Is to buy a snowblower and snow tires. Granted, the snowblower I bought, was a pretty old machine listed on Craigslist, so it’s not like I took a second mortgage to buy it or anything, but still. So, it sits, under a tarp in our backyard (no real decent place to store it, which was the cornerstone to the argument of Danny’s as to why we shouldn’t own one in the first place), waiting for snow. I’m fine with no snow, but I really would have rather had a Vitamix, than a snowblower and four snow tires.
The kids don’t care, although we did get an awesome sled from Aunt Eebie at Christmas, that also sits unused 😦 If I were a mad woman, I would set up a slip n slide in the backyard and start a new tradition of mud sledding, since that, we could do.
Onto more important things! Charlotte, is a chatterbox monkey. Her language development is taking off, new words every day. Most recently it’s parts of the body, and belly is a favorite. She’s leaned the art of climbing, which very quickly reminded me why I don’t have end tables. Also, reminds me of wanting to remove all the chairs from the house when Annie was this age. I would do it, since I mostly eat standing anyway, but Danny likes things a little more civilized. Her very favorite thing to do right now, is stand at the sink and play with all the dishes I just washed, with the water running, of course. It’s great, because it allows me to get whatever I need done in the kitchen, and someone just told me recently that it’s a great brain activity for a toddler. With the amount of time she has spent at my sink recently, she’s going to Harvard, Full Scholarship.
Charlotte in so many ways, is turning into such a little girl, but in so many ways is still my teeny baby. I’m finding it bittersweet as I reflect on Annie at this age. I was five to six months pregnant, and Annie seemed like such a big girl to me. I almost wish I could reach back in time, and see how little and baby like Annie was at this age too. I think this happens with a lot of first children, I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. It’s such a great remainder though, to really appreciate the stage that Annie is in now, and not rush her.
Annie is seemingly doing great with preschool. Not that I would know, since when I ask her how it was she says “good”, and when I ask her what she did she says “nothing”. She’s 3, not fourteen, right?
It’s just amazing how fast these little minds learn everything! Annie is writing her name, well, sort of. It’s and upside down A and an E that looks a bit more like a centipede than an E, but she’s got the idea. She’s singing songs, and making up stories, practicing her letters, counting everything. She’s just a crazy little sponge, with all these great ideas! She’s also determined, and very particular, basically about everything (stubborn??). Can’t say I’m surprised. She’s three, and she’s a combination of me and Danny. She’s just awesome though.
I am trying to continue my endeavor of making 2012 the year of “less is more” It’s a lot harder than you would think, to stop being a typical consumer. In my mind I’m always shopping for whatever magic thing I am going to find that will make something in my life easier. Of course, that’s the catch…nothing makes life easier, instead life just fills up with problems and we come up with solutions. And really, the less stuff we have cluttering up our space, the easier and more streamlined the solutions. Just have to keep reminding myself of that.