Hello Blog!! Long time no chat! I know, I know, my bad. But these days I’m lucky to get a moment to call my Mom (hi Mom!), much less blog post. I promise, my next post will be titled “Where We’ve Been” as a bit of an explanation. But for now, I wanted to post something fun! A bit of a time capsule if you will. I wanted to share the Top 5 things our little 3 year old (can you believe it?!) is into now a days. OK, you ready, well let’s go!
Lauren’s Top 5 Favorite Things: Fall 2013
1. “Chicken Said Cluck” by Judyann Ackerman
Who knew a little library book to make a kid so happy?! I picked this little guy up at our local library the other day to read with LDH. She’s been doing really well with her pre-reading skills, and I thought this might be just a fun one off story to keep her on the path. BOY, was I wrong?! She’s completely obsessed with little 30 page story about a chicken who’s shunned and then embraced by his two pumpkin farmers, Earl and Pearl. She asks about it all day long, and so we read it all day long! We even let her take it school yesterday to share with her class.
Too bad it’s got to go back to the library tomorrow! 😛
2. My Little Pony / Peg + Cat
OK, so some of you may know about our families love for all things My Little Pony. We watch at least one episode a day, keep episodes saved on our DVR, and have family sing-along parties to the soundtracks on YouTube. I can say with confidence that it is one if Lauren’s favorite cartoons. (Yes that link will take you to over an hour of Pony songs. Don’t judge us!)
However, you may not have ever heard of Lauren’s 2nd favorite cartoon, Peg + Cat. It’s a cute little show that comes on PBSKids (I think she found it using the PBSKids app) about a girl named Peg and her cat named Cat (sound familiar?) who go on these musical math adventures. I like that it’s all about a girl who does math (woohoo!), James thinks Cat is funny, Lauren likes reenacting Peg’s super dramatic breakdowns (“We have a really BIG problem!”), and of course we all like the funky songs they sing. To check out a little half episode and see what it’s all about head back on over to our friend YouTube for a short.
3. “Toast Sticks!”
Back at the beginning of September, we decided to put Lauren back in daycare full time for a number of reasons, one of which was so that she could spend more time with kids her age and learn to play in a big group. A big component of this was that she would no longer arrive at school at 9-10am, but at 8am so that she could eat breakfast with her friends.
Well, Daddy and the Toast Sticks have put a kink in that plan! Some days when I have to go in to work, Lauren & Daddy run a little late, so instead of taking her in and just eating there, Daddy takes Lauren out for breakfast at the local Burger King where she gets “Toast Sticks!” At first it was a once, maybe twice, thing. Now it’s become a once maybe twice a week thing, and Lauren asks for Toast Sticks all the time, even when she’s at school eating the school food! Sigh…
Have I ever mentioned that I don’t like Playdoh? Well I don’t! I guess I used to as a kid, but then I grew up and saw what that stuff could do to carpet. Ugh! That’s why we’ve never had it in our house… until now. One of Lauren’s friends gave it to her for her birthday, and now she’s in love! And it’s not just her, apparently James loves Playdoh too!
So now she asks to play with it all the time. To her credit, she’s pretty neat with it and doesn’t mix the colors. She even helps clean it up and put it back in it’s cups when she’s done. Meanwhile, I stand by nervously clutching a broom, ready to pounce at the first crumb that hits the rug! Ya’ll pray for me…
5. “White Ice Cream”
Not sure why that name rubs me the wrong way, but if you ask Lauren what kind of special treat she wants, she will inevitably say “White Ice Cream!”. I think what she means to say is vanilla ice cream with no sauce or toppings. However, some where along the way she learned that it was called white ice cream, and she’s not sure what vanilla is, so we roll with it. I even keep a little in the freezer as a reward/bribe. However, everytime I go to eat it, I do my best to make it as “black” as possible 😉
And so those are the top 5 things that make our little girl smile. What’s making you smile lately? Also be sure to check back for that update post on where we’ve been. Until then…