We limit Ladybug’s television time to less than an hour a day except for Sunday, which is movie day. She is a fan of “the fish movie” (Finding Little Nemo) and “the jungle one” (The Jungle Book). We have now watched these movies many, many, many, many times and really, she only stays interested for the first 30-45 minutes. We were all ready to try something new. Parents Magazine released a list of technological “hits” for those of us who allow our children to engage in some occasional screen time. Thank goodness, one of the less annoying movies on their list made our little Ladybug happy 😛 The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Brigg’s is a delightful, animated short movie (under 30 minutes) with no words, but a lot of cute and humorous moments. Win!
When I asked Ladybug what she wanted to do Tuesday morning over breakfast, she told me that she wanted to go to Curious George’s house. She had the whole day planned and even came to the table dressed and ready to go. I told her that I was really sorry, but I didn’t know where Curious George lived. She said, “Don’t you worry Mommy. I know how to get there. He lives in the zoo in the big city.” According to H.A. Rey, it appears she is correct. I think a trip to the zoo is in our near future. I held her off by telling her that little, curious monkeys are often only allowed to come out and play when it’s warm outside…..lol Apparently, there are Curious George books where he plays in the snow, please don’t tell her!!!!
Once Upon a Time….
Ladybug’s reading interests have entered the world of fairy tales. This is in large part thanks to Sonlight’s preschool curriculum inclusions of A First Book of Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Her current favorites are “The Frog Prince,” “Thumbelina,” and “Rapunzel.” She also asks to read “The Little Mermaid,” but the Hans Christian Andersen version included in “A First Book of Fairy Tales is a little alarming for me to read to her given her age. It includes unrequited love, chronic and intense pain, and the contemplation of committing a stabbing murder for the purpose of salvaging one’s own existence. That feels like a lot for a 2 year old to digest.
Doodle Bug is starting to sign. He has “more,” “car,” “yes.” and “go” perfected. A rudimentary version of “elephant,” and “bird” are also in process. He is also routinely saying “Mama,” “Dada,” “car,” and “no.” He’s getting to be such a big boy already! Ladybug was very into Signing Time and My Baby Can Talk videos, but Doodle Bug is really more into the signing books. Go figure 🙂 I guess it’s true that every child is different. He is a good sport – decking himself out in Redskins gear in honor of his departed, well loved Grandpa!
The Great Rosary Search
Ladybug is interested in saying the rosary with me and would really like her very own. She and I sing her prayers in the evening, including a version of the “Our Father,” “Hail Mary,” and “Glory Be.” She knows the words to the prayers and is really ready to start doing a decade or so before bed if she wishes. Searching for the perfect toddler rosary has proven to be more difficult than I expected. She does still put stuff in her mouth and her one year old brother is always right around the corner for a potential tug of war. Wish me luck as the hunt for the perfect toddler rosary continues!
I got a bucket,
got a bucket full of sunshine
I’ve got a love and I know that it’s all mine
……………………..or apparently, a pocket full of sunshine as my husband laughingly filled me in on my mistake…oops!!! LOL Oh, well, Ladybug liked my version.
This very evening I’m trying something new. I’m making yogurt for the first time. My darling husband bought me a yogurt maker for Christmas. My little ones LOVE yogurt and I’m going to try my best to make some yogurt that’s a little more natural and has less added sugar than what we are currently eating. Wish me luck! So far all I have figured out is what milk looks like when you burn it to the bottom of the pan! Yikes!
Have a wonderful week!!!