Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The Whompton household gets up early on weekdays. When it's dark out (like it is all winter) the girls don't know when it's morning, so they rely on the sounds. People moving around = time to start the day. On the weekends, though, the adults don't get out of bed until 6 a.m., and we get to listen to the girls entertain themselves in their bedrooms. Raina sings songs to herself, counts in Spanish, and tells stories; Lola babbles, giggles, kicks her bed, and occasionally plays with the crib toys. Eric and I listen to them and marvel at how cute they both are.
Tis the Holiday Season, and so has begun another round of preventing an obsession-with-presents movement in our children. Last year had some hiccups -- most notably, Raina was told by another kid that she must have been bad, because Santa didn't come to her house -- and we're hoping for better success this year. Raina knows that we don't celebrate Christmas, and that's what she says when people ask her. (Luckily 4 year-olds don't ask "Why not?" That will probably come next year.) And she doesn't watch kiddie TV and so she's not exposed to the insane marketing geared toward kids her age. In essence, she doesn't realize that there's a whole commercialized world out there, and we are thrilled about that.
We're not total scrooges, though. The Great Pumpkin comes and leaves Raina a gift in exchange for all her Halloween candy. Last year Raina asked for a pink comforter; this year she asked for play jewelry. I like the thought of ONE GIFT, as opposed to DOZENS. She's already decided what she wants for next year: a flute.
In Raina's class, the students have been studying "Peace on Earth." They painted pictures of the Earth, made their own little people to put on the Earth, and made wishes for peace. Raina said that peace is "my family playing outside" and her wish for the world was for "everyone to see a shooting star." (I think she wants everyone to have a wish.) Luckily, there's a meteor shower THIS WEEK -- everyone, go out, see a shooting star, make a wish, and help Raina bring peace on Earth.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
1) The bathtub. Lola hears the bathtub faucet start and she immediately starts a furiously fast crawl to the bathroom (hoping to get there before someone shuts the door on her). She's learned to push the door open if it hasn't been completely shut. Once inside, she pulls up to standing at the bathtub and tries to lift her leg up so she can get into the bathtub herself. She is ridiculously overjoyed when she's placed into the tub -- she even smiles when water is splashed directly into her eyes! -- and she hysterically cries when she's removed from the tub. She also happily supervises Raina's bath each night. Above all, the bathtub is Lola's favorite thing.
2) The dishwasher. When Lola hears the dishwasher open, she excitedly crawls to the kitchen and grabs at the silverware and pulls the bottom rack back and forth and pats the door. Now she has advanced to pulling out the dishes from the bottom rack (which is cute but disastrous) so an adult thwarts her by sticking out a leg to block or by removing all the dirty dishes when she's around. Loading and unloading the dishwasher are now time-consuming affairs.
3) The trash bag. The trash bag wraps around the top of the trashcan and Lola loves standing up and pulling on the plastic bag straps. We try to prevent this by blocking the trashcan with other items but she's a smart kid and usually figures out how to get to the trashcan despite our efforts. And if the trashcan is not sufficiently filled, then she pulls the trashcan over and smacks herself in the head. She doesn't like that too much, but she loves everything up to that point.
4) Raina. Lola happily squeals each time she and Raina are together in the car, Lola follows Raina around the house (and we adults are treated to Raina saying, "NO, LOLA!" all the time), and she tries to help Raina as Raina tries to help mommy make dinner each night. Lola desperately wants to play in Raina's room, but Raina won't let her. Lola is smitten by Raina and she becomes insanely happy when Raina chooses to play with her. Little sister has a big sister infatuation.
5) Roxanne. Lola crawls after Roxanne, tries to play with the dog's toys, climbs on the dog bed, and tracks the dog whenever they are in the same room. She used to lick the dog if they got too close, but now she's progressed to trying to chew on the dog's bone. Their relationship is cute and disgusting all at once.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
(And you can imagine a picture of Raina and Lola in the bathtub ... but it's not appropriate to share with the wider internet community!)
Sisters are great!
Daddy and Raina alternate between cuddling and tickling, on a rather continuous basis.
An annual JK tradition is the Pet Parade. Each JKer brings in a stuffed animal, discusses habitat, and then makes the animal his / her own habitat. Raina, of course, brought in a cow and then made it a barn. (I don't know why big hats are involved but they are a central theme as well.)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Some things stay the same: Lola constantly bites people. It's her favorite activity and has caused a continuous refrain of "OW! Lola, NO BITES!" in the house. What's especially frustrating is the crawling coupled with the biting, because she'll stalk her victim and pounce on an ankle or leg. On the sweeter side, Lola is still completely and utterly smitten with her sister and just lights up with joy when Raina chooses to play with her.
Well, okay, that's only partially true. Raina has a few books that she has memorized and she LOVES to read those to other people. On a daily basis. Or every hour. Or whenever she can convince someone to sit long enough and listen to her. My guess is that she has tormented her classmates with numerous renditions of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! and she, therefore, has given the mistaken impression that she's a full-fledged reader. She's nowhere close, but I am impressed that she fooled her classmates. I wonder when she'll learn that she can fool her teachers and parents and sibling too ...
Monday, September 14, 2009
I wonder how long her extreme affection towards school will last.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- gone on a circle hunt
- made pancakes
- pretended she was going to college
- looked at her classmates and teachers' hands and talked about how many different shades of brown they are.
The daily pictures are fantastic -- the circle hunt and classmates' hands pictures are especially joyous -- and they provide a wonderful insight into Raina's life at school.
When I was pregnant with Lola, cheese and ice cream made me exceedingly nauseous -- in fact, it was how we determined I was pregnant in the first place. Now, it's easy for one person to avoid ice cream and everyone else still enjoy it, so that was only a hardship for me. Eliminating cheese from the diet was much harder. Eric, Samantha, and Raina could eat blocks of cheese, but I refused to cook them anything I couldn't eat myself, so an entire repertiore of food was lost for 9 months. No lasagna or pizza or casseroles: essentially, we crossed out Italian, Mexican, and Southern foods for the pregnancy's duration. We all rejoiced when Lola was born and I could eat cheese again. We had missed it tremendously.
I exclusively breastfed Lola for a long time and we determined that she had an extreme aversion to garlic. If I ate the tiniest amount of garlic, she'd cry and have horrible gas pains and an irritated bottom. It took us quite a while to pinpoint garlic as the culprit, so she suffered for a while. Now, unfortunately, the adults are suffering because I cannot make anything with garlic. And ALL good recipes start with "saute some garlic in olive oil." We anxiously await the day that I officially stop nursing Lola and we re-introduce garlic to our lives.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
But we were all hesitant on Raina's first day. Raina prepared her first day outfit, certain to fit the dress code, and unhappily agreed to attend school 1.5 hours early because both Samantha and I had teacher meetings.