Monday, October 28, 2013

For Pep

Just now the girls are watching The Sound of Music. I think they love the movie as much as I do. We just got to the part where Maria and the children ask the Captain to sing for the first time. He demurs, but eventually reluctantly takes the guitar.

At that moment, Q7 does a mini fist-pump and says "YESSSS! My favorite song!" and the Captain proceeds to sing Eidelweiss.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Words Cut Most Deeply

"Sticks and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me"

Q7 is reading I Saw Esau which I bought a few years ago (or asked for) after hearing about it on NPR. It is a collection of childhood poetry, often silly, rhyming, jumprope-type songs. Q7 is up there enjoying some of it. But she called me up a minute ago and read the above poem to me and said, "Mumma. I think it is actually the other way around. Because words stay inside you," (tapping her sternum) "and a little hit?" (tapping her arm) "Remember my stitches? They hurt, but it doesn't hurt any longer."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Independence and Pre-Halloween

Q7 and C9 -- but especially Q7 -- have been doing a lot by themselves lately. Going to the dog park with the dog. Well, sort of a dog park. There is an empty school 2 blocks from here with a lovely fenced in playground. Neighbors use it as a dog park ... it is fantastic. Can let the dogs off leash and away they go. Lots of socialization and exercise. For the dog and the kids. But Q7 is willing to go by herself with the dog. I am hesitant about that, but she's done it twice now. Both C44 and I have talked to some of the other dog owners and they are fine with it. The girls are courteous and respectful (phew). But still, Q7 is only 7. But she seems to enjoy it.

So today, Q7 was riding her bike up and down the street and got bored, so she rode over to K7s house. When she got back she asked if I could photocopy a flyer she'd gotten from school so she could post it all over town. "No" was the short answer. She wanted to DO something on the bike. Like deliver papers. So I asked if she wanted to go buy me something at the store (about 1/4 mile away across 3 streets). The answer was a definite yes. Of course I instantly regretted suggesting that she do that by herself, but if she WANTS to do it then I think she is READY to do it. The streets she has to cross are not busy, and there are crosswalks.

So, Q7 then  decided she wanted to buy candy in order to give it away. C9 loved that idea and got her money, too. This felt better, they could both go.

Both girls brought $3 to the store and headed out on their bikes.

I sat home and played computer games to distract myself. I gave them 20 minutes (until  4) to get home. By 4:05 I decided to walk Lucy to the store after them. As I got to the corner they were coming back. Yay!

They bought candy, and a neighbor also gave them candy. Random, I know, but he is a big Halloween person. And then they put it together....
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.... labeled it up,
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and headed out to deliver it.


I'm waiting for them to return now. I told them they could do three stops this evening. They should be home soon.

Monday, October 7, 2013

More horseback riding

C44 took Q7 to her lesson this past weekend. Q7 came home talking about having trotted (on purpose, this time!) which was fun to hear about. C44's new camera is reeeeaaallly nice.