Sunday, June 26, 2011

This and that

Jessica and Xander love to go off and hide whenever it's time to do things like leave for school, get dressed, etc. Tonight I told them it was time to clean up before bedtime. Off they ran to their room, yelling "hide!"

"You know," I called out in the general direction of their room, "if I don't find you, you won't be able to clean up and if you don't clean up you won't be able to watch tv before bed."

"But we're not really hiding," was Jessica's response.

"That's okay," I said. "I'm not really looking."

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I love it when Xander and Jessica play either Mommy/kid scenarios or Mommy/Daddy scenarios. They're all "sweetie" this and "darling" that.

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The clay kid
Jessica took an art class at a nearby arts school in January and February. I had originally signed her up for a clay class because that's what she really wanted but the woman running the program called to tell me it was cancelled for lack of enrollment. Jessica took a mosaics class instead. When the next session rolled around, I signed her up for clay again. I figured there might be a chance it would be cancelled again, so I put down a painting class as an alternative.

The woman running the program called to tell me that again the clay class was cancelled and that she'd have to take the painting class, just as I thought. The woman was apologetic about it being cancelled again.

As it turned out, we missed the first class because of a long weekend away in Connecticut. The next week I got another call from the woman at the art school. She told me how, even though 4 kids were signed up for the class, for some reason, 2 of them (in addition to Jessica) hadn't shown up and the one kid that did show up was so freaked out because she was the only kid in class, that she dropped out. I was given the option to get my money back or switch her to another class, which wasn't for another week because April vacation was coming up.

Well, I kind of forgot about it and when I finally remembered, another class had passed and she would have missed something like 3 classes. I called to just get my money back.

I explained why I was calling and who Jessica was and what the situation was. Finally, the woman said, "Oh! The clay kid!"

I've been pretty impressed with Jessica's vocabulary lately. Recently she used the word "fret" instead of worry. Yesterday, she corrected me when I said "next" week.

"You mean 'upcoming,'" she informed me. "Next doesn't mean time."

I double-checked and you can use next for time but upcoming was still a pretty good word.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I'm stealing this story from Xander's Aunt Nutan.

While they were at a picnic this past weekend, Xander looked at Aunt Nutan and said, "I want to marry you." She asked him why. He said it was because he loved her. Then he said, "but he'll have to leave." "He" was Uncle Eric.

What I want to know is what about me? I thought he was going to marry *me.*

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Nail biting update

I am so proud of Jessica. After I told her she could paint her nails if she grew them long enough, she stopped biting them almost entirely. In less than 2 weeks I could see the whites of her nails and see that she wasn't biting the skin anymore either. A week after that I had to trim her nails.

Good job, Jessica!


Jessica has this book called "26 Princesses" where each princess's name starts with a different letter of the alphabet. So...26 of them.

We were walking home from school one day and she mentioned her book, "27 Princesses."

"26, sweetie," I said gently.

"No! 27." Because Jessica is never wrong.

I explained how there was one princess for each letter of the alphabet and that there are 26 letters in the alphabet.

"27," she corrected me.

To show her that there are, in fact, 26 letters in the alphabet we counted. I said the alphabet and as I said each letter, she counted.

Somehow we ended up with a total of 27.

I insisted we redo it more slowly and we got 26. She seemed doubtful but agreed the count was right.

A week or two later, she mentioned how I had said the title of the book was 27 princesses and was insistent that *she* was the one who had said 26 princesses.

A week or two after that, we were in her room, getting ready for bed. She brought up the 27 princesses book.

I went into the living room, pulled out the book and showed it to her. I didn't want to press the point that she was *wrong* but just show her that there. are. 26. letters. in. the. alphabet. She did seem a little upset to be wrong about the title.

We haven't discussed the book since. I'm hoping the matter is settled.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"What I always wanted"

Last Friday was the bridging ceremony for Jessica, when she bridged from being a Daisy to being a Brownie. It was held along with a barbeque, so we picked Xander up from preschool and went straight to the bbq site.

Hari went and got Xander from school while Jessica and I waited in the car. When Xander got to the car and saw us, he was really happy. He's usually pretty happy when I pick him up, so I thought that was why.

Then he said, "This is what I always wanted." I wasn't really sure what he was talking about. I just smiled at him and nodded, which I usually do when I don't know what he's talking about.

A few minutes later, he said it again, "This is what I always wanted." So I asked him what he meant.

"You and Daddy picked me up."

And then I knew what he was talking about. One of his school friends apparently always gets picked up by both his mother and his father. Xander's always asking if both of us can pick him up at the same time. I explained that usually that wasn't convenient.

So, even though I hadn't planned it, by picking him up en route to the bridging ceremony, we had given him what he always wanted. If only I could always give him what he wanted so easily.