I’ve been pretty busy since my last entry with some art business work and then the Holiday Madness, that I’ve referenced before. It’s like a whirlwind (Thanksgiving, my birthday, Eowyn’s Birthday, Christmas, Trip to visit family, New Years, Anniversary, and finally husband’s birthday.) Phew, after two months of celebrating, it is finally all over! No more celebrations til Easter! Here is a very brief recap:
Halloween came, and unfortunately it seems to be Eowyn’s favorite holiday. She was very excited, and was trying to figure out which houses we could go to to get candy, and which ones were not doing Halloween. Looking at a house with the lights on and some decorations, I say to her, “Well, that house looks inviting. Let’s try that one.” And every house after that she would ask, “Mommy is that house invited?” Then I notice that we are coming to a creepy looking house with a cemetery and a ghost with glowing eyes. I try to walk by quickly because I don’t want her to notice and be afraid. Then she stops and says excitedly, “look at the cross!” pointing to a grave, and then, “Look mommy a pretty angel,” pointing to the ghost. Haha I guess things look different through her eyes. Later that evening a boy about 7 years old comes up and walks along side Eowyn. “Are you a witch?” he asks.
“Yes, I’m Kiki.”
“Are you a good witch?” He presses.
“Well, I’m not good, I killed Han Solo,” he says and then he runs away. lol
It was a good night, Samwise enjoyed Halloween this time; he rode in the stroller and occasionally gave out a Totoro roar. Much candy was had, and few tears, if any were shed.
Kiki and Totoro
We’ve also been enjoying some scripture songs, which are a relatively new thing to me. Basically, it’s just scripture set to music. It’s such a great idea because children are little sponges, and absorb everything, but especially songs. And it’s even been good for me to memorize and meditate on the scriptures. Plus it’s a great avenue for talking about Jesus with the kids. They both enjoy listening to and dancing to the music; they’ve got some rad moves. We really like the “Bugs and Slugs” albums, they are so much fun and so musically rich. Randall Goodgame does such a great job with them. We’ve also tried the group “Seeds of Praise.” Occasionally though Eowyn hears things a bit wrong, and so she’s walking around the house singing “trust in the Lord forever, the Lord is the rocky turtle, rocky turtle.” Instead of the “rock eternal,” I guess we are worshiping the turtle god. Another good one was “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouse squeaks.” ugh….no, it’s “the mouth speaks” not “the mouse squeaks…”
Another good one was a song that I was teaching to her during my attempt at pre-pre-school. I taught her a song to help memorize the months of the year. And the final line is “These are the months of the year.” But when Eowyn sings it, she ends with “These are the mumps of the ear.” heh.
Birthday Dance Style
Eowyn asks: “where’s daddy”
Me: “At work.”
Eowyn: “At the construction site? or at the dump?”
Hmm…nope, daddy’s a math teacher…not even close.
We have started going to a new church a while back. Eowyn loves going to church. She is always asking what day it is to see if it is Sunday yet. It’s so sweet, I do hope she continues to look forward to it. On the day that they were celebrating the official opening of the church with a champagne toast, Ewoyn winds her way to me through the crowd and says, “Mommy, were going to have a glass of toast!”
Catechesis at Home:
It’s so incredibly rewarding doing Catechesis Lessons with Eowyn at home. Even though she has a hard time sitting still sometimes, and seems like she isn’t listening. It’s hard to be patient, but then, it’s breath taking to see her work with the materials after the lesson. As we were preparing for an Advent lesson, she spread the blue cloth on the table. She was really intrigued about the blue cloth representing the dark night sky as the earth was waiting for the light of Jesus to come into the world, and referenced it several times during Advent. She placed a small nativity scene on the shelf under the table (instead of on top), and explained that, “Jesus goes under the dark sky on the earth, but not in the wild west.” Not sure what the wild west part was about haha. Then later, she placed the little nativity on the raised surface map and said. “Jesus lives right here.” I guess she is getting something out of it after all. Sometimes, she adds funny little things as she is working with the materials, and as long as it’s not contrary to scripture, I just silently watch because she is relating to the story and internalizing it. Like the time she drove a bus load of teddy bears to the nativity to visit Jesus and parked next to the donkey. Haha, I guess she’s right though, the donkey was probably parked in the parking lot like the bus would be!
Jesus under the dark sky on Earth.
On the trip to NY when we are about to lose our minds:
“Eowyn why are you crying?”
“Because I have toast in my belly button!”
But we haven’t had any toast…
Despite the above quote, which I believe was actually on the way home from a trip we made back in October, I think we are actually doing ok at this drive 8 hours with a toddler and a baby gig. We have tried leaving late in the day hoping that both the children would sleep the entire way, and have gotten burned a couple of times, so we tinkered with the plan a bit. We now leave about 3pm and let the kids stay awake for half the trip. We go as far as we can stand it on the brink of insanity, and then stop for a late sit-down dinner about 6:30. Samwise then goes to sleep pretty quickly as long as I rub his legs for about 15 minutes. Full belly, warm, dark car ride, and a leg massage = Samwise sleeping for the rest of the trip. Then we let Eowyn watch one movie and explain in advance then when it is over she will go to sleep. She doesn’t put up a fuss. We turn her Ocean Waves music on that we trained her to sleep with and she is out! As long as we get gas before everyone goes to sleep and keep the van moving, everyone remains asleep. So far this method has worked very well. Our favorite stop for dinner: IHOP. Kids eat free, Samwise stuffs himself on pancakes and bacon. Eowyn wiggles in her seat and pretends to eat her food that we didn’t pay for. It’s a win, win, win.
Christmas is a blur, so many people to visit, and a little bittersweet, but at least there were lots of presents and lots of cookies.
The Visitation of the Shepherds Catechesis Lesson
New Trains were lots of fun
Samwise getting into the Holiday Spirit
Enjoying the NY weather.
Samwise loved sledding.
At Eowyn’s Annual Check-up:
Doctor: Do you go to school?
Doctor: what is the name of your school?
Eowyn: Sunday School.
Doctor: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Eowyn: The Masked Retriever. (A character on Backyardigans who is a Zorro like character who returns library books.)
Doctor: Who is your favorite princess?
Eowyn: (no answer)
Doctor: Well do you have a favorite super hero?
Eowyn: Super Why! (a PBS show about reading)
My children’s reactions to the presidential inauguration on TV:
Samwise walks in and looks at the TV and begins saying, “Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh.”
Then Eowyn walks in, and I expect her to begin whining and crying about not wanting to watch mommy’s show, but she watches for a few minutes, and thoughtfully asks, “who is that?”
“That’s the new president.”
“What’s a president?”
“The president is the person who helps make rules for America and protects everyone who lives in America.” (Hopefully)
“What’s that?” She asks as it pans out to a wide shot of the white house.
“That’s called the white house, it’s where the president lives.”
“I want to live in that big house with a swing, a slide, a see-saw, and a tunnel.”