Lovely little things, 8


What a lovely, lovely week with such lovely, lovely little things.
reading on a snow day

What can I say, we were on a Frozen high. So we typed Let it Go into that little box on Pandora and my entire childhood flowed from the speakers and filled the house with memories and I couldn’t help but sing along. (And oh my goodness I would be a walking fountain of knowledge if the things I really needed to know in this life had been arranged to Disney music.) And La Vie En Rose came on and that pretty much clinched it right there, best pandora station ever. And we all got up and danced. Me and baby boy, who now asks me to dance by sitting on my hip and holding out his hand so that we can waltz. And Daddy and sister. And we swayed around the room pretending we knew the words but the words didn’t really matter at all.

snow day dinner
They disappeared moments after we walked in. Upstairs to play. And that’s new for us. Little ones playing out of our line of sight. So we turned on the baby monitor because those things have use far beyond the baby years. And adults took turns sneaking up the stairs to poke heads in and check out the activity (and pretend to be big, scary, but not so scary, monsters). And along the way a pair of socks got lost and some shirts got wet. But there was no fighting and no tears and they played so happily while the adults drank wine and released the tension of yet another snow day and yet another afternoon spent moving shovelfuls of frozen water from one spot to another. And this, indeed, is how you break the cabin fever.

a whole new world
Time of disappearance: first week of March during the (fingers crossed!) final big snow storm of the year. We decided to bid farewell to the afternoon nap and make our boy a one-nap-a-day kid. And we’re still on the transition path. Not quite there yet. But not arguing with him over sleep? And not hoping he’ll nap and then feeling the crushing blow of disappointment when, invariably, he doesn’t? And enjoying a relaxing little afternoon with him? Oh those things are lovely indeed.

playing kitchen

reviews and reading and math
I’ve developed a snow day rule this year because snow days don’t come one at a time but rather in bunches. And we all go a little feral without some structure. So the rule is this: on snow day-day #1, wear pajamas all day, I won’t come near you with a brush in my hand, screen time limits lifted, dessert for everyone, we deserve it! On snow day #2: get dressed, sit still while I brush out a couple days worth of tangles and, for the love of all things good, sit down and make some numbers or read some letters.

So now, with the winter that may never end and dreams of spring and summer break around the corner (that will likely need their own kinds of rules) I’m stocking up on learning supplies.

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I’ve been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

And check back in 6 weeks when I share what we’ve learned!

favorite words
Everything she shares from her heart. But especially this. Oh she speaks truth, you can’t eat beauty.

Have a lovely, lovely weekend.


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