Archive for April, 2013

A Part of Us

April 30, 2013

Clare’s drawings and pictures are priceless to me as each and every one has a narrative story behind it (truly).  This may be one of my most favorite ones yet.  Why?  Allow me to narrate…

Family Portrait as Pets

Me:  “Clare, tell me about this drawing, look at that striped kitty cat!”  Note:  Nearly all of her kitty cat drawings are of Frankie and Wyeth (both big black fluffy cats).  We’ve never seen Clare illustrate a striped cat as she drew at school yesterday.

Clare:  “Let me tell you, Mommy.  Today…at the Y, we had to draw a picture of what our family would look like as our favorite pet.  So, you see, the big brown kitty is Daddy (“they didn’t have blonde color”) and the black kitty is you, Mommy.”  “Then, the striped kitty is me, because….I’m a part of you…. and….a part of Daddy.”

I was amazed at her recognition of being a part of each of us (while of course dying to know where on earth on all this thought process is coming from, during after-school nonetheless).

The remarkable mind of a child…always taking it all in.

Counting my blessings….


First Moments

April 28, 2013

I’m learning that the older Clare gets, the more unforgettable those new, first moments become.  Although I am seldom able to capture the ‘aha moments’ on video (simply because they now tend to happen so spontaneously) these are moments that make an indelible memory for me and an immediate confidence boost for Clare.  Here’s an example of the latest ‘first’….

Today, Clare figured out how to put her hair in a ponytail all by herself.  This was no easy feat, let me tell you.  She is (and always has been) all about having her hair in a ponytail when the weather is warm.  Somebody gets cranky awfully quickly when her hair makes her “sweated”.   She was so proud of herself this morning when she managed to successfully make a tight ponytail.  After I showed her how to loop her hair through that third time to help make sure it didn’t fall out, it was all over—she was skipping with confidence and repeatedly showing me and her Daddy what she can now do, all by herself.

At bedtime, “Mommy, keep track of that rubber-band because I want to wear that on my wrist tomorrow so I can use it to put my hair in a ponytail.”.  😉

Check out my ponytail!!

Another first this weekend, Clare got an Easy Bake Oven (thanks to the neighborhood yard sale!).  Her oven is setup in the kitchen precisely beside the real oven and she’s already baked 3 packets of hot pretzels.  The ingredients and timer have had to be exactly right; she has enjoyed everything about her own baking creations!

All so much better than a first moment that occurred last weekend; strep throat resulting in Clare’s first sick day from Kindergarten.   Missing school on Monday was far more devastating to her than the unprecedented sickness.  I wonder how long before she tries to fake being sick simply so she can stay home?!

Speaking of school, one of her most favorite firsts, her PopPop came to school on Friday to eat lunch with Clare.  An indelible first for both indeed.