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September 30, 2011

Fab 5 Friday...and ME!!!

After a fantastic family day on Saturday at the International Festival…including surviving our first port-a-potty experience [not as bad as I would have imagined!]…there’s been lots more fabulous to be thankful for this week!

1) I’ve let the girls “help” me cook twice this week! I’ve kept it very contained…one at a time, I let them pour pre-measured ingredients into a bowl to make a marinade, or hand me crackers to line my pudding dessert…but they love it! And they’re so proud to tell Daddy what they made as part of our dinner.

2) [PLEASE DON’T LET THIS JINX ME!!!] The girls have napped every day this week but one! It makes such a huge difference in their pre-bedtime behavior (and my sanity!).

3) I’ve heard some of the sweetest exchanges between the girls lately. One of my favorites…Baby A said something about eating pears at dinner one night. Baby B corrected her so gently, “No baby, these are apples.” Hahaha!!!

4) Both girls have begun having much more complex pretend phone conversations. Baby A said yesterday, “Excuse me, ma’am. My name is [A], and I need to make an appointment.” How old is this child??? HA!

5) Once a CD-player staple, I hadn’t played any big band music for the girls in a long time. I cranked some up earlier in the week, and all three of us had such a great time dancing to the groove. I then pulled up a video of the Glen Miller Orchestra playing “In the Mood” to show the girls some of the instruments. Later that day, the girls were pretending with their babies. I asked them what they were doing, and they said, “Our babies are playing the trombone!” And they’ve requested “We want band music!” several times again this week. Good stuff!!!

And what did I do for ME this week???

While Miss Jennifer was here with the girls on Tuesday afternoon, I slipped out and met Hubby after school for coffee and a pastry. We scored prime seats at Panera – right in front of the fireplace! We hadn’t done that in so long, and it was so, so nice. And then I even had time for a quick Target run (alone!) afterwards!

I’ve also done quite a bit of scrapbooking this week, after the girls are in bed, and that’s just such great “therapy” for me.

[Continued thanks to the Great Dollimama for reminding me to think about "me" every week!]

5 comments:

strongblonde said...

how fun!! i've tried to start letting the kids watch/help with cooking, too. mostly they still just narrate what i do. lol.

so glad you are able to find something for Mandy each week!! :)

Beth said...

My kids LOVE helping in the kitchen! (but you are smart to limit it to one at a time. is gets crazy fast...) I took pictures of a recent kitchen adventure and may post about it (if I ever get around to writing another post!)

I cannot get over the baby doll playing trombone. That just might be the cutest thing I have heard all week. Love it!

Barbara Manatee said...

J&S love to help make dinner. Adam hasn't taken interest yet - he's always busy playing trains while we make dinner when we get home! ha!

Glad you had another great week! Hope the weekend is just as good!

Holly Ann said...

The pretend phone conversations are so cute!! I just love eavesdropping on my students when they play in the housekeeping center - it's always great stuff like that!

championm2000 said...

Isn't it amazing how children learn language and pick up the nuances of adult conversation? They are listening all the time!

Glad you and the husband were able to enjoy some quality time together. Sounds like something I need :-)