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October 29, 2014

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

 
Her hair curled naturally under the blue ribbons that held her pigtails and blew with every breath Mother Nature exhaled. She held her basket by her side letting it swing as she skipped (sans Toto) up and down the dirt path lined with fields of horses on each side. She smiled and twirled and laughed and sang reliving the magic of The Wizard of Oz, a movie that’s been in heavy rotation since she first saw it this summer.

Madison mentioned early that she wanted to be Dorothy for Halloween and we agreed to let her decide on her own costume this year since we helped decide last. With a checkered dress complimented by ruby red slippers that glittered and sparkled and danced under an improvised Kansas sun, we took pictures of our very own little Miss Gale at a location not far from home… after all, is there really any other place like it?

October 21, 2014

THE PUMPKIN PATCH 2014


For the love of Fall, we found ourselves at the pumpkin patch this past weekend. We picked through pallets of classic pumpkins and odd pumpkins and stemmed pumpkins and textured pumpkins before making a definite decision on which ones would fill our wagon. Madison’s toddler indecisiveness was surprisingly at bay as she confidently made her choices without hesitation. We ultimately came home with an assortment of small pumpkins and medium pumpkins, some orange and one cream and one green, which hug the hearth of our fireplace… the perfect spot for a milkshake after a day spent under the autumn sun.

October 14, 2014

AN EARLY START / TODDLER CHORES



She walks around the living room putting her toys back where they belong, or at least in their general vicinity, and with our supervision she feeds the fish she named Elsa. After dinner, she marches her plate across the kitchen and places it on the counter beside the sink and just before bed she puts her dirty clothes in the laundry basket tucked away in the corner of her closet and she’s done so for several weeks now.

We’re starting her young. Her mother and I want to teach her a little about responsibility and teamwork and the importance of working towards a reward all the while earning it in the process. At the end of a week where she successfully completed her chores more often than not, we hand her a dollar to put in her ceramic elephant bank occupying the corner of her dresser. Sometimes she puts it in her purse, a shiny bag of glitter with a zipper and a strap, before making the transfer to her bank.

Does she always listen? No. She’s three years old and anyone who has had the luxury of communicating with someone of her age knows listening is more of a challenge than the actual task given.  However, developing a routine and making it a habit has surprisingly come easy for her… except the putting her toys away part. She struggles with that one most of all, but every time I see her on her tip toes sliding a plate onto the counter without any prompting from us I feel a small sense of accomplishment.

If for every mistake we make along the way in parenting, for every time we lost our patience quicker than we anticipated, for every hasty decision made when we wished for a few more moments to deliberate, for everything we’re doing wrong those glimpses of truth that we’re doing something right makes it all worthwhile.

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