“Mama? How many bucks is this?”
In other cute news, Annabel has been wearing one of Eli’s winter hats for the past few days. This morning, he wanted it. After it was on her head. This shouldn’t be a big deal, he has another hat! A warmer hat! A hat he loves! “But I told my friend I’d wear my monster hat to school!” he whimpers.
And then his little sister pulls the monster hat off her head and says, “I will wear my kitty hat!”
our pumpkin, red Power Ranger, and pink unicorn
(Look closely. Can you see his muscles??)
It came and went pretty quietly last week, but our littlest little is two and a half! Since her last birthday, Annabel has mastered taking off her own shoes, socks, and pants, and putting her shoes ON. (These sound like little things, but you wouldn’t believe how much time is saves when you don’t have to do 100% of the work for another person!) She graduated out of her crib a couple months ago and is now the happy occupant of a toddler bed. (Also – we now have a girl bedroom and a boy bedroom. Is that old news?)
On days with no naps, she’s a dream at bedtime. Days when she has rested are . . . challenging. And like Piper and Eli before her, this kid WILL NOT nap in the toddler bed. So days when she’s extra tired and we know she NEEDS a break, we let her rest in “the big bed” (Mama and Daddy’s bed). It’s an awful habit to get her into, probably, but a sleepy Annabel is a grumpy Annabel, and it seems to rub off on all of us when she’s overtired.
She’ll go visit the pediatrician next week to confirm it, but it seems our girl is somehow managing to grow while refusing all food that isn’t “toast with butter” or mac and cheese.
A friend told us about a local fall fun run – two short races – one for grown-ups, one for kids! We asked Piper and Eli if they might like to try running in a race, and they were totally on board to “run like Mama.”
It was rainy and FREEZING the day of the races, unfortunately, but everyone finished! Five miles for Mama, 0.33 miles for Piper and Eli. Watching them in the kids’ race was just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Such serious faces! Near the finish line, Eli heard people shouting his name and sprinted to the end. Adorable.
All runners got shirts, all kids got MEDALS. The medal was the best part, obviously! (Eli noticed that the grown-ups weren’t all handed medals at the finish line. “Are you sad you didn’t get a medal, Mama?”)
Eli wore his shirt the rest of that day, and showed off his medal at school first thing Monday morning. If we do this race again next year, Annabel will get to try it too. In the meantime, we’re looking around for other little races for them all to try.
Eli was so pumped after this one, he wanted to race again the next day.
Piper thinks she’s 16 and is way too cool for shirts and medals. “Um, sure,” she’ll run again. It took about two hours to get her to put her medal on for a photo.
Piper’s switching to a new school this year. This one’s actually in our district, so there’s transportation available! Today was day number 1 of HAVING TO get our butts up and out the door on time. Piper was awake before 6:00, asking for help with the buttons on her shirt. The others weren’t quite as fast, but “if you want to watch Piper get on the bus” helped speed them along.
We were at the bus stop eight minutes early! Ten minutes later, no bus. We expected this. Five minutes after that, a bus!
But not our bus. This one needed directions.
Twenty minutes after the scheduled pickup time, another bus! This is it! Here she goes! Piper’s driver asked for directions too. (Should that worry us?)
She is so excited to get going at her new school. This a huge (refreshing) improvement on the first days of preschool drop-offs a couple years ago. No clinging to our legs and crying. Piper is so brave!
Next it was off to daycare with Annabel, then preschool with Eli. Between those two stops, we discovered Eli’s backpack was still at home and swung back to pick it up. We saw a bus. “Is that Piper’s bus??” Eli asked.
“No! She’s probably almost at school now.” A block later, there was another bus. “Oh! But that one IS Piper’s bus…”
Eli, “See! I told you!” Here’s hoping she got to school.
We had so much fun surprising our boy on his big day, that we went ahead and did the same for Piper. One day last week, we let her spend an hour at school and then swooped in to take her out for the day.
Mama/Daddy: “It’s your birthday date, Piper! What should we do?” (We already had a destination planned.)
Piper: “Um . . . Go to a movie?”
Us: “Nope! What else should we do?”
Piper: “Buy an American Girl doll!”
So we took the train to Mall of America, to the American Girl store.
She choose a doll (Kit) as soon as we stepped into the store. We coaxed her into looking around a little more, but when it was time to go she went straight back to Kit. (Piper and Kit have the same haircut!) We wrapped up the outing with a lunch of Piper’s choice (hot dogs, fries, and a milkshake at Johnny Rockets) and a train ride back to the car.
Piper and Kit were given matching “it’s my birthday” stickers at the American Girl store. (And a spare set of stickers for Piper’s actual birthday.)
Piper and Kit slept together that night, and Kit went to school with Piper the next day. (Because school isn’t really SCHOOL over the summer, they play and bring toys and etc. etc.)
We’ve got a family party and a friend party this weekend, then we’ll finally be finished with Birthday Season 2013. We’re exhausted!
Today’s the day, Piper girl. You are six. SIX! Happy birthday, Snuggle Bear! We have no idea where the time has gone . . .
We love you and love you and love you and love you.