Cullen a question like, “Cullen, do you want to give me that toy? Say yes. Say yes, Cullen.” We’re trying to break her of that habit. She has been coming to our bed almost every night between 4 and 6:30am. The whole “you can’t come out of your room until the first number is 7″ thing seems to be out the window at the moment. We don’t mind as long as she sleeps. If it is before 6am, she goes to sleep and it’s no problem. If it’s after that, she wiggles and whispers and drives us crazy. That’s when we send her back to her room until her clock says 7. She does pretty well with “quiet time” when we give her a time to come out of her room. If we make quiet time too long, then she will inevitably come out at some point and complain that “it’s never going to be 3″ or that her clock is somehow broken. Her teachers said that she was really hard on herself this week. Maddie has awesome penmanship, often not just for a 4-year old but for anyone. When she writes her letters, she easily gets frustrated and upset if it’s not perfect. We have been working with her that it doesn’t have to be perfect and that she’s doing a great job, but the child is already a perfectionist. When she writes thank you notes, she has to start over if she messes up. Rarely, we can get her to put a sticker on a mistake, but usually she has to get a fresh sheet of paper and start over.
Something Cullen is doing (29 months old): Cullen had some sort of fever bug that we were afraid was also a stomach bug as he threw up on the way home from school that day. Fortunately, that was the only incident, and he has seemed to be just fine today and yesterday. Lately, Cullen has been requesting us to improvise songs about things in his room or his books. He’s so funny! I love how he wants us to sing to him each night, and that he has a concept of making up songs. I also love that he thought the sprinkler looked like the strings of a violin. He pointed at the sprinkler and said, “It’s like a violin!” Cullen sings the “Popcorn” song by Barenaked Ladies and sometimes requests it before bed. We realized recently that instead of “popcorn kernels” he says “popcorn turtles.” Oh, and I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween this year, not because I need to know this early, but I was curious what he would say. He wants to wear a dress so he can ‘turn’ (meaning he wants to twirl in a dress like Maddie). When I suggested he could be something like a pirate, he got mad and said, “NO, I WANT TO WEAR A DRESS!” I’m pretty sure we’ll be encouraging a few alternatives. A couple of weeks ago, when we had a park play date, I asked the kids, “Did you guys have fun?” Cullen’s reply was that he *almost* had fun. Last night, Cullen’s teacher babysat for us while we went to the movie. Cullen said to her, “you love me to the moon and back, just like Mommy.” She replied that she did. Cullen then said, “you would miss me if I went to the moon!”
Something I am struggling with: I have finally realized that I have migraines. I have thought maybe I have had them for a while, especially with some worse than usual headaches lately. I had a terrible migraine for most of Saturday. It was definitely a migraine. Ugh!
Something I’m looking forward to: Book club tomorrow! We’re also going to the beach with friends for part of the July 4th week! The kids are excited.
Something captured: Maddie on the carousel during our play date with two other families on Sunday.
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