~2~Nina loves her practical life work. As soon as she sees me doing any spray-cleaning, she runs for her little spray bottle and cloth to do doorknobs and light switch plates. Too cute! And, a great boon for keeping winter germs at bay.
~3~Luke is ready for career exploration at four! This week he informed me that he no longer wants to be a priest. He wants to be a paleontologist so he can be around “lots of dinosaurs all the time”. But, since Nina wants to be a Mommy who marries God (a layperson of some sort perhaps? Or a Mother at a Convent working with orphans???) he is going to be paleontologist Daddy. And, he wants a big house. Why? For all his children. How many? Sixty! Yep, Luke thinks big!
Luke has started reading – a little. Mat. Cat. Sat. He read me the entire first Bob Book the other day even when I covered the picture cues on him. It’s slow going, but so exciting. As much as I cannot wait for him to just explode into actual reading, I also treasure this just-beginning stage.
Nina needs me to put together some fine motor work for her. Otherwise, I am going to continue to find her doing cute, but annoying things like sticking paper clips into the little hole at the bottom of the plastic leg from a Lego table or sticking Hi Ho the Cherry Oh “apples” (she calls them apples, not cherries) into the base of Luke’s punching bag. Again, follow the child, Mom! Provide the work they crave so they don’t create their own...~6~
~7~The kids chose to sit in the car the other day while I unloaded groceries, so they could watch the birds flying to and from the bird feeders we put out. Well, when I unbuckled Luke, he immediately got out to follow a “chickadee-dee-dee” while excitedly telling me he’d seen a titmouse and a black crow. It’s so much fun to have them learning to name and appreciate God’s many creatures... Then, when we called Daddy later in the day to say hello, Luke told him he doesn’t want any scarecrows anymore, because he “learned to like them” by feeding them. I guess been internalizing something about kindness to all God’s creatures as we say our prayers and read about saints. Yay!
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