Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Baby D told my husband tonight that tomorrow he wants to use the potty all the time. We haven't been pressing him on the subject at all, and in fact I feel daunted by the prospect of starting serious potty training on his proposed schedule. He's also been asking to wear underwear. D can make letter sounds in sequence (bbb-aaa-t), and I think he gets the idea of sounding out, but he can't combine the sounds into a word. He was sounding out "bat" today, but insisted that the word was "cat." My husband suggests more reading videos.
Some of the sunflower seedlings are about three or four inches high. The basil is making a little bit of progress, but the tallest plant is probably about two inches tall. The gladioli are about two feet high but show no sign of flowering. The rose bush in the yard has a couple dozens blooms, the pecan trees have their spring foliage, and a small tree near the fence seems to be either an apricot or a peach tree. I still haven't planted my seeds and plants from Homestead Heritage.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Since my dad is colorblind, I'm a carrier, and we've been anxiously monitoring D to see if he has it, since colorblindness disqualifies you for a long list of professions. D seemed very slow at learning his colors, but he is pretty good at color identification right now and keeps us guessing. My husband thinks that he may be memorizing the socially accepted colors for various objects. More evidence for colorblindness came this evening when I asked him what color a red brick wall was. "Red," said D. There was a pause. "Reddish-green."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
My husband, D, some relatives, and I finally made a day trip to Homestead Heritage today. Homestead Heritage is a large commune, well known for woodworking. We saw their pottery building, the woodworking building (where a class was underway), the ironworks, a water-powered flour mill, a petting farm, and assorted poultry. They have a complicated rainwater capture system to make up for the fact that groundwater is 1200 feet underground. Their furniture is eye-wateringly expensive (Pottery Barn and up), but we had a very nice lunch at their deli and I got some more sweet basil seeds, some Thai basil seeds, a lavender plant, and garlic chives, as well as a small booklet from Homestead Heritage on herb cultivation. I also finally got my very first hoe at Walmart today, which means that the weeds currently occupying half the flower bed are doomed. There were a few other plants at Walmart that I'd like to get (like oregano), but that can wait.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
C recently bought a replica of D's beloved yellow stuffed elephant, which is now grey and worn after many washings. C's elephant is new, fluffy and yellow, and has never been through the washer. I think I heard C explaining to a babysitter yesterday that she wasn't hugging her elephant because she didn't want it to wind up like D's elephant.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I think I've found a magazine picture with exactly what I'd like for our future kitchen: white cabinets, yellow paint, and blue and white Delft tiles and china. It's really cute, and the yellow paint keeps the blue and white from looking too cold or sterile. I've got another magazine clipping of a living room with white painted woodwork and French doors paired with a lavender sofa. So, theoretically it might work to use white woodwork throughout our future house but to vary the other colors used.
I checked up with the manager who takes care of the rental houses in our neighborhood, and it seems that the rumor we've been hearing is correct. Our neighborhood will probably be demolished in 2010. That gives us two years to get our affairs in order and move. I'm not crazy about our rental house (dark kitchen, low ceilings, windowless carpeted dining room, foundation problems, cracking drywall, ants coming through the woodwork, wood paneled den, inconvenient bathroom configuration, etc.) but it has its virtues (excellent storage, big rooms for the kids, fantastic location), and is the biggest, most convenient house I've ever lived in. It's been a great house for us, and I hope we'll be able to find something at least as good to buy.
Lately when we've been outside on the patio, Baby D has been asking for cilantro, and I've been giving him a few leaves. My plants are nice and bushy but only about three inches tall, so I'm not sure how much of this they can take. On the other hand, I saw fresh cilantro in the store the other day at 49 cents a bundle, so I could let D eat the homegrown cilantro.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Yesterday we took a day trip to a cave open house. We followed our directions and arrived at what turned out to be a vacant lot in an exurban subdivision. We waited our turn and then all four of us descended down a ladder into a black hole and then down a stair into what turned out to be a fairly large chamber with very nice limestone formations, and no bats whatsoever. We eventually had our traditional Swedish meatball lunch at a nearby IKEA. C got to go to Smalland and play, while D (not being fully potty-trained) had to snake through IKEA with mom and dad. D really wants to go to Smalland and he also really wants to be potty-trained, so I'm adding that to my motivational arsenal. We got fluorescent bulbs for our dining room fixture (it's much cooler now and I'm expecting our AC bill will shrink a bit this summer), a 49 cent blue elephant for D (compensation for not getting to go to Smalland), gooseberry jam, lingonberry jam, and fish egg spread for my husband (who loves the stuff).
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
For some time, D's favorite stuffed animal has been a yellow elephant, now greyish and slightly ratty after many visits to the washer. Also for some time, C has been coveting the elephant. She recently bought a duplicate elephant which, being new, is yellow and has a pristine fluffy surface. C doesn't do much with the new elephant, but she's pleased to have it. D is also happy that she has it. This evening, he picked up both in the living room and delivered his to his room and C's to her room. I think he's done that twice.
"I like going to preschool like Buddy Bear," says Baby D, who has never been to preschool, but who has a big sister in school and a live action DVD featuring an anxious bear cub who goes to preschool and has a good time. It is D's bedtime, but after he said that, I had to put in the brainwashing video. He's set to start a two-day program in a couple months.
Many of the dill plants that used to look like feathery grass sprouts are starting to fork into the characteristic dill fronds, although they're still only about 2.5 inches tall. The grass seeding is a huge success, with the sprouted grass now about 3 inches tall. The pecan trees are leafing nicely, and I've discovered that many of the hard-to-pull 6-inch-tall weeds are actually pecan seedlings. I've also discovered that the ants are less active after rain, so I took the opportunity to weed around the gladioli this afternoon while D was playing. I also weeded a little around the mature rosemary bushes, which means that I'm going to smell like rosemary until my next bath.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
C is almost 6 now, and way past being old enough to go without cheerios, juice, and coloring books at Mass. Coincidentally, a sticker chart and behavior guide giving guidelines for good behavior came home this week from her religious education class. We located several suitable books for her to take to church (a child's illustrated missal, a book explaining the Mass, and a couple handmade books from CCD explaining the Mass and the Our Father). We read through the guidelines together and practiced a bit last night, and we made sure she had a snack, and she did beautifully this morning, with some wiggliness. I didn't see much of it, since D and I were in the cry room much of the time, but I bet that helped, too. C got her sticker.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
C wants to mold a chocolate space shuttle, with a white chocolate body and chocolate detailing. She and my husband have done a bunch of similar projects, including plaster Chinese dragons, a pink soap unicorn, and chocolate bunnies and angels. I don't know that they can manage the chocolate detailing, though.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
We went to our favorite cafeteria tonight, which was hosting a carnival night. They had carnival food (funnel cake, sausage on a stick, corn dogs, cotton candy, etc.), as well as various games. C tried her hand at darts, magnet fishing, and a cake walk (I'd never seen a cake walk before). She looked very pleased and excited to walk round the chairs to music with the other cake walkers (who were all big college students), and she eventually won a very pink cake. She had a go at the apple-bobbing station, too.
I just peeked into C's room and found her reading (or at least paging through) a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book. She's read lots of picture books (especially on natural history), but this is probably the first time I've seen her reading a chapter book by herself. I think she was inspired by the (really terrible) Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle TV show. Previously, she seemed really put off by the plots, which are about the reformation of various horrible children.