Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Poem and a Picture

As I have started to be more intentional about Gwenna's "preschool" (what is preschool anyway? It didn't exist 2 decades ago!... More on that another time). Reading aloud is an area that I have found repeatedly discouraging. With Amelia climbing on and off and running to  get into something, we hardly ever get through a book without interruption. Solution? Poems! So quick and fun, Gwenna thinks most are hilarious, and you can read 10 at a time, pausing for baby damage control without feeling totally frazzled! Here is one of our favorites that I grew up on as well:


My Shadow
By Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gwenna and Jed.

On Thursdays we keep company with four year old Jed. Thursdays may be both Gwenna and Amelia's favorite day of the week. He loves to entertain them in the way that 4 yr old boys do; head banging and loudly falling over- and their hearty belly laughs are enterpreted by him correctly as, "encore!" 

To be sure they don't always get along, and neither is quick to compromise, but they are getting quicker at agreeing to disagree. 

Jed being a year older, makes setting up  little preschool activities all the easier and they will chat and work on a puzzle, or project for over an hour while Amelia naps!

She will be so sad next year when he starts kindergarten. 



A couple extras of Gwenna. She is growing into the most beautiful girl! 




How did you grow up eating a sandwich?   Did you leave the crust? I was a crust first then enjoy the middle kind of girl. Gwenna proves more meticulous like daddy. She nibbles it all the way away in perfect rows! I think it's adorable! 







Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wedding Dress

While unpacking one of the last boxes the other night, we had an interesting exchange with Gwenna. She loves princesses and fancy gowns as much as the next girl, so when I found my wedding dress, I had no doubt she would be pleased. She seemed thrilled and agreed I should try it on. It fit better than it did at our wedding! Of course what naturally followed was R and I dancing and reminiscing before Gwenna interrupted asking about where she was at wedding. And if I was her mommy then. Our answers wholly disgruntled her and soon she was repeating, "mom please take it off. You should take that off now." 

A bit later, when I was all changed, I asked her if she had liked it. Her response was something like, "exactly I did... But I just am not sure who you are in that." Somehow she felt robbed of her mommy. It was very sweet but equally sad!

Photo credit: a disgruntled Gwenna