Maybe there is wrong side of the bed to wake up on

Yesterday our girl was just out of sorts all day. It started very early and lasted until she was out for the night. Kinda makes me wonder if there is something to the idea of “waking up on the wrong side of the bed”.

Before we even left the house at 8 AM I had to tell her many, many times to quit climbing on me, touching my face, jumping onto me, and doing all sorts of other things that she knows she shouldn’t be doing. Then, when leaving she decided “I want to lead” and basically tripped Morgan on the way out the door in her rush to get in front of him. Had he not caught himself it could have been a very different day for all of us. After almost falling he deemed it a do-over morning and we all went inside and started leaving the house all over again.

It didn’t improve much from there…at one point near the end of church service I finally had her sit by herself on the empty section of the row behind us because she just wouldn’t quit talking. Talking about what, you ask? Nothing! She was narrating some nonsense to her coloring book and doing it so loudly I couldn’t hear the lesson.

For lunch we joined quite a few friends for a class pitch-in at someone’s house. Her most notable transgression there was yelling “you’re not my mommy” to a friend who was telling her to stop opening and closing the screen door. She made it about 3 steps post-yell before Morgan made it to her in time for some correction. This friend is one she sees weekly and has lunch and/or dinner with each Sunday. She knows it is someone we trust and she should obey. She did make a sweet apology once released from time-out and confirmed that the two of them could still be friends.

Then, in the evening at another friend’s house for dinner and small group I walked into the room she was playing in to check on her (which I did because I’d heard the mean way she was talking to the younger kids from the other room) in time to see her yell no and push on the other kiddo. This all happened in spite of several conversations about how to talk to our friends and what to do with her hands. I scooped her up and moved her to a time-out chair. Not fun for any of us. Once she was freed from time-out (yes, she could tell me exactly what the problem was and what she could do better), I spent the rest of the night in the same room just being present in case further correction was needed.

It seriously was rough all day with her with no apparent reason. Of course, the reason could be she is 4 years old and sometimes that’s just life with a 4 year-old 🙂

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Lego Beginnings

Lego has been a daily play item this past week. It’s been great! So, I decided to share a bit about our Lego journey in a few posts.

I love watching our girl be creative. She’s enjoying working with us to build complicated things and also making her own creations.

It all started a few years back when we stopped at the Lego Store in the mall to see if she’d enjoy playing with them. (Her dad being a fan may have helped guide us into the store). She did. She jumped right in, standing at the table and connecting the bricks to each other. She found pieces of ice cream cones and put them together and tried to sell them to us. Based on that experience when her grandparents asked what she’d like for her birthday we let them know that Duplo would be a great birthday gift.

They sent the the LEGO DUPLO Creative Ice Cream for her birthday a little over a year ago. It was funny that the one they sent was the same as the pieces she had played with the most in the store. I guess great minds really do think alike 🙂 It was a hit, she played with it lots.

A few months later she received the LEGO DUPLO Pink-Box-of-Fun for Christmas. She loved it! There were some pictures on the insert of things she could build and she enjoyed copying that with our help to make the things pictured. Months later she was building things all by herself.

Since then she has recently moved on to playing with new sets with smaller pieces, but that seems like a story for another day. It’s been great fun watching her imagine, create, and play with these things!

More Chick-fil-A fun!

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The princess breakfast is just another reason we love our Chick-fil-A. 

What a fun morning! Recognizing the staff and being called by name makes it even better.

J saw princess Elsa and could tell it was her friend Rebecca who did story time in the spring. She had a great time talking to her again.

Going for a drive

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The weather today was perfect for an evening drive, as it was close to 70 instead of in the mid-90s. So we took advantage of it and headed out front after dinner.

J had a great time driving around our street, she even got to drive over to a friend’s house to say hi.

We told her she couldn’t visit with them for long because they’d need to leave for church, so she stomped on the gas and said “wait up Sarah, I coming”. It was so cute to see.

Also, she had tunes for the first time. Her sweet ride has a connection for an iPod so daddy fixed her up with some music. She was driving and bopping along to the song till it stopped. Then she stopped the car and said “I need more tunes please “.

If her current skills are an indication of future driving we are in trouble! Morgan figured out it may be best to have someone else teach her, and according to her imitation of me I must never drive straight. As she swerved back and forth she said ” I do just like mama!” I really don’t think that’s true.

She still remembers that her car is a gift from a kind neighbor and wants to tell him thank you often. I hope he gets to see her out driving next time.

Fun on the way

We had a good last day in Indy/ first day heading home to OK.

J got to swim with Grandpa while I packed and napped.

After a quick lunch with Grandpa we hit the road and she was out before we got on the interstate.

We had smooth construction-filled travels to our hotel.

After checking in to our room we enjoyed the playground, gift shop, and restaurant. We even fulfilled Joanna’s wish of pasta for dinner. A second stop on the playground helped finish out some of her energy before bed.

I love that she gets excited about the flowers and stops to smell them.

Though staying in hotels with her at this age is a pain due to her restless excitement and unwillingness to settle down and sleep, this place seems to be a pretty good fit for us.

After settling into bed she asked to Skype daddy. Getting to see and talk to him was a good end to a nice day. We are definitely ready and excited to see him tomorrow.

Sharing

It was so neat to watch Joanna choose clothes to give away today.
Inspired by a tweet from Infant Crisis Services I decided to get together some things to donate. They were looking for socks and we had tons that J had outgrown! They also needed clothes for kids up to size 5. She’s currently wearing 3s, so it made sense to go through her closet and pull out some things to share. She did great!

I told her after her nap that we were going to choose some clothes to give to kids who needed more clothes and she said “ok, let’s check it out”. She eagerly opened her closet and pulled out several dresses, saying “give”. Then we pulled down all her shorts and she picked up each pair and placed them in the keep or give pile. I was proud to see both piles growing, not just the keep one. She also had some shirts we was willing to part with. She seemed to understand that she was giving them away and that someone else would be able to use them.

She was excited to hop into her car seat and head out to drop off the clothes. They make it easy to donate -there is a drive-up door with a bell. Once I was there a guy came out with a bin and helped load the stuff into it. Then we stepped right inside to get my information so they could email me a receipt. It was all very quick and easy. Joanna was in the car with it running and the door open while we unloaded the stuff. As I was about to step a bit away from the car she changed from smiling and waving at us to having a concerned look and saying “get me out!” Of course I honored her request and she came in too. She kept looking around for the kids that would get the clothes, but otherwise seemed to enjoy the whole thing.

I’m hoping that she continues to get joy from sharing with others and that we can continue this task, or similar ones for a long time to come.

We love Chick-fil-A!

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Chick-fil-A is great!

Yummy food, free WiFi, friendly and helpful staff, good lemonade, grilled nuggets, fresh fruit, free Cheerios for the kiddos, stick-on placemats, coloring pages, board books of PBS shows for the “under 3” toy, and a fun playground.

We came for a snack and J is having a great time coloring a picture for Daddy while I get to hang out and enjoy free refills of Dr. Pepper.

As she finished coloring and was ready to head to the playground we saw some friends, so she got to play with some other little ones and their mom and I got to visit.

We always have a good experience here.

Oh yeah, it also has the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve found at a fast food place.