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Elliot’s Flower of the Day: April 11, 2019

Our afternoon walk yesterday was perfect for observing new spring blooms.: sunny, breezy, and mellow.

I usually take flower pictures but decided it would be fun to switch it up and have my seven-year old take them instead. I handed my phone over to him and he snapped away. It was interesting to see him admire nature, take pictures, and decide which ones were worthy of keeping and others of deleting. Kids grow up so fast! I couldn’t help but reminisce the old days when we used to take nature walks with him in the Ergo carrier. I digress…they bring back pleasant memories for me.

He chose the picture below to post on my blog. I hope you enjoy it!

It’s been titled: “Sun-day Flowers” or “Flowers hug a tree”

Elliot in the Ergo as a baby
Posted in Photo-a-day challenge

City Sonnet’s Photo a Day: Ladybugs

Last summer my kids and I studied the life cycle of ladybugs. It was fascinating to witness the metamorphosis process in a small dome designed just for this purpose: grow from larvae to pupae to ladybugs.

Thank you City Sonnet for hosting this fun challenge!

https://citysonnet.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/april-photo-a-day-challenge/

Posted in Raising kids

Kids say funny things #2

I’m doing something new on my blog. My first “Kids say funny things” post received many positive comments and views. It may have brought to mind conversations that readers have had with small children or recall things they said themselves as kids.

It was also fun for me to write: great memories to record parts of my kids’ childhood and their growth. This is the second post of “Kids say funny things.” My postings will be spontaneous: you can’t plan when kids will have their adult-like conversations. So stay tuned! Thanks for reading. 🙂

In the car, older brother preps his sister for dance class sounding a bit like me. They whispered as though I couldn’t hear them even though they were only in the back seat of the car. 

Elliot: Ellis, we’re almost here. Promise that you’ll do the class (dance) today. No crying and getting grouchy like last time. Don’t you want to practice for the recital?”

Ellis: “I do,” she says irritated with her brother’s nagging. I didn’t say anything except to remind them that we are one minute away from class. She takes out her annoyance by kicking the back of the driver’s seat with her foot.

Elliot: “That’s not nice. Say ‘sorry.’

Ellis: “Sorry,” she says to no one. 

Elliot: “Don’t just say ok then change your mind when we get there. Like whaa…whaa…whaa…whaa,” he says flicking his wrist back and forth with each “whaa”.

Ellis: “Ugh…I won’t. Okay?” “But you and mommy sit in class with me.”

Elliot: “We will,” he says satisfied with her response. “But remember you promised (to take the class).”


Ellis is worried that she hasn’t lost her first tooth on her 6th birthday:

Ellis: “I’m six years old now, but my tooth is not falling out.”

Mommy: “It won’t fall out right on your birthday.”

Ellis: “But I want it to.”

Mommy: “Why?”

Ellis: “Because I’ll get a gold coin under my pillow or a toyyyyy.”

Mommy: “It will fall out soon, but all your baby teeth haven’t even grown in yet.”

Ellis: “Uh huh, but this one feels itchy” she says totally ignoring my comment.

Mommy: “That’s a good sign. Maybe it will get wiggly soon.”

Ellis: “I’m wiggling it with my tongue right now,” she says mumbling.

Mommy: “What? No you’re not,” I say surprised. 

Ellis: “Yes, I am,” she says with a smirk. 

When I lean in closer to look, she says, “Ok, maybe it’s not.”

She giggles with a shrug and says, ” I’m kidding.”