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modern-day princess

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I was driving with the Es yesterday and “Kindergarten” came up during one of our conversations in the car:

Me: There’s a good possibility that you may go to N’s school…

Her: Yay! I love N! (watching her hide her face and giggling as I peaked through the rear-view mirror searching for a reaction.)

Me: We are not absolutely sure, but maybe… (trying to keep things mentally flexible for her and myself).

Her: Is P still there? (P is N’s brother)

Me: No, P is older and he’s moved on to a new school, Middle School. And so will N at the end of the next school year. And, that will happen to you… So, you’ll have 6 years in this school, and then 3 years in Middle School and then there’s High School, and that’s 4 years … and then, you can go to University… (the silence and my non-interrupted speech made me think that I was speaking to myself - which I was at some point - but she was still listening…) If you want.

Her: Neh…

Me: Why? University is where you get to go to learn about what you’d like to do as a grown-up (and I understand that this may seem ambiguous or imprecise, to say the least… But, she’s 5.)

Her: Is there a Princess University?

Life. Lately, it’s been hectic.

Side note: For no particular reason, I’ve  never been one to call E “princess” and I am not really into tiaras, sparkles and pink, to the point that she’s remarked that I am more into “boy things”. However I will not put a damper on her obsession of marrying into a royal family or trying to walk two hours around our neighborhood in a pair of play cinderella shoes she swapped with a friend for her semi-comfortable red ballet flats.


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Well, if Elsa says…

I picked him up to put him in his crib, when he looked at me as if he were suddenly being illuminated and said:

"Don’t hold my back, Mommy."

"What?", I said.

He repeated, “Don’t hold my back.”

"Why?", I asked.

Very assertively he replies, “Well, Elsa says …” breaking into song … “Let it go, let it go, don’t hold ‘my’ back anymore…”

We kissed and said goodnight.

Goodnight :)


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introducing new concepts: karma

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A couple of days ago I was trying to explain karma to my oldest - she was being naughty and in the process (just barely) whacked her hand on a door and started to complain - I thought that perhaps it could be helpful regarding behavior, you know, be good and good things will come right back at you? Anyway, this evening she was goofing off with her baby brother, but not being the safest while doing so… my husband and I were insisting that she knocked it off when she fell on her bottom and started muttering “oh, karma, karma, karma… it hurts!” 


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perceiving tweens at age 4

  • Her: (RE a group of tweens hanging out at the park) There's a pile of big kids over there.

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wishing time away

We’ve tried to instill the importance of quiet and alone time at home; for those who nap, it’s not that difficult of an exercise, for others it can be quite the challenge. However, we truly believe that learning to enjoy one’s own company builds a sense of confidence and happier human beings.

With that being said, we ended up hanging out… quietly: 


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Can you tell I’m in the mood!? This week has been a busy one, with a lot of craziness in the air and the only way I found to wind down last night was by doodling these while sipping some red wine when the house was finally still and silent and two of my three valentines were having sweet dreams.

Please feel free to download any of these if you like (right click and save image)

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! 

xoxo


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Battling Daddy

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We were all pretty excited to get out and enjoy the exceptional snow that covered Portland over the past four days; I couldn’t wait to get some shots of my husband and the kids, who couldn’t wait to dig their hands and roll around in it… From the photos, obviously, one of them more than the others:

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That expression on her face gives away what he had coming…

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In the end the kids nailed it!

Things are slowly getting back to normal and the snow is slowly melting away… It was pretty amazing while it lasted!

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