I love it when my kids join me in the kitchen. Each of them know their way around it quite well. Here Julia is making pie crusts for lemon meringue pie and William is squeezing the lemons. Adam is peeling potatoes and Sveta is drying dishes.
Dennis is such a sweetheart. Here he is writing a letter to a girl at school. Last year when they rode the bus together they were good friends. This year they ride different buses and are in different classrooms. She no longer treats him the same. And yet his heart still beats strong for her. When he first showed me his letter it said things like, "Please be my friend again. I love you. Just be nice to me or I won't like you." I could feel his pain.
Instead, I encouraged him to write a friendly letter like this:
I still want to be your friend. Please write back. What do you like to eat for dinner? What do you eat for breakfast? What is your favorite cereal? What time do you get up in the morning.
He loved my suggestions and began writing immediately.
Then wrote some more.
Nolan loves when I lay his clothes out each night. He always reminds me by pointing to the closet. I lay them out at the foot of his bed. I do the same for Dennis and Alex but put them out in the hallway so they could get dressed without waking him in the morning. Tonight he pointed first to his clothes and then out in the hallway. I moved them.
Who knew that would make Nolan so happy!
And look at this! Nolan is finally playing with his tricycle that he got for his birthday. Not sure what he is doing-- but it warms my heart nonetheless to see his imaginative play.
Sidenote-- A few days ago I had Caleb go and bury my old potatoes that were growing eyes in one of our raised beds. Yesterday I had Anna bury all of the green onion tops from when we had nachos. I can't wait to see what else is going to come up this spring.
This picture was taken after Oliver had his eyes dilated at the Ophthalmologist's office. The kids couldn't get over how big his pupils looked after he got home. No worries though-- the doctor said his eyes look great!
Speaking of Oliver-- today we had a big scare. During snack time he began to choke on something he has eaten 3 or 4 times before with no problems. I took him and bent him over my arm while slapping his back firmly to get him to spit it out. I reached in and got a piece out and then held him up to see how he was doing. His face was red from the blood rushing to his head but I didn't realize that at the time. I figured he must still be choking. I had one of the kids begin to dial 911 just as his color returned and he was breathing normally. They hung up or so they thought and the operator called back. She wanted to talk to me and was very thorough in making sure everything was alright. I was incredibly thankful. Looking back it feels like we lived this in slow motion, but in reality it was probably only 30 seconds or so. Still-- I learned a MEGA lesson today. No more taking chances with food that Oliver has the potential to choke on. Not until he has enough teeth to chew and learns how to chew up his food. He chews a little, but I would call it more like gumming.
Any tips on teaching a child to chew?
Lastly, I share this adorable video of Nolan with you. He is dancing to a Wii game and doing an awesome job of it I might add.