We only have Astrid on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday normally; this week we'll miss Friday because another set of grandparents is coming to town to attend her birthday party on Saturday and I'm sure they'll want to spend as much time with her as they can.
I'm thinking of her third year and anticipating the fun we'll have. She knows the alphabet pretty well now, knows colors and shapes except for the most unusual; Em and I hadn't heard of the quatrefoil before I bought a clock shape-sorter. She talks in complete sentences and we have conversations. I called to wish her a happy birthday and she said, "Mormor, I'm two!" We've moved on to small jigsaw puzzles already, but we do them together. No. 1 once chided her for refusing my help with a yogurt cup, saying, "Astrid, there are still times when you need a little help.", and now when she needs help she says, "Help!" and I say things like, "This one is hard because the ... "
I'm not sure she's ready yet, but I'll give some new reading material a try this next year like "Classic Myths To Read Aloud", "Aesops Fables", "Book of Greek Myths" and "Bible Stories For the Young". We'll also keep discussing time (calendar, clock, days of the week) and begin geography with continents of the world. She MAY begin reading this year OR ...
she may decide to take the whole year off and wait for her little brother to get old enough to join her.
Birthday pics will come after Saturday. Her party this year is being held at the home of daddy's parents.
In other news, the next-door neighbor of "daddy" died and daddy's parents are looking forward to No. 1 and her family living next-door. Daddy doesn't really think it's a good idea (Who WOULD?), but doesn't want to hurt the feelings of his parents. This is where I a) wonder why my kids don't seem to mind hurting MY feelings and b) am grateful that my kids have grown to be independent enough to think for themselves.
Em and I had so much fun taking the night bus to an Oklahoma casino last week that we're going to do it again THIS week.
How's life with you?