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J: Mom, you're going to have to remember what I want for my birthday because I won't be able to remind you, okay?
R: Okay, I got it
Clearly she didn't trust me because now she quizzes me on her wish list.
After nearly 2 months in this house we finally bought Mattie a new dresser (her clothes had been in a box in her room.) We loaded the dresser in the car then started buckling the girls in their seats when Mattie burst into tears.
Mattie: Where's my dresser? Where's my dresser?
And that's when I realized she thought dresser meant a new dress.
We finally have a good system in the mornings. Jilly wakes up who-knows-how-early but she's good about making a little bed for herself in my room or quietly looking at books for a while (one morning I had Design Mom: How to live with Kids on my nightstand and she looked through the whole book before I woke up and was excited to show me her favorite pages.) Bryan and Mattie take turns waking up first, usually sometime between 6:30 and 7. Mattie will often call to me from her crib and the other day I woke up to a little voice calling "Rachel, Rachel, I'm awake Rachel!"
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After much anticipation, Jilly finally started preschool this week. There was supposed to be a parents' meeting Tuesday night but all schools were closed early because of the high heat and humidity (some schools don't have A/C.) So, no parents meeting. On Wednesday we were supposed to have a modified class that was only an hour and parents were invited, but again, schools were closed early and since Jilly's class is in the afternoon that meant it was canceled again. I was anticipating this since it was just as hot and humid on Wednesday as Tuesday, but we still had gotten ready and taken pictures just in case she did get to go to preschool. Jilly was bummed, but took it well.
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Some of these are from Janssen's list and some are books we found on our own, but they are all new favorites of ours.
The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale - As one of her summer reading prizes Jilly could get a free book at Barnes and Noble and this is what she chose. I hadn't heard anything about The Princess in Black but I've loved Shannon Hale's other books so I knew we were in good hands. This book blew me away. It's a cute little story about a princess who's pretty in pink but also not afraid to fight monsters. It's clever and sweet and the perfect length for Jilly's age- it's technically a chapter book but the chapters are super short. We read the whole book in one afternoon and have re-read it many times since. Don't tell Jilly, but I've already pre-ordered the next in the series for her birthday.
Moo! by David La Rochelle and Mike Wohnoutka - This book had my girls in stitches, and I thought it was pretty funny too.
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel - This is a classic that I don't remember at all from my childhood and I had never read to my girls, but it quickly became a favorite around here. And I got pretty good at saying Tikki Tikki Tembo's long name.
Waddle! A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder - The scanimation is cool, but that's not even my girls' favorite part. They love to follow along and do each animal's action, and there is nothing cuter than little Mattie waddling all around the house. This book also is the source of Mattie's recent obsession with "cocadiles."
Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox - I'm pretty sure I liked this one better than Jilly the first time we read it. But she's a sucker for princesses and on the second read she really picked up on the funny rhymes and was giggling along with me.
Polar Bear's Underwear by Tupera Tupera - I was wary of a book about underwear but it turned out to be really, really cute. This is one of the few of the maaaaany books we checked out this summer that we actually kept for the entire 9 weeks allowed by the library.
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