Pretend Play . . .as a 2-Year Old

The girls were once again pretending to be gymnasts. I put a line of tape on the floor for Norah and a line for Lucy to be their balance beams. Norah said, “I will be Nastia and Lucy can be Shawn Johnson.”

To which Lucy replies, “Yeah, I be Uncle Shawn.” (Kevin’s brother, for those of you who don’t know)

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Do All Kids Say That?

After reading this and talking to a couple of friends I am beginning to think is must be normal. Today Norah said to me, “You are a mean mommy! A mean, mean mommy!” Let me add that she had just hit Lucy and was sent to her room. So she shouted this as she walked upstairs. She went on to say, “I want a nice mommy, not a mean mommy! And I am NEVER playing with you again!”

As Nicole said, I am sure that this happen a number or times, but it is still not fun to hear your child say.

Now, after some needed alone time in her room, she seems to have gotten over it and decided she does want to play with me after all.

Little Lu

I thought it was time for a Lucy update. She says so many funny things these days and has such a spunky personality. This may be boring to some – it’s mostly for grandparents!

Her sentence structure cracks us up. She often says, “Not me do that.” Last week one day Lucy said to me, “Not me be nice to you.”

When she gets hurt – even if it is very minor – she says everything is broken. If she stubs her toe, Lucy says, “My toe is broken.” If she scrapes her knee, she says, “My leg is broken.”

During the Olympics the girls were doing gymnastics all day. Norah talked about doing her “floor routine.” Lucy kept telling us she was doing her “dance dedidal” – (translated to dance recital).

Lucy also changes her clothes multiple times in the day. After nap she almost always comes out of her room with a different outfit on. If she is in trouble and is in her room, she changes clothes. Now when she changes her clothes she tells me, “This outfit for my dance dedidal.”

Lucy spends a significant amount of time each day in time out for hitting, pulling hair, or pushing. After each time out I ask her to tell me why she is in time out. Every time she says “I hit Norah again!” She even says that if Norah was not involved.

For those of you who see Lucy often, know that she almost always has a small ponytail on top of her head. She pulls it out multiple times in a day – it is really annoying to me – but her bangs are long so she needs them out of her face. Anyway, usually a few minutes after pulling out her ponytail, she exclaims, “My hair is CAZY!”

Getting My Thoughts Straight

Our official first day of school is going to be Tuesday, Sept. 2. In my mind I thought I had 2 weeks to get finish getting stuff together, then it dawned on me that the 2nd is next Tuesday! We are going to have school on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. The girls go to Mother’s Day Out on Mondays and we have Bible study at church on Wednesday mornings.

At this point our morning schedule will look like this:
8:30 Chore Can
9:00 Morning Devotions – this will be when we read a page from here or something topical like these
9:15 Reading Lesson (Lucy will work with a toddler activity bag)
9:45 Science topic and lesson that goes with it for the day (could be math, art, Bible, music, etc.)
10:15 Outside/Free Play

Thursday during Lucy’s naptime, Norah and I will have a cooking lesson.

The rest of our day will be normal lunch, nap and playtime, but I will occasionally incorporate some structured activities as needed. Usually from the time the girls wake up until about 5 they play very well together (or separately, but in the same room). Around 5 they are READY for Kevin to come home (which is around 6) and I am usually working on dinner so we often have major FREAK-OUT time! In the laundry room I have a drawer of fun items to pull out if/when this happens – things like bingo dabbers, play-doh, watercolors, markers.

We are going to have family time devotions at dinner time. I bought this so the girls can be coloring a picture when Kevin gets home and as he is reading the scripture that is referenced on their picture. Kevin and I agreed that it is important to read out of an actual Bible to the girls instead of just picture Bibles all the time (which we will still do sometimes at bedtime). We also felt like they need something (a coloring page) to help them picture what Kevin is reading about and I just think Lucy needs something to do while he is reading. Each scripture is only a few verses to a chapter – at the most.

The curriculum that we are using, My Father’s World, lists several books that go with each topic so throughout a week, we will read the extra books at various times (naptime, bedtime, times they are extra snuggly).

Obviously we won’t always stick to the times exactly, but this will be a guide. I do want some flexibility (since Norah is still just 4 – and not technically in kindergarten) to meet friends at the park so we can always skip the chore can and save our morning devotions for naptime. Then we could be done with school by 9:30 and have plenty of time to play with friends!

After rereading this – it seems like a lot, but I think on a day to day basis it won’t seem so bad!! We’ll see!!

Muffin Tin Monday

Knowing that Norah would ask for Muffin Tin Monday, we headed to the grocery store this morning.

Today the girls had grapes, tomato & mozzerella cheese salad, crackers, ranch (my girls will eat most any vegetable as long as they have ranch), tuna salad, carrots & cucumbers. Neither was a huge fan of the tuna salad, but I expected that.

What Was I Thinking?

So Norah seems to be feeling a little better – atleast her fever is gone, but she still doesn’t have much of an appetite. Since we have been stuck in the house for 2 days, I HAD to get out. Surely we could do couple of quick errands, right? Let me start by saying, Lucy was perfect. You heard me right, my ornery, feisty 2-year old was perfect!
Norah on the other hand – boy, she had an attitude! Usually Lucy is the one pestering Lucy, but today it was the other way around. I kept reminding myself as I looked at the dark circles around her eyes that she is only acting this way because she still doesn’t feel great. We ran to Hobby Lobby to look for a few items for the basement. We had some success, but not a lot. I am looking for a cute lamp and clock. I found a clock at Target, but was hoping to find something a little cheaper at Hobby Lobby. Oh, well, I will keep looking.
We ran to Gymboree. I had a 30% off coupon and they are having a big sale. I only bought 2 outfits for Norah with socks and bows to match! Boy ,does it add up!
We ran to the grocery store – Kevin’s dad is in town at his brother’s and is coming out here for dinner.
Our last stop was Target. I was looking for a small bookshelf. I looked at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby for an unfinished one, but didn’t see anything I like. I got a white, 3 shelf bookshelf that is similar to the other shelving unit we have.
So after all that (and grabbing lunch) we headed home and the girls could hardly even walk in the house. They were so tired! Hopefully, I won’t regret it later, but like I said, I had to get out of the house!!