Can you tell?
Remember the first time Peeper helped me make brownies? Not much different.
Here’s our traditional photo of Peeper and Shrike at Pizza Hut. I think I take one when we get home from every trip.
As I’ve mentioned, Peeper’s latest obsession is Frozen, so Shrike and I figured we’d get her something related to the movie for her Valentine’s gift. I was thinking along the lines of small Elsa and Anna dolls, but Target was pretty much cleaned out of Elsa. The only thing they had was her ice castle, which includes Elsa and Olaf, so we got that, plus a same-size Anna.
We gave it to her yesterday before Shrike left for work, and I don’t think she’s stopped playing with it since.
Today, she started recruiting other toys to play the rest of the roles. She’s added the Arrendelle castle, along with the King and Queen, as well as Kristoff and Sven.
Story time at the library started back up today, which means that we’re back to our jam-packed Thursday schedule:
Noon – Shrike picks Peeper up from school, brings her home for some lunch (peanut butter sandwich)
1:30 – Shrike and Peeper go to the library for story time.
2:15 – I leave work and head to the library.
2:45 – I get Peeper from Shrike.
4:30 – 6:00 Peeper’s Dance class
See that almost-two-hour gap between when I pick her up and when dance class starts? The studio is about thirty minutes from the library, but more like forty-five minutes from home, so there’s too much time to do nothing, but not enough time to go home.
Today, I filled the awkward time slot with a trip to “the other” grocery store (same chain, different location that’s on our way to dance) to pick up just a few things, including first dinner for the two of us. (There is second dinner when we get home from dance.)
I suggested to Peeper that we get something from the salad bar, and she informed me that, “I only want fruit.” She even told me, before we even got there, that “I want three pieces of watermelon.” Well, okay, then.
She ended up with about four each of watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple, plus a piece of honeydew, and ate pretty steadily the whole time we were shopping. I got myself a salad with a variety of veggies, cheese, and some meats.
She wasn’t quite finished with her fruit when we were done shopping, so we took it in at dance, along with my salad. While waiting for class to start, she ate the rest of her fruit, and all my meat and black olives.
One of the other moms said, “Your kid’s eating salad, and my kid’s eating Reese’s Pieces!”
I didn’t tell her that Peeper is usually more likely to take one bite of the real food, declare that she’s full, then come back fifteen minutes later asking for candy or a snack. Nope, didn’t mention that at all.
No photos today, but we did do a lot of talking and thinking and planning about aaaallllll the ways in which we are going to be different people in the New Year.
Actually, although we do need to be different people, today’s discussions focused primarily on:
Actually, we did go to Michael’s and Target and buy a few clearance items, and I made a list of every little place in the house that needs to be decluttered, organized and cleaned. (In other words, I made a list of every little place in the house.)
Stay tuned to see if any of this stuff actually happens.
Peeper is a big fan of peanut butter sandwiches, and lately she’s decided she likes ham and cheese, as well. We usually make her “fold-overs” but tonight, after two peanut butter fold-overs, she asked to make a full-size ham and cheese.
Which is all fine (although she didn’t actually eat much of it) and beside the point, which is that this is how she eats a sandwich:
First, she takes a bite from right in the middle of a side. Then she keeps going, straight through the sandwich. This isn’t so bad with a little fold-over; a couple of bites, and then she’s got two little pieces left, but not so much with the full-scale version.
Here she is on bite five or six:
This also explains why she always has peanut butter in the middle of her cheeks.
Peeper and I picked out her “fancy Christmas dress” this afternoon. We also finally found a pair of black ballet flats in her size (they’ve been out of 11s for months), and also bought a new pair of “sliver slippers.”
On the way out of Target, I asked her what she thought of all that, and she told me, “I’m very delighted!”
She was also delighted to try it all on – even insisted on stockings – and take a few photos.
Peeper’s first Montessori Celebration of Life was this morning. After the ceremony, she served her friends watermelon, apples and cinnamon dip.