Sunday, May 21, 2017

new swimsuit

A friend told us about some nice swim shorts for girls at Marshalls.  M also found a nice new swim shirt so she's good for another summer of fabulous carefree, sunburn free, fun.  I'm so grateful my girls accept these swim clothes that cover their bodies.  I primarily care about keeping their bodies covered.  I'm also happy that they never have to have a sunburn on their back, shoulders, thighs, or but.  It saves us so much sadness.  No matter how good you put the sunscreen on, the bathingsuits most girls wear shift just enough to leave you with a line of sunburn right on those tender areas.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

punk rock princess

M got a dress with sparkles last week.  We put sleeves on it and she wore it to church.  This week she added black leggings and boots to turn her glittery outfit into a punk rock costume.  It's neat to see P's sense of fashion manifest in M.  I wish I could have seen his face when his punk rock princess came into sacrament meeting.  I was staying home with a runny nose, teething baby.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

the old days

Today I was wearing earrings.  M was impressed and said "So you're wearing earrings like the old days..."  and I said "Do you mean the old days before I had kids that wanted to tear them out of my ears?"  and she said "I don't think I've ever seen you wear earrings."  Yeah, it's been a few years.

M also got a fancy dress yesterday at the RS swap meet.  It's got sequins and a train of navy blue sheer material, but no sleeves.  No worries, I used some fabric from a swimming suit to make some sleeves.  In the end M wore a t-shirt under it anyway because the back was itchy.  I'm glad she understands already that comfort is important and modesty is easy.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

motivational maestro

When M was 6 she was invited to a birthday party with a bunch of girl scouts.  The other girls all knew each other from being in school and a troop together.  The mom reported back to me that M was so sweet in motivating her team to win the toilet paper sculpture challenge.

M has a gift for motivating others when she chooses to use it.  Today I had struggled with lP for over 30 minutes to get the repetitions I felt she needed.  lP was claiming hunger... as she often does when she doesn't want to do something.  The baby needed a diaper change, everyone needed attention.  M came and sat with lP and got her through the last repetition that had taken 10 minutes just by itself. 

She is figuring a lot of things out at a young age with how to motivate herself by being early, and motivate others, with sweetness.  I really admire her positive attitude and patience.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

balloon girl

M made balloons for a school carnival!  She was so nervous, but she was very poised and gave good service.  I went along and chatted with other parents.  I also helped out so M could go have some fun.  At one point a little girl came asking to have her bunny folded again and I didn't know how to make a bunny!  Luckily I had pictures of all the shapes M can make and I figured it out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

hands for work and play

M likes to make things.  She's made this apple swan a few times now.  Next month she'll be getting paid to make balloon animals at a school fair.  She continues to do awesome things on the piano and climb trees like crazy.
She's figured out how to spin around on this cloth hung between trees.  And her gymnastics class is teaching her the proper names for this, and she's getting to do cool things there also.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Thou Shalt Not

Thou Shalt Not steal several packs of gummy snacks and put them in a heart box.
When I ask you where you got them Thou Shalt Not tell me that you've been saving them from the times everyone gets one for B buckling up.

Thou Shalt Not sneak the movie player under your bed.  When I ask you where the power cord for my tape player is, Thou Shalt Not tell me you don't know, when you took it to power the movie player.

Thou Shalt Not sign my initials on your practice record.

I don't know what to do with children who have been so dishonest in the span of 1 week.  So far this child is missing out on the awards party for soccer.   She shows no remorse for having lied, only for being caught.  When she lies, I don't feel mad, I just feel dead inside.  Like, why do I ever do anything nice for someone who is just going to lie, cheat and steal.  I do love her and pray she will learn how to be better.  In the mean time I'm going to give her more work to do so she has less time to be a sneak.