Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Some Randoms...

Some random fun outtakes of Rory over the last few weeks...

Rory running down the hill in her favorite dress...

Eating Breakfast at book club...

Selfie at Staring Lake with the sun in our eyes...

Love the eyes...

Funny Faces...

More Selfies...


Great place to watch TV...

Hanging on the driveway with a banana behind her back...

Big girl swing...

Another Selfie...

My helper...

Rory took this...

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

I am Grateful for Daniel Tiger

Daniel Tiger is such a good influence!  Rory was watching an episode about being Thankful and she immediately wanted to create Thank You cards for Daddy and her 2 teachers!  Although I was hesitant about Daniel Tiger at first (mainly because of the Meow Meow) I am really liking all the lessons Rory is getting from the show.  

Also, we now sing songs for everything which makes life so much more fun!  I did this when Rory was younger, so I'm glad to revisit it (i.e. We having Matching Hats song).  Its amazing how much easier it is to get Rory to do a simple task like put on her shoes, when I sing "Just say Okay" then when I ask her a different way.

Its been a little while since I have worked with her on her letters, and they do not work on this in school yet, so I was impressed that she can now write D, T, N, L and U without any help.  

I also was excited that she can draw a Sun and people that really kind of look like people.  I see them (but I watched her draw them), can you see them?

We ran out of room for Ms Anderson's name but Rory did all the letters except the A and E on her own!  So awesome!  She was so proud of herself!  (It curls around the page).

Rory was so excited to go to school this morning and bring the cards to her teachers.  She hid them behind her back and stuck her tougue out as she does when she is being shy.  Ms Pagel asked what she had and she rant up to her and said "I made you a card."  She was so excited.  All of Rory's friends sitting down eating breakfast started talking about how they were going to make them cards too.

Sidenote - Then Rory popped something in her mouth and I realized she had been holding her vitamins in her hand the entire car ride to school because she didn't want to put down the cards!

I've been thinking a lot about gratitude journals lately and was wondering if it would be worthwhile to start one with Rory, or if she is still to young.  I love the idea of it but want to make sure its something we can stick with.  Any one keep a gratitude journal with their kids?  

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Girls and their Dolls

Ok, I officially give in...  

I had very strong opinions when Rory was little that I would mastermind a plan to deter Rory from playing with dolls.  I would gently steer her away from dolls.  No harm, no foul, she would find joy in some other toy like I did as a kid.  There are many reason I am not a doll fan, none of which are really all that rational, but here goes:

1. They are creepy
2. Sometimes they look too real.
3. My Little Ponies are so much better.
4. They come with too much stuff, clothes, shoes, etc.  (My Little Ponies can all share one brush).
5. They are creepy.

So I bought Rory My Little Ponies instead of dolls, stuffed animals instead of dolls, trucks instead of dolls.  I told grandparents to stay away from dolls as gifts.  But despite my efforts, my super girly dress wearing daughter LOVES dolls.  

She loves to dress her doll and bring her places.  She loves that the Bitty Baby looks like her.  She loves putting her dolls in strollers, beds, high chairs, swings.  She loves the  Bitty Baby books about her doll.  She loves the American Girl restaurant and the whole store.  She looks forward to being old enough for the Big Girl American Girl doll.

Just goes to show you that some likes and dislikes are part of your personality.  Other kids may have dolls pushed on them and not like them at all.  But my little girl despite my efforts, found her way to dolls.  So in the spirit of being positive, here are the reason I like dolls:

1. Rory loves them!
2. Rory loves to wear the same dress as her doll.
3. For some reason Rory decided to name her doll Baby Rory (its very confusing, but very cute)
4. When Baby Rory is going in the car, Big Rory is more excited to go too
5. The creepy eyes close when the doll lays down!


Funny thing is My Mom just sent me a little My Little Pony in Rory's Bubba Box.  Really, it was meant for me.  Of course, I let Rory play with it and she pretends its her Baby Rory's Toy.  That doll has great taste in toys!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Meaning to Backseat Driver

I am happy that Rory knows the meaning or Red Lights, Green Lights and Yellow Lights.  I'm also happy, although a little surprised, that she notices them.  For a few months now Rory has been commenting when we are sitting at a red light "Good Job Mommy stopping at the red light."  I thank her, thinking she is being cute and funny.  Sometimes she will notice the light turn green a millisecond before I do, and proudly let me know that the light is green, "which means you can go."  

Recently Rory has also taken up an interest in Speed Limit signs.  One day she asked how fast I was going and so I explained that I was going 55 miles per hour, which was the speed limit.  I told her if she looks on the right side of the street she will see numbers on a white sign and that is the speed limit.  Well, now I have a little speed monitor.  She will notice signs and point them out "Mommy that sign says six five, is your limit six five?"  

She will also frequently ask if we are on the highway or not and point out when there is traffic.  Rory also notices many buildings and landmarks, her favorites are Abigail's school and Book club.

The one that really gets me though is turning right on red.  She gets almost angry at me every time I make a right turn at a red stop light.  Telling me "you can't go, the red light means stop."  It has gotten to the point that I am sick of explaining to her how rights on red work.  She has taken an absolute stance on Red Lights and insists I am doing it wrong.  She insists that Daddy does not make right turns at Red Lights.  Which leads me to believe that either he drives in circles counter-clockwise or Rory pays less attention in the car with Daddy.

When I was little I would imagine that there was a person running along side the car on the sidewalk jumping over and dodging everything that was in their way.  A kind of Parkour before its day.  I didn't know what street we were on, how fast we were going or anything about traffic signals.  I was in my own little world of jumping over mailboxes and ducking under tree branches.

Its one thing to have your husband or another passenger comment on your driving, but having the little 3.5 year old on constant alert has added new meaning to the term backseat driver!

Am I answering her questions too thoroughly?  Does anyone else have little backseat drivers?

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