Since electronics free month is coming up soon, I’m just going to do one post for March for all three kids. If it’s not too gigantic maybe I’ll do it this way from now on! We’ll see =)
Maia in March! Maia’s days are filled with dress up lately. She’ll go to my closet, find the tubs that she can recognize by the labels, and then come out dressed as an explorer, or a pirate, or a mermaid! It’s adorable! I never know what I’ll see. =) Right now she’s wearing a superhero cape and mask. She’s SuperMaia! Love love love.
She’s potty trained now, which is awesome. She has a few habits that we’ll have to break before school starts, but right now I’m too happy that she’s doing the hard part herself that I am just rolling with the fact that when she needs to go, she strips wherever she happens to be and runs around with no panties until she finds me afterwards and I put them on for her. She also needs me to flush and squirt her with soap. The toilets are actually really hard to flush, but the soap thing is just one of her routines that make her happy. Two squirts, one on each hand, and then she washes it. Letting it go for awhile. =)
She can read! Donovan brought in the little first readers set he has, the bob books. They played some kind of complicated game, but a bunch of them ended up in her room, and she reads them to me now! She sounds out words I don’t think she should recognize, and actually knows a bunch of sight words like and, these, and please, probably thinks to the endless reader app. Or SuperWhy. It’s fun! So whenever there’s a word or sentence in a book we are reading I think she can figure out I let her do it.
She sings along in the car to Moana now. I love the soundtrack, and it is even more adorable with her little voice singing all the words, even the ones in other languages. =) She has seen the movie once too, so she inserts various phrases she remembers too, like “I got something shiny for ya!” and it never fails to make us laugh.
She’s playing more and more with Serenity and Donovan. They were chasing her in circles playing tag the other day. She would run from my room, around my closet, through the laundry room and kitchen, back to my room, over and over. After ten minutes, the bigger kids started just lying in wait, DZ in my bathroom, Serenity in the hall, and you could hear her shrieks and giggles every time she passed them. They love games that involve collecting and piling cushions and blankets, and things that involve jumping off stuff.
She has found a board game she likes! Two actually! She loves Obstacles, which sounds like “popstacles” when she says it. It’s a game that you have a hand of cards with pictures on them, and you are supposed to think of creative solutions to get past obstacles. She just loves telling me what her cards are, but sometimes she really does say how she would use them, which is fun. She also loves the Paw Patrol beach clean up game, but she plays that by her own rules. She does invite me to play it though which is nice. =)
Her other favorite toys right now include the train tracks, the huge puzzle foam mats, all our wooden puzzles that have about 12 pieces, uno moo, and her super sorting pie. She still loves the little computer, we will see how she does for electronics free month which is coming up Saturday!!!
Donovan and Serenity have started a book club in his room. After I finish reading to them, they troop along to his room, and Serenity has been reading Rainbow Magic Fairy chapter books to him. Love it!!!! And then he reads his I Can Read books to her. Even more LOVE!!!! It’s awesome. He’s been doing a little bit of speech therapy, so he corrects his K’s and G’s a lot now. It’s even easier to understand him, and his reading is improving a lot too!!!
Donovan has joined a baseball team! They had their first game last Saturday, and Donovan got a run! It’s progressive t-ball, which means they can have the first few pitches as coach pitch, and the last couple off a T if they miss the pitch. He hit one pitch, and one off the T. I was proud that he really did run to his bases, and he paid attention to the ball in the outfield and ran for it a few times. He loves batting, and he gets to see his friends Hatcher and Trip from school so he’s been really excited about baseball! Catching is a work in progress, the glove is new to him, but so far, so good! Eric is assistant coaching, which is like herding cats of course. He has to remind them to watch the ball so they don’t get hit. But it’s an exciting thing! We’ve only had the one game, but I was very happy with the parents on our team. Everyone cheered every good play, no matter which team did it. They cheered for good swings, for solid hits, for outfielders actually trying to collect the ball… it was a fun atmosphere, just right for 6 year old ball. =)
We went to Kiddlestix over Spring Break so the kids could get some new toys to play with. We are doing a big trip this summer, so we didn’t go anywhere over Spring Break, and frankly, it was an awesome week. The kids loved just relaxing around the house, most days they didn’t even want to go anywhere. They played together, played on the computer, played in the yard, just had lazy fun days. DZ got a new lego set, of course. It was a big Star Wars one with Kylo Ren. He wants to see the movie now =)
Serenity had her drama festival! She was Loki, which made Eric and I totally geek out. She was an awesome Loki, very expressive! I got to have the fun of making her costume, and a couple pieces for a few other kids, raven hats and wings, a tunic and crown for the frost giant, that kind of thing. And I made Mjolnir out of a Samoa boxes!! It was such fun! The play was so cute and the kids did great! Serenity rehearsed at home so much that Maia even knew the lines. She’d repeat over and over, “Did you find my hammer?” And “Where’s my hammer!!!” And Serenity would patiently respond “Chill Thor.” Over and over. So sweet. Although I was worried she’d do it during the performance and try to take the hammer. It was fine. =)
Serenity is passing on her love of reading to DZ! They’ve started their own book club in his room during quiet time. She’s reading him chapter books, which he hasn’t even asked me for yet. He tends to ask me to read his encyclopedia of lego characters, or skylanders, or some other manual like that. I love that she’s getting him into longer stories!
We went to the botanical garden at the end of Spring Break. It was cold! But the tulips were SO beautiful, I’m so glad we didn’t miss them. And the hyacinth! I just love that smell. It was a blast, especially for my nature girl. She asked me to take pictures of her cartwheeling over the rock bridge.