Sunday, February 05, 2017

Two point five

Dear Violet, 

Two and a half is cracker crumbs and puzzle pieces and crayon wrappers strewn around the playroom floor. Two and a half is singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" loudly from the car seat. It's cut-up grapes and whole apples and Minnie Mouse songs at any opportunity.  
Two and a half is - day after day -  negotiation of which shirt to wear and which shoes to put on. It's blanket forts and telling elaborate stories about the hungry monster who accidentally ate your boot or how you lost a tooth at ballet class. Two and a half is a parade around the living room ribbon streamers in one hand, a baby doll in the other. It's potty training and sleep regression and bubble baths. It's early mornings, before dawn has broken, whispering in my ear, "snuggles, peas, Momma, peas." 
Two and a half is a dinner-time prayer, chubby toddler hands clasped, eyes tight shut "Thank you God for Daddy, and Momma's milk and Madeline and Reagan and Casey, my blue balloon and oh! my sisters." Two and a half is balls and playgrounds and finger puppets and books. It's Biscuit and Ollie and Peter Pan. It's scooter rides and chalk drawings.  It's helping to mix the pancakes for breakfast and hot cocoa dates. Two and a half is exhausting and endearing. A bridge between a baby and a big girl.

It's another pan dirtied by home-made play-doh and another masterpiece to hang on the wall, another pair of mismatched socks in the laundry. Two and half is collecting every rock and stick and leaf along the half mile walk to pick sister up from school. It's nap-time snuggles and and kisses sprinkled throughout the day. 
It's a hidden confidence. An unspoken independence. A holy ordinary. Two and a half is my heart melting with every post-slide giggle. 

My dearest Violet, I love you more than all the waters in the oceans and all the stars in the sky. 

Love, Momma 

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Five Rotations of the Sun

Monday was Lily's birthday. In lieu of a babybook, I ask the following the following 20 questions to my birthday girl (starting with the third birthday). You can see previous here's answers here and here. So, this morning on our weekly hot cocoa date, I fired away: 
  1. What is your favorite color: hot pink
  2. What is your favorite toy:  jewelry make-up doll and my dress-up clothes 
  3. What is your favorite fruit: avocado (She reminded me that avocado is a fruit because the seed is on the inside. She is waaay too smart.) 
  4. What is your favorite movie: Cinderella, Princess & the Frog, Aladdin, and Beauty & the Beast (She really had a hard time narrowing this one down). 
  5. What is your favorite thing to wear: fancy dresses or regular dresses with leggings  
  6. What is your favorite animal: ostrich, elephant and giraffe 
  7. What is your favorite song: Stories Podcast: Songs, Volume 1 (She is still rather obsessed with Stories Podcast and just recently they came out with an album of all their songs & poems. It was love at first listen)
  8.  What is your favorite book: All of them. (Note: She hasn't met a book that she hasn't loved. But, if as her Mom I was to answer this for her I would say anything Angelina Ballerina or James Mayhew as those are always ones she request when we hit up our local library or used book store.) 
  9. Who is your best friend: Simone and my sisters 
  10. What is your favorite breakfast: daddy's pancakes (Note: this tradition started during my last marathon training. Daddy makes pancakes on Saturday morning while I go on my long run. As a child who thrives on routine, this cannot be deviated from and I am okay with that.)
  11. What is your favorite lunch: peanut butter and jelly 
  12. What is your favorite dinner: hamburgers or anything with a loaf of bread that she can dip into olive oil and vinegar 
  13. What is your favorite snack: cheddar bunnies 
  14. What is your favorite dessert: cake or brownies  
  15. What do you sleep with at night: rainbow brite starlight pillow pet and a stuffed Minnie Mouse
  16. What is your favorite thing to play outside: ride my scooter or to make potions in the playhouse. 
  17. What do you want for your birthday dinner: She had four birthday dinners: Pineapple & Pepperoni Pizza, Hamburgers and French Fries, Mac & Cheese and Fish Tacos (This year her birthday fell on a Monday night, a night I teach. So we kicked off the weekend with her choice for Pizza Movie Night, and finished it off last night with her choice of Taco's and the last of her homemade five-layer rainbow birthday cake. 
  18. What do you want to be when you grow-up: a famous ballerina space artist (She has stayed firm on her professional ambitions. If anyone can do this, it will be she). 
  19. Where is your favorite place to go: Rockin' Jump 
  20. What is your favorite game: Who Shook Hook (Honestly, she's not a huge fan of games, as she really doesn't like to lose. BUT, she has recently become interested in puzzles which makes this puzzle loving family really happy.)