Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Playhouse


 Did you hear the news?  We have a new playhouse!  And it's pretty awesome. :)  When we bought it, the reviews warned us that building it was rather time consuming.  So we figured it would take about 6 hours or so, like others had reported.  Turns out that was a gross under-estimate.  Bummer.  Both grandpas offered to come help - good thing!  Lots of work and lots of cups of coffee later, the girls had a new house to play in and are loving it.


Sweet Pea is loving it!  
The darling little house on my back patio in all it's glory. :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

To my Honeygirl

Honeygirl,

I am amazed by you.  You are growing so quick!  You use words like "enormous" and "humongous" when you are describing things.  You willingly give your sister hugs and you let her sit on your lap.  You call me "Sweetie Pie" when you're trying to smooth things over after misbehaving or when I'm worked up about something. You are learning to do puzzles on your own.  You can identify all your letters and can write some of them.  I've seen you write "MOM" "DAD" and your own name.  You are learning important things like your address, safety rules, and that you have to stay in your room until there is a "7" on your clock in the morning. You are learning to make your bed, and to use the computer for your preschool program.  And you have given up your nap.
We have plenty of challenges, but together we're learning.   I'm learning what form of disciple works best for you and you're learning that each choice you make has a consequence.  I'm learning patience and you're learning consistency and that I will follow through.  You are learning that if you are mean to your sister, she will probably be mean back (or scream in your ear).
I am also learning that you are a compassionate person.  I love seeing that come out in you.  A few weeks ago we saw a homeless person a street corner and shared a granola bar with her.  That resulted in a tough conversation about how not everyone has a nice home like us.  A week later, we went past a house that is under construction that you have correctly labeled "enormous."  After explaining to you that we will NOT be moving in there, you wanted to know if maybe the lady from the street corner could move in with other boys and girls that don't have houses to sleep in too.  Ach, that made me so proud.  I love that you remembered that lady and wanted a solution for a situation that seems so unfair to you.  I can't wait to see how your compassionate heart will play out as your future unfolds.

I know I told you today when we were reading stories at rest time, but don't want you to ever doubt it: I love you, Honeygirl.  And I am so glad I get to be your mama.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Our first science experiment

This week we decided to do our first little science experiment.  Inspiration came from pinterest, as it seems to for so many these days...  
 We started with a cookie sheet and baking soda piled into a little hill in the middle of it.
 Next Honeygirl got to pick two colors to put in the vinegar.  She picked red and blue.  We had fun watching the drops of food coloring swirl around.
 Then came the best part:  using a medicine dropper to squirt the vinegar on the baking soda and watching it bubble!
Honeygirl had a blast!  We have only repeated this experiment 4 additional times in the 48 hrs since the first round....  I think it's safe to say it was a hit. :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The things they say v.2

I worked on Monday.  Which means I didn't get home until about 8pm.  In the meantime, my wonderful husband picked the girls up from Grandma's house and brought them home after dinner.  Apparently when they walked in the door, Honeygirl immediately said, "Daddy, why don't you sit down on the couch and just relax.  [Sweet Pea] and I will play with shoes over here (nearby). "

What?!  Three and a half years.  I have yet to hear, "Mommy, why don't you sit down on the couch and just relax."  

Yep, mamas do the dirty work.  And daddies reap the rewards.