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 Mom, Emily, and Sarah finally get a chance to have a playdate with Miss Jennifer, Kaeli, and Cameron! Kaeli is a Purple Coyote on Tues/Thurs and she had Emily have become friends this year even though Kaeli is 18 months younger! Em and Kaeli drew with markers, explored Kaeli's room, and played tag all throughout the basement. They were having such a good time that I left Em there while I took Sarah to Fisher, then came back and had lunch before taking Emily to Fisher too! 5/5

Somehow the ViewMaster made it to the car without the picture cards. Em is looking at it anyway, and I tell her we will have to find the cards so they can use them. Em says, "No--we like to use our imaginations." 5/8

Em is getting dressed to go out in the snow (?) today and she cheers when she sees her favorite "hockey" mittens. She asks, "When I grow up, can I keep these just for a remembering?" Her scrapbooking, packrat mother says, "Yes!" 5/10

Emily makes sure I have a wonderful Mother's Day. She and Daddy let me sleep in this morning, then she helps get ready a pancake breakfast in bed! When I go downstairs, I see a Mother's Day poster that Emily and Christine worked on together. Emily has a gift for me, too: at school they have worked on a "cookbook" for all the moms. The teachers asked each kid what they liked to make with their mothers and how did they do it. Emily chose chocolate chip cookies and said, "You put the chocolate chips in a bowl, cookie batter, then we cook it in the oven for thirty minutes, then I play while it is cooking. We let them cool, then we get to taste just one!" 5/11

This one is for Grammy! We go out to dinner tonight for Mother's Day, and while we are sitting there, the lights get turned down. Emily tells Daddy, "Now we're 'dining!'" 5/11

Emily's school sheet said, "With just a little encouragement, Emily is playing more in the dramatic play area and the block area. She had fun building buildings and pretending to be in a Mexican restaurant. I had Emily be Juju's special friend on the playground. Juju has been feeling shy about being outside with the other children. Emily has been a big help." 5/12

Em, on dictating a letter to me to send to Grace: "It's like talking on the phone!" 5/15

Em, on counting to 100: "It's like counting 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, except the numbers get bigger." 5/16

We all had a great time at Daddy's "Finished with THE PROJECT" party. Emily spent almost the whole evening playing bocce with the various teams. She got to throw the palina, the little white ball that the other balls are aimed at, each round. She also played with the other kids, all of whom were younger than she! She especially liked having 10-mo-old Ryan hold her fingers while she tried to walk. She stayed up late with no whining and fussing, and finally was ready to stop running around and cuddle on my lap with a blanket and little pillow. When I kept "talking too loud" and "bumping my knees," though, she just lay out her blanket and pillow on the concrete patio and fell asleep there!! She woke up right at 7 the next morning, but did fall asleep around 5 in the afternoon while she and Daddy were having a quiet time on the big bed. 5/17

Em's knock-knock joke: "Knock-knock." "Who's there?" "Hot." "Hot who?" "Hot dog!" She is finally 'getting' the formula. Her knock-knock jokes have tended to be more like this: "Knock-knock." "Who's there?" "Chicken." "Chicken who?" Why did the chicken cross the road?" :) (5/18)

Em, on what the Tooth Fairy does with the teeth she collects: "Maybe with her magic wand she turns the teeth into batteries, for her light up wand!" 5/19

"I did a cart-sault! That's half a cartwheel, and half a somersault." (5/23)

Em: "Why are these called 'coasters?'"
Me: "I don't know, Em, that's a good question."
Em: "Did your mommy--you didn't ask her when you were little!
Me: "No, I guess I didn't!"
Em: "You need to ask her right now!"

"I dreamed I was so big, I didn't need a carseat." (5/25)
    Sarah's song repertoire now includes, "Twinkle Twinkle" (her favorite), "ACDC" (ABC song: "ACDC QRS"), "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," and "Itsy Bitsy Spider."

Mom, Emily, and Sarah finally get a chance to have a playdate with Miss Jennifer, Kaeli, and Cameron! Kaeli is a Purple Coyote on Tues/Thurs and Sarah and Cameron have gotten to know each other from walking up and down the hall together while dropping off and picking up their big sisters! We went over to their house and Sarah and Cameron had a good time getting all his toys out of his basket while Emily and Kaeli did markers. 5/5

On Tuesdays and Thursdays when Sarah doesn't go to school, she likes to stop by the Moonbear door on our way to drop Emily off at Purple Coyotes. They are just settling down for their naps and Sarah blows them kisses through the window! 5/6

When Sarah is sad about being small, Emily reminds her that Sarah "is bigger than Emily's head!" (This started when Phoebe was visiting...) and last night, Sarah had a hard time eating her dinner even though Mommy and Daddy reminded her that she had to eat in order to grow big and strong. SO...this morning, Sarah's first words to me were, "Look, I bigger Emmy's head! Eat my whole dinner--make me grow big!" 5/11

Sarah makes sure I have a wonderful Mother's Day! She hangs out with Daddy and Emily and helps make pancakes for breakfast in bed. She has a present for me from Moonbears! The teachers helped the Moonbears make decorate-your-own-mugs with marker drawings and a photo of Sarah on the playground. It was filled with a lollipop, tea bags, and hot chocolate mix. Sarah also makes a huge flower card that came complete with magnets glued on the back all ready for the refrigerator! At the restaurant for dinner out, Sarah suddenly leaned against my arm and said, "Happy Mother's Day! I love you!" 5/11

Sarah walks around with her flashlight on. Mom says, "What are you looking for?" Sarah says, "Monsters!" "Monsters? Sarah, there's no monsters in this house!" Sarah smiles and confesses, "Just 'tending!" 5/11

Sarah draws a recognizable (backward) "S" on her MagnaDoodle! 5/11

Sarah tells a joke! She says, "Tell you joke knock knock!" "Who's there?" "Tomato!" "Tomato who?" "Tomato won't you sing with me!" 5/18

We just had a FABULOUS parent-teacher conference for Sarah. Moonbear master teacher Kristen said that Sarah is always in such a good mood that the teachers "get so excited to see her! We love it when she comes in the door!" Sarah is a super friend to everyone in the classroom and rarely gets frustrated or cranky with the other kids but is especially sweet to Adam, a smaller boy who, until Sarah barged into his life, was a bit of a loner. Now Sarah sits next to him in circle time and holds his hand, and brings him over with her to play with the different classroom centers, and apparently he is really blossoming under all the love she shows him! Sarah will try anything and there's nothing she really holds herself back from, but is extra interested in "anything messy:" paint, glue, water, playdoh. She is a good listener and learning how to use her words to really communicate her wants and needs to the teachers. She is on target or ahead for all her developmental stuff and Kristen says "is really ready for letter recognition" and things like that! Mommy and Daddy just sat there and soaked up all the favorable reports and compliments! 5/19

Talking at bedtime, Sarah asks Mommy, "A long time ago, you in crib? You a baby?" (5/25)

Sarah plays "Paper, Rock, Scissors:" "1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 7....Papercut!" (5/23)