The girls' school had a few fun spirit days last month. Here are Amelia and Megan on Dress as Your Favorite Animal day. They had a fight the night before over who got to wear the leopard print leotard, and Amelia won, as she usually does. Megan was happy enough to be an all black cat with a black tail, though.
And here they are on Crazy Mismatch Day:
Megan is trying to look cross-eyed in the last photo; she's just learned how to do it, and she delights in showing off to me. The girls spent quite a while the night before picking out the perfect things that didn't match in any way. They are each wearing two different shoes and socks, too. It reminds me of some of the outfits that Amelia used to pick out in preschool, thinking that her outfit actually did go together.
Nathaniel recently showed some interest in coloring, but not with crayons, markers or colored pencils. No, that would be too washable. Instead, he wanted to color with my brand-new (from a garage sale) package of multicolored Sharpies. He picked out red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, and told me that he colored a rainbow. I hung his picture on the magnet display board, and he is very proud of it; he'll point it out and say "Color rainbow!" He did all the coloring with his left hand, although he usually uses his right hand for eating, so I don't know if that means anything.
Nathaniel likes to ask the girls if they will read him books at bedtime. He will ask "Mia read books?" or "Megan read books?" I think he has figured out that he gets more books that way, because each girl will read him a few books, and then usually I will read him one last book. He likes to ask Amelia the most, but Megan is the most excited about reading to him.
We have had a few lovely days this spring, and the kids have played outside as much as possible. Nathaniel especially loves finding ants. One day there was a huge pile of ants on our sidewalk, and he and Megan spent quite a while watching the ants. Nathaniel also tried to pick them up on his finger, but I think he ended up "pushing" most of them.
The girls were playing "hair salon" and decorating my hair one night when Nathaniel asked if they would put a barrette in his hair, too. So they did a hair salon for him, too. He was excited about it, both because of all the bows and because of all the attention his sisters paid him.
The girls had a sleepover a few weeks ago; each girl had one friend spend the night. It worked out nicely that way, because then Amelia wasn't being too bossy to the little girls, and Megan wasn't tagging along and being annoying to the bigger girls. They played outside for a while, then made pizza for dinner, then started watching the movie Isabelle the American Girl.
Amelia's friend got a little lonesome for her family (it was her first non-family sleepover) and so we turned the movie off and played hide-and-seek for over an hour. They had a blast, especially when I played with them. They found some very creative hiding places including inside the laundry hamper and underneath the guest bed. Amelia and her friend slept on the floor of the living room, and Megan and her friend slept on the floor in the girls' room. It took them a loooooong time to fall asleep, and they were up early. Everyone seemed happy, though, and I made them shaped chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Then Megan's friend announced that she wanted to go home, so I called her mom to come pick her up. But it turned out she only wanted to go home to use her own bathroom, and then she wanted to come back, so they got to play hide-and-seek again while my friend and I ate our own pancakes. It was fun. :)
I am trying to teach Megan how to ride a bike with no training wheels. It is not going well.
Right before I took this picture, she threw her bike down and kicked it because she was so mad at having to try to ride it. I've even been really nice and held on the entire time so she hasn't crashed or anything. She just has a bad attitude about it.
I'd wait another year, except that it would be really nice to be able to ride our bikes this year, since Nathaniel still fits in the little front seat that I have for him.