We often schedule our meeting for a time when my baby is napping and I put on a movie for Padawan while we meet. But Padawan didn't ask for a movie, instead wanting the Lincoln Logs down from the shelf. I agreed reluctantly. Not so much for the mess, but because Padawan doesn't know how to build with them and I was worried I'd end up on the floor the whole time we were meeting, just trying to keep him entertained and happy. Our set of logs has a set of train tracks with it, and I noted that he was able to quickly put together the tracks. Pleasantly surprised, I thought, "This won't be so bad after all. He can at least play with the train."
Just as our meeting stretched to about 90 minutes, Padawan, who had only been playing about ten feet away from me this whole time, came up and quietly and tugged at my sleeve. "Look what I did, Mommy."
It reminds me of the time when Jedi Master, who was barely two at the time, peered at my "Utah State University Alumni" window cling in the back of the car and started singing the alphabet song--which I didn't recall having ever sung to him before. It is so easy to forget how quickly they soak up information and intently they pay attention when you are in the middle of wiping bums, reminding them to pick up and shouting at them to get their fingers out of their noses.
While the camera was still out, I had to have a picture of the baby who just got up from his nap. YES, that is STILL a bottle. He only gets one when he wakes up, and right before bed. He drinks out of a sippy cup pretty well even, but this provides a great deal of comfort. My other kiddos weaned themselves, but this little guy seems quite determined to break any mold I have experience with. The Youngling mostly seems good at growing curls, squealing, hitting or biting his brothers, tackling anything that will hold still and complaining about what I make for every meal.
And in a rather unrelated note (though I guess the title is about what you are good at), I need to show off my latest scrapbook pages. Scrapbooking mamas tend to get a bit of a bad rap, being turned, I have to say, negative or at least ridiculous stereotypes of Mormon women. I know a bit about unfair profiling: I was a sister missionary, remember? Anyway, here are the pages. I love to just find the perfect paper for the perfect photos and start from scratch. My cheat here is that I copied the layout from one that I saw and really liked. These were taken three winters ago in Logan.
* Our theme is around the idea of realizing your potential as an Eight Cow Woman. Can anybody suggest any classes that might be relevant to them? Either things you want to learn that I can fudge into the theme or things that are interesting and relate to your divine potential? Any suggestions at all would be great. I mean, any POSITIVE suggestions would be great. If you want to suggest just scrapping the whole Enrichment program, then just keep it to yourself. That's all.