Monday, October 20, 2008

Playing with Forks

The other day we went to McDonald's. We sat outside and ate---- Sveta called it a picnic. As we were finishing up our food, Adam came over to our table and asked if we wanted any fries. One of my daughters quickly reached for the fries even though she had just as big of a pile still on her wrapper. "Sweetie, you shouldn't take those fries when you have those to still finish up."

"Oh, yeaaah," she mischievously replied with a sly look on her face. Just one of many little things that we are working on daily.
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Today after school, Annalyn thought it would be cool to make a fork sculpture. She was incredibly relieved that her $600 clarinet wasn't lost after all--- the bus driver found it last Friday and was holding onto it until someone claimed it. I so wanted to take away this privilege from her, but John helped me to see how giving Annalyn another chance was in her best interests if we wanted to teach her responsibility. So, even though she temporarily lost her instrument, she has another chance to prove to not only us but to herself that she can be responsible. Come on Annalyn, you can do it!


For snack today, Julia made everyone Top Ramen--- mmmmm!


Andrew was so sweet with Dennis tonight. Isn't this adorable?


Annalyn has been bugging me to cut her hair. I was glad to see her happy face when she looked
at the back of her hair in the mirror. She thinks she looks like Ramona Quimby. What do you think?


Dennis is learning to drink from a cup on his own.

How smart is this?


21 comments:

  1. Christine: One reason I love reading your blog is because I learn so much in the parenting dept and how you and John work together as a team in your parenting. I love the picture of Andrew and Dennis. Cute! And, Annalyn's hair is adorable. That is how I just had my hair cut after growing it a year post-chemo. Dennis and the cup was cute! He's a resourceful little guy! :o)

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  2. Oh, I just LOVE Annalyn's hair. Sassy and cute!!

    I just love reading about your sweet family.

    Have a great Tuesday!

    Amy

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  3. Annalyn's hair looks great - job well done! Dennis is so cute - what a big kid he is becoming! I'm loving watching his progress!

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  4. My Princess has a friend at school named Annalyn and I love, love, love that name! Her hair looks great.

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  5. Annalyn's haircut is darling! I bet she really likes it... and yes, it does look like Ramona... so fun.

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  6. Annalyn's new haircut is so cute and yes, she does look like Ramona. Wish my hair would go like that. You are great as a hairdresser. Sure saves the money.

    Love the picture of the boys at the computer.

    My daughter was always losing things as a kid but she got better (fortunately).

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  7. Annalyn's hair is great, it's just like Maggie's!!!!!

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  8. I think Annalyn's hair looks great, and I'm glad your giving her another chance with her instrument.

    Dennis and Andrew look like great friends!

    Dennis is learning so much so fast! It's very fun to watch!

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  9. Annalyn, I love your hair. It is just beautiful. Looks like it is just a perfect style for you.

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  10. ohhhhh, love, love, love Annalyn's knew do!!! Wish I was so brave, I cut the boys hair but leave my daughters to a hairdresser......

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  11. Annalyn's hair is adorable! Good job -- I can't believe you cut it yourself! Everytime I have taken scissors to one of my kid's hair, it has ended in disaster and a clean-up trip to the salon. I know better now! :)

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  12. Very nice job on Annalyn's hair! It looks darling! I haven't had to cut girls hair in years, not sure I'd be that brave to try a style, lol, more like a trim of bangs and dead ends. I gladly buzz the boys and hubby's hair anytime! How clever little Dennis is! Amazing what love and attention can do.

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  13. I come and check in on you guys every once in a while and have to read a long ways to catch up! It is always good reading. Your family seems to think like ours. (of course, I mean that as a compliment!!)

    I am glad Dennis is doing so well. It is obvious to me as I see him at more distant time intervals that he is flourishing quickly; thriving in his big, wonderful family!

    I loved the bubble gum video. We have one with sensory issues, too. Gum doesn't bother him but he has no idea why people might want to hold kittens or pet animals! Hair and fur really bug him. :-) I never knew about this whole sensory thing until Misha came along. We find it pretty humorous even though we have to take it somewhat seriously. I see you do, too.

    Lovely family! God bless you.

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  14. Love love Annalyn's hair. Lets see a front view!

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  15. I love the hair cut! Love that she is getting a second chance to prove herself! I have faith that she CAN do it!!

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  16. Dennis is changing and growing so fast, it's AMAZING!!!

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  17. You cut Annalyn's hair? Great job, I am impressed, it looks good and very much like Ramona! :)

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  18. Hi Christine!
    Adorable haircut!
    That was nice of Rachel to make snacks for everyone! What a sweet girl!

    Dennis is pretty much unstoppable, isn't he? Is there anything he won't try to do on his own????

    Hugs!
    Amy

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  19. Too cute! The hair, the cup, the fork sculpture, what fun your family has!

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  20. Adorable haircut, and what a compliment to say it's "Ramona-esque"! You do SUCH a good job! I end up taking off INCHES more than intended b/c it's all uneven, no matter how hard I try. I guess if I had more practice...

    I love the pictures you include of your children loving one another, helping each other...

    Good luck with the sassy language. We're seeing a lot of improvement by using a very detailed chart for each kid, with a variety of incentives for the daily and weekly total points (basically things we used to do anyway, but are now privileges--with a few really good experential treats dangling as proverbial carrots for near-perfect behavior--which certainly hasn't happened yet...).

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  21. Ooops. PROOFREAD, silly... "experiential."

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