Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
When putting the girls to bed there's a Hindi prayer for peace I sometimes sing with them. I always ask them before hand if there is anyone special that they want to sing the song to. Tonight Lucia said, "Papa George and Grandma Betty Franks." Then Sofia added, "And all the trapped mermaids."
Monday, January 12, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
"Sofia, you're a natural."
"what does that mean?"
"It means you are part of nature."
"Miss Frizzle and The Magic School Bus must be nature then because they can go inside of your body."
"Actually Miss Frizzle and The Magic School Bus are fiction."
"What does that mean?"
"That means they are made up."
Sofia laughs. "Something has to be real for you to make it up. Either that or it has to be words that you string together."
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Lucia has begun to refer to herself only in the third person. This seems to be an extension of blaming everything on her little finger, which she still sometimes does a year later. Sometimes I figure her out by saying, I know what Lucia wants to do, but what do you want to do?
Monday, January 5, 2015
Bouquet of spinner flowers
"I'm sorry you aren't feeling well and my sister's a little wild." Says sweet Sofia
Revelation about shave and a haircut:
When I was trying to teach the girls the backbone rhythm of "Beautiful Creatures" from Rio 2 I realized that it was the same as "not fade away" and "I want candy" and 1 million other songs probably. Then it further occurred to me as I was breaking it down for them that the root of the rhythm is the old saw, "shave and a haircut, five cents." That made it easy.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
We did a fake ball drop countdown with the girls a couple hours early (using last year's on youtube,) then to bed and a long retelling of the Jack and the beanstalk story (this time Sofia thought Jack should have a "nose plunge" to guard against the smelly feet of the giant, a parachute in case he fell off the beanstalk and a mouse-suit so he could be in disguise.) The best thing about this story is that when Jack uses the magic harp to sing the giant to sleep I can usually get the girls to sleep too, singing "1,2,3 and A, B, C, go to sleep, giant, and dream you are free." Tonight it did the trick. Next year we'll wake up and do it again. Now it's time for peaceful drinking. Raise a glass to another revolution.