Friday, June 13, 2014
Oh, Aurelia! My funny little girl! Always making us laugh, always up for a good tickle, always a bit dramatic (for good or ill!).
I wanted to share a few of the funny and cute things she does and says, mostly so I have these written down somewhere and can look back fondly on them when she's older, but also because she's just so darned awesome!
Movember look really stuck with her!
She also loves making funny faces:
And jamming to songs the mommy and daddy way (she was copying our head-bob, duck-face car dance):
And trying to be a daredevil on her trike:
I unfortunately don't have any video of this (yet!), but she does this funny dance all.the.time, where she sticks out her little tushy at us, wiggles it around, and sings "shake a bum bum! shake a bum bum!" Hi-larious!
The things I'm going to miss when she stops saying them:
Aurelia: "I a monkey - ooh-ee-ah-ah!"
Me: "You're a monkey?!"
Aurelia: "No, I 'Rea!"
"la you soon!" (combo of "love you" and "see you soon")
"'ere go Dacho!" ("here you go Dashiell", as she hands him things)
The way she says "ma-muh" in the middle of sentences - "I ma-muh take a nap!" (replacing "am going to", usually. Also this sentence is usually followed by her lying down on the steps, blocking our way up the stairs)
"Hey eya-body! I 'Rea!" ("Hey everybody, I'm Aurelia!" - her introduction of herself, which she's been practicing on us for weeks now)
In the same vein, "Hey eya-body, nacktime!" ("Hey everybody, snacktime!" when she decides it's time to have a snack.)
She also likes to announce "Bekfast time!" "Lunch time!" of "Dinner time!"
"'gen?" ("Again", which she says after every tickle, every wrestle, every bounce, every swing, every upside-down hold...really after anything she finds fun and awesome)
Her laugh. Oh, it's just the best! So uninhibited, so full of joy - I could listen to it all day! Especially when Dashiell is laughing with her. The way they feed off each other is so much fun! I'm pretty sure this is what everyone means when they say "you'll miss this time when they're grown up". Yup, I definitely will!
*She wants Revenge, "Tear you Apart" - in hindsight, not the best song to play for a 2-year-old...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Original poem by Dashiell W. Hanson
The school year is winding down (finally! What's with school lasting until the end of June in Massachusetts??), and last week Dashiell's school had their Kindergarten Author's Day - a celebration of the school year and a chance for all the kindies to show off all they learned during the year!
Let me tell you, Dashiell has learned a LOT. I often think about my own kindergarten experience, and how it was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like what Dashiell is experiencing. Mostly I remember having to take a nap on a carpet remnant, having milk and graham crackers as a snack, playing with the kitchen, and fighting with this boy named Johnny over the plastic toy stilts (those upside down cups with ropes attached? They were the BEST!). And getting read to, of course. Dashiell, on the other hand, is writing full sentences, analyzing stories, finding out how non-fiction books are organized, doing addition and subtraction (and starting to try to figure out multiplication), and writing poetry. He does have a rest time each day, and social centers (play time), and specials (music, art, computers, library or gym), and a short recess every day, but it's crazy how much these little 6-year-olds are learning now! But thankfully his big little brain is soaking it all in and figuring it all out.
Anyway, Author's Day was kind of a big deal. All the kids were so excited to show their families everything they worked so hard on this year! The first order of business was to show off all of their writing skills. Dashiell showed us his "Writing Book" first, which is a journal where they wrote and drew pictures about books that they read in class.
Here's a example from the beginning of the year, when they read Kitten's First Full Moon:
At the end of the year, Dashiell wrote about and drew a picture about Todd Parr, who I had never even heard of!
Then Dashiell showed us some of the writing assignments he had completed through the year (the ones that did not get sent home to us previously).
Beginning of the year:
Then he showed us his Poetry Book! This is not a book of his poetry, but a book where they illustrate poems they have read.
Beginning of the year:
The final event was a slideshow from the year. It was so cute to hear all the kids yelling out the names of whoever was on the screen. They were all so excited!
We were not allowed to take pictures of the event due to a school policy on privacy, but I did get a picture of Dashiell and Aurelia after the event!
Dashiell's teacher and the paras in his room did a great job with the whole program! We are going to miss them so much when the school year ends - we couldn't have asked for a better kindergarten experience for our special
Before I sign off, I wanted to add a couple more drawings and assignments that Dashiell has done this year that I am particularly fond of! The first was from another school journal, where they could write or draw about anything they wanted:
Next is the assignment he did for his writing homework right after his birthday party at Jump on In:
And lastly, this is a drawing he did on his own at home, of the whole layout of our house!
It's been a great year full of growth and exploration! I hope next year is just as awesome!
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Not to mention her excitement about wearing "Minnie-bows"!
She also has her supermodel/superstar poses down pat.
But in the past couple of weeks, it hit a new high. First, we went shoe shopping for some new sandals about two weeks ago. As I handed her a shoe box with some practical but pretty pink sandals in them, she opened them and literally squealed with delight. Squealed. And couldn't wait to put them on! It should be noted that I am decidedly not shoe-obsessed, and while I do have a few pairs of pretty shoes, they are also inexpensive, comfortable and practical. People who care about such things would look at my feet and think, "there's a mom who just doesn't care anymore". So I have no idea where she gets this love of shoes!
I should also point out that after trying on two pairs of sandals, Aurelia was convinced that she wanted the less-practical white-with-a-pink-flower sandals over the more practical shoe. I promptly hid those until she forgot they existed, and now she is the proud owner of some very pink yet practical sandals!
The flip side to her fashion-loving ways is that she is constantly telling me my dress (which is sometimes a shirt or a skirt) looks nice - "I like a dress. Pretty!". And that's pretty darn nice to hear, even if it is from a two-year-old! She even told me I was a princess on the night of the party. Aww...
Me and my princess
(apologies for the light behind my head)